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Shannon Gilreath

Professor of Law
Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


Sexual Orientation and Identity: Political and Legal Analysis (2016).

Sexual Identity Law in Context (2nd ed.) (Thomson-West (American Casebook Series) 2011).

The End of Straight Supremacy: Realizing Gay Liberation (Cambridge University Press 2011).

Sexual Politics: The Gay Person in America Today (University of Akron Press 2006).

Book Chapters

Pornography/Death: The Problem of Gay Pornography in a Straight Supremacist System, in Nicholas Bamforth, Sexual Orientation and Rights (2015).


A Feminist Agenda for Gay Men: Or, Catharine MacKinnon and the Invention of a Sex-Based Hope, 35 Law & Inequality 289 (2017).

Same-Sex (Monogamous Marriage) and Polygamy: Macedo's Incomplete Sex-Equality Analysis, Philosophy Syndicate (2017).

Same-sex Marriage, Religious Accommodation, and the Race Analogy, 41 Vermont Law Review 237-278 (2016).

Examining Critical Race Theory: Outsider Jurisprudence and HIV/AIDS--a Perspective on Desire and Power, 23 Law and Inequality 371 (2015).

The Internet and Inequality: A Comment on the NSA Spying Scandal, 49 Wake Forest Law Review 525 (2014).

Feminism and Gay Liberation: Together in Struggle, 91 University of Denver Law Review 109 (2014).

What Would it Mean to Have a Multiple-Consciousness of Language, 112 University of Michigan Law Review 91 (2014).

Remembering Ann Scales, 3 Wake Forest Journal of Law and Policy 1 (2013).

Why Gays Should Not Serve in the United States Armed Forces: A Gay Liberationist Statement of Principle, 18 William and Mary Journal of Women and the Law 7-34 (2011).

Patriarchal Religion, Sexuality, and Gender: An Introductory Essay, 1 Wake Forest Journal of Law and Policy 197-205 (2011).

Against Same-Sex Marriage [Arguing for Same-Sex Marriage], 159 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 21 (2010).

Not a Moral Issue: Same-Sex Marriage and Religious Liberty, 2010 University of Illinois Law Review 205 (2010).

Some Penetrating Observations on the Fifth Anniversary of Lawrence v. Texas: Privacy, Dominance, and Substantive Equality Theory, 30 Women's Rights Law Reporter (Rutgers) 442 (2009).

"Tell Your Faggot Friend He Owes Me $500 for My Broken Hand": Thoughts on a Substantive Equality Theory of Free Speech, 44 Wake Forest Law Review 557-615 (2009).

Sexually Speaking:"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and the First Amendment after Lawrence v. Texas, 15 Duke Journal of Gender, Law, and Policy 127-193 (2008).

Don't Ask, Don't Tell: Don't Work?, ABA Journal (2008).

Transforming Teenagers Into Oral Sex Felons, 43 Wake Forest Law Review 155 (2008).

Of Fruit Flies and Men: Rethinking Immutability in Equal Protection Analysis—with a View toward a Constitutional Moral Imperative, 9 Law and Social Change 1 (2006).

Cruel and Unusual Punishment and the Eighth Amendment as a Mandate for Human Dignity: Another Look at Original Intent, 25 Thomas Jefferson Law Review 559-592 (2003).

The Technicolor Constitution: Popular Constitutionalism, Ethical Norms, and Legal Pedagogy, 9 Texas Journal on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights 23-44 (2003).


Freedom of Speech and the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act on College Campuses, The Hill (January 20, 2017).

How North Carolina Hurt Keith Lamont Scott, Huffington Post (September 23, 2016).

The Politics of the Single-minded: Lessons From North Carolina's 'Bathroom Bill', Huffington Post (March 28, 2016).

Can Hatred be a Virtue?, Huffington Post (June 26, 2015).

Pornography and Sex Equality: The Life and Times of Linda Lovelace, Huffington Post (September 12, 2013).

Guest Post– Vote No on Amendment One – Here's Why!, NC Amendment One Truth (April 17, 2012).

Gilreath on "Patriarchal Religion, Sexuality, and Gender", PrawfsBlawg (October 31, 2011).

Know Thine Enemy, PRIDE and Equality Magazine (January 2006).

Why Marriage?, PRIDE and Equality Magazine (July 2005).

First Amendments, The Humanist (May 2005).

Gay Rights and the Religious Right (and Left?), Whosoever Magazine (March 2005).