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Shannon Gilreath

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



  • "The End of Straight Supremacy: Realizing Gay Liberation," (Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming, 2011).
  • "Sexuality and the Law in Context: Cases and Materials," (West, American Casebook Series, 2007) (with updates). (2nd ed., forthcoming, 2011).
  • "Sexual Politics: The Gay Person in America Today," (University of Akron Press, Law, Politics, and Society Series, 2006). ALA Stonewall Prize for Gay/Lesbian Non-fiction Nominee; Lambda Literary Foundation Notable Book (non-fiction); Scribes Prize Nominee. 
  • "Constitutional Status of Gay Marriage," in Michael K. Curtis, J. Wilson Parker, et al, Constitutional Law in Context 2nd ed. (Carolina Academic Press, 2006).
  • "Same-Sex Marriage and Religious 'Liberty': A Collision Course," in Simeon Ilesamni, et al, The Rule of God and the Rule of Law (University of Virginia Press, 2012, forthcoming).



  • "42 U.S.C. Section 1983 in the Courts," North Carolina Bar Association program on litigation under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, March 2003. (discussing the history of the anti-discrimination protection of Section 1983).
  • "Vocational Experts versus Vocational Specialists: To Object or Not to Object," North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers (2002) (with Deborah F. Maury).
  • "Artists and the First Amendment," North Carolina Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, June 2004.

Selected Essays and Op-eds

  • Know Thine Enemy, PRIDE and Equality Magazine (Jan./Feb. 2006) (discussing gay service men and women in the Iraq war effort).
  • Why Marriage? PRIDE and Equality Magazine (July/August 2005) (discussing the importance of civil marriage to the socio-legal status of lesbian and gay Americans).
  • First Amendments, New Humanist Magazine, Vol. 120, no. 3, 10-11, May/June 2005. (discussing the intermingling of religion and American politics).
  • "Gay Rights and the Religious Right (and Left?)," Whosoever Magazine, Vol. 9, No. 5, March 2005.
  • "Outing Sponge Bob: The Mis-Education of America's Gay Youth," Queer Day, February 21, 2005.
  • "Don't Use the Constitution to Fight Culture Wars," Winston-Salem Journal, guest columnist, 02-19-2003, page 11A. (discussing the proposed North Carolina and federal marriage amendments).
  • "State Law Should Reflect High Court Ruling," Winston-Salem Journal, guest columnist, 07-05-2003, page 11. (discussing the application of Lawrence v. Texas to N.C. law).


  • Poetry, "Judas Kiss," in Poetic Voices without Borders 2 (Gival Press, 2007).