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Professor Shannon Gilreath to discuss efforts to repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ on Thursday, Oct. 27

Professor Shannon Gilreath will detail the effort to repeal the U.S. military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy banning openly gay service members at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27, in the ZSR Library Auditorium.

He will also critique the gay rights movement’s focus and strategy with regard to military access. The event is free and open to the public.

“I’ll be talking about my role as a Pentagon advisor, as well as gays in military service and international humanitarian law,” Gilreath explained. 

Gilreath is nationally recognized as an expert on issues of equality, sexual minorities, and constitutional interpretation. His book, Sexual Politics: The Gay Person in America Today (2006), was nominated for two prestigious awards: the ALA Stonewall Prize for Non-Fiction and the Lambda Literary Foundation Award. His innovative casebook, Sexual Identity Law in Context: Cases and Materials, published by Thomson-West (2007), is designed to put the law concerning lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people into a social context. An advocate of interdisciplinary study, he teaches courses in Sexuality and Law, Religion and Law, and Gender Studies in the law school, serves as an associated professor at the Wake Forest Divinity School, and is a member of the core faculty of the university’s Women’s and Gender Studies department.  

He is an active speaker for gay rights causes, frequently consults on cases, and has been widely cited in journals and the popular press.