Abstract

More than ten years after his death, Matthew Shepard is still remembered prominently in LGBT discourse. This discourse has been used to defy heteronormative characterizations of violence, confirm gay and lesbian identity, and to "queer" rigid notions of community. Tracing Shepard's memory through three contested memory frames, I argue for an expanded perspective of queer counterpublic memories and the strategic use of public memories by counterpublics.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1534-5238
Print ISSN
1094-8392
Pages
pp. 611-652
Launched on MUSE
2011-04-07
Open Access
No
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