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Dying to Be Normal: Gay Martyrs and the Transformation of American Sexual Politics

Brett Krutzsch


Through an examination of publicly mourned gay deaths in America, Brett Krutzsch counters the common perception that LGBT politics and religion have been oppositional to one another. Dying to Be Normal reveals how gay activists have used religion to bolster the argument that gays are essentially the same as straights, and therefore deserving of equal rights. Krutzsch’s analysis turns to the memorialization of Matthew Shepard, Harvey Milk, Tyler Clementi, Brandon Teena, and F. C. Martinez, as well as to campaigns like the It Gets Better Project and national tragedies like the Pulse nightclub sh ... More

Keywords: gay, assimilation, memorialization, LGBT, martyrs, gay activism, queer, religion, secular, sexual citizenship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190685218
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190685218.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brett Krutzsch, author
Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion, Haverford College