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Please join Special Collections Research Fellow Jecoa Ross's for his lecture, “Criminal Bodies, Criminal Minds: Constructing the Sodomitical Other in Texas, 1943-1973,” in a Zoom session hosted by your University Libraries Special Collections Division.

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Ross’s study provides a history of the creation, enforcement, and legacy of the 1943 Texas sodomy statute. Situated on the axis of legal, political, and social history, it focuses on how legislators, law enforcement officials, and the general public struggled to identify, understand, and regulate changing perceptions of sexuality, gender, and race in Texas during the mid-twentieth century. Ultimately, this project offers new insight into how criminal sodomy in Texas came to be reimagined within a heteronormative gaze as “homosexual conduct,” and how the legacy of this process still affects the LGBTQ community today.

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