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The Annual Stonewall Lecture


"Marriage as Blind Spot: What Same-Sex Marriage Advocacy Doesn't Say about LGBT Parenting."

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 4:15 PM in 3 Rockefeller Hall. 

Nancy D. Polikoff, Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law, delivered the Fourteenth Annual Stonewall Lecture at Dartmouth College.

At American University Washington College of Law, Polikoff teaches in the areas of family law, civil procedure, and sexuality and the law. Previously, she supervised family law programs at the Women's Legal Defense Fund (now National Partnership for Women and Families), and before that she practiced law as part of a feminist law collective. For 35 years, she has been writing about and litigating cases involving lesbian and gay families. Her articles have appeared in numerous law reviews, and her history of the development of the law affecting lesbian and gay parenting appears as a chapter in J. D'Emilio, W. Turner, and U. Vaid, eds., Creating Change: Sexuality, Public Policy, and Civil Rights (2000). She helped develop the legal theories in support of second-parent adoption and visitation rights for legally unrecognized parents, and she was successful counsel in In re M.M.D., the 1995 case that established joint adoption for lesbian and gay couples in the District of Columbia, and Boswell v. Boswell, the 1998 Maryland case overturning restrictions on a gay noncustodial father's visitation rights.

Professor Polikoff is the author of the recently published book, Beyond (Straight and Gay) Marriage: Valuing All Families Under the Law (Beacon Press 2008). Read Professor Polikoff's blog at:

The Annual Stonewall Lecture is sponsored by the Women's and Gender Studies Program.

For more information about Polikoff's visit or the Stonewall Lecture, please contact Program Coordinator Cristen Brooks at


Previous Lecturers

Dean Spade, "Critical Trans Politics and the Limits of Law" (May 8, 2013)

Douglas Crimp, "Misfitting Together: Andy Warhol's Chelsea Girls" (February 14, 2012)

Alison Bechdel, "Creativity and (or?) Community" (October 5th, 2010)

John D'Emilio, "Queering the Past: or, Richard Nixon: Gay Liberationist?" (October 29th, 2009)

Nan Hunter, "The Quality of Equality" (February 5th, 2009)

Mark Doty, "The Pressures of Reality: Writing in the Age of AIDS" (October 18th, 2007)

Amber Hollibaugh, "Sexual Danger, Sexual Hope: Political Possibilities" (October 3rd, 2006)

Samuel Delany, "Queer Thoughts on the Politics of Sex" (October 31st, 2005)

Jewelle Gomez, "Sex, Drugs, Rock and Roll, and Revolution" (January 24th, 2005)

Jonathan Ned Katz, "Making Sexual History: A Quarter Century of Work and Questions" (April 6th, 2004)

Esther Newton, "My Butch Career" (April 14th, 2003)

Kevin Cathcart, "Queer Today, Queer Tomorrow: The State of Lesbian & Gay Civil Rights" (February 19th, 2002)

Michael Bronski, "Queering Harry Potter: The Trouble with Normal" (September 19th, 2000)

Last Updated: 10/6/14