“Polchin's book ends with the Stonewall riots and a new era of gay politics in which activists campaigned against flawed journalism and police work, but the "gay panic" defense, as it has come to be called, still exists, used as recently as 2018, in a case in Texas. While fewer gay men are killed in hate crimes today, approximately 28 trans women were murdered in 2018—and all but one were women of color. Under the current presidential administration, which promised its own "return to normalcy," there are still victims of rhetoric that is less of a dog whistle and more of a call to action against the "indecent." Polchin's book reminds us that this piece of history, like so many others, repeats itself.”
Read the whole review at the Chicago Reader.