Against Equality

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Against Equality
The A.E. logo is a riff on the HRC logo signifying a greater than.
Motto Reinvigorating the queer political imagination
Formation October 2009

Founded in 2009, Against Equality (A.E.) is an online archive of writings and arts that critique mainstream gay and lesbian politics.[1] A.E. currently focuses on issues regarding the institution of marriage,[2] the U.S. military,[3] and the prison-industrial complex via hate crime law.


Against Equality is an anti-capitalist collective of radical queer and trans writers, thinkers, and artists.[4][5] A.E. maintains an online archive of written work and cultural references. A.E. has also self-published three anthologies that highlight work from the three sections of their online archive.[6] These three anthologies were combined into a single book and was published by AK Press in April 2014.[7]


A.E. published its first book in the fall of 2010. Against Equality: Queer Critiques of Gay Marriage contains essays and op-ed pieces by prominent queer thinkers, including Kate Bornstein, Eric A. Stanley, Dean Spade, Craig Willse, Kenyon Farrow, Kate Raphael, Deeg, John D'Emilio, Ryan Conrad, Yasmin Nair, MJ Kaufman, Katie Miles, and Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore.[8] Against Equality: Queer Critiques of Gay Marriage ranked sixth on AK Press Distribution's Top 10 of 2010 list.[9]

A.E published the second book, Against Equality: Don’t Ask to Fight Their Wars, in the fall of 2011 and contains a collection of essays and illustrations critiquing the mainstream gay and lesbian politics and its uncritical approach to Don't ask, don't tell.[10] Contributors include Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, Kenyon Farrow, Cecilia Cissell Lucas, Yasmin Nair, Erica Meiners, Therese Quinn, Tamara K. Nopper, Larry Goldsmith, Jamal Rashad Jones, Bill Andriette, and illustrator Mr. Fish.[11]

A.E. published the third and final book in its trilogy, Against Equality: Prisons Will Not Protect You, in the fall of 2012. This book focuses on hate crime law and the prison industrial complex.[12] Contributors include Dean Spade, Jason Lydon, the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, Liliana Segura, Jack Aponte, Yasmin Nair, Imani Keith Henry, Sébastien Barraud, Erica Meiners, Liam Michaud, Josh Pavan, and Bridget Simpson.[13]

AK Press released a three-in-one anthology titled Against Equality: Queer Revolution, Not Mere Inclusion in March 2014 that combines the collective's previous three anthologies and includes a new introduction from the collective.[14]


Members of the Against Equality collective have also traveled extensively to speak at bookstores, community spaces, colleges, and universities across the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.[15]

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  1. ^ "Working Against Equality: A Closer Look at Queers Who Oppose Gay Marriage". 2011-04-22. Retrieved 2014-06-29.
  2. ^ "Will marriage change gay love?". 2011-06-28. Retrieved 2014-06-29.
  3. ^ "Against Equality on DADT Repeal". Retrieved 2014-06-29.
  4. ^ "'Equality' beyond marriage - An interview with activist Ryan Conrad". 2011-04-01. Archived from the original on 2014-02-28. Retrieved 2014-06-29.
  5. ^ "Hate Crime Legislation has Failed Us: Against Equality". 2013-01-22. Retrieved 2014-06-29.
  6. ^ "Gay Divorce". Retrieved 2014-06-29.
  7. ^ "Against Equality: Queer Revolution, Not Mere Inclusion from". AK Press. 2014-03-20. Retrieved 2014-06-29.
  8. ^ "Against Equality: Queer Critiques of Gay Marriage on". Retrieved 2014-06-29.
  9. ^ "Top 10 of 2010: AK Press Distribution". 2011-01-19. Retrieved 2014-06-29.
  10. ^ "Books, books and more books". Homotopia Criminal Queers. 21 July 2011. Archived from the original on 23 July 2012.
  11. ^ "Against Equality: Don't Ask to Fight Their Wars on". Retrieved 2014-06-29.
  12. ^ Materville Studios - Host of Windy City Times. "Against Equality launches new book on DADT". Retrieved 2014-06-29.
  13. ^ "Against Equality: Prisons Will Not Protect You on". Retrieved 2014-06-29.
  14. ^ "Editor Q&A with Ryan Conrad of Against Equality". 2014-02-18. Retrieved 2014-06-29.
  15. ^ "Events Listing". Against Equality. Retrieved 2014-06-29.

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