Sexual Reorientation

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Glazer proposes an entirely new way of understanding sexual orientation for law but also for life. Glazer introduces the distinction between an individual's "General Orientation" which is the sex toward which an individual is generally attracted, and an individual's "Specific Orientation" which is the sex of an individual's chosen partner(s). While for many the two orientations are identical, for bisexuals the two orientations often differ. Glazer's framework makes room for bisexuals, as well as others whose orientations do not fit within the rigid categories that govern the collective understanding of human sexuality.

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Professor Elizabeth M. Glazer is an Associate Professor of Law at Hofstra University Law School and the Co-director of the Hofstra LGBT Rights Fellowship. She received B.A. and M.A. degrees in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania in 2001. Professor Glazer recieved a J.D. in 2004 from the University of Chicago, while serving as a member of the Law Review. Her research examines the topic of exclusion in the First Amendment, antidiscrimination law and property law. Recent work has focused on the legal treatment of sexual minorities–specifically, bisexuals, transgender individuals and polyamorists–who do not fit precisely into antidiscrimination law’s established identity categories. Glazer’s recent work has appeared in the Northwest University Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review PENNumbra, the Temple Political & Civil Rights Law Review and the Hofstra Law Review, among other journals. She has also been invited to deliver lectures at Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Northwestern University School of Law, the University of Chicago Law School, among other schools, and to Morgan Stanley, Nixon Peabody LLP, The City of New York’s Department of Juvenile Justice, among other organizations. She was selected by the National LGBT Bar Association as one of the “Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40" in 2010. Professor Glazer teaches courses in First Amendment, Jurisprudence, Property, Law & Sexuality, Business Drafting and Transactional Lawyering.