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(p. 1-2). A segment of Rawls’ theory of social justice highly relevant to gay and lesbian oppression concerns the original position and the veil of ignorance. The original position is state of mind an individual places him or herself in through

a use

of the veil of ignorance. The veil of ignorance is applied when an individual removes all the societal labels he or she has received along with any personal traits that he or she may have

which can lead to a societal label. participant represents, not himself

“This supposes that each or herself, but some unknown

segment of society” (Anderson, 2002, p.2). Under ignorance, individuals are not permitted to know positions or “particular comprehensive doctrines they represent” (Anderson, 2002, p. 2).

the veil of their social of the persons

The veil implies an individual’s ignorance to their race and ethnic group, gender, sexual orientation, social class, intelligence, disability, and other traits (Anderson, 2002).

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