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This Article starts with an outsider narrative about a man named Joe. His story is a starting point for a discussion of heterosexual interpellation. In general, interpellation is the notion that systems of ideas are the medium through which a person finds one's sense of self and comes to recognize oneself as an emotionally and politically sentient subject. In heterosexual thought, the expectations of gay people show up in refracted and fractured ways, both internally in their respective psyches and as manifested in their public claims for relief from oppression. After showing how heterosexual interpellation works, the discussion following Joe's story points to legal scholarship that offers more solid ground for sexual minority expectations. Such scholarship involves "interpellative advocacy," a commitment to using crushed expectations-as reconstituted through libidinal rage-to further the "coming to speech ' of a sexual minority outside of the heterosexual matrix.