Our analysis of lesbian and gay demands for law's violence as good violence now shifts to introduce another challenge, which arises in the specific political context of the contemporary demands for safety and security: law and order. Brown (1995a) poses a question that is at the heart of our challenge to the lesbian and gay politics of violence and safety. She asks, ‘What kind of attachments to unfreedom can be discerned in contemporary political formations ostensibly concerned with emancipation?’ (p. xii). We want to raise some questions about the nature of the emotional attachments being made within contemporary lesbian and gay politics of violence and safety in and through a law and order politics.