Claiming Space, Identity, and Justice
5. The Quare Agenda of RuPaul’s Drag U, by Lisa Weems
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The Quare Agenda of RuPaul’s Drag U
I can still remember the first time that I came across the term “the gay agenda.” It was 20 years ago and I still cringe at the memory. Actually, the term that was used was “the homosexual agenda” and it was written in big bold print on a newsletter from Focus on the Family,1 one of the oldest and most powerful right-wing Evangelical Christian organizations in the United States, led by Dr. James Dobson. I was 18 years old when I found the newsletter on my father’s desk. At the time, I wasn’t shocked to see the newsletter there or by the hateful and absurd propaganda regarding homosexuals as “dangerous pedophiles” and the need for Focus on the Family to rid society of these filthy criminals. My parents, both raised in fairly secular households, became devout fundamentalist Christians shortly after their marriage. My sense is that they did so in an attempt to “save” themselves and their children from the hardships they experienced when they were growing up. I think it was much easier for them to believe that a lack of faith, morals, and deference to God were to blame for their suffering, rather than the cruel yet mundane dynamics of domestic and sexual violence, racial discrimination, and poverty experienced in their everyday life in rural Nebraska. Thus, ever since I can remember, my brother, sisters, and I...
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