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Queer Praxis

Questions for LGBTQ Worldmaking

Edited By Dustin Bradley Goltz and Jason Zingsheim

Amidst rapid advances of mainstream gay and lesbian platforms, questions of essential sexual identities, queered rituals of family, queered notions of intimacy, queer considerations of time, and the possibility and value of queered systems of relation are largely absent. Resisting the public face of a normative and homogenous gay and lesbian community, and embracing a broadened conception of queerness, this book brings together 29 writers – a diverse community of scholars, lovers, and activists – to explore queer theory and embodied experiences within interpersonal relations and society at large. Enacting a critical intervention into the queer theoretical landscape, the book offers an alternative engagement where contributors centralize lived experience. Theoretical engagements are generated in relation and in dialogue with one another exploring collectivity, multiple points of entrance, and the living nature of critical theory. Readers gain familiarity with key concepts in queer thought, but also observe how these ideas can be navigated and negotiated in the social world. Queer Praxis serves as a model for queer relationality, enlisting transnational feminist, critical communication, and performance studies approaches to build dialogue across and through differing subjectivities.
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2. Queer Love: The Politics, Poetics and Performances of Queer Relations




The Invitation

To Our Dearest of Family—[list of 75 names in alphabetical order by first name].

Each of you has played a significant role in our lives and the cultivation of the relationship we, Dusty and Jason, have built together over the past three years. The life the two of us share is a life that we all share together, as each of you is a part of our family. For that reason, we wanted to give you an STD (Save The Date) announcement. Next year, on the weekend of June 6–8, 2008 (Friday to Sunday) we are hosting a Gayla (pronounced gay-la) in honor of the relationships and family of individuals who have supported, contributed, and in many ways defined who we are. In short, we invite each of you to join us in celebrating a significant period of transition in our lives as we finish our degree program, leave our hometown, and share the commitment we have made to one another through a ritualized joining of our family. Each of you is a part of our family—a part of a collective that has shaped our lives, our many loves, our hopes for the future, and our identities.

The weekend of June 6–8 will consist of a series of ritualized events culminating with a feast and a masquerade soiree on...

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