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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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11. Gloria and Matthew




KIMBERLEE: May 14, 1994. The end of my first year in grad school. It came to me on email. Stunned, saddened, supposed to be working on a paper.

DUSTY: Anzaldúa is dead.

KIMBERLEE: Instead I build an altar. Piles of her books lay open, marked pages, light candles, burn sage. I offer her tequila, take a swig and replace the bottle. Throughout the night I cry.

DUSTY: Monday, October 12th, 1998. I’m in art school. I stand before an audience at a performance showcase. “To whoever will show up. It’s 2:29 A.M., October 11th and I am sitting here thinking, crying about the fact that I am supposed to perform for you tomorrow. I have been working on a short piece for the event, however, in the course of the last few days it no longer feels appropriate.”

KIMBERLEE: A boy in Wyoming, was beaten, and tied to a fence.

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