Questions for LGBTQ Worldmaking
Edited By Dustin Bradley Goltz and Jason Zingsheim
12. Queer Love: Queering Coalitional Politics
AIMEE CARRILLO ROWE, RAECHEL TIFFE, DUSTIN BRADLEY GOLTZ, JASON ZINGSHEIM, MEREDITH M. BAGLEY AND SHEENA MALHOTRA
Language and Coalition
Raechel: A few months ago I awoke early in the morning to a text message from a union organizer friend of mine in Chicago. The first of two texts read: “What is your fancy word for sex change operation? And what about when a lesbian couple gets pregnant?”
Dusty: Language and identities of difference, and the residue of essentialism, seem to sit at the heart of these obstacles for me: who we are, who we are with, and the shorthand for experience—which is language—to organize our affinities, families, and those we know, feel, understand, and are aligned with.
Meredith: I became a minister this fall. Only a Universal Life Church minister, and the labor required for this title was far, far less than the academic title I also acquired in 2010. My choice to sign up with Universal Life is as quixotic as the event that motivated me: a lesbian “wedding” between a US Army staff sergeant and a Montessori school teacher in Austin, Texas—where same sex weddings are both illegal and unconstitutional. I didn’t need an official minster title to navigate this doubly banned, secret-but-known clusterfuck of a ceremony—I need the world’s best GPS machine.
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