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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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12. Queer Love: Queering Coalitional Politics

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AIMEE CARRILLO ROWE, RAECHEL TIFFE, DUSTIN BRADLEY GOLTZ, JASON ZINGSHEIM, MEREDITH M. BAGLEY AND SHEENA MALHOTRA

2010

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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