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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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16. Coalitions and Collisions

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FREDERICK C. COREY AND THOMAS K. NAKAYAMA

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Geoff flew out of the house with great fanfare, threw his arms into the air, and screamed hello. He had that way about him, with a large personality and capacity for great fun. This was a performance of gay Phoenix of the 1980s, a city of transplants, guys ready for the pool. Geoff flung himself over the hood and wriggled his way, face upward, over the windshield and up toward the sunroof.

“Judy’s hungry,” he exclaimed.

Judy was Geoff’s rectum. His butthole. The place he wanted filled, massaged or otherwise managed. Any discussion of Judy was concurrently hilarious and appalling. How could a group of people sit around and discuss another person’s anus? Here was how:

“Judy’s tired.”

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