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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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18. I Know I Am Supposed To

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DUSTIN BRADLEY GOLTZ AND KIMBERLEE PÉREZ

Both performers put on thick-framed, “scholarly” glasses, with bulging/mismatched eyes taped inside. Their bodies move through a sequence of overly staged poses.

DUSTY: I know that if I speak about race, it should be as apology.

KIMBERLEE: I know I’m supposed to criticize white people. To reduce all speech and action to white privilege and mobility.

DUSTY: I know I’m supposed to cite the gay male mantra “silence equals death.”

KIMBERLEE: I know I’m supposed to mistrust white people; to assume that my presence is tokenism, to make them look less racist.

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