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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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22. Queer Love: Futurity and Potentiality

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RAECHEL TIFFE, MEREDITH M. BAGLEY, JASON ZINGSHEIM, KIMBERLEE PÉREZ AND DUSTIN BRADLEY GOLTZ

2013

The Ambivalence of the Post-Queer, Gay Curmudgeon

Dusty

The question is easy to answer- “who has the privilege to age out of queerness?” I think I am more interested in the why and the how that enables, permits, but also ushers, aging gay white men through a pattern I am only tentatively marking as a recurrent performative trend (that may or may not be unique to the academy).

I was not there, but I heard the story, the stories, and somewhere in me these recalled events became deeply connected, registered, real and tangible and, in some ways, familiar. Let me set the stage. We are in a meeting amidst a discussion of queer faculty and students talking about potential speakers for the coming year.

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