Questions for LGBTQ Worldmaking
Edited By Dustin Bradley Goltz and Jason Zingsheim
23. Stone Soup: Building Community, Creating Family—The Expansive Possibilities of Queer Love
ANN RUSSO AND FRANCESCA ROYSTER
Ann: When I think of queer love, I think of everyday ways we expand who and how we love. I think of how together and with others, we live and love often in defiance of the borders and mandates of segregated belongings of gender, sexuality, race, class, ethnicity, religion, age, ability and more. How we share a desire for an expansive embrace of who we see ourselves becoming through who we see ourselves in community with and who we love. As Aimee Carrillo Rowe expresses so powerfully—“whom we love is who we are becoming” (2010, p. 3). And for her, like us, she means “‘love’ not necessarily in the narrow sense of lovers, or even friends, although I mean those relations too—I mean ‘love’ in the more expansive sense of whose lives matter to us. Whose well-being is essential to our own? And whose survival must we overlook in order to connect to power in the ways that we do? … The sites of our belonging constitute how we see the world, what we value, who we are becoming” (p. 3).
Francesca: When I think of queer love, I think about home: I’m sitting on the couch in our living room and every item I see from here brings to mind an aspect of belonging, a way that we’ve created love, home and relation in ways that are queered, unpredictable, nonlinear, rethinking heteronormative notions of kinship and family:...
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