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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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23. Stone Soup: Building Community, Creating Family—The Expansive Possibilities of Queer Love

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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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