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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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29. Gay Weddings: “What Next?” and “What Else?”

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DUSTIN BRADLEY GOLTZ

Lights come up. GHOST taps champagne flute to get attention of audience. DUSTY puts on tuxedo jacket and addresses the audience.

DUSTY: Today Jimmy and Brian follow a tradition, which honors tradition itself. Traditions of their parents, that of their rearing, and yet they stand on the cusp of a second liminality. Marriage is not new. From our first breath, it is there for us to define the future, to structure a template for the years we spend in this life. Queerness is not defined. It is open, it seeks out and celebrates the potentiality that each present and each new moment affords—it celebrates brave and fearless discovery, never mapping, yet illuminating a new terrain. A new terrain of…of

(He puts down the card and pauses, realizing he’s lost everyone’s attention.)

Hey, Brian, do you remember being 18 and us thinking that once we came out we’d find this sea of fascinating queers who live their lives in ways we had yet to imagine? Remember the countless Pride events, parades, and parties and not really paying attention to what was going on in the spaces to our left or our right? Who these people really were? As if the world revolved around me and you and the cute boys we would single out in seas of thousands of faces, leaving the rest of those thousands a blur. And how that blur has come to...

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