Queer Futures

An issue of: Radical History Review

Queer Futures
Journal Issue Pages: 260 Volume 8, Number 100 Number: 100 Published: 2008 An issue of Radical History Review
In this special issue of Radical History Review, scholars and activists examine the rise of “homonormativity,” a lesbian and gay politics that embraces neoliberal values under the guise of queer sexual liberation. Contributors look at the historical forces through which lesbian and gay rights organizations and community advocates align with social conservatives and endorse family-oriented formations associated with domestic partnership, adoption, military service, and gender-normative social roles.

Distinguished by its historical approach, “Queer Futures” examines homonormativity as a phenomenon that emerged in the United States after World War II and gained traction in the 1960s and 1970s. One essay compares Anita Bryant’s antigay campaigns in the late 1970s with those of current same-sex marriage proponents to show how both focus on the abstract figure of the “endangered child.” Another essay explores how the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation’s organizational amnesia has shaped its often conservative agenda. Other essays include a Marxist reading of the transsexual body, an examination of reactionary politics at the core of the movement to repeal the U.S. military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, and a history of how “safe streets” patrols in the 1970s and 1980s became opportunities for urban gentrification and community exploitation.

Contributors. Anna M. Agathangelou, Daniel Bassichis, Aaron Belkin, Nan Alamilla Boyd, Maxime Cervulle, Vincent Doyle, Roderick A. Ferguson, Christina Hanhardt, Dan Irving, Regina Kunzel, Patrick McCreery, Kevin P. Murphy, Tavia Nyong’o, Jason Ruiz, David Serlin, Tamara L. Spira, Susan Stryker, Margot D. Weiss


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1. Editors’ Introduction–Kevin P. Murphy, Jason Ruiz, and David Serlin

2. Lessons in Being Gay: Queer Encounters in Gay and Lesbian Prison Activism–Regina Kunzel

3. Normalized Transgressions: Legitimizing the Transsexual Body as Productive–

Dan Irving

4. Butterflies, Whistles, and Fists: Gay Safe Streets Patrols and the “New Gay Ghetto,” 1976–1981–Christina Hanhardt

5. Gay Shame and BDSM Pride: Neoliberalism, Privacy, and Sexual Politics–

Margot D. Weiss

6. Do You Want Queer Theory (or Do You Want the Truth)? Intersections of Punk and Queer in the 1970s–Tavia Nyong’o

7. Intimate Investments: Homonormativity, Global Lockdown,

and Seductions of Empire–Anna M. Agathangelou, Daniel Bassichis, and Tamara L. Spira

8. Transgender History, Homonormativity, and Disciplinarity–Susan Stryker

9. Administering Sexuality; or, The Will to Institutionality–Roderick A. Ferguson

10. French Homonormativity and the Commodification of the Arab Body–Maxime Cervulle

11. Spam Filter: Gay Rights and the Normalization of Male-Male Rape in the U.S. Military–Aaron Belkin

12. Save Our Children/Let Us Marry: Gay Activists Appropriate the Rhetoric of Child Protectionism–Patrick McCreery

13. “But Joan! You’re My Daughter!” The Gay and Lesbian Alliance against Defamation and the Politics of Amnesia–Vincent Doyle

14. Sex and Tourism: The Economic Implications of the Gay Marriage Movement–Nan Alamilla Boyd

15. The Violence of Assimilation: An Interview with Mattilda aka Matt Bernstein Sycamore–Jason Ruiz

16. The Abusable Past–R. J. Lambrose

17. Notes on Contributors

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