Wednesday, August 03, 2011

My Queer Positions

I found a link on the Facebook page of a much-beloved social justice activist named Kay Olsen.
On it, there was a quote:
Some will read “queer” as synonymous with “gay and lesbian” or “LGBT.” This reading falls short. While those who would fit within the constructions of “L”, “G”, “B”, or “T” could fall within the discursive limits of queer, queer is not a stable area to inhabit. Queer is not merely another identity that can be tacked onto a list of neat social categories, nor the quantitative sum of our identities. Rather, it is the qualitative position of opposition to presentations of stability—an identity that problematizes the manageable limits of identity. Queer is a territory of tension, defined against the dominant narrative of white-hetero-monogamous-patriarchy, but also by an affinity with all who are marginalized, otherized, and oppressed. Queer is the abnormal, the strange, the dangerous. Queer involves our sexuality and our gender, but so much more. It is our desire and fantasies and more still. Queer is the cohesion of everything in conflict with the heterosexual capitalist world. Queer is a total rejection of the regime of the Normal.
It was taken from a manifesto called "Toward the Queerest Insurrection"

Perhaps, this will help people understand why I am not jumping for joy each time I hear that gay marriage has been legalized somewhere. Fighting for "marriage equality" is fighting to be included in an elitist institution. "Marriage equality" is not a social justice issue. "Marriage equality" postulates that elites within gay and lesbian communities deserve to be able to participate in and contribute to the marginalization of those whose relationships the government has deemed unworthy of the benefits accorded to married people (e.g. couples that include trans* folks, people with disabilities, polyandrous/polygynous househoulds).

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