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Links 1 through 10 of 29 by Latoya Peterson tagged queer

"Alex's workspace is a little corner cubicle — nothing fancy, just a desktop computer, a phone, and an empty cup of iced coffee from the neighborhood deli. Alex is a Filipino from the island of Guam. Both cultures, he tells me, have the perception that gay men are just effeminate men who want to be women. "This all plays into the stereotype that gay people are second class citizens, mentally disturbed individuals, and sinners. Since the ideal of the masculine man is the norm, a man would have to be crazy to want to look like a woman or do womanly things." Even in the US, "it's hard to recruit drag queens in the community. There's a lot of stigma around it. A lot of Asian men already feel hyper emasculated.""

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"Here is the translated full text of Butler's speech (h/t The European Graduate School):

When I consider what it means today, to accept such an award, then I believe, that I would actually lose my courage, if i would simply accept the price under the present political conditions. ... For instance: Some of the organizers explicitly made racist statements or did not dissociate themselves from them. The host organizations refuse to understand antiracist politics as an essential part of their work. Having said this, I must distance myself from this complicity with racism, including anti-Muslim racism."

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"Queercore has been defined as ” a cultural and social movement that began in the mid-1980s as an offshoot of punk. It is distinguished by a discontent with society in general and a complete disapproval of the gay and lesbian community and its oppressive agenda. Queercore expresses itself in DIY style through zines, music, writing, art and film. ” I have, however, been specifically studying the musical and theatrical aspects of Queercore. After listening to and watching videos of many bands and artists who consider their music to be under the genre of Queercore, it seems there is a lack of racial diversity in this music that is written and played mainly for queer individuals, obviously including queer-identified people who are in racial minority groups. I was, however, able to find several musicians and artists of various racial minority groups that consider themselves to be part of Queercore."

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"We can place the figure of the feminist kill joy alongside the angry black woman, explored by black feminist writers such as Audre Lorde and bell hooks. The angry black woman could also be described as a kill-joy; she may even kill feminist joy, for example, by pointing out forms of racism within feminist politics. bell hooks describes for us how the arrival of a woman of color disturbs a shared atmosphere: “a group of white feminist activists who do not know one another may be present at a meeting to discuss feminist theory. They may feel bonded on the basis of shared womanhood, but the atmosphere will noticeably change when a woman of color enters the room. The white women will become tense, no longer relaxed, no longer celebratory.”

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"It seems to me that what is most important about Kugle's text is the implications such a reexamination of homoerotic desire in South Asian history has for current queer liberation movements. He seems to suggest this as well, saying that "to acknowledge the homoerotic past of Mahmud and Ayaz would give the movement a well-known historic prototype and also show how recently the communalist portraits of Mahmud were invented, and how far they are from capturing an 'authentic' historical reality" (44). "

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"So I think that Judith Butler at least circa 2004 is making room for race, but she also brings in a layer that I haven’t mentioned before—legibility. You have to be recognized as belonging to a certain group before you are understood fully or as fully human. Like in the movie “Precious” when the main character gets angry at the social worker, asking her “what type of black are you?” because her skin was so light. This concept of legibility presumes a sort of lexicon, a set of signifiers for a given race, sex, or gender. "

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"Some parents from Meadowlark and Buena Vista Elementary were upset about a photo in the exhibit of a transgendered person with the word "queer" in the caption. They expressed concerns the photo introduced an adult subject about sexuality that they don't think is appropriate for younger students."

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"Many already feel marginalised as Latinos and gays in the broader American society but also feel stereotyped as Latinos within the gay community, he says."

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"Lastly, the show’s elimination-style competition between contestants for Tila’s affections enforced monogamy as the only option"

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"The network announced Wednesday that a second season of "A Shot at Love" will air this spring and will once again feature Tequila looking for love, reality TV style, among a group of men and women."

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