Back in May, I was interviewed by Tikkun magazine's assistant editor Alana Yu-lan Price for a piece on contemporary queer politics. The article, "The Transformative Promise of Queer Politics," is now out on the stands and on the web, and it's an extremely interesting and nuanced perspective on the current state of movement politics.
I was especially pleased to be featured alongside some of my favorite queer thinkers and writers, like John D'Emilio, and to be able to talk about the kinds of groups that are crafting a radical queer agenda. Price succinctly describes the work being done by groups outside the mainstream LGBT movement:
Far from the modest, assimilationist agenda of D.C.-based lobby groups such as the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the agenda of these small grassroots groups includes work on the interlocking issues of violence and discrimination against queer and trans people, the exploitation endured by all within the global economic system, the neoliberal drift toward the privatization of formerly public institutions and resources, the growth of the prison system and the mass incarceration of black and Latino youth, homelessness, and the criminalization of immigrants.
More after the jump.