The Courage to Be Queer


Author: Jeff Hood

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1498221920

Category: Religion

Page: 152

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God is Queer. In a world of normative paradigms, God will never fit in and nor should we. That twitching and itching for something more will consistently be present until we step out of our closets and into the Queer. The Courage to Be Queer is about the wildness and beauty of an indescribable and uncontainable God. What is the Queer calling us to be? We are to be the ones shouting for justice. We are to be the ones dancing for freedom. We are to be the ones dreaming for hope. We are to be the ones . . . In the midst of the spectacle of it all, there will be those observers who hear the knocking and lean in. Will you open the door?

Queer Greer


Author: A. J. Walkley

Publisher: A.J. Walkley

ISBN: 1604814659

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

View: 6756

Queer Greer is a coming of age story about high school junior Greer MacManus. Greer is uprooted from her childhood home in South Carolina when her father is determined to fulfill his strange but pressing dream to become a border-crossing coyote. Her parents take her and her younger sister to Prescott, Arizona to start a new life closer to the border. Greer enters a new school with the hopes of reinventing herself from the wallflower with one friend to speak of in order to become more of a social butterfly. She soon finds herself among the company of athletes, a swimmer herself. While she tries to get comfortable in her clique under the admiring eye of Cameron Keeting, the most attractive jock in school, Greer becomes increasingly interested in someone else. Rebecca Wilder, the beautiful swim team captain and infamous lesbian in town, befriends Greer, taking her under her wing. A love triangle soon overtakes Greer's world, leading to drug experimentation over the course of the year as she comes to grips with her sexuality. Shocked at the reactions of her best friend and boyfriend, and finding herself more alone than ever before, Greer turns to self-mutilation in order to cope when things start to fall apart. Without anyone to turn to, Greer must find an inner strength and the courage to be herself in a society that doesn't always understand.

Identity Envy Wanting to Be Who We're Not

Creative Nonfiction by Queer Writers


Author: Jim Tushinski,Jim Van Buskirk

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317953398

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 282

View: 4747

Gay men and lesbians present humorous and hard-hitting accounts of the need to belong . . . somewhere Why would a lesbian raised in a Jewish home have a sudden desire to be a tough-talking Catholic girl? And why would a gay man travel to Ireland in a desperate attempt to escape his “hillbilly” roots? Identity Envy—Wanting to Be Who We’re Not explores the connections gay men and lesbians have to religions, races, ethnicities, classes, families of origin, and genders not their own. This unique anthology takes both humorous and serious looks at the identities of others as queer writers explore their own identity envies in personal essays, memoirs, and other creative nonfiction. Gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, transgendered, intersex, and other sexual minorities often feel marginalized by mainstream culture and have a need to belong somewhere, to claim a group as their own. This surprising book presents stories of identity envy that are humorous and hard-hitting, poignant and provocative, written with energy, wit, and candor by many of your favorite writers-and some exciting newcomers. Identity Envy—Wanting to Be Who We’re Not includes: Gerard Wozek’s King Fu-infused “Chasing the Grasshopper” Max Pierce’s fantasy of being a “Child Star” that helped him through a troubled family life Lori Horvitz’s “Shiksa in my Living Room” D. Travers Scott's “EuroTex” Perry Brass's “A Serene Invisibility: Turning Myself into a Christian Girl” Jim Tushinski’s ode to Lost in Space, “The Perfect Space Family” Al Cho’s unlikely identification with Laura Ingalls Wilder characters, “Farmer Boy” Irish-American John Gilgun wishes he could be one of those “Italian-American Boys” Joan Annsfire rejects her Jewish heritage to become Catholic schoolgirl Corinne O'Donnell in “The Promise of Redemption” Andrew Ramer’s “Tales of a Male Lesbian” city slicker Mike McGinty’s life with the cattle folk, “You Picked a Fine Time to Leave Me, Helen” and much more! Identity Envy—Wanting to Be Who We’re Not is a must-read for anyone who appreciates good writing—especially gay and lesbian readers who know what it’s like to wish you were someone else.

Steel Closets

Voices of Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Steelworkers


Author: Anne Balay

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 1469614006

Category: Social Science

Page: 172

View: 7317

Steel Closets: Voices of Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Steelworkers

Queer Issues in Contemporary Latin American Cinema


Author: David William Foster

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 029278192X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 208

View: 6314

Viewing contemporary Latin American films through the lens of queer studies reveals that many filmmakers are exploring issues of gender identity and sexual difference, as well as the homophobia that attempts to defeat any challenge to the heterosexual norms of patriarchal culture. In this study of queer issues in Latin American cinema, David William Foster offers highly perceptive queer readings of fourteen key films to demonstrate how these cultural products promote the principles of an antiheterosexist stance while they simultaneously disclose how homophobia enforces the norms of heterosexuality. Foster examines each film in terms of the ideology of its narrative discourse, whether homoerotic desire or a critique of patriarchal heterosexism and its implications for Latin American social life and human rights. His analyses underscore the difficulties involved in constructing a coherent and convincing treatment of the complex issues involved in critiquing the patriarchy from perspectives associated with queer studies. The book will be essential reading for everyone working in queer studies and film studies. The films discussed in this book are: De eso no se habla (I Don't Want to Talk about It) El lugar sin límites (The Place without Limits) Aqueles dois (Those Two) Convivencia (Living Together) Conducta impropia (Improper Conduct) The Disappearance of García Lorca La Virgen de los Sicarios (Our Lady of the Assassins) Doña Herlinda y su hijo (Doña Herlinda and Her Son) No se lo digas a nadie (Don't Tell Anyone) En el paraíso no existe el dolor (There Is No Suffering in Paradise) A intrusa (The Interloper) Plata quemada (Burnt Money) Afrodita (Aphrodite) Fresa y chocolate (Strawberry and Chocolate)

Queering Freedom


Author: Shannon Winnubst

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253218308

Category: Philosophy

Page: 253

View: 801

In Queering Freedom, Shannon Winnubst examines contemporary categories of difference--sexuality, race, gender, class, and nationality--and how they operate within the politics of domination. Drawing on the work of Georges Bataille, Michel Foucault, and others, Winnubst engages feminist theory, race theory, and queer theory as she sheds light on blind spots that have characterized thinking about freedom. She develops strategies of "queering freedom" to undo the more subtle spatial and temporal norms and shatter structures of domination. This thoughtful and provocative work challenges the corn.

The Long Way Home


Author: Rachel Spangler

Publisher: Bold Strokes Books Inc

ISBN: 1602824770

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

View: 595

They say you can't go home again, but Raine St. James doesn't know why anyone would want to. Rory St. James was disowned after she came out at seventeen. She rebounded by moving to Chicago, changing her name to Raine and putting down her hometown to audiences around the country. Now, ten years later, too old to be considered a gay youth, broke, evicted, and fresh off a much needed break-up, Raine St. James is forced to accept a job teaching at Bramble University in Darlington, the town she's been publicly bashing for the last decade. Beth Devoroux was born and raised in Darlington. Despite losing her parents at a young age, she is well loved by everyone who knows her. She leads a comfortable life with good job at Bramble University, a long-term but closeted relationship, friends that she can count on, and everything she thinks she wants, so why is she so drawn to a rabble-rouser like Raine St. James? Can Raine and Beth face their pasts and come to terms with their differences in order to have any hope for a future together?

Philip Larkin: Letters to Monica


Author: Philip Larkin

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571264611

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 496

View: 9245

Philip Larkin met Monica Jones at University College Leicester in autumn 1946, when they were both twenty-four; he was the newly-appointed assistant librarian and she was an English lecturer. In 1950 Larkin moved to Belfast, and thence to Hull, while Monica remained in Leicester, becoming by turns his correspondent, lover and closest confidante, in a relationship which lasted over forty years until the poet's death in 1985. This remarkable unpublished correspondence only came to light after Monica Jones's death in 2001, and consists of nearly two thousand letters, postcards and telegrams, which chronicle - day by day, sometimes hour by hour - every aspect of Larkin's life and the convolutions of their relationship.

Follies of God

Tennessee Williams and the Women of the Fog


Author: James Grissom

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 1101874651

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 416

View: 361

An extraordinary book; one that almost magically makes clear how Tennessee Williams wrote; how he came to his visions of Amanda Wingfield, his Blanche DuBois, Stella Kowalski, Alma Winemiller, Lady Torrance, and the other characters of his plays that transformed the American theater of the mid-twentieth century; a book that does, from the inside, the almost impossible—revealing the heart and soul of artistic inspiration and the unwitting collaboration between playwright and actress, playwright and director. At a moment in the life of Tennessee Williams when he felt he had been relegated to a “lower artery of the theatrical heart,” when critics were proclaiming that his work had been overrated, he summoned to New Orleans a hopeful twenty-year-old writer, James Grissom, who had written an unsolicited letter to the great playwright asking for advice. After a long, intense conversation, Williams sent Grissom on a journey on the playwright’s behalf to find out if he, Tennessee Williams, or his work, had mattered to those who had so deeply mattered to him, those who had led him to what he called the blank page, “the pale judgment.” Among the more than seventy giants of American theater and film Grissom sought out, chief among them the women who came to Williams out of the fog: Lillian Gish, tiny and alabaster white, with enormous, lovely, empty eyes (“When I first imagined a woman at the center of my fantasia, I . . . saw the pure and buoyant face of Lillian Gish. . . . [She] was the escort who brought me to Blanche”) . . . Maureen Stapleton, his Serafina of The Rose Tattoo, a shy, fat little girl from Troy, New York, who grew up with abandoned women and sad hopes and whose job it was to cheer everyone up, goad them into going to the movies, urge them to bake a cake and have a party. (“Tennessee and I truly loved each other,” said Stapleton, “we were bound by our love of the theater and movies and movie stars and comedy. And we were bound to each other particularly by our mothers: the way they raised us; the things they could never say . . . The dreaming nature, most of all”) . . . Jessica Tandy (“The moment I read [Portrait of a Madonna],” said Tandy, “my life began. I was, for the first time . . . unafraid to be ruthless in order to get something I wanted”) . . . Kim Stanley . . . Bette Davis . . . Katharine Hepburn . . . Jo Van Fleet . . . Rosemary Harris . . . Eva Le Gallienne (“She was a stone against which I could rub my talent and feel that it became sharper”) . . . Julie Harris . . . Geraldine Page (“A titanic talent”) . . . And the men who mattered and helped with his creations, including Elia Kazan, José Quintero, Marlon Brando, John Gielgud . . . James Grissom’s Follies of God is a revelation, a book that moves and inspires and uncannily catches that illusive “dreaming nature.”

Keep Your Courage

A Radical Christian Feminist Speaks


Author: Carter Heyward

Publisher: Church Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 1596271345

Category: Religion

Page: 241

View: 5107

Carter Heyward is one of the most influential and controversial theologians of our time. Under headings Speaking Truth to Power, Remembering Who We Are, and Celebrating Our Friends, she reflects on how movements for gender and sexual justice reverberate globally. In this volume of occasional pieces, the lesbian feminist theologian bears witness to the sacred struggles to topple oppressive power. These pieces illustrate feminist theologys bold and transformative engagement of its cultural, political, social, and theological contexts.

The Courage to Connect

Sexuality, Citizenship, and Community in Provincetown


Author: Sandra L. Faiman-Silva

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 9780252028977

Category: Social Science

Page: 278

View: 7444

An examination of the transformation of a town from a Portuguese ethnic community into a predominantly homosexual tourist enclave. Focuses on Provincetown RI Based on over six years of fieldwork, Sandra L. Faiman-Silva's The Courage to Connect traces the transformation of the well-known Cape Cod community of Provincetown from its nineteenth century origins a Portuguese fishing town to its present status as a welcoming, sexually diverse tourist enclave. The book critically examines the history of the Portuguese ethnic community and the local economy, as well as the nature of intersections between gay and straight culture in areas such as public education, local government, and the police. Using queer and critical culture theory to deconstruct day-to-day local encounters, it lays bare the roots of social conflicts and how they can be resolved. Capturing the pathos and joy of a community that has struggled to accommodate radical social changes, The Courage to Connect serves as a model for understanding how communities can construct themselves to overcome their differences.

Mind of an Outlaw

Selected Essays


Author: Norman Mailer

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141394994

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 656

View: 3233

The definitive Norman Mailer collection, as he writes on Marilyn Monroe, culture, ideology, boxing, Hemingway, politics, sex, celebrity and - of course - Norman Mailer From his early 'A Credo for the Living', published in 1948, when the author was twenty-five, to his final writings in the year before his death, Mailer wrestled with the big themes of his times. He was one of the most astute cultural commentators of the postwar era, a swashbuckling intellectual provocateur who never pulled a punch and was rarely anything less than interesting. Mind of an Outlaw spans the full arc of Mailer's evolution as a writer, including such essential pieces as his acclaimed 1957 meditation on hipsters, 'The White Negro'; multiple selections from his wonderful Advertisements for Myself; and a never-before-published essay on Freud. The book is introduced by Jonathan Lethem.

Generation Queer

A Gay Man's Quest for Hope, Love, and Justice


Author: Bob Paris

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0446566047

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 300

View: 9372

Coming to terms with being gay in this society can be a stressful and lonely experience. Drawing on his own journey, Bob Paris' new book is designed to encourage gays to be proud of who they are.

Who gives a shit!!

Choose your own path


Author: Jenny Connors

Publisher: BalboaPress

ISBN: 9781452502496

Category: Self-Help

Page: 76

View: 8407

Are you a frustrated parent trying to bring up an adolescent? Are you a frustrated adolescent trying to bring up your parent? When Shit Happens!!! Learn how to move through the limiting thoughts and into your own power with the intent to prosper. Take control of your life. You are the key to unlocking your creative free will. Take command of the only thing you can, in an uncertain world, YOU. Now is your chance to help create your own world. Quit the struggle Understand the reason why shit happens Find your self choosing to create your own reality Can you feel that the structures of the old society are being rocked!! There are real changes in how we see ourselves fitting into the new world. Now is the time to embrace the changes and choose your future! Change is inevitable you can choose to This Sink Or that Swim



Author: Larry Kramer

Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.

ISBN: 9781555846671

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

View: 6433

Larry Kramer's Faggots has been in print since its original publication in 1978 and has become one of the best-selling novels about gay life ever written. The book is a fierce satire of the gay ghetto and a touching story of one man's desperate search for love there, and reading it today is a fascinating look at how much, and how little, has changed.



Author: Hank Garner

Publisher: Hank Garner


Category: Fiction

Page: 190

View: 9599

Huck, a young man from Weston, Mississippi, sits alone in a diner, pondering the misery of his life. The weather is dreary, much like Huck's life at the moment. An elderly gentleman joins him for a cup of coffee while riding out the storm. Huck's life will never be the same. Bloom has been described as a mixture of The Notebook and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. With its unique twist on the genre, you will find yourself in love with the characters. Love, loss, friendship, and betrayal play out against the backdrop of the deep South. Bloom is the story of a young man's struggle with life, a kindly old soul's wisdom, and a love so powerful that even darkness cannot prevail in the lives of the willful. Full of raw emotion, and a stark, but real view of life, Bloom is a story guaranteed to resonate with readers on many levels, and shows we are more than the sum of our experiences. What people are saying about Bloom: " I (& many others I'm sure) totally get the point!! Struggle, sweetness, magnolias, friendship, redemption, love...." "This book moved me to tears. Sad, happy, and everything in between. True life, true love." "I cried out loud, and I laughed out loud. What a beautiful story!" "I want more!" There is nothing in the world like a wedding in July. Especially if that wedding is in a church in the country. This particular church just happened to be the oldest one in Reid County, just outside of Weston, Mississippi. The wedding plans had been ramping up for months, and it was finally the day. Huck looked out and imagined what it would be like later when the guests packed in the church, and all the guests would be dressed in their best. But for now, it was quiet. The women always take priority on the wedding day; the men just have to show up and do as they are told. Everyone knows that weddings are run by the women. As long as the men do as they are told, all will be OK. Huck had butterflies in his stomach. He had dreamed of this day for so long, and he couldn’t believe it was finally here. There was a time that he didn’t believe that a day like today could happen. Huck heard some of the women coming in the back of the church. He decided that he should get out of the way and let them get settled. He walked out of the front doors of the church and toward the pasture that sat to the west of the church and toward the split rail fence that separated the church from the pasture. Two sides of the pasture were lined with magnolia trees that were in the final stages of bloom. Their petals had fallen over the course of the last week or so and made a surreal picture of white and pink carpeting along the edges of the field of green. Huck walked toward the fence, the journal that he had been carrying all morning under his arm. One hop over and he was walking through the trees. He sat down under a sizeable magnolia and faced the church. This day was happy for so many reasons, but he felt the full weight of it all of a sudden. He had not read the journal in a long time and with today being the start of a new chapter, it felt like a good time to reflect. There were so many times that could not have turned out well. Life has a way of knocking the breath of you when you look back on it. Joy and sadness are close kin. Huck closed his eyes and thought about that day back then. The day that he thought he could not go on. The day that the dreams had finally caught up to him. He flipped open the journal and began to read.

A Companion to Rainer Werner Fassbinder


Author: Brigitte Peucker

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1444354051

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 656

View: 6220

A Companion to Rainer Werner Fassbinder is the first of its kind to engage with this important figure. Twenty-eight essays by an international group of scholars consider this controversial director's contribution to German cinema, German history, gender studies, and auteurship. A fresh collection of original research providing diverse perspectives on Fassbinder’s work in films, television, poetry, and underground theatre. Rainer Werner Fassbinder remains the preeminent filmmaker of the New German Cinema whose brief but prolific body of work spans from the latter half of the 1960s to the artist’s death in 1982. Interrogates Fassbinder’s influence on the seminal ideas of his time: auteurship, identity, race, queer studies, and the cataclysmic events of German twentieth century history Contributions from internationally diverse scholars specializing in film, culture, and German studies. Includes coverage of his key films including: Gods of the Plague (1970), Beware of a Holy Whore (1971), The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972), Martha (1973) (TV), World on a Wire (1973), Effi Briest (1974), Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974), Fox and His Friends (1975), Fear of Fear (1975), Chinese Roulette (1976), In a Year With 13 Moons (1978), Despair (1978), The Third Generation (1979), Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980) (TV), and Querelle (1982).

Queer Ideas

The David R. Kessler Lectures in Lesbian and Gay Studies


Author: City University of New York. Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies,Martin Duberman,Alisa Solomon

Publisher: Feminist Press at CUNY

ISBN: 9781558614499

Category: Education

Page: 215

View: 5358

This volume brings together ten core thinkers in the field of lesbian and gay studies. Participants in the outstanding Kessler series, hosted by CLAGS, the premiere U.S. think-tank in the field, they present ten -diverse approaches to the experiences, history, and culture of lesbian and gay people, and in the process they think new and queer ideas into being. Beginning with Joan Nestle, who explores the outsider status of lesbians through the complex life a black lesbian domestic worker, and ending with Judith Butler, who speaks on -human rights in the aftermath of -September 11. The collection includes the pantheon of queer theorists: Edmund White on queer fiction and criticism, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick on the dialogics of love, and John D'Emilio on gay civil rights activist Bayard Rustin.

Gay Travels in the Muslim World


Author: Michael Luongo

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136570470

Category: Social Science

Page: 232

View: 3964

Travel beyond the fear and paranoia of 9-11 to experience Muslim culture Gay Travels in the Muslim World journeys where other gay travel books fear to tread—Muslim countries. This thought-provoking book tells both Muslim and non-Muslim gay men's stories of traveling in the Middle East during these difficult political times. The true, very personal tales reveal how gay men celebrate their lives and meetings with local men, including a gay soldier's story of his tour of duty in Iraq. Insightful and at times sexy, this intelligent book goes beyond 9-11 and the present political and cultural divides to illustrate the real experiences of gay men in trouble zones—in an effort to seek peace for all. After the collapse of the Twin Towers, fears about terrorism and Muslim culture went hand in hand. Gay Travels in the Muslim World enters the current war zones to bring real and very personal stories of gay men who live and travel in these dangerous areas. This book challenges readers' preconceptions and assumptions about both homosexuality and being Muslim, while showing the wide range of experiences—good and bad—about the regions as well as the differences in attitudes and beliefs. Excerpts from Gay Travels in the Muslim World: From “I Want Your Eyes” by David Stevens Men by themselves are rare. I pass a handsome Omani man sitting on the Corniche wall with a cigarette between his long brown fingers. He wears his colourful cuma cap at a jaunty angle and his mustard-coloured dishdasha has risen up to reveal tantalizingly hairy calves. I note the carefully made holes in his ears—not in his ear lobes but deep inside the cartilages—a pre-Islamic custom still practiced on some male babies to ward off evil spirits. I decide it suits him. From “It All Began with Mamadou” by Jay Davidson Drawing definitive conclusions about a society after living here for a little more than a year is not a wise, safe, or responsible action on my part. If a society's culture is a mosaic of thousands of little tiles, then I like to think that what I have been able to piece together has been a tableau in which certain aspects have become discernable, some are a little less clear, and others remain in a way that I will never see as whole and comprehensible. From “A Market and a Mosque” by Martin Foreman Sylhet, Bangladesh: It's eight o'clock in the evening and Tarique and Paritosh are taking me out to look at the cruising spots. Until I flew in here this afternoon, all I knew of the provincial city and the surrounding area was that it was where most of the Bangladeshis in the UK come from—and since most of the Bangladeshis in the UK live in my home borough of Tower Hamlets, I feel a kind of affinity with the place. Whether or not Sylhet feels an affinity with me is a different matter. From “Work In Progress: Notes From A Continuing Journey of Manufacturing Dissent” by Parvez Sharma In the construction of the image and life of the “queer” Muslim is also the awareness of the not so well known fact that a sexual revolution of immense proportions came to the earliest Muslims, some 1,300 years before the West had even thought about it. This promise of equal gender rights and, unlike in the Bible, the stress on sex as not just reproduction but also enjoyment within the confines of marriage has all but been lost in the rhetoric spewing from loudspeakers perched on Masjid's—or mosques—in Riyadh, Marrakech and Islamabad. The same Islam that has for centuries not only tolerated but also openly celebrated homosexuality is, today, used to justify a state-sanctioned pogrom against gay men in Egypt—America's “enlightened” friend in the Middle East. Gay Travels in the Muslim World is a refreshing, well written look a