top
From the Open-Publishing Calendar
From the Open-Publishing Newswire
Indybay Feature
Tue Feb 23 2010 (Updated 03/19/10)
JOMO: "Queer Liberation Is Class Struggle"
Tue Feb 23 2010 (Updated 03/19/10)
What Is This Broader Vision of Queer Liberation That Marriage Is a Reform Toward?
Via Gathering Forces JOMO writes: "In the past two years, the issue of gay marriage has dominated the scene of queer struggles. Some of us are actively supportive, others, grudgingly supportive, and more others who rail that yet again, queer struggles are being monopolized by assimilationist, middle class versions of normality and family: 'We are the same as you, except for in bed.'

"Some supporters of gay marriage point to the economic benefits of marriage. Working class and poor queers need marriage to help alleviate their poverty; immigrant queers need marriage to get US citizenship. I agree. Yet, let’s not forget that many queers will never get married because of their suspicions of state institutions. Granting gay marriage doesn’t guarantee that immigrant spouses get visas or are free from ICE harassment. Also, around us we see families for whom marriage has not helped alleviate the race and class oppressions that they face everyday. It is undeniable that the struggle for gay marriage has been dominated by white, middle class queers who support the Democrats and are ashamed of those of us who don’t fit in their status quo.

"One may see gay marriage as a reform to be won to open up space for more gains for queer liberation. Indeed, if gay marriage was simply a tactic within a broader strategy that integrated class, race and queer struggles, perhaps it wouldn’t cause so much anxiety among radical queer circles. In the absence of a broader strategy and vision however, all our hopes get pinned on this one struggle and the questions become stressful, burdensome and intense: Are we betraying our roots? Are we fighting for the society we envision through this struggle? Exactly what is this broader vision of queer liberation that gay marriage is a reform toward?"

Read More | Gathering Forces

imc_audio.gifCritique of Gay Marriage by radical Queers - KPFA's Women's Magazine | Queer of Color's Critique Gay Marriage | Beyond Gay Marriage

Indybay Older Coverage of Same Sex Marriage: Same Sex Couples Try to Apply for Marriage Licenses in San Mateo County | Meeting in the Middle: Marriage Equality and the Struggle for Civil Rights | Protests Follow Supreme Court Decision Upholding Proposition 8
02/24/17 Activists Protest HP Enterprise for Profiteering from Racism in Israel-Palestine and U.S. Front Page | Anti-War | San Francisco | U.S. | International | Palestine02/24/17 Protest After Fresno Mayor Lee Brand Says City Will Not Provide Sanctuary for Immigrants Front Page | Police State and Prisons | Racial Justice | Central Valley | Government & Elections | Immigrant Rights02/23/17 Shortly After Shutdowns of College Speaking Events, Milo Shunned by His Own People Front Page | Racial Justice | Global Justice and Anti-Capitalism | Education & Student Activism | Central Valley | East Bay | U.S. | Immigrant Rights02/17/17 Santa Cruz DA Won't File Charges Against Police Officer Who Killed Man Holding Garden Rake Front Page | Police State and Prisons | Health, Housing, and Public Services | Santa Cruz Indymedia02/16/17 Nationwide Ramp-Up of Highly Militarized ICE Raids Includes California's Central Coast Front Page | Police State and Prisons | California | U.S. | Immigrant Rights | Santa Cruz Indymedia02/15/17 Number of Monarchs Overwintering in California Remains Low Front Page | Environment & Forest Defense | California | U.S. | International | Americas | Santa Cruz Indymedia02/15/17 Civil Rights Groups Condemn New York City's Fordham University Ban on SJP Front Page | Education & Student Activism | U.S. | Palestine02/14/17 Safe Drinking Water Exemptions Allow Oil Companies to Dump Waste Fluid Into Aquifers Front Page | Environment & Forest Defense | Central Valley | East Bay | California | Government & Elections | Santa Cruz Indymedia02/13/17 Eight Banks Funding the Dakota Access Pipeline Protested Front Page | Environment & Forest Defense | Racial Justice | Peninsula | U.S.02/13/17 Dam Maintenance Neglected as Governor Brown Promotes Delta Tunnels Front Page | Environment & Forest Defense | Central Valley | California | Government & Elections02/09/17 International Women's General Strike on March 8: Walk Out, March and Demonstrate Front Page | Health, Housing, and Public Services | Labor & Workers | Global Justice and Anti-Capitalism | LGBTI / Queer | Womyn | U.S. | International
Related Categories: U.S. | LGBTI / Queer
Santa Cruz Police Cooperate with ICE on Militarized Immigration Raids KPFA (2 comments) Thursday Feb 23rd 8:22 PM
Fordham Student Forced into Closed-door Hearing, Leaves in Protest via Palestine Legal Wednesday Feb 22nd 4:54 PM
New Western Monarch and Milkweed Website Launched via The Xerces Society Wednesday Feb 22nd 4:39 PM
Milo Yiannopoulos's Book and Speaking Invitation Canceled Democracy Now! (1 comment) Tuesday Feb 21st 12:26 PM
Fordham Retaliates Against Student for Protesting SJP Ban via Palestine Legal Friday Feb 17th 8:00 PM
Raids on Santa Cruz Immigrant Communities Cause Severe Damage Xirenita (2 comments) Thursday Feb 16th 1:51 AM
Highly Militarized ICE Raids on California's Central Coast No Raids, No Wall (3 comments) Wednesday Feb 15th 5:56 PM
Cook Inlet Gas Pipeline Leak Shows Risks of Offshore Drilling Center for Biological Diversity Wednesday Feb 15th 5:44 PM
107 More Groups Publicly Oppose Serial Executioner Neil Gorsuch For Court Civilrights Dot Org Wednesday Feb 15th 4:52 PM
Trump Voids Dodd-Frank 1504 Transparency Rule Greg Williams Tuesday Feb 14th 1:42 PM
Trump's elite cabinet poised to wage class warfare AsianGreenNews.com (1 comment) Monday Feb 13th 4:58 PM
The Lie of the Civilized Western World Sascha Pommrenke Sunday Feb 12th 5:53 PM
Marchers Hit Up 8 Banks Funding DAPL in Palo Alto R. Robertson (1 comment) Saturday Feb 11th 9:23 PM
The Lie of the Civilized Western World Sascha Pommrenke Saturday Feb 11th 5:54 AM
Impeach Trump Movement Has Started Stop Fascism (2 comments) Saturday Feb 11th 3:40 AM
Monarch Butterfly Population Drops by Nearly One-third Center for Biological Diversity Friday Feb 10th 3:26 PM
GOP leader threatens Berkeley protesters for protesting at Cal Berkeley Lynda Carson (3 comments) Wednesday Feb 8th 9:45 PM
Labor Files Friend of the Court Brief Against Muslim Ban Solidarity Forever Tuesday Feb 7th 8:04 PM
Army Greenlights DAPL Completion Chase Iron Eyes, Lakota People’s Law Project Tuesday Feb 7th 5:45 PM
We cannot let media and social media divide us via Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Tuesday Feb 7th 2:06 PM
International Women's General Strike on March 8: Walk Out, March and Demonstrate Women of America (2 comments) Tuesday Feb 7th 1:43 PM
More News...