"We may never touch queerness, but we can feel it as the warm illumination of a horizon imbued with potentiality…an ideality that can be distilled from the past and used to imagine a future. The future is queerness’ domain. Queerness is a structuring and educated mode of desiring that allows us to see the future beyond the quagmire of the present. The here and now is a prison house. We must strive, in the face of the here and now’s totalizing rendering of reality, to think and feel a then and there. Some will say that all we have are the pleasures of the moment, but we must never settle for that minimal transport; we must dream and enact new and better pleasures, other ways of being in the world, and ultimately new worlds … Queerness is essentially about the rejection of a here and now and an insistence on potentiality or concrete possibility for another world.”
- José Esteban Muñoz - Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity (via Alok Vaid-Menon)
What I LOVE about being queer is constantly finding joy and exuberance in the journey of learning that my hued skin, spirituality, sexuality, politicks and values are not contradictory, but harmonious in the community I have within myself.
Also, I can fully appreciate Beyonce’s Get Me Bodied (extended mix).
-Rafay Agha (Toronto, ON)
Vivek Shraya is MY superhero and has the best laugh on planet earth. Check out his wonderful book.
Photos via queermenofcolorinlove.tumblr.com
what i love about being queer.
is the real natural state of mind and feel a human.
it´s natural like the plants, animals. of course we are animals too. so i feel so close to my pachamama
close to my soul, to my freedom.
close to universe and close to our beautiful earth.
back to nature, back to basics, back to feel, back to life.
-Robert Andrógino (born in Monterrey, México.)
What I love about being queer is that it forces me to go that extra step—try a little harder, dream a little bigger, help make the world a bit better every day, in every way I can.
Being queer entails—or should entail—solidarity with the underdog, the marginalized, the fucked-over.
It should enlarge your mind, widen your heart, help you step outside of yourself.
Remembering this keeps me from getting too cozy with my own privilege.
-C. E. Gatchalian (Vancouver)
What I love about being queer is the sex. And the opportunity to change the world.
-Jane Eaton Hamilton (Vancouver, BC)
What I LOVE about being QUEER is screening next Wednesday at Skeive Filmer / Oslo Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (NORWAY!) as part of “…But seriously.”
What I LOVE about being QUEER is screening this SUNDAY at the Long Beach QFilm Festival (California)!
What I love about being queer is that I’ve learned so much about myself and life (and other people, too) while discovering who and what I am. I love that being queer has opened up my sunnah - my path - and made me so happy to just be myself. Being queer has showed me how to love myself, and it’s the most empowering thing.