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QUEER CULTURE

Stonewall Inn, Sociology of Sexualities, Stonewall Riot

The word ‘queer’ was a derogatory term for many years but has now been appropriated by a radical section (the ‘in your face’ section) of the gay and lesbian community to identify gay and lesbian culture or studies.

Gay and lesbian studies or rather queer culture studies, is becoming as legitimate in the academic community as are women's studies or black studies.

Cultural studies is interested in examining gay and lesbian 'Queer' culture as depicted in the writings, films, or art work of the community and in analyzing the public identity of this cultural community.

STRANGER THAN FICTION: HETEROAFFECTIONAL BONDING IN QUEER CULTURE. - Winston Wilde, MA, DHS 
Qualitative research into queer lovestyles has revealed patterns; one of these being heteroaffectional. Through the narratives of historical case studies, reasons emerge as to why opposite gendered queer people "pair-bond." In the chaotic ecology of queerdom and in the infinite possibilities of love, this is not meant to be a definitive declaration, rather an exploration of uncharted territory.

'Coming home': Queer migrations and multiple evocations of home 
Anne-Marie Fortier, Department of Sociology, Lancaster University, UK 
This article proposes an examination of recent interventions in queer studies that project queer culture and politics within a diasporic framework. Drawing on written narratives of what may be termed 'queer migrations', I seek to map the intersections of queer memories and diasporic spaces as they are uttered in terms of 'home'. By following the movement of queer subjects between homes, I examine how 'home', migration and belonging relate to each other in multiple ways.

What's that Smell? - Queer Temporalities and Subcultural Lives 
Judith Halberstam, University of California, San Diego, USA
This article is drawn from a book-length study of the explosion of queer urban subcultures in the last decade. My larger purpose is to examine how many queer communities experience and spend time in ways that are very different from their heterosexual counterparts. Queer uses of time and space develop in opposition to the institutions of family, heterosexuality and reproduction, and queer subcultures develop as alternatives to kinship-based notions of community. In my work on subcultures, I explore the stretched out adolescences of queer culture-makers and posit an `epistemology of youth' that disrupts conventional accounts of subculture, youth culture, adulthood, race, class and maturity. This article charts new developments in the theories of subcultures and youth cultures and argues that we should look now at the forms of stylistic resistance embedded in queer subcultural worlds.

The Transgendered and Transgressive Student 
Rhetoric and Identity in Trans-Queer Ethnography 
Abstract: This instructor/student co-produced webtext examines the challenges and benefits of creating a trans-queer ethnography in the context of the computer-mediated writing classroom, in academia, and in the cultural terrain of contemporary America.

The Heart in Exile: Detachment and Desire in 1950s London 
Matt Houlbrook and Chris Waters 
This essay explores the ‘underground’ queer culture of London, as mapped assiduously by the pseudonymous author, Rodney Garland, in his 1953 novel, The Heart in Exile. The novel charts the progress of its narrator, Dr Anthony Page, a psychiatrist, as he investigates a former lover's mysterious death. His investigation draws him into the ‘strange half-world of the homosexual’, as a 1961 paperback edition of the novel announces; it is a world which Page maps in detail. The novel was reissued in 1995 with a preface by novelist and playwright Neil Bartlett, who claimed that Garland offers contemporary readers ‘a perfect crash course in the prehistory of British gay culture’, a ‘systematic exploration of our twilight world’. We need to view Garland's London as radically unfamiliar territory, a queer world, but not a gay world as we now understand the term. It defamiliarizes the London of 1953, mapping the ways in which the queer subject was then constituted, and demonstrates how The Heart in Exile is central to the project of destabilizing those categories of identity taken for granted today.

Queer is Here? Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Histories and Public Culture - Robert Mills 
This article documents the emergence, in recent years, of a prominent discourse on queer history in the public sphere. Focusing especially on LGBT History Month, an events programme launched in February 2005 that sets out to ‘mark and celebrate the lives and achievements of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered people', as well as reviewing an exhibition at the Museum of London called ‘Queer is Here’. Stressing the significant role that transgender identification has played historically, as well as the shaping effects of race and place on experiences of sexual and gender dissidence in urban environments, I argue that models of ‘sexual orientation’ leave certain dimensions of queer experience and desire untold. Drawing on recent efforts to theorize the relationship between publics and queer counterpublics, I conclude that the translation of queer history into the language of public culture ideally entails a contestation of the very norms of presentation and consumption in which museums and other popular history narratives are currently embedded.