The notion of “queer” presents a challenge to the indentity politics logic of the contemporary gay rights movement and these young people get why that’s a problem now. Listen to them.
I am going to get back to blogging soon, and if I can keep my head together, I may well start with this because it’s a theme that’s been on my mind for a long time. i think that the identity politics focus of the gay rights movement over the past decades has been truly helpful but I think we are outgrowing its usefulness. What’s next? How do we fight for rights without attaching them to identities? I think the answer lies in a human rights framework, but shifting the movement is a bit like turning a ship – it doesn’t happen on a dime.
More thoughts to come as I recreate some balance in my life.