Re: Queer Politics, Extropian Politics [Was: Sex Change]

E. Shaun Russell (
Mon, 28 Jul 1997 20:14:28 -0700

Dale wrote:

>I don't want to raise the heat in this conversation unecessarily, but in
>the interest of clarity I would want to reiterate that as far as I'm
>concerned every lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgendered person in the
>United States might properly be regarded as "under attack,"

In the same effect, however, any person in any country could
properly be regarded as "under attack," although I agree that certain
groups such as homosexuals are more frequently blacklisted than others.

>The fact that lesbians and gays are safe from the cruder brutalities of
>heterosexist laws and social prejudices only to the extent that they
>either manage to "pass" as straight in public or ghettoize themselves in
>nonhomophobic pockets of the sociocultural landscape (urban centers and
>particular employment niches), makes me especially nervous about the
>application to your figure of the ideally progressive queer of the
>adjective "unobtrusive". For the record, as I said, I don't think gayness
>is remotely the most interesting thing about me, but neither do I think I
>manage to be particularly unobtrusive about it.

Perhaps "unobtrusive" wasn't the best word I could use. What I
meant to say was to not be obtrusive about the fact that one is gay. Not
to make a big deal out of the fact. Just as another person will treat his
heterosexuality as "normal," so too should a homosexual treat his
homosexuality as "normal." I hold tight to my views that whether John is
sleeping with Michael, Sheila or both, it should have little effect on
John's ability as a worker.

E. Shaun Russell Poet, Musician, Atheist, Extropic Artist
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