"Scholarship on the histories of homosexuality in particular, which is founded on, albeit no longer limited to, the recuperation of dead white men, has had to expand and must continue to expand its analytical focus to examine the gendered, raced, and classed privilege that underpins the emergence of homosexuality as a category of collective identification. I conjure the figure of the queer angel of history to capture the complexities of the queer past and explain my concern both with the victims of antiqueer violence and the blind spots of emerging homosexual rights discourse in relation to other forms of oppression and injustice. Unlike the open-eyed figure of historical progress so famously summoned in Walter Benjamin’s reading of Paul Klee’s Angelus Novus, the queer angel of history has its sight obscured by the grit of experience. While the angel of history, according to Benjamin, is speedily propelled away from an inevitably receding past, its queer counterpart is pulled hither and thither by an affective “temporal drag,” to borrow Freeman’s phrase, that throws a spanner in the linear works of historical time.On the cover of this book is Paul Klee’s painting One Who Understands (1934). It features an abstracted face that is both drawn from and segmented by a series of lines. According to the description in the Metropolitan Museum of Art catalogue, the lines “divide the picture like a cracked window-pane,” giving the impression that the subject is both part of and witness to shattering historical experience, simultaneously formed and fragmented by it. The image captures well my conception of a queer angel of history. A reminder that “motions do not always go forward,” the queer angel of history is compelled by the paradoxical disjuncture between the sociopolitical gains that have improved queer lives collectively and the experiences of violence that nevertheless continue to mark the felt realities of queerness across time."
“The strong sisters told the brothers that there were two important things to remember about the coming revolutions. The first is that we will get our asses kicked. The second is that we will win.”
“You Can Learn More From Wearing A Dress For A Day, Than From Wearing A Suit For The Rest Of Your Life.“
Trans folks & allies, does anyone else just want to stand out in public with each other, in a never ending line and be seen? Not a protest, per se but a Trans visibility event. We could hold signs simply saying something like:
"I'm trans and I exist"
Allies can hold signs saying something like:
"Someone I love is trans and they/she/he/ze exist"
Let's do it! Starting at Chicago Ave & Lake Street, shoulder to shoulder, standing on the curbs, not blocking traffic, with our signs. Let's see how far we can stretch this line. Can we make it all the way down Lake Street, over the bridge and down Marshall Ave into St. Paul? Let's try!
Bring your own signs, warm clothes, a chair if you need it and ALL YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY! It's a time to stand together and be visible. Please invite all your local friends, families, contacts. Please post on your profiles, pages, groups. Let's do this!
The simple truth is we are simply an expression of the energy of the sun. We are the glorious manifestation of the power of the universe. We are the fingertips of the force that drives the stars, so do your job and F E E L.
Hold on, don't fight your war alone
Halo around you, don't have to face it on your own
We will win this fight
All souls be brave
We'll find a way to heaven
We'll find a way
> How're you holding up?
Good, if I don't think about the news.
> I'm sorry it's all so fucked. Is there anything I can do to help you?
I mean, you already know all the stuff for general things... I dunno if there is anything you can do for me specifically?