Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Don't forget the book launch this Thursday, 6 p.m., San Francisco Main Library

Okay, I'm preparing my introduction, thinking about the essay by Ferd Eggan, who unfortunately died of AIDS between writing his piece and the publication of the book -- his story, which is called "Dykes and Fags Want Everything," goes all the way from the civil rights movement in 1960s South Carolina to the Stonewall Riots in New York to acid-drenched 1969 San Francisco to a Gay Liberation Front commune in Chicago to the Québec independence movement to Cuba to the AIDS crisis to ACT UP to years of burying friends and lovers to a critique of assimilation that declares: "we should re-examine our own desires and acknowledge that we've settled for too little."

Indeed, we have settled for too little.

Here's the info on the launch:

That's Revolting!: Radical queer activism -- past, present, and future.
Thursday, June 5, 6pm
San Francisco Main Library
Latino/Hispanic Meeting Room (downstairs)
100 Larkin Street
(415) 557-4566
Co-sponsored by the National Queer Arts Festival.

Join Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore to celebrate the arrival of the expanded second edition of That's Revolting! Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation, with a dangerous and illuminating discussion featuring Carol Queen, Bo Brown, Ralowe T. Ampu, Tommi Avicolli Mecca, Eric Stanley and Gina de Vries.

Has the nightmare of gay marriage sandblasted the dreams of ‘70s gay liberation revolutionaries? Has the feverish potential of queer sexual splendor been annihilated by the consumerist frenzy of assimilationist gay culture? Is there hope for radical queer troublemaking in the hyper-gentrified monoculture of current-day San Francisco? Bring your questions, ideas, plots and dreams. And remember, this will be the first opportunity to purchase the new edition of That's Revolting!, with five new essays covering everything from blowing up buildings in the 1970s to stripping naked to fight global AIDS.

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