Wednesday, April 29, 2015

How will we overcome this?

It’s hard to imagine anything more grotesque than the spectacle of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington DC singing “We Will Marry Free” to the tune of “We Shall Overcome” outside the Supreme Court yesterday, while the Injustices debated the fate of state bans on gay marriage inside. Meanwhile, in Baltimore (40 miles away), thousands of troops amassed to prevent people from protesting another vicious police murder of a black man who is alleged only to have looked a police officer in the eye before running away. The appropriation of black struggle by gay powerbrokers as a cute accessory to assimilationist violence is old news, but “We will marry free-ee-ee-ee-ee” still left me speechless. “We will marry free TODAY,” the Gay Men’s Chorus sang triumphantly while waving the corporate logo of gay imperialism (yes, the HRC flag) in classic blue-and-yellow, red-and-white—and, now, rainbow background with white equal sign (perhaps the most symbolic one yet). How will we overcome this?

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

My review of Visions and Revisions: Coming of Age in the Age of AIDS, by Dale Peck, for the San Francisco Chronicle...

I tried to squeeze as much as I could into 300 words...
Dale Peck’s “Visions and Revisions: Coming of Age in the Age of AIDS” is many things at once: elegy, cultural analysis, personal history, sexual diary and meditation on the meaning of art, community and self... [B]y placing himself within the upwardly mobile narrative of gay assimilation, Peck delivers some of his most nuanced analysis. Watching HBO’s “Angels in America” in 2003, a decade after seeing its original theater incarnation, he struggles to recognize his own experience, wondering “if the language I spoke now was my own, or a kind of colonial imposition."