It's not the space but the staff that makes Keshen Goodman Public Library great. They go out of their way, everyday, to serve the community and their patrons, clearly, appreciate this.
Thank-you to you all for your thoughts. On reflection, it seems that the term "queer" has become politically irrelevant for me. I'll stick with "feminist". Happy Pride, people, whatever that means.
I had the impression that the desire to open up "queer" was shared among all the participants in the interview but I'm not surprised that a teenager would express such a naive view. Youthful idealism is a beautiful thing but it can't erase the ugly reality of homophobic and gender violence.
No outrage, just irritation. Like I said, preoccupation with identity is problematic (e.g., FYI, that acronym you cited changes weekly). As it happens, I identify as queer because I'm bisexual (out for 20+ years) and look and act like a dyke (and pay a price for this in the form of regular public harassment and intimidation). In some places, including here, being queer can result in losing custody of children or being beaten to death. As a way to draw attention to the persecution of a minority, publicly identifying as queer can be a powerful thing. But when a sign can mean anything, it ends up meaning nothing. Ask yourself, are you male, a member of a visible minority, or queer? Perhaps you just can't relate.... Perhaps you're just a troll who likes to pick fights with strangers. I couldn't say.
While I appreciate the desire to promote inclusivity expressed by the participants interviewed for this article, in a world where gay, lesbian, bisexual, and trans people continue suffer discrimination and violence, expanding the term "queer" to include straight people is counter productive. Static identities are inherently problematic but in conventional usage, "queer" is useful as a term of reference for a specific history and the culture that has been developed by those directly affected by this history. When the meaning of "queer" is diluted in a misguided attempt to help disaffected straight people feel cool without really risking much, the ongoing challenges faced by the GLBT population may be overlooked.
Lunch with the family at Fries & Co. today. Clearly things have changed since our last visit: the fish was so greasy the oil pooled around my knife when I was digging in. The fries weren't bad but between the greasy fish, the greasy floor (my son fell, I slipped), our stomach aches afterward, and the hit to my wallet for the privilege, we won't return.
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