Randy Harrison - Ghosts (of Gay Sex in the ’70s)
tribute to jose esteban munoz (via Dennis Cooper’s blog)
In this video, former Yarl’s Wood detainee Aderonke Apata discusses the traumas of the British Immigration system. Aderonke is a Nigerian LGBT activist seeking refugee status in the UK. Please sign Aderonke’s petition here: https://www.causes.com/asylum-for-aderonke
Travis Mathews’s In Their Room series
photo via jwilliamjames (twitter) — "we will give you a £50 reward if your evidence leads to us making an arrest." — gays, you must police each other for the good of the “community” (gay businesses are not your friends).
QUEER CITY VHS: PROGRAMME
QUEER CITY VHS: Lo-Res clips from vibrant queer life in NY, Manchester and Berlin, 1984-1994
The idea of homonationalism, coined by Jasbir Puar, has gained much ground recently with queer activist and academics. Homonationalism “refers to an understanding and enactment of homosexual acts, identities, and relationships that incorporates them as not only compatible with but even exemplary of neoliberal democratic ethics and citizenships.”* These film clips come from a time when these were still contested identities. From a time of transition from Fordism to neoliberalism. From Reagan’s refusal to say the word AIDS and Margaret Thatcher’s mine closures, to the end of actually existing socialism in Europe.
Rather than a nostalgic look at a golden era of activism and gay culture, a nostalgia that obscures the material conditions that these films were made in, we’ve chosen these clips to challenge and complicate easy understandings of radical political action and to highlight the ways that earlier communities documented their struggles, defiance, and celebration. In the face of rapid gentrification — not only of the cities we live in, but of the cultural and political imagination — we offer a glimpse at the ways other queers have organized against, been complicit with, and defied the devastating social and economic policies of governments and institutions that wanted us dead.
*Don Kulick, “Can There Be an Anthropology of Homophobia?”, in Homophobias: Lust and Loathing Across Time and Space (ed. David A. B. Murray), Duke University Press (2009)
(We’ve put this online for those who couldn’t make it)
short VHS film of a gig in support of the miner’s strike in the 80s. (via Queer City VHS)