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Queer Under All Conditions: Queer Under All Conditions #3 Call for Submissions ›



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QUAC is an Orange County (UCI)-based zine project dedicated to archiving and distributing queer/trans voices, histories, experiences, knowledge(s), and survival tactics in the face of violent silencing within public space and dominant culture.  In keeping with this commitment to the queer/trans body as it navigates spaces (the university system, Orange County as a conservative / white hegemonic public, family spaces, sexuality, gender, etc.), the third issue of QUAC will be centered around queer / trans violence

potential ideas for material include, but are not limited to:

  • Definitions of queer / trans violence:  Is violence always physical?  How does violence operate within the queer / trans identity itself?  What is at stake in defining queer / trans violence?  What is at stake in ignoring violence?
  • Survival tactics and strategies:  What are some means of overcoming violence(s), both within and outside of our community(s)?  Particular examples or moments of perseverance, activism, pro-active resistance would be useful in creating a communal pool of knowledge.
  • Intersectionality:  How do our multiple identities create different experiences with violence?  Is inter-communal and/or intra-communal violence an issue at UCI and in Orange County?
  • Policing:  Many queer / trans people have had violent experiences with a policing of their bodies, whether it be in homosocial spaces (locker rooms, greek life, sports teams, bathrooms) or public space in general (glares on ring road for holding a partner’s hand, drinks at the pub, the police, etc.).  In what ways have we been pushing back against these types of violences?  Or is it possible to escape / resist this policing of heteronormativity / cis-normativity?  How do we reproduce these policing mechanisms with our bodies and language as well?
  • Bullying:  In light of intense public scrutiny of queer / trans bodies due to massive amounts of media attention on the bullied queer / trans (?) youth, what are the possibilities of change?  How can this momentum be utilized?  Are there problems with the way in which the queer / trans body is represented?  Is this a type of violence?
  • Silence:  What types of violences are we currently silent on?  Is silence / inaction a type of violence as well?
  • Gender:  In what ways is the gender binary violent (upon all bodies?)?  How do we define our gender in (potentially) violent spaces? 
  • Hetero/homonormativity:  How does a constant blasting of normative images violently erase / elide other ways of loving, being, and existing?  What tactics can overcome / liberate our bodies?
  • Family: Many queer/trans people experience violence not only in public spaces but also in the private space of the home. How can we develop healthy relationships with family members who try to silence our ways of self expression?  What strategies and tactics have been useful in surviving these types of violences?

As mentioned above, please do not feel that submissions need to be restricted to or specifically answer these questions. QUAC is interested in hearing as many different voices as possible, in whatever form or on whatever topic they choose to speak. If in the process of writing your piece unfolds into something else and deviates from the questions above, we’d still love to take a look. If you have an older piece which you think might be relevant to this issue (or not, hey, we’ll read it anyway) please feel free to submit it, too.

QUAC has always had a commitment to local artists, poets, and musicians—we would love to have your work in the next issue.  Please aim to have finalized submissions emailed to us by September 30th, 2011

Included in your submission, please include the name that you would like to be printed under, contact information (email, blog, website, etc.)  for our readers, and any other information that you would like to be printed alongside your submission.  Also, please include a current mailing address so that the editors can send you a complimentary copy of the third issue as a thanks for helping out with the project :]!

Also, the QUAC editors always need help with layouts and collages, if you would like to participate in a zine-making / background-making session, please email or message the editors.

The best way to stay up to date with the project is to (continue to) follow us on tumblr and “like” the facebook page.

It’s been exactly a year since QUAC was first started, and it has been an amazing ride thus far.  We greatly appreciate all of the time and effort of the contributors, fellow zinesters, friends, and supporters of the project.

We greatly anticipate your work, comments, suggestions, and love.

In solidarity:
QUAC Editors

stoked to work on something for this!

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pet peeve #463



acronyms like LGBTQQUA, QUILTBAGPIPE, etc

it seems to me that this largely arises out of a feeling that existing umbrella terms like queer or LGBT or whatever do not sit well with all those they purport to describe

which is a frustration I share

but if your project is to accommodate and represent the spectrum of non-normative sexuality and gender identities…well, they are infinite (or at least very great in number and infinitely divisible) and the project of attempting to name them all in an acronym is futile

which kind of makes it seem like people using acronyms like QUILTBAG either don’t realise this or don’t care and are just picking the identities they think deserve to be represented

which seems a whole lot more dodgy than using an umbrella term that is widely acknowledged as vague and imperfect.

my suggestion: be as specific as possible (which is not always that specific, which is okay).  if you’re talking about trans guys, say trans guys.  if you’re talking about gay men and lesbians, say that.  etc.  this has the added benefit of making you think more about exactly who you are speaking about, and who you’re leaving out. 

but my bigger suggestion, my actual suggestion, is that those of us who belong to that identifiable group of largely university-educated, largely white, self-styled radical folk with capital-Q Queer politics and asymmetrical haircuts — we should probably spend less energy on discourse, especially discourse focused on our own sense of comfort and intellectual satisfaction.  like, I would like for us to spend less time talking about the difference between a lesbian and a dyke and less time asking if we are butch or andro and less time talking about ourselves and more time working in solidarity with, say, Aboriginal trans women whose lives are under threat in male prisons, or asylum seekers trying to escape homophobic persecution who are being deported because they aren’t intimately acquainted with Kylie and Madonna and therefore must be lying about their sexuality to get refugee status, or the estimated 25%+ of homeless young people who are known to be some kind of queer

and I know, I know, you’re all thinking “you don’t know what else I do offline”, or “just because I focus on this thing sometimes doesn’t mean I don’t do other political stuff aimed at collective liberation” and, ok, you need to understand that I am talking about offline communities at least as much as the internet, and that I am thinking about cases where I actually know the bulk of what people are doing.  like, just cause it’s on the internet doesn’t mean it’s about the internet. and also: this is not about whether we should worry about discourse at all because: of course we should!  (I’m doing that right now.)  but, just, proportionally less please. 

I’m not even saying “think about these oppressions that do not affect you, not just issues like queerphobia that do” (although hopefully it’s obvious that I think we should).  I’m just saying “think about queers other than yourself and people like you”.  which apparently needs to be said. 

and i guess really what I’m trying to say is:  I would like most of the people I know to stop thinking we have the most radical politics because we are most able to discern the subtle hand of oppression in our own lives. 

well, that ran away from me


Bolding is mine for fierceness.

I’ll admit: when I first started reading this I was uneasy, because having queerness recognized—like a recognition of a way of doing things outside the binary—is something that’s really important to me. But I got further down and, yeah, damn right & well said.

Also the part I bolded at the bottom, hell yeah. But I think a lot of people’s work/discourse is even more limited than that. Like I see people understand the role of homophobia in their own lives pretty well, they’ll talk my ear off about it & that’s fine, but the moment I bring up the role of, say, racism, the conversation is over, or I’m being divisive, or I’m putting down what they said or whatever, and we’re still talking about their life. So yeah, I want to see people moving in this direction, but I also want people embracing the idea of intersectionality even if they’re not someone for whom it’s glaringly obvious that those intersections exist.

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The Bad Gay: Things that are begging, even now, to be quieted for the sake of good company. ›

One of the things that keeps me from calling myself queer, besides its etymology of literal peculiarity and/or strangeness is that it seems like a form of anti-representation. And outside of myself, I really like that. You don’t have to state yourself as ‘gay’ or ‘lesbian’ or ‘bisexual’ you can just be queer and have that be another way of saying: radical in my love of ______ or, completely identifiably ____. To be queer is to be of the ilk that believes in safety inside of expression and lord knows, especially as it relates to brown spaces, we need  safe, anything-goes energy anywhere we can find it.

It’s just that of all the spectrum riding, genuinely evolving, delicate fixtures of flight in my life, I so love my sexuality being articulated as concrete. And yes, even concrete gets uprooted and reshaped and cracked and stepped inside of (whoa, I’m losing control of this metaphor!)—but that isn’t the point. The point is I love being gay. I came to understand myself, my identity in spaces that did not lend themselves to the latitude of this city at this time in history. ‘Queer’ felt as distant to me as ‘butch’—a term I’ve slowly begun to integrate into my spectrum of personal representation. Being queer meant having a ‘partner’ or ‘lover’ and I wanted a girlfriend. I have been so grateful, over the last several years to be introduced to queer spaces and to understand queerness as a statement of person and not sexual-identity. Like ‘butch’, I’ve tested it in my personal language of late. It feels quite right in so many realms—when talking to groups or conjuring the notion of space where we all can make room for each other.  But, despite my greatest efforts to be so—I end up just feeling like a gay-ass in a queer-ass’s clothes. Love me anyway. I love you.

Oh wow yes. Queerness is a framework that has been useful for me for thinking about gender/identity/sexuality/sex/sometimes even race, but I think this critique of how it gets universalized is really important. I’ve probably done this, too, imposing one way of looking at/conceptualizing things on other people, or seeing one framework as more radical/more important than others. I see that come up as biphobia, kind of so&so isn’t really gay/queer, they’re just bi. (I think in this case my worry is marginalizing people outside the gender binary, but people also need the space & agency to make their own identities & be experts at what they mean with it.)

So, yes, I am almost certain I’ve been guilty of this, of putting queer as a framework on other people who don’t want it, maybe as a reaction to being shut out of gay/lesbian cultures by being a woman of color and not being very gender-conforming. And, yeah, I think reactions to oppression/marginalization are understandable in the face of it, but cannot build liberation.

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