Why "Lesbian Avengers/Queer Nation"? Pick one!
Well, I wanted to start a Lesbian Avengers group, but then Chico's
gay men and possibly the trans and bi populations wouldn't have any
avenging resources. I know I could just start a Queer Nation group and
have everything covered, but I don't have any experience with that group.
In fact, all I can find written about them is a few paragraphs in _Out of
the Past : Gay and Lesbian History from 1869 to the Present_. (I've since
found a bibliography
about Queer Nation online.)
Aren't you being a little offensive? I mean, "avengers," "queer..."
there's nothing queer about loving another person!
No, there's not, but there is something strange and wonderful about
it, particularly when coupled with the awesomely nifty and creative
gay/lesbian/bi/trans cultures. As for being too offensive or
Who are we being offensive to? If you're homophobic, it's going to be
offensive enough that we even exist; the argument that says we're too
offensive and freakish by living our lives and, especially, being proud of
What's there to be so proud of? It's not like queers cured
Hey, give us some time...!
Seriously, considering that a third of gay teens attempt suicide, and
a third of discovered teen suicides are gay, we should be proud just of
surviving to adulthood. And then we should look at the still-rising rates
of queer-bashing hate crimes and the fact that we can legally be fired for
being gay, and be proud of still being alive now. On top of all that, in
just the fewer than thirty years since Stonewall, queer culture has
exploded in a rainbow (sorry!) of wildly different and fertile gay male,
lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered cultures and sub-cultures, with our
own literature, plays, television shows, music, comedy - you name it. We
should be DAMN proud.