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A Reason for LGBTQ Looking Back Queerly

I’ve been thinking a lot about how many lgbtq blogs cover current events, and how much the past–even the recent past–continually becomes absorbed in our outrageous present.  This absorption is also just plain inevitable–we cannot be conscious of all things at all times.  Obviously.  But, since I’m in the U.S. and mostly looking at U.S. source materials, this trend is also due to the American addiction to “progress” narratives: we love to point out to one another and the rest of the world how far we’ve come and in which ways.  There is a real air of hopefulness to these (very American) ways of producing our narratives, too, and I don’t want to discount that or refuse its usefulness.  I’m aiming for mindfulness here.

That said, I do think it’s time to look back not only to remember how far we’ve come, but to come to grips with our lgbtq …