I'm delighted to announce that I've been chosen as the 2016-2017 Martin Duberman Visiting Scholar by the New York Public Library. I'll be using my three months in residency at the library to research the working-class queer history of the Brooklyn waterfront, which will be the basis for a show I'm curating with Avram Finkelstein and Rachel Mattson at the Brooklyn Historical Society.
“Butch queen” and “femme queen” are rooted in these shared experiences of queerness—these shared experiences of queen-ness—that connect both identities. They are terms designed to highlight the conceptual overlap between these categories, and also to celebrate it, turning the derogatory queer into the honorific queen.
. This is the essence of queerness: To be queer is to be judged, and to find community with others who have been judged similarly. This is less a matter of radical “inclusivity” and more a kind of qualifying criteria for entry.