This episode features presentations from the recent Homonationalism and Pinkwashing Conference in NYC! Homonationalism describes when sub-sectors of specific gay communities achieve legal parity with heterosexuals and then embrace racial and religious supremacy ideologies. Homonationalism is increasingly present in Nationalist ideologies across the globe, as secular right-wing forces increasingly leave anti-gay politics to organized religion. The other focus of the conference was on “Pinkwashing,” a practice by which a government or corporation points to or exaggerates gay rights in order to present itself as progressive or mask its own crimes – an example is Israel’s promotion of sexual rights to obscure its occupation of Palestine.
We hear talks from Bashar Makhay about his work organizing LGBTQ Middle Easterners in Detroit and NYC, and from Dean Spade about anti-pinkwashing campaigns and prison abolition politics. Plus news and music!
Co-hosts Zaq and Dan share action news updates from around the world, including updates on the police repression of NATO protests in Chicago, and the upsurge of vigilante fascist-bashings from Italy to Illinois. Zaq and guest interviewer Nico also talk to Dean Spade, founder of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project and Assistant Professor at Seattle University School of Law, where he teaches Administrative Law, Poverty Law, Law and Social Movements and Critical Perspectives on Transgender Law. Dean discusses his latest book, Normal Life, and touches on topics ranging from the inadequacy of legal reform movements in securing queer/trans liberation, to the relationship between monogamy and state violence. This show also features some classic tracks from The Cure and Bad Brains. Original air-date: 5-22-12.
On this very special 40th episode of the Horizontal Power Hour, your hosts Xaq and Meggi present the usual bi-weekly dose of action news from around the world, with a focus on the student manifestations happening in Montreal. We feature a recording of a talk given on the Wesleyan campus by Tegan Eanelli, co-author of the new anthology about the militant queer anarchist tendency Bash Back, entitled Queer Ultraviolence. Tegan introduces us to the controversial idea that animated the existence of Bash Back: that queer and trans folks have a right and an obligation to use any means necessary to resist and avenge the violence of the heteropatriarchal white supremacist social order. In addition to sharing stories and communiques from the book that illustrate Bash Back’s short-lived but powerful existence, Tegan reflects on what Bash Back can show us about organization, identity, and politics. We also feature some of the best tunes of the homohop genre. Original air-date: 4-24-12.
J. Kehaulani Kauanui hosts an episode of “Horizontal Power Hour” that focus on queer sexual politics and anarchism. The first guest is Terence Kissack who discusses his book, Free Comrades: Anarchism and Homosexuality in the United States, 1895 to 1917. The second guest is Jeriemarie Liesegang, founder and Executive Director of the Connecticut TransAdvocacy Coalition, and founding member of Queers Without Borders, a CT-based grouping of radical trans, queer and allied folk, come together to build cross-movement alliances. The program also features the Indy Media Round-up segment and music by Au Pairs. Original air-date: 1-11-11.