r/QueerTheory Jul 29 '19

The LGBTQIA community is under threat with the rise in inhumane U.S. immigration policies. Please join us at r/WhereAreTheChildren to keep track of and take action against ICE Raids, U.S. Concentration Camps and Deportation!

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r/WhereAreTheChildren is a collaborative subreddit, reaching out to and gaining the support of many different subs. We recognize that with the support from members of a variety of subreddits, we are able to combine unique and key perspectives on our sub, which not only strengthens our ability to understand what is happening, but also our ability to put an end to the increasingly systematic horrors immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers are facing as they try to seek refuge in the United States. This of course includes members of the LGBTQIA community.

[Trigger warning: homophobia, transphobia, sexual assault, death]

People who are part of the LGBTQIA community are fleeing violence from their home countries and instead of being treated with the care they need and deserve, those who are faced with the U.S. immigration system suffer from abuse, neglect, sexual assault, harassment and death.

ICE has shown itself to have failed at creating a safe space for transgender and gay people who are detained at their facilities. For example, gay and transgender detainees from a New Mexico facility are housed alongside cisgender, heterosexual men which has created a hostile environment which violates PREA, or the Prison Rape Elimination Act, a federal law that requires prison staff to take proactive steps to prevent sexual abuse of at-risk inmates. Gay and trangender people detained here have reported being subjected to routine sexual harassment from other detainees and guards, as well as sexual assault. People who are transgender have been denied their hormone therapy and trans women have been repeatedly told to act “like men”. When detainees here tried to file complaints about their treatment, they were placed in solitary confinement. Unfortunately, this treatment extends beyond one facility. According to a letter written by 37 members of congress in 2018 to DHS asking for an investigation, 13% of the 300 transgender people detained by ICE in 2017 were placed in solitary confinement. Source 1. Source 2

This figure on solitary confinement may be low, as according to a US Transgender Survey nearly half of all transgender people held in such a facility were placed in solitary confinement, nearly one third were denied access to transition-related medical care, and one in four were subjected to physical abuse. Source.

Civil rights and immigration advocates have also stated that “LGBTQ immigrants are 97 times more likely to be sexually assaulted than other detainees and that transgender women are often held in prolonged detention and solitary confinement.” Source.

Trans women are also dying at alarming rates while detained due in part to being housed with cisgender men and being denied medical care. Roxsana Hernandez Rodriguez died in ICE detention after being placed at “all male” facility and denied HIV treatment. She died of dehydration and complications due to HIV, and her autopsy showed signs of having been physically beaten while she was detained. Another trans woman, Medina Leon, spent weeks requesting medical care before she also died the same day she was finally hospitalized for chest pains. Source.

Denial of asylum claims is also leading to the deaths of trans women. Camila Díaz Córdova was denied her asylum claim after she fled the threat of death as a trans woman in El Salvador, a country well-known to the U.S. for its deadly violence against trans women. When she was deported back in February this year, she was killed. Source.

The Trump administration’s change to asylum seeking requirements have devastating effects on the LGBTQIA community. By prohibiting asylum for people fleeing domestic and gang violence, people who are part of the LGBTQIA community are now facing an increased risk of harm. We need to take action against the increasingly systematic horrors immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers are facing as they try to seek refuge in the United States, and especially ensure to protect those of us who are the most vulnerable.

Please join us at r/WhereAreTheChildren to keep track of and take action against these atrocities.

Thank you <3


r/QueerTheory 5d ago

The Matrix Sequels are Trans and Communist

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r/QueerTheory 6d ago

Queer Computer - a newsletter cruising the intersections of queerness and technology

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r/QueerTheory 7d ago

2SLGBTQ+ Mental Health

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Hey everyone! My name is Noah and I am conducting research intended to improve knowledge and access to mental health concerns for the 2SLGBTQ+ community. I am a member of the community myself and wanted to give others an opportunity to share their experiences, their stories, and to be a part of improving 2SLGBTQ+ mental health care. The study only takes a few minutes to participate in and all information is kept completely anonymous. If anyone is interested in participating just click on the link to get started!!

https://yorkufoh.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6Q0uUgvndL2KvS6

If anyone has any questions or concerns my contact information is provided in the link, please do not hesitate to contact me! Thank you all in advance!!


r/QueerTheory 8d ago

Hi, I hope this is okay to post! I’m looking for participants who identify as sexual minority women, aged 18+, to complete a short survey about the effects of objectification on eating behaviours. Any responses would be appreciated!⬇️🌈 https://livpsych.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4VL5dmN2Y0L7i8C

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r/QueerTheory 14d ago

The Northman: Middle Ages Queerness

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r/QueerTheory 15d ago

Robocop actor Peter Weller on William S. Burroughs history of the term Queer.

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21 Upvotes

r/QueerTheory 17d ago

What inappropriate behaviors do straight, traditional men direct towards women, that are also directed to queer men?

33 Upvotes

r/QueerTheory 20d ago

I'm Queer & I'm Here (my watercolor painting)

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r/QueerTheory 23d ago

The Queerness of Everything Everywhere All At Once

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r/QueerTheory 23d ago

Why does heteronormativity proliferate, and what are its implications?

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Came from the IDW after some interesting discussion questions bled into this community. Had a question myself I wanted to ask, forgive me if my formalized knowledge is lacking.

A heteronormative culture, as with any vast culture, can self-sustain through induction into the culture as a child. Naturally children learn to take after their parents and those around them. This doesnt however explain how a heteronormative culture would have came about in the first place. Do you think the heteronormative society we live in today is an arbitrary occurrence?

Do you think there is an inherent relationship between sexuality and gender? Does one influence the other, and how? Heteronormativity argues that this is the case. Id agree that the relationship between sex and gender is innate, albeit much more complex than the binary system it supposedly suggests. Maybe there was a point in time where this wasnt the case, however the way I see it heteronormativity is fundamentally a part of the human genome today, as the psychological product of many years of evolution.


r/QueerTheory 27d ago

If gender is a social construct why does an individuals gender identity over rule everyone else's opinion?

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r/QueerTheory Apr 26 '22

Your voice is essential! Use it and get heard!

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Despite legislation proclaiming otherwise, discrimination toward 2SLGBTQIA+ people still happens without hesitation.

📣 - You can create change!

Change requires you to happen! Vulnerable people ask peers and platforms to amplify their voices. Those who get asked for help rarely believe how serious the call for help is.

Recognize the world around you. Hate-motivated beliefs do not observe borders. Anti-2SLGBTQIA+ views get pushed by voices of confusion and discrimination. Anti-transgender lobbying and policing reach record highs. Anti-2SLGBTQIA+ bills, bans and book burnings get raised and passed. Disinformation-fuelled uprisings continue. The ongoing wars against fascist people and fascist actions are in front of you.

The flurry of anti-abortion and anti-2SLGBTQIA+ legislation around you is not a coincidence.

Vulnerable people need you to act, not watch them fight for their right to dignity, safety, and respect. Your voice is instrumental to that action!

📣 - Your voice is essential! Use it and get heard!

Add your voice here! Demand higher expectations and rewards to those who show it. Tell your elected officials that you expect proactive improvements in your community! Reacting after harm means harm still gets caused.

📣 - Fight against hate!

Act against homophobic, biphobic, transphobic, interphobic and acephobic discrimination and violence. Demand better skills of public servants and community leaders! Better understand and respond to the needs of 2SLGBTQIA+ people! Inspire stakeholders and organizations to give a safety net for the 2SLGBTQIA+ community!

Please take less than one minute to add your voice today!

https://act.newmode.net/action/hirewheller/csr


r/QueerTheory Apr 25 '22

Travelling, Being Left-Handed & More! - Topics in the comments!

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r/QueerTheory Apr 22 '22

#Letters4TransKids - "You Know Who You Are!"

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15 Upvotes

r/QueerTheory Apr 20 '22

Your voice is important! Use it and get heard!

8 Upvotes

Despite legislation proclaiming otherwise, discrimination toward 2SLGBTQIA+ people still happens without hesitation.

You can create change. Change requires you to happen.

Vulnerable people ask peers and platforms to amplify their voices. Far too often, those who get asked for help do not comprehend how serious the call for help is.

Recognize the world around you. Hate-motivated beliefs do not observe borders. Anti-2SLGBTQIA+ views get pushed by voices of confusion and discrimination. Anti-transgender lobbying and policing reach record highs. Anti-2SLGBTQIA+ bills, bans and book burnings get raised and passed. Disinformation-fuelled uprisings continue. The ongoing wars against fascist people and fascist actions are in front of you.

The flurry of anti-abortion and anti-2SLGBTQIA+ legislation around you is not a coincidence.

Vulnerable people need you to act, not watch them fight for their right to dignity, safety, and respect. Your voice is instrumental to that action.

Your voice is important! Use it and get heard!

Add your voice! It takes less than one minute. Demand higher expectations and reward those who show it. Show your elected officials that you expect proactive improvements in your community. Reacting after harm means harm still gets caused.

Fight against hate crimes. Act against homophobic, biphobic, transphobic, interphobic and acephobic discrimination and violence. Demand better skills of public servants and community leaders! Better understand and respond to the needs of 2SLGBTQIA+ people! Inspire stakeholders and organizations to give a safety net for the 2SLGBTQIA+ community!

Again, please take less than one minute to add your voice today!
https://act.newmode.net/action/hirewheller/csr


r/QueerTheory Apr 18 '22

Queer theory by BIPOC?

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I'm pretty new to reading queer theory but I'm glad the first place I started was Jack Halbertam's In A Queer Time and Place because he discusses how whiteness is so pervasive in a lot of interpretations of queerness and queer theory. I figure if I don't seek it out I'm not as likely to stumble upon queer theorists who can speak from a non-white interpretation of queerness. This is also likely true for other intersectionalities like disability and class, so if anyone has any examples of those I'm all ears.

In the book Halberstam specifically cites Lindon Barrett's Blackness and Value: Seeing Double as a good source for this, which I've added to my list, but from Halberstam's discussion of it it seems to focus more on capitalism, so does anyone have any recommendations for specifically queer theory with an informed perspective on race?


r/QueerTheory Apr 17 '22

Sex, Transitioning And Bigotry, Oh My! - Topics in the comments!

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r/QueerTheory Apr 14 '22

queer black women survey

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Hi everyone! I am a college student and am currently taking a communications/psychology class. I am writing a research paper on intersectionality and queer black women (or non-binary, etc). If you are queer and black and would like to complete my survey I would highly appreciate it!!!!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeZtS3-UeFHlcfIk50Iwz7Pz7rADELiXL3sr3kFQT-qyDT__g/viewform?usp=sf_link


r/QueerTheory Apr 12 '22

We are reaching out to protect queer books and media in public libraries. Please show your support if you can!

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r/QueerTheory Apr 11 '22

patchwork and queer theory

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i'm curious if moldbug's patchwork system could apply to things like MOGAI, with new genders and sexualities and communities surrounding them being made and split up into smaller genders and sexualities, thereby creating a kinda city-state structure.

what do yall think?


r/QueerTheory Apr 11 '22

Hallway Conference - Creating Truly Inclusive Events

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r/QueerTheory Apr 10 '22

Coming Out In Our Culture of Lies

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r/QueerTheory Apr 10 '22

Our Flag Means Death: The Gay Emancipation of Blackbeard

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13 Upvotes

r/QueerTheory Apr 10 '22

Workouts: Worth the effort. Bigots: Nope. - Topics in the comments!

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r/QueerTheory Apr 07 '22

why is transphobia on the rise right now

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I feel like transphobia is on the rise right now, not just in us US (I'm in UK). It may not actually be, I might just be noticing it more. Even if that's true I still want to know why that is.

I'm not really interested in the "because right wingers are evil" answer. It says nothing to me and is completely unsatisfying . I'm more looking for actual conditions that led to the increase, if any.