Vegans of Color

Because we don’t have the luxury of being single-issue

Queers & AR: New Anthology Seeking Submissions July 9, 2008

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I am so excited about this! pattrice jones recently posted a call for proposals for a new anthology to be called Coming Out for Animals: Queering Animal Liberation:

What do queer liberation and animal liberation have to do with each other? How does the construction of homosexuality as both “unnatural” and “bestial” hurt both people and animals? How are speciesism and heterosexism interrelated and how do they fit into the matrix of race-sex-class oppression? Why have both homosexuality and veganism been dismissed as “white things” beside the point of real liberation struggles? What are we going to do about homophobia among straight-edge vegans? About those dreadful gay rodeos? Should we be arguing for pleather or against sexual practices that mimic the subjugation of animals? What’s so sexy about whips, chains, and choke collars anyway? What do hip hop “video vixens” and activist “vegan vixens” have in common beyond the performance of animality for the heterosexual male gaze? How does vivisection hurt people with AIDS? Why, within the USA, are both the queer and animal liberation movements less diverse than they should be but portrayed as more white than they are? Why do queer activists in Uganda but animal activists in the USA bear the brunt of police suppression in their respective countries? Are they similarly subversive of “cultural” practices that turn out to be critical to the maintenance of state power? What keeps many gay men in the animal liberation movement from coming out? Why are so many lesbian potlucks vegetarian and what does this mean in the era of FBI infiltration of the vegan potluck?

The proposal deadline is August 30, with the deadline for accepted chapters on December 31. pattrice is editing this anthology along with Kim Stallwood & Olivia Lane.

Perhaps someone will write a piece about the appropriation of “pride” by veg*ns!