Military

 

Is it the uniforms?  The always flattering navy blue of a seaman’s uniform?  The adventurous khaki of a soldier in the desert?  Or might it be the rituals of military life, the sado-masochistic infliction of rules and tortuous drills, which drive today’s gays and lesbians to insist that they ought to be allowed to serve freely and openly in the military?

In public conversations, gays unfailingly draw upon the narrow and patriarchal discourse of the nation-state and the glory of war, as if these were righteous and just and pure.  We wonder if they have shut their ears to the rising tide of anti-war sentiment across the world.  We wonder if they do not see the burnt remnants of entire cities decimated in the thirst for oil, or the corpses of adults and children deemed as “collateral damage” as the United States continues its thunderous march towards a failed attempt at world domination.

And we wonder: Do these gays and lesbians feel the need to engage in fashion homo-geneity or are they suffering from cognitive dissonance?

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Against Equality is committed to archiving radical work from all parts of our collective queer history, which is as messy, complex, and complicated as any other. We archive pieces without censorship or exegesis because we believe that an unclouded historical overview is preferable to one that is apologetic or revisionary – after all, our collective began as an effort to combat the erasure of queer radical history and activism by the mainstream gay and lesbian community. To that end, we recognize that, sometimes, the pieces we archive demonstrate language or ideology that is not seamlessly in line with what we might consider preferable today. Rather than revise or erase, we leave all that in as part of our ongoing effort to document queer history as what it was, not what we wish it would have been. In the same way, we also ask that any submissions to the archive be exactly as they originally appeared, without revisions to language or politics.  

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A Movement That’s a Little More Radical – Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore (2013)

Meet The Trans Scholar Fighting Against The Campaign For Out Trans Military Service – Chris Geidner Interviewing Dean Spade (2013)

Haaay to the Chief: The Military-Industrial Complex Conquers the Homos – Steven W. Thrasher (2013)

Bradley Manning, Bayard Rustin, and the perversion of Pride – Scott Long (2013)

The Broken Rifle Newsletter: Queers and Anti-militarism – War Resisters’ International (2012)

Against Equality: Don’t Ask to Fight Their Wars – Against Equality Collective (2012)

Recruitment of and resistance by queers: example Sweden – War Resisters’ International (2012)

Disastrous Inclusion: Critical Reflections on the Legacy of DADT – Ryan Conrad (2012)

I Was Wrong About Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell – Ian Finkenbinder (2012)

Gay In the Army: Despite years of inclusion, Canadian military still not a friendly space for gays and lesbians - Andi Schwartz (2012)

Bradley Manning: Rich Man’s War, Poor (Gay) Man’s Fight – Larry Goldsmith (2011)

A Military Job Is Not Economic Justice – Queers for Economic Justice Statement on DADT (2010)

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Don’t Serve – Cecilia Lucas (2010)

Don’t Ask, Don’t Go! – Lady Bunny (2010)

Rage, Or the Lack Thereof – Yasmin Nair (2010)

Why I oppose repealing DADT & passage of the Dream Act – Tamara K. Nopper (2010)

Why I Won’t Be Celebrating the Repeal of DADT: Queer Soldiers are Still Agents of Genocide – Crunch (2010)

Don’t Go, Don’t Kill! – Cindy Sheehan (2010)

Does Opposing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Bolster US Militarism? A Debate with Lt. Dan Choi and Queer Activist Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore - Democracy Now! (2010)

Open Letter to Democracy Now! – Stop Promoting Queer Militarism – Kate Raphael (2010)

A Fine Romance: Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman and Lieutenant Dan Choi - Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore (2010)

DADT and the Silence / Silencing of Queer Anti-War Voices – Yasmin Nair (2010)

Queer eyes on what prize? Ending DADT – Erica Meiners & Therese Quinn (2009)

We Will Not Protect You – Pink Tank (2005)

Pictures at an Execution – Bill Andriette (2005)

Ten Reasons Why Militarism is Bad for Queer People – Ryn Gluckman (2003)

We Like Our Queers Out of Uniform – LAGAI (1992)

Refugees From Amerika: A Gay Manifesto – Carl Wittman (1969)

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Culture / Media

Queer Voices: Beyond The Queer Mainstream – Beyond Gay Marriage and the Mainstream Gay Movement on 94.1 KPFA with Lisa Dettmer featuring Dean Spade, Kenyon Farrow, & Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore - Radio Documentary (2013)

Queers Demand Poster Series 1234 (complete set) - Tyrone Boucher (2012)

Romantic Notions: Gay Soldiers, Cops, and Spouses – Panel @ Simon Frasier University (2013)

Lady Bunny blasts gays who want to join the military – Xtra (2012)

Cartooning Against Gay Imperialism (1, 2, 3) – Mr. Fish, Cartoonist

On Gays In the Military - Bill Hicks, Stand Up Comedian

Don’t Ask!  Don’t Kill! Bus Shelters -  Truthforce

Queers and “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” – Radio  Interview with Denise Morris and Yasmin Nair

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Links

Gays against Gays in the Military

War Resisters League

Veterans for Peace

National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth

American Friends Service Committee – Counter Recruitment

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