Oct 1 2015

Fall Updates

AE_QRNMIThis month Against Equality turns six years old!  We have a publishing update on our website about our book Against Equality: QueerRevolution Not Mere Inclusion for those that are interested, but the short and quick of it is that we distributed over 5,000 copies of our new book since it came out a year and a half ago on AK Press and we very happy with that!

A few months ago I also signed a book contract with Arcadia Publishing for a new book titled LGBTQ Maine: Portland & Beyond as part of their Images from Modern America series.  This full color photo history book will showcase queer history in Maine since the 1970s with a focus on Maine’s largest city (and queer hub) Portland while not neglecting the importance of people, places, and events from Caribou to Lewiston. This project wouldn’t be possible without the generous help of the folks like Susie Bock at the Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine who maintain the LGBT Special Collection (amongst other great collections). This project is set to wrap up in time for a launch at Pride in 2017.

I have two collaborative pieces coming out online and in print over the next little bit. I participated in roundtable discussion focused on transnational queer politics and organizing put together by Karma Chávez for the Scholar & Feminist and I am currently organizing a forum on HIV criminalization with a bunch of great folks for QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking. Keep an eye out for those forthcoming!

This fall I also began working with Melissa Autumn White on her research project titled Stranger Intimacies which focuses on the privatization of the refugee claims process in Canada since the 1970s and particularly the launch of the Rainbow Refugee pilot program by the government of Canada in 2011. Future publications are in the works under Melissa’s leadership. She will be presenting some initial findings at the upcoming American Studies Association Conference in Toronto where I will also be presenting a separate paper on AIDS art and checking out the premiere of Kami Chisholm‘s new documentary Pride Denied: Homonationalism & the Future of Queer Politics that I was interviewed for (amongst other brilliant thinkers and activists)!

Lastly, I’ve also done a couple interviews lately, one rather snarky, and the other rather sincere. My VICE interview with my Concordia University colleague Matt Hays deals with gay life after Supreme Court ruling in favor of gay marriage. My Q5 interview with Brendan Kieran who co-coordinates the New England Archivists’ LGBTQ Issues Roundtable, focuses on my current dissertation research and against equality.

Jul 17 2015

Summer Updates

b1983I recently sent off proofs to curators of the upcoming touring exhibition Art AIDS America, which will include my piece b.1983 amongst hundreds of other artists. As described online, this exhibition “examines 30 years of artistic production made in response to the AIDS epidemic in the United States. Surveying the early 1980s to the present, this exhibition reintroduces and explores a spectrum of artistic responses to HIV/AIDS from the politically outspoken to the quietly mournful, considering how the disease shifted the development of American art away from the conceptual foundations of postmodernism and toward a more insistently political and autobiographical voice.” The exhibition’s touring schedule is as follows:

archivesMost of this summer I’ve been hanging out at the Special Collections Archives at the Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine at the University of Southern Maine in Portland. I’ve be digitizing the entire run of a bunch of Maine-based LGBTQ newspapers (10%, Apex, Community Pride Reporter, Fast Times, and Our Paper) from the 80s and 90s. Excited to be thinking about affect & trauma as it relates to the pre-protease inhibitor AIDS crisis days outside of major urban north american gay centers and how Maine’s mutli-year failed non-discrimination ordinances intersect with this history.

My short film things are different now… showed at the Outside the Frame Festival, a Queers for Palestine film festival and a creative alternative to Frameline’s pinkwashing, on June 21st.  I pulled this film from the Frameline Film Festival a few years ago and was happy to have it re-screened at this vibrant, ethically sound, alternative put together by a great group of local activists in the San Francisco Bay area.

There’s also a piece in the upcoming issue of WSQ: The 1970s I co-wrote with Karma Chávez and Yasmin Nair reflecting on the stalled Equal Rights Amendment. We approach the topic through our own work writing critically about equality rhetoric and gay rights legislation with Against Equality.

I was interviewed by the folks at the Gay & Lesbian Review for their spring 2015 issue as mentioned in the last update.  The full interview can be read here as a pdf for those that don’t have a subscription. It’s one of the best interviews I’ve done for Against Equality over that project’s lifetime.

Mar 26 2015

Spring Updates

I’ve just returned home from a book tour to support Against Equality: Queer Revolution, Not Mere Inclusion in Australia and New Zealand. The tour passed through Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland, Wellington, and Dunedin over seven weeks. I was hosted by amazing folks from student groups and bookshops that were inspiring and rejuvenating. A full tour recap is available on the AE website.

University of Melbourne PosterFrom April 15th-17th I will head out on a short three day book tour in upstate New York stopping in Poughkeepsie, Buffalo, and Rochester.  Thanks to the Queer Coalition of Vassar College, Burning Books, and Rochester Red & Black for hosting and Jake Allen for bottom lining so much of the organizing. Click here for event details!

While in Australia I also gave a public lecture at the University of Melbourne and a master class at LaTrobe University focusing on my paper, Revisiting AIDS and Its Metaphors. Many thanks to Fran Martin and Carol D’Cruz for their gracious support and inviting me to their respective universities.

While I hope to cut down on future travel this year, I will still be going to The Canadian Sexuality Studies Association conference as part of the 2015 Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences from June 1st-3rd in Ottawa. Along side collective members Karma Chávez and Yasmin Nair, I will be presenting on Against Equality’s work.

I have forthcoming interviews in the Gay & Lesbian Review and Hysteria about Against Equality this Spring/Summer. Keep an eye out!

Dec 21 2014

Winter Updates

liljoeLittle Joe Magazine will be publishing a dialogue between myself and Montréal queer film scholar Thomas Waugh in their next spring issue. We use his co-curated Queer Film Classics book series as a jumping off point to discuss queer film, history, pedagogy, and intergenerational queer friendship. There will likely be a launch for the issue in Montréal come spring, details forthcoming.

For February and March I will be travelling throughout Australia and New Zealand, doing a book launch here and there for Against Equality: Queer Revolution Not Mere Inclusion. Most excitedly I will be returning to Hares & Hyenas in Melbourne three years after our first event there. Other events will be listed shortly on Against Equality’s event page.

I’ve received a small research grant to do archival work at the University of Southern Maine’s LGBT Special Collections for my dissertation. I will be digitizing the entire collection of community newspapers from the late 80s and 90s, focusing specifically on Our Paper and Apex.  I will be in Portland, Maine for the majority of the summer doing this work and sharing updates as I go. When my research concludes, all issues of these papers should be DEC17_Homme_Fravailable for browsing online.

For the 2014 International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers on December 17th I designed a series of posters for APAQ demanding that both conservatives and carceral feminists back off their support for criminalizing sex work (bill C-36 in Canada), which only endangers the lives of those doing sex work.

Against Equality will also do a short write up reflecting on the Equal Rights Amendment for WSQ‘s special issue on the 1970s edited by Shelly Eversley and Michelle Habell-Pallán.  The issue is forthcoming in the Fall of 2015.

Lastly, despite the year of unemployment I have to look forward in 2015, it was just confirmed that I will be teaching a new AIDS Film and Video course at Concordia University in Montréal in the Winter of 2016!  I will make the syllabus available online next year.


Sep 2 2014

Fall Update

Today begins another semester in the wonderful world of adjunct university teaching for me. I’ll be giving an interdisciplinary fine arts/arts and sciences research methods course through the lens of sexuality research. You can check out the course syllabus here if you’re curious.


Earlier this past spring my article on the changing sex work laws in Canada and the potential impact they might have on US northern border states like Maine was published in the Portland Phoenix.  The Future of Sex Work is available online for your reading pleasure. Surprisingly I have received very little hate mail after its publication which I can only attribute to the fact that no one reads long form journalism—or the Phoenix—anymore.

On September 27th I will be doing a small talk and Q&A at the Baltimore Book Festival discussing the new Against Equality anthology, Queer Revolution, Not Mere Inclusion.  There are no other firm touring dates this fall for Against Equality, but in February and March I will be touring across Australia and New Zealand spreading the anti-assimilationist, anti-capitalist queer gospel that is Against Equality. Dates for this down under tour will be posted sometime in the next few months on the AE events page.

I’m also working on a few forthcoming journal articles and book chapters including a historical overview and analysis of the MIXNYC experimental queer film festival, an editorial about why I’m not a #truvadawhore, and a co-authored Against Equality piece for the UK-based Decolonizing Sexualities Network’s forthcoming anthology. There are a couple short film projects in the works as well!

Apr 9 2014

Spring Updates

AE_QRNMITomorrow I am leaving to go on tour with the new Against Equality anthology, Queer Revolution, Not Mere Inclusion which just came out for AK Press in March. I will be bouncing from the northeast to the southwest in about four weeks doing lectures, panels, and book launches. Full details of the tour can be found here and you can order the book directly from AK Press here.

I’ve also published my third editorial in the quarterly gay paper Out in Maine which will be available online soon. “You Must Marry!” asks now that the campaign for gay marriage in Maine are over with and done, could we can all be a bit more honest with our ambivalence about marriage and our criticism of the campaigns to win such a right? And what can we do to address the new pressures that exists on queer and trans people to get married, as if that is what we are supposed to do now just because we can? This will be up on my publications page where you can check out all my articles, chapters, and books to date.

The short film Rituel Queers that I collaborated on with REB screened at The Boston Faerie Cabaret in February and was warmly received. With any luck the film will have its European premiere at Entzaubert—my favorite DIY queer/trans film festival in Europe—this July.

My old friend Jessy Kendall of S/H/A/R/P/S and I collaborated on a track on his new album Shit Show that just came out. This track is a remix of Micahel Callen’s track “Home” on the 1994 album Purple Heart. I’m also working on another similar audio/video remix of 90s talk shows, HIV/AIDS, satanic cults, televangelists, gay porn, and the boy scouts due out this summer.

Dec 21 2013

Winter Updates

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Karma Chávez and I made our way to London, along with Yasmin Nair in digital form, for the Decolonizing Sexualities Network’s second roundtable event on November 29th.  Against Equality presented an overview of our activist and archival work to a packed room and got to meet lots of great activists and intellectuals from the UK including our gracious hosts Suhraiya Jivraj and Silvia Posocco.

Also, our chapter “Against Equality, Against Capitalism: Towards an Economic Critique of Gay Marriage” in the Australian anthology After Homosexual: The Legacies of Gay Liberation (edited by Carolyn D’Cruz & Mark Pendleton) is set to launch in Melbourne at Hares & Hyenas on January 14th.

My chapter “Damn Right We’re Here to Destroy Marriage!” in The Gay Agenda: Claiming Space, Identity, and Justice (edited by Gerald Walton) is set to be published in early 2014.  Still no confirmed publishing date, but I’ve been told it should be out very soon.  This chapter argues against the politics of gay respectability and encourages queer activists to embrace rather than deflect the religious right’s worst fears about us—we are indeed to here to destroy marriage, the family, and the nation!

Curators from MIX MILANO have invited the collaborative team behind Does This Bother You?, of which I was a part, to recreate the exhibition in Milano in the Summer of June 2014.  This second iteration of our project is sure to scandalize the newly elected Pope and stuffy respectable gays alike.  More news to come…

Oct 25 2013

Fall Update

things are different now… continue to have a life through another public screening at the Queer Lisboa 17 film festival this past September. The experimental short will be available for viewing online this winter once it completes its other festival screenings lined up this fall.

Est-ce que ça vous dérange? Does This Bother You?, a collaborative exhibition I worked on, opened at RATS9 Galerie on October 11th and ran through October 26th.  In addition to the opening I gave an artist talk with my collaborator on October 15th to a full house and it will be available as a video on the exhibition website shortly.  A digital version of the exhibition catalog featuring writing by journalist Matthew Hays and art historian Erin Silver is available here.

The short experimental Super 8mm film that I created in collaboration with Richard E. Bump will having its premiere (of sorts) in all its rich color-saturated glory at the 26th edition of MIXNYC on November 16th. Rituels Queer will be shown as a double projection with an original soundtrack by friend and co-conspirator Chadd Beverlin.  Rituels Queer is part of a larger program of twelve sexy steamy shorts not to be missed!

In mid-October I presented my paper “Revisiting AIDS and Its Metaphors” at the Universities Art Association of Canada‘s annual conference in Banff, Alberta.  The paper, which reviews the work of queer artists that framed the pre-protease inhibitor days of the AIDS crisis as a form of genocide, focuses in detail on the short film By Any Means Necessary by James Wentzy.  The paper has since been submitted to a number of academic journals and with any luck will be available publicly in the first half of 2014.

Against Equality: Queer Revolution, Not Mere Inclusion, an anthology of all the combined writing from our first three books along with a new introduction from the collective, is on schedule to hit the streets in March 2014.  This book will save the AE collective time, money, and work by alleviating our need to keep three books in print as opposed to just one. And all of this has been made possible by our wonderful pals over at AK Press who have been a supportive distributor for our first three book projects and have taken on the task of publishing this final anthology.

In other Against Equality news, Karma Chávez, Yasmin Nair, and I will be doing a roundtable talk in London with the Decolonizing Sexualities Network on the 29th of November.  At the roundtable we will be discussing our work with AE, focusing on the three sections of our archive: marriage, militarism, and prisons.  The event will be recorded and available on the DSN website soon after the event.

Lastly, I’ve been one of the co-coordinators of a fundraising effort to support the production of a film by LGBTQ identified Russians about the impact of the anti-gay propaganda bill recently signed into law by Putin.  This project differs from similar media attention in that the documentary film Children 404 is being made by Russian queers as opposed to other outsiders from the West.  You can check out the fundraising campaign that runs through November 15th here.

Jun 21 2013

Summer Update

After being selected to show my work at the Frameline International LGBT Film Festival in San Francisco, I’ve pulled my short experimental film things are different now… in order to support the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel.  Frameline has been targeted for it’s complicity with Israeli pinkwashing. The festival has been targeted by local queer activist groups like Queers Undermining Israeli Terrorism (QUIT) and Gay Shame for over a decade.  I gave a short interview with ArtThreat over pulling my film and things are differnet now… will be screened alternatively at Periwinkle Cinema’s Rejected!!! on June 20th at the Artist Television Access in San Francisco instead.

things are different now… has also screened as part of NOT OVER: 25 Years of Visual AIDS in New York at LaMama gallery.  The show also includes a small print version of my broadsheet Down Is Not Up. The show, currated by Kris Nuzzi and Sur Rodney (Sur), is up for the entire month of June and features the work of lots of friends and colleagues.

Does This Bother You? a collaborative street based poster project that I participated in this spring will see a full scale exhibition and catalog in the fall of 2013 in Montréal.  More information about the project is forthcoming, but in the mean time the project has already provoked a bit of press both locally and nationally in Canada.

Also my You Must Marry posters, a pastiche based on the original Homocult poster, made there first appearance at Southern Maine Pride and will be coming with me for a special night of wheat pasting in NYC for Pride.  More details about this project forthcoming after I hit the streets for NYC Pride.

As for Against Equality news, I’ve been busily working away on the manuscript for a new unabridged addition of Against Equality’s three anthologies all in one along with some new material.  The new anthology will help us greatly reduce our printing and shipping costs while still providing free books to prisoners.  It is due out in the spring of 2014 through AK Press and AE members will be touring to support the launch of the new anthology

Also, the video from the Imagining Queer Justice panel I spoke at on behalf of Against Equality this past spring with Eric Stanley and Reina Gossett is now available online below.  Special thanks to Margot Weiss at Wesleyan University for making it all possible!

Apr 4 2013

Spring Updates

My short experimental film on HIV/AIDS and inter-generational memory loss, things are different now…, has shown in Berlin, New York, and London, and screenings in Prague, Copenhagen, Toronto, San Francisco, New York, Portland OR, and Providence RI are all in the works.  In fact, the short will be showing in Portland OR today as part of the Where Do We Go From Here exhibition.

I have a book review of Benjamin Heim Shepard‘s Play, Creativity, and Social Movements (2011) the most recent edition of the journal Socialism & Democracy and I am working on a review of Nicola Barker’s Not The Marrying Kind: A Feminist Critique of Same-Sex Marriage (2012) for the soon-to-be-launched QED: A Journal in LGBTQ Worldmaking.

I’ve also got an interview with New York City based prolific writer and agitator Sarah Schulman in the forthcoming issue of e-flux journal edited by Carlos Motta.  In it we discuss her most recent two book as well as the nature of queer collaborations, the rapidly changing publishing industry, queer mentorship, and the politics of always coming from the margins.

Against Equality also just got word that the book coming out of the After Homosexual conference I presented at a year ago finally got the green light. A co-authored piece between Yasmin Nair, Kárma Chavez, and myself titled, Against Equality, Against Capitalism: Towards an Economic Critique of Gay Marriage will appear there.  The three of us also co-authored the introduction to another forthcoming Australia-based book project called To The Exclusion of All Others where our piece titled, Against Equality: From the Belly of the Beast to the Land Down Under, will appear.

In other Against Equality news, I will be participating in a panel with Eric Stanley and Reina Gossett titled Imagining Queer Justice: Prison Abolition and LGBT Hate Crimes Legislation on April 26th at Wesleyan University.  On this panel organized by the wonderful Margot Weiss, I will be talking about Against Equality and or work challenging the logic of LGBT hate crime laws which is highlighted in our most recent anthology, Against Equality: Prisons Will Not Protect You.