Self-sufficiency is a start: the Pulse murders six yeas later.

Mourning the five years since a shooter decided he could no longer share this earth with 49 patrons of an Orlando club, I noted that “to put your key in the lock after a night out, to open your eyes in the morning — to be alive” after Donald Trump lost the election counted asContinue reading “Self-sufficiency is a start: the Pulse murders six yeas later.”

The antecedents (and portents) of the Buffalo shooting

A month before we remember the sixth anniversary of the Pulse shooting, I watched coverage of the massacre in Buffalo and knew that sometime this year a lone gunman will step into a gay club and shoot revelers. Again. There would be no national mourning. The media will dissect the significance of a “manifesto,” asContinue reading “The antecedents (and portents) of the Buffalo shooting”

The life lived, the love spent: remembering the Pulse dancers

When I considered queer life under quarantine last week, I wondered if this moment eased the reluctance with which many homosexual men and women engage with the expectations placed on us during normal times. For thousands of gay college students, though, “normal times” required distance from families that despised what they had become or wereContinue reading “The life lived, the love spent: remembering the Pulse dancers”

‘The dance floor elides differences between the secular and the numinous’

When Katherine Meizel invited me to write about the Pulse shootings for a MoPop Pop Conference panel called “Raise Your Voice: Music and Mass Violence,” I wanted nothing to do with it at at first. Not because of that anodyne excuse I’ve Moved On. Quite the opposite. I held on to the anger. I didn’tContinue reading “‘The dance floor elides differences between the secular and the numinous’”

The burden of belonging to a poor queer minority

Yesterday, Thomas Edsall published another sobering column about what he calls the Democratic Party’s disarray. Although data collected in November 2016 shows that bits of the so-called Obama coaliton stayed home or in some cases switched to Donald Trump on Election Day, the steepest collapse was with white working class voters, two-thirds of whom expressedContinue reading “The burden of belonging to a poor queer minority”