With a new semester coming up…

Remember to keep NYCP in mind for speaking events if you are part of an academic institution. We could use the $$$ and had a couple really nice events this fall! Hit us up at notyrcisterpress (at) gmail.com

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Editorial from Drag magazine #3, on the exclusion of queens from gay clubs in NYC.

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Editorial from Drag magazine #3, on the exclusion of queens from gay clubs in NYC.

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Queens of Mardi Gras, from Drag #3, 1971.

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Jackie, a queen and member of Men Against Sexism in Walla Walla prison. “Her cultivated femininity notwithstanding, Jackie could handle her own affairs with her fists, if need be. She once traded blows with an inmate who had slapped her and called her a whore. ‘He was discriminating against me and wanting my body at the same time,’ she huffed. Moreover, Jackie refused to be bought, sold, or traded by inmate ‘wolves[.]’”
(From Concrete Mama: Prison Profiles from Walla Walla by Ethan Hoffman & John McCoy)

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Jackie, a queen and member of Men Against Sexism in Walla Walla prison. “Her cultivated femininity notwithstanding, Jackie could handle her own affairs with her fists, if need be. She once traded blows with an inmate who had slapped her and called her a whore. ‘He was discriminating against me and wanting my body at the same time,’ she huffed. Moreover, Jackie refused to be bought, sold, or traded by inmate ‘wolves[.]’”

(From Concrete Mama: Prison Profiles from Walla Walla by Ethan Hoffman & John McCoy)

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One of the paternalistic ideas I have often heard from academics is that cutting edge political thinking takes place in the academy. I have found the opposite to be true — that it takes place outside of the academy where it is not hampered by institutional requirements, such as the focus on individual scholarship and ownership of ideas rather than collective work, or by the need to develop special vocabularies and grand theory in order to be taken seriously by one’s colleagues.

Academic work is largely about private discussions among academics — in places like this — not public discussions between academics and others, even when those “others” are the subjects of academic work. For example, at one lesbian/gay studies conference some years ago, someone gave a paper “deconstructing” “we’re here, we’re queer, get used to it.”, without ever having spoken to the still-living people who came up with that slogan. I’m one of them; two of the others are now dead. The presenter didn’t even know why it was created or where the “here” in the slogan referred to. Now, it might be interesting to know how a slogan starts and then how it gets used, often in ways not intended by those who create it, or why it is meaningful to people at a particular historical moment. But, at the very least a researcher ought to speak to the people who created it. How can you pretend you are the only one with an analysis, and the correct analysis at that, when you haven’t asked for theirs. And, most academic researchers never even run their analysis by the people they are writing about. This is incredibly safe. But it is also why much of what is written academically is not only exploitative but of little use to anyone doing the day-to-day work of organizing.

Grassroots activists speak to people and we write lots of things too — but they are not written in words you need a PhD to understand or published in books that cost $45 to buy. This is not because what we have to say is simple-minded or has no theory behind it. It’s because our goals are to get information and ideas out to as many people as possible and to foment activism and bring about change. And we can often find out in practice whether it makes sense both to the people we are working with and the situation it is addressed to.

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THREE QUEER REPRINTS
from Untorelli Press

Queers Read This by anonymous queers
[Read][Imposed]

I hate the fucking Pope, and I hate John fucking Cardinal fucking O’Connor, and I hate the whole fucking Catholic Church. The same goes for the Military, and especially for Amerika’s Law Enforcement Officials – the cops – state sanctioned sadists who brutalize street transvestites, prostitutes and queer prisoners. I also hate the medical and mental health establishments, particularly the psychiatrist who convinced me not to have sex with men for three years until we (meaning he) could make me bisexual rather than queer. I also hate the education profession, for its share in driving thousands of queer teens to suicide every year. I hate the “respectable” art world, and the entertainment industry, and the mainstream media, especially The New York Times. In fact, I hate every sector of the straight establishment in this country – the worst of whom actively want all queers dead, the best of whom never stick their necks out to keep us alive.

This is War by Vito Russo
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In a lot of ways, AIDS activists are like those doctors out there: they’re so busy putting out fires and taking care of people on respirators that they don’t have the time to take care of all the sick people. We’re so busy putting out fires right now that we don’t have the time to talk to each other and strategize and plan for the next wave, and the next day, and next month, and the next week, and the next year…And we’re going to have to find the time to do that in the next few months. And we have to commit ourselves to doing that. And then, after we kick the shit out of this disease, we’re all going to be alive to kick the shit out of this system, so that this never happens again.

To Destroy Sexuality by Guy Hocquenghem
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We can no longer stand by idly while we are robbed of our mouths, our anuses, our sexual members, our guts, our veins… just so they can turn them into parts for their ignominious machine which produces capital, exploitation, and the family…We can no longer stand by idly while they control, regulate, and occupy our mucous membranes, the pores of our skin, the entire sentient surface of our body…We can no longer stand by idly while they use our nervous system as a relay in the system of capitalist, federal, patriarchal exploitation, nor while they use our brain as a means of punishment programmed by ambient power…We can no longer not “come” or hold back our shit, our saliva, our energy according to their laws with their minor, tolerated infractions. We want to explode the frigid, inhibited, mortified body that capitalism wants so desperately to make out of our living body.

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Updated support/informative handbills for Niara can be found here.
More on Niara:In November of 2012, Niara was sentenced to 25-50 years in prison after she plead guilty to robbing and killing a john of hers and setting his motel room on fire. Niara, who also goes by Peaches, had to defend herself against transphobic violence in the prison system and has only been punished and put in solitary after fighting off men trying to abuse her, like many other gay and gender-variant people trapped men’s prisons.
Niara’s support site

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Updated support/informative handbills for Niara can be found here.

More on Niara:
In November of 2012, Niara was sentenced to 25-50 years in prison after she plead guilty to robbing and killing a john of hers and setting his motel room on fire. Niara, who also goes by Peaches, had to defend herself against transphobic violence in the prison system and has only been punished and put in solitary after fighting off men trying to abuse her, like many other gay and gender-variant people trapped men’s prisons.

Niara’s support site

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