With the dominant agendas of the big gay institutions centering on marriage, military service, ordination into the priesthood, adoption, and unquestioning gentrification and consumerism, do you think that those particular emphases prevent a deeper analysis of structural issues of racism and classism?
MD Well, of course they do. Mainstream America is still further behind the gay movement in dealing with any of those issues. So when you're bending your energy to turning into the mainstream, you're simultaneously burying your awareness of the class and racial and economic divisions that continue to characterize our country.
Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore (mattildabernsteinsycamore.com) is the author, most recently, of So Many Ways to Sleep Badly (City Lights) and the editor of an expanded second edition of That's Revolting! Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation (Soft Skull).