The Queer City: How to Design More Inclusive Public Space

In the con­text of ris­ing pat­terns of hate crime, the idea of “queer­ing” pub­lic space might offer a solu­tion. Through inter­views with over 120 aca­d­e­mics, design­ers, activists and oth­er respon­dents, Cat­ter­all and Azzouz have stud­ied how con­sid­er­ing the design and plan­ning needs of LGBTQ+ peo­ple might make the pub­lic realm more inclusive.

“Queer love reconfigures the way you move through the world when, at last, you are touched softly, gently and with such tenderness”

Deidre’s social media reads like a beau­ti­ful love let­ter to les­bian­ism, and their per­son­al work reflects their event­ful life—from a case of sex­u­al vio­lence in Deidre’s child­hood to mar­ry­ing their pla­ton­ic part­ner. Fer­rars & Fields talks to Dei­dre about queer love and its part in the process of heal­ing from sex­u­al trauma.

I cried at a Dita von Teese show

This May, my friend took me to a Dita von Teese show. As a plus-sized per­son diag­nosed with Bor­der­line Per­son­al­i­ty Dis­or­der, I was hes­i­tant at first, fear­ing my com­plex and shat­tered rela­tion­ship to my own body and self worth would stand in the way of enjoy­ing the art of bur­lesque. But “Gla­m­ona­trix” held a sur­prise which touched a trau­ma that lay bot­tled up deep in my core: I was the woman who cried at a Dita Von Teese show.

The World Must End: Affect Theory and Diaspora

After years of fem­i­nist the­o­ry in which I reap­praised the ways in which fem­i­nin­i­ty and women’s bod­ies were made and bro­ken by exter­nal forces, scat­tered into a thou­sand-piece puz­zle and inad­e­quate­ly glued back togeth­er, I found inter­est in a sim­i­lar issue with regard to the African-Amer­i­can dias­po­ra. Even­tu­al­ly, in alle­vi­at­ing clar­i­ty, there is a desire for the world to end, to fash­ion it anew—and irre­spec­tive of how it will be com­posed, the beau­ty of anni­hi­lat­ed worlds will burn in it bright­ly and confidently. 

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