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Commentary :: GLBT/Queer
Reponse to "Queer Liberation and Anarchist Communism"
27 Jun 2008
Parts of this article I would agree with or appreciate as a queer and trans person, though other parts are simply offensive.

I am glad NEFAC can show solidarity for queer liberation struggles (read as struggles based in sexuality, gender identity or representation). I feel social justice struggles are inevitably connected and working towards an analysis which embraces this is beneficial, nurturing and necessary for any revolutionary movement to occur.
"We also feel that queer liberation is only fully possible with anarchist communism."

The quote above pretty much tears apart anything encouraging you said in the whole article for me. It is undermining of queer liberation struggles that have happened historically and are happening presently without the help or even recognition of anarchist communism.

I can respect that queer liberation is not the primary focus of NEFAC (as long as you are building a queer analysis). I can also agree with the quote below.

"This doesn't mean that we all must individually fight every struggle on every front in order to fight any; as individuals we don't have time." But in response to this quote: If your organization is not directly working with queer liberation shouldn't you let those of us who are define our own struggle?

You also state: "Unlike authoritarian revolutionary tendencies which seek to gain support for their party so that they may gain power and rule in everyone's name. We, anarchist communists, argue that systems of domination and control must be destroyed not captured."

This seems a bit inconsistent to me. Are you not seeking to gain support for your political organization with this article? I would say you are trying to "capture" support by queer folks with this article through showing solidarity.

Telling me that queer liberation is only possible through anarchist communism feels a lot like domination to me. Keep working on an anti-oppression analysis without subjecting your own views onto to other struggles.

Queers for the abolishment of prisons!
Queers for environmental justice!
Queers against racism, sexism, ableism and all other forms of oppression!
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