This article revisits Joshua J. Weiner and Damon Young’s “Queer Bonds” special issue of GLQ, arguing that the issue’s focus on the impossible-yet-persistent nature of queer sociality effectively reinvigorates tired debates in the field of queer theory. Seven years after its publication, the questions raised in this special issue are still not only pertinent but deeply necessary, and allow for an angle of approach that attends to the unbearable relations, provocative cross-identifications, and erotic attachments that originally motivated early queer theoretical thinkers.

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