This GLQ forum celebrates the twentieth-anniversary publication of Cathy Cohen’s “Punks, Bulldaggers, and Welfare Queens: The Radical Potential of Queer Politics?” The forum opens with Cohen’s reflection on the article she wrote twenty years ago. Other authors in the forum then ruminate on such topics as the potential erasure of the queer political history that the original article provoked readers to consider in the time during and since its printing, the haunting answer to the original article’s haunting subtitular question—“the radical potential of queer politics?,” and new political alliances that might fit under the rubric of queer in our contemporary moment.
Nic John Ramos is the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow of Race in Science and Medicine at Brown University. He received his PhD in the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California in 2017. His research examines the role reproductive politics played in sustaining the exclusion and management of poor and queer people of color in post-1965 health institutions originally designed to alleviate poverty.
Nic John Ramos; Introduction. GLQ 1 January 2019; 25 (1): 137–140. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/10642684-7275320
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