One of the cofounders of GLQ reflects on the origins of the journal, its initial goals, its successes and failures in achieving them, and their continued relevance to queer studies today. GLQ sought to tread a line between the need to achieve academic legitimation for queer studies and the desire to prevent that field from settling into an academic discipline, to keep it perpetually off-balance, to preserve its relation to queer sex, and to foster the kinds of diversity that escape most standard definitions of diversity. Those ideals and values remain as important now for a journal of LGBTQ studies as they were when GLQ was founded.

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