The Queer Question: Essays on Desire and Democracy

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TOO QUEER TO BE GAY?

A Populist Group Fails to Support
Sexual Minorities

Matthew, who picked me up at the Los Angeles airport, was a guy I had met in the Rambles of Central Park over two years ago, and whom I had not seen since. We considered it a minor miracle that we had fucked only once and had maintained a relationship through phone calls and letters. He had joined a dance company in Los Angeles, and now that I was attending the National Conference on Lesbian and Gay Rights in L.A., our paths had finally crossed again.

Matthew was mostly unaware of the intrigues and factionalism of the gay movement; the rapport we established was based on humor and hedonism. He told me about the many "laid-back," elusive gay men in L.A., and about the staggering spread of the city itself, two factors which often combine to make life there seem like a movie reel of non-sequiturs. I spoke ruefully about how the conference was proceeding on a course that seemed equally surreal. The very manner in which I had met Matthew—cruising a section of a public park, with men screwing in the bushes all around—gave one more personal twist to the strange and shaking experience I was having at the L.A. conference. One day we went to Venice Beach and sat in a bleacher watching the surfers and the body‐

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First published in New York Native, 1-14 June 1981.

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