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An Interview with me and Ralowe T. Ampu for Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex

I've written a piece titled, "Queer Immigrants, the Shackles of Love, and the Invisibility of the Prison Industrial Complex," for the forthcoming anthology, Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex, due out from AK Press in August 2011.   Eric Stanley is interviewing some of the contributors for a series on the press website, and the first one features Ralowe T. Ampu and yours truly. 

The Real Costs of the HIV Ban [18 May, 2009]

Originally posted on Queercents.com.  Read comments here.

This is Part 2 of a series on immigration.  It looks at the real costs of the HIV ban, in place since 1987, and provides a brief look at the history and implications of this policy.

Queers and Immigration Reform: Where Do We Stand? [10 January, 2008]

On January 8, The Washington Times reported that Mike Huckabee supported amending the constitution so that children born in the US to “illegal aliens” could not automatically become American citizens.  On January 9, the same paper reported Huckabee’s denial that he supported any such measure. 

Who Needs Larry Kramer?: A resurrected ACT UP does not a progressive queer agenda make [June 2007]

By the time you read this, a vastly over-inflated moment of queer hype will have sputtered and gasped to its inevitable end.  The events following Larry Kramer's March speech now constitute a tempest in a teacup.  But they did draw out some strong emotions, not all of them articulated in the kind of grandstanding we witnessed in the photographs of self-proclaimed AIDS activists in ACT UP t-shirts.

Gay marriage and queer immigration: Laboring over love [28 May, 2008]

The recent California decision on gay marriage fills me with dread—dread at the schlock I know is awaiting me during this Pride month and afterwards; dread about hearing all the triumphant rhetoric about “equality;” and dread that queers are going to speak about marriage as some kind of dream fulfilled.  Again.

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