This is a listing of various interviews with Yasmin, in print and radio, as well as her public events. This page is still in progress; please check back for updates.
Interview with Denise Morris on the Old Mole Variety Hour show on KBOO, January 9, 2012, approx. 15 minutes
Queercorps Radio Interview on January 10, 2012: starts at 18:50, approx. 25 minutes
DOMA Repeal: Interview with Denise Morris on KBOO, March 7, 2011
I was on The Sausage Factory, hosted by Derek Washington, Chris Miller, and others. You can listen to the approximately 15 minute-segment here; it starts at 30 minutes into the hour:
In May 2010, I was interviewed by Tikkun’s assistant editor, Alana Yu-Lan Price, for a forthcoming piece on the contemporary queer movement. That piece, titled “The Transformative Promise of Queer Politics,” and the issue it appears in can be found on newstands and on the web here:
I was on KBOO again with Denise Morris, talking about Don't Ask, Don't Tell. Here's the description from the website:
In arguing for an end to the discriminatory "Don't ask, don't tell" law against gays serving openly in the military, many progressives wind up supporting what the military does -- fight wars to maintain US hegemony. Writer and activist Yasmin Nair talks with the Old Mole's Denise Morris about the contradictions. Here is Nair's recent article "DADT and the Silence / Silencing of Queer Anti-War Voices."
Ryan Conrad and I were on KBOO Community Radio (Portland, Oregon), talking about the Against Equality project. Here's the description from the station's website:
Sentimental fools gathering around marriage--but is that really the goal for queer communities and queer futures? Thus begins a discussion with Yasmin Nair and Ryan Conrad, activists and scholars of queer imagination. They discuss the Against Equality Archive Project: an online archive, publishing, and arts collective focused on critiquing mainstream gay and lesbian politics. As queer thinkers, writers and artists, [they] are committed to dislodging the centrality of equality rhetoric and challenging the demand for inclusion in the institution of marriage, the US military, and the prison industrial complex via hate crimes legislation.
The Politics of Inclusion: KBOO, Oct. 11, 2010
I was on the Anna DeShawn show, talking about immigration and immigration reform. You can listen to it here:
This image (soon to be replaced by a larger one, bear with us) appeared on the front page of the Chicago Sun-Times. Yasmin was interviewed for a cover story titled, "Are single getting a raw deal?" which appeared on September 23, 2009 to mark Singles Week.
On June 1, Illinois began instituting its first civil unions, with much fanfare in the gay community. To their very great credit, WBEZ, the NPR affiliate in Chicago, decided to provide more than one view about gay marriage amongst queers. I was on the popular morning program Eight Forty-Eight, hosted by Alison Cuddy, to talk about why gay marriage is not and should not be a priority for many of us, and about the work of Against Equality, the editorial collective of which I am a part. You can listen to the entire interview here.
Interview with Ryan and Yasmin: Alex Blaze (The Bilerico Project), Oct. 17, 2010
September 3, 2014
Here's Part Two of my interview with Hypocrite Reader's Michael Kinnucan. Combined, this is easily one of my favourite interviews, and my thanks to Michael and the rest at HR for all the work. In Part Two, I take on sex trafficking, rape culture, and more. An excerpt:
But I'd like to go back to rape culture for a minute. I think one of my problems with that concept is that it makes rape into, not a systemic issue, not an issue that's specifically contextualized. Rapes are so different, it's so circumstantial, in other words. The rape that occurs in a country that is being occupied by invaders, for instance, is rather different from the rape that occurs when a woman is walking alone at night. Those are very different instances of rape. It's not that one is less traumatic than the other, just that they're very different. And there are very different systemic issues at play. When we talk about rape culture, we erase all those differences, and we make it very difficult, we make it impossible, to really think about what engenders rape. The rape that is a pure and blatant expression of political power, in countries and at times when rape is actually a tool for exerting power and coercion and creating mass terror, rape is a tool of terror, a political tool. That's a rather different situation than the one in which women are raped because they are vulnerable at night. And when we talk about rape culture it turns it into—it's almost as if we are all living under this geodesic dome where rape just permeates our DNA and our consciousness in a rather diffuse and undifferentiated way. And I find that really troubling. Because I want us to think about the politics, the geopolitics of rape. I want us to be able to think about rape as political terror. And I want us also to think about rape as individual terror. I want us to think about rape as it happens situationally, not as "rape culture." Which to me is useless and counterproductive, and actually counters the kinds of effects that many feminists claim that they want, which is to engender a greater discussion of rape. I think it does the opposite, it creates an undifferentiated, apolitical attitude towards rape.
The Politics of Inclusion: KBOO, Oct. 11, 2010
Queer writers/activists criticize marriage-equality movement at forum:Windy City Times - Oct. 13, 2010
Interview with Time Out Chicago: Oct. 6, 2010