Why “Political”? Blackness and Queer Urban Geographies in Toronto and San Diego
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Hochman-Ruiz, S. (2022). Why “Political”? Blackness and Queer Urban Geographies in Toronto and San Diego. MUSICultures, 48, 29–59. Retrieved from https://journals.lib.unb.ca/index.php/MC/article/view/32762


This article exhumes the spatial, political, and aesthetic origins of queer spaces. Queer activism seeks to reinvigorate a North American gay popular culture that became depoliticized following the gay liberation movement. Contemporarily, antiracism is
considered essential for a space to be queer. However, both scholars and participants question whether queer spaces have made progress in that regard. Attention to the sonic foundations of punk, and the crucial role of queercore subculture in carving out queerness as a coalition of identities, reveals how queer spaces often generate the divisions along lines of race which they labour to solve.

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