Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore

That's Revolting! -- the book you've been waiting for...

Filed By Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | May 13, 2008 10:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment, Marriage Equality, Media, The Movement
Tags: assimilation, flag burning, gay hypocrisy, Gay Liberation, lgbt scams, radical queer, soft skull press, that's revolting!

"That's Revolting! is a pre-emptive line in the sand... It calls us all, regardless of our specific sexual and gender identities, to resist the pressures to assimilate into an increasingly belligerent and racist normality. Ranging from New York to San Francisco, from prison cells to the prison camp life of occupied Palestine, That's Revolting! does more than map out the nether regions of queer identity politics. The articles and interviews gathered together here are full of the collective wisdom of generations of activists determined to take the social space needed to live their lives." --Left Turn

This expanded edition contains the original work by dozens of troublemakers, including Patrick Califia, Dean Spade, and Carol Queen, as well as five new selections that cover everything from rabble-rousing with the Gay Liberation Front in the 1960s to blowing up buildings with the George Jackson Brigade in the 1970s, current-day rural queer youth organizing in Massachusetts to stripping naked to fight global AIDS. Now's the time to harrass your local bookstores to make sure they get it in stock, or if you want to order the book directly from the publisher, you can work that magic here.

Of course, there is going to be a devastating San Francisco launch, so mark your calendars now:

THAT'S REVOLTING!: Radical queer activism -- past, present, and future.
Thursday, June 5, 6pm
San Francisco Main Library
Latino/Hispanic Meeting Room (downstairs)
100 Larkin Street
(415) 557-4566
Co-sponsored by the National Queer Arts Festival.

Join Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore to celebrate the arrival of the expanded second edition of That's Revolting! Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation, with a dangerous and illuminating discussion featuring Carol Queen, Bo Brown, Ralowe T. Ampu, Tommi Avicolli Mecca, Eric Stanley and Gina de Vries.

Has the nightmare of gay marriage sandblasted the dreams of '70s gay liberation revolutionaries? Has the feverish potential of queer sexual splendor been annihilated by the consumerist frenzy of assimilationist gay culture? Is there hope for radical queer troublemaking in the hyper-gentrified monoculture of current-day San Francisco? Bring your questions, ideas, plots and dreams, and of course the book will be available for more questions, ideas, plots and dreams -- and you can get it signed! And set up dates with the hot editor and contributors!

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When should I expect my autographed copy? *grins*

Robert Ganshorn Robert Ganshorn | May 14, 2008 5:37 AM

Speaking as a 1970's gay relic we never considered Gay marriage significant or even desirable. Everyone was young, healthy, and no one owned anything so, do you want to go to the movies?

Somewhere, across the great divide of time, Gay people are obtaining all of the responsibilities of parenthood, mortgages etc. What are your options? I cannot get your book!

Yes, I'd love to go to the movies...

Of course, I think gay liberation did a great job of talking about/reimagining responsibility without the need for the hallmarks of street normalcy, but unfortunately much of that is in the past...