Through Indigenous critiques of the commons, this article asks what forms of collectivity might be built against the drives of settler-sovereignty. By centering various scales of forced removal and its resistance, I offer a reading of Gay Shame, a queer direct action group based in San Francisco, and its work confronting the hypergentrification of the Bay Area propelled by the tech industry. While positive attachments and shared identification are argued to be necessary for a liberatory politics, in contrast Gay Shame builds an affective commons through negative relationality. Indeed, the Left’s attachment to love as the revolutionary affect persist, yet here I center organizing where a desire for struggle collects around bad attitudes. To this end, how might queer hate delineate the ways the traffic in good feelings accelerates racial capitalism’s motors of accumulation and dispossession?
GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies – Duke University Press
Published: Oct 1, 2018