“Queer Nation is Dead/Long Live Queer Nation”: The Politics and Poetics of Social Movement and Media Representation

  title={“Queer Nation is Dead/Long Live Queer Nation”: The Politics and Poetics of Social Movement and Media Representation},
  author={Mary L. Gray},
  journal={Critical Studies in Media Communication},
  pages={212 - 236}
  • Mary L. Gray
  • Published 8 July 2009
  • Sociology
  • Critical Studies in Media Communication
This paper fleshes out the rhetorical structure of Queer Nation/San Francisco (QN/SF), a direct action group lauded for challenging the terms of gay and lesbian visibility politics but seen as failing to sustain that challenge. It juxtaposes representations of QN/SF—from regional mainstream and gay press accounts, QN/SF's internal organizational archives, and interviews with former QN/SF members—to parse out the competing interests that shaped QN/SF's discursive strategies and to chart what… 
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