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So excited to share my conversation with legendary drag performer and Queen of Ireland, Rory O'Neill, AKA Panti Bliss! Panti isn't only a queen, but also an HIV activist, an author, a brilliant mind, AND an absolutely instrumental figure in LGBT rights on the world stage (but especially in Ireland). Panti's came to world prominence after giving a stirring and profound speech about oppression at the The Abbey Theatre in Dublin, which received praise from Madonna, RuPaul, Stephen Fry and more.
Panti and I talk about what makes gay disruptive to power structures, the way sex is tied in to individuality, why Panti isn't pro-marriage and why all marriage equalities are not created equal, why gay Drag Race culture doesn't offer a good alternative to "masc 4 masc" gay culture, why Panti and I don't want to run for office, why defining your terms - whether it's drag, gay, power, gender, whatever - is a radical act, how resistance can make us lose intimacy, how to integrate the gay and porn self into the rest of your sense of identity, why gay bashing is a distorted longing for touch, and the ways we frame childhood sexual abuse.
Hand onto your wig.
Here we go, folks.
• For more of Rory/Panti, read his excellent autobiography, Woman In The Making: Panti's Memoir. And you will also, of course, love the documentary about Panti and marriage equality in Ireland, The Queen of Ireland. And, if you're checking this out before early April, and you're in New York, go see Panti! Rory/Panti's show is incredible. Funny, heartbreaking, and always vulgar. She's in Brooklyn at 3DB on April 5 and 6. Here's the poster:
• If you want to learn more about Sheela Na Gigs, here's a good place to start.
• If you'd like to hear more about queer resistance to gay marriage, check out AEWCH 57 with radical trans author and activist, Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore. You can also check out the books The Trouble with Normal by Michael Warner and Homocons by Richard Goldstein
• Want to learn more about Terry Eagleton's take on Christianity? Read Radical Sacrifice. Want to know more about Slavoj Žižek's? Read The Puppet and The Dwarf: The Perverse Core of Christianity.
• Yes, I know that Gramsci used the term "organic intellectual" but I am going to stick with Mark Twain until someone proves me wrong, since the attribution to both is uncertain.
• On the other hand, we DO know who said we lose the intimacy we seek when we try to resist; actor and screenwriter Mark O'Halloran.
• Just putting an image of 9 To 5 here because it's a great movie. Even though I think all work should be abolished, Fonda, Parton, and Tomlin's version is way better than what we have today.
• I wrote an essay about having a performer name and a birth name and the struggles and opportunities that created for Buzzfeed (way back in 2013!).
• For more on trauma, healing, and working through pain, check out Sara Schulman's Conflict Is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility, and the Duty of Repair and Susan Clancy's The Trauma Myth: The Truth About the Sexual Abuse of Children--and Its Aftermath.
Until next time,