Evolution of Queerness
In the most generalized, non-specific way
I don’t know how to write about the thing I want to talk about today. I don’t have enough research or learning on the topic, so I will likely write about this imperfectly and possibly offend or disappoint people.
But I’m going to try my best to not do so.
I keep thinking of the evolution of queerness, the evolution of our labels and identities, specifically here in America, as I can’t speak for anywhere else. But also specifically those of us who were not able to keep our ancestral words and traditions alive due to colonization and Christian supremacy.
Because queerness has always existed. And maybe labels weren’t as important in early human years? But we love to have words that have meaning that give us validation to our experience, and nothing is wrong with that. So evolution of queerness, identity, etc. happened. And it helped us find each other. Helped us survive (though many of us also didn’t).
But now I also think of how frustrated I get with the microlabels, with having to validate my existence with every “queer” behavior. I wonder if in the future, possibly after I am gone from this world, if microlabels will be around. Or if humanity will come back around to we are who we are and we love who we love and we are family with those that we say are our family.
Please feel free to share any books or references that I should study on this because I’m feeling super disconnected and frustrated with myself lately.