From Drag to Occupy Wall Street
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What do riots, unpermitted parades, and street parties have to do with friendship? For many of us, the answer is simple: hooking up for a night or getting together for a march. Friendships can be fleeting and temporary but also important. They can function as temporary autonomous zones of relationships, supporting ways of being that expand beyond social controls. Here friends take to the streets and do what those with similar affinities do: celebrate being alive together while blurring lines between people, spaces, and movements in time. This was my experience of the Drag March of 2011. Bob Kohler and Sylvia Rivera were no longer taking part, but their memories remained in the streets. Kohler still seemed to be in the evening shadows, applauding the drag queens marching to Sheridan Square as he had done for years. Randy Wicker was still there, as were thousands of other drag queens.
KeywordsPublic Space Marriage Equality Street Youth Queer Youth Drag Queen
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