She is a Queer Theorist who wrote Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times, which I haven't read but I saw someone allude to her on Gawker and decided to read a bit more about her. (they were talking about her in terms of homonationalism). I think she's intriguing because she is criticizing the contemporary gay rights movement from the left, particularly in an anti-racist and anti-colonialist way. She seems to study the link between the current dominant gay rights movement and how it may be used to advance neo-colonialism and imperialism, using Palestine/Israel as an example (ie Israel held up as much more liberalized and pro-lgbtq rights as opposed to Palestine but there is a lot more to it).
DM: What is it about
this particular historical moment that makes discourses of gay rights
such an important resource for US/Western imperial projects? How do you
account for the rapidity with which gay rights have been retrospectively
mobilized as emblematic of Western freedoms?
JP: This depends on what we qualify as rapidity and
how we demarcate the parameters of this particular historical moment. In
my recently published book, Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times,
I sketch the rise of the utility of gay rights discourses to US/Western
imperial projects in legislative and consumption realms that coincides
with the production of various visible subjects. These are, I contend,
the results of the 'successes' of incorporation, of the cultivation of
subjects of liberal multiculturalism that have played off each other to
cohere a pernicious binary that has emerged — not recently, but during
the last 40 years of the post-civil rights era — in U.S. legislative,
activist, and scholarly realms: the homosexual other is white, the
racial other is straight. Heteronormative ideals pivotal to
nation-state formation are now supplemented by homonormativities — what I
term homonationalism. I point to western liberal feminist practices
that function as both precursors and historical continuities to
homonational formations. Islamophobic strands in queer organizing that I
detail start appearing in the 1990's, while welfare reform, neo-liberal
privatization, market accommodation, anti-immigrant legislation, and
counterterrorism initiatives contribute to the fractioning of race and
class alliances and the proliferation of homonationalisms.
I don't know a ton about her but I find her pretty interesting and I"m wondering if people would recommend her. Otherwise, are there Queer theorists who address issues around neo-colonialism and neo-liberalism in LGBTQ movements? I'm interested in reading more about the meaning and relationship between gay rights movements in the Global North and what it means for the Global South, including thinking about the complexity of power relationships and issues of race/class and power domestically. I'm tired so if I seem rambly, I am rambly.