Tuesday, February 14, 2012
The New Yorker won't print "queer?" Let's make them!
I just sent the following letter to the editor of The New Yorker and I suggest that many more of us send similar letters, until they get the point.
Go to: http://www.newyorker.com/contact/contactus and fill out the contact form.
The Bilerico Project recently made public (http://www.bilerico.com/2012/02/new_yorker_magazine_refuses_to_print_the_word_quee.php) that The New Yorker had not only refused to print the word "queer" in the description of a dance performance, but had also substituted it with the non-synonymous word "gay." Furthermore, when Cassie Peterson, one of the artists involved in the production, wrote a letter to the editor asking to clarify that "queer" was, in fact, a bona fide term used in political and academic discourse, the editors of the magazine refused to publish that as well.
I am trying to convince friends and colleagues from the queer community to send letters such as this to the editor. I sincerely hope that you will publish at least one. And that it will include the word "queer" at least thrice.