Equality with Power: Fighting for Economic Justice at Work

In 2003 I attended the Dyke March in Toronto during that city’s LGBT Pride celebration. In conversation with a gay man I met there, I mentioned the surprising decision that the United States Supreme Court had just issued in Lawrence v. Texas.[1] After years of struggle in the streets and the courts, the LGBT movement […]

Creating Change

Twice in the last handful of years, I was given the opportunity to share my thoughts about the state of the LGBT movement and about issues of strategic direction. In November 2005, in Oakland and in January 2009, in Denver, I spoke at plenary sessions of the NGLTF’s (National Gay and Lesbian Task Force) Creating […]

The Practical Day-to-Day Details of Being Queer

When my daughter was born, the biggest thing I noticed was that the daily details of my life were suddenly more like my childhood than like the years of adulthood. I was 39 when I became a parent. Since leaving home at 18, I had created a life for myself rich in friendships, networks, political […]

Queer Left Histories: Achebe Powell and Martin Duberman on Culture and Politics

We’re talking access to meaningful and fairly compensated work, quality education and healthcare, substantive participation in the political process, quality access to mobility … “Je me plains au monde:” “I stand in complaint before the world.” That’s my Left. I stand in complaint on all of these issues. —Achebe Powell We’re all this wild bundle […]

“Nobody Should Ever Feel the Way that I Felt”: A Portrait of Jay Toole and Queer Homelessness

Jay Toole, director of the Shelter Project at Queers for Economic Justice (QEJ), hero in the queer community, and legend in the NYC homeless shelter system, knows more about queer homelessness than anyone else in the city, and probably the country. Of medium height and build; hair sheared short to reveal the shape of her […]

Outing the Invisible Poor: Why Economic Justice and Access to Health Care is an LGBT Issue

“Outing the Invisible Poor: Why Economic Justice and Access to Health Care is an LGBT Issue” (PDF) is reprinted with permission from the Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy, Volume XVII Number 3, Summer 2010. Afterword Since publication of the piece linked above in the Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy in 2010, […]

We Need to Dream a Bolder Dream: The Politics of Fear and Queer Struggles for Safe Communities

It is time for progressive queers to open up a fundamentally different and more expansive conversation around anti-queer violence and the creation of safe communities—a conversation that this time includes all queer communities, not merely the most racially and economically privileged of us. A conversation emphasizing the integrity of community relationships and commitment to the […]

Common Ground: The Queerness of Welfare Policy

“Why is welfare policy a gay issue?” In my years as the executive director of Queers for Economic Justice, I was asked this question countless times. For the most part, welfare is not considered “a gay issue.” As I discuss in the introduction to this issue of S&F Online, our national LGBT organizations have a […]

After Neoliberalism? From Crisis to Organizing for Queer Economic Justice

As the global economy of neoliberal capitalism has emerged, grown, and ricocheted from boom to crisis over the past four decades, its logics have acquired the status of mainstream common sense and inevitability, as asserted by the slogan, “there is no alternative.” But resistance has nonetheless flourished, from the rain forests and nations of South […]

About this Issue

With this issue of The Scholar & Feminist Online, the Barnard Center for Research on Women celebrates our ongoing collaboration with Queers for Economic Justice. Through this partnership, we have been engaging activists, academics and organizers around a vision and practice of cross-issue organizing that sees gender and sex as central to issues like immigration, […]