Saturday 12th March, 2011
5:45pm to 6:00pm
A freelance writer for Out Magazine and the editor and founder of FRUITFLYLIFE.com, Courtney Nichols' work focuses upon the notion of queer within the boundaries of sexuality and Pop Culture. Does being queer truly make you queer? Conversely, is it possibly to infiltrate the "queer" landscape if labeled heterosexual? The New Queer Media challenges the definition of queer, claiming that queerness is not a marker of sexuality, but instead a marker of difference. It is the belief of The New Queer Media that we should expand the notion of coming out of "the closet" to encompass not only the gay community, but instead all who feel ostracized in a culture that is often threatened by individuality. Normalcy and majority are not the route toward approval. Now, how do we express this belief through the magazines we read, the blogs we follow and the subcultures we join? The New Queer Media has some ideas.
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