Bettina Heinz, “Sounds Queer to Me”
It has become much too fashionable to be queer–as long as that queerness is nicely confined to a journal article, preferably in a special issue, or to a conference presentation.
Frankly, I see a lot more queerness at my local small-town America grocery store and fast-food chain, where local drag queens queer the workplace by working alongside straight, conservative, church-attending workers, or where gay, lesbian, and bisexual workers queer the workplace by coming out, innocuously, persistently, day after day, to customers and co-workers. (370, 371)
Heinz, Bettina. “Sounds Queer to Me: The Politics of Disillusionment.” Queer Theory and Communication: From Disciplining Queers to Queering the Discipline(s). Eds. Gust A. Yep, Karen E. Lovaas, and John P. Elia. Binghamton, NY: Haworth, 2003. 369-373. Print.
But as much as I appreciate the performative accomplishment of good drag, and the ephemeralized instance of the performative act of passing, I sometimes like bad drag better. Sometimes I like seeing the seams, not because I don’t appreciate the artistry of illusion, but in fact, it is the seams that seemingly call my attention to the constructedness of the venture. (351)
Alexander, Bryant. “Querying Queer Theory Again (or Queer Theory as Drag Performance).” Queer Theory and Communication: From Disciplining Queers to Queering the Discipline(s). Eds. Gust A. Yep, Karen E. Lovaas, and John P. Elia. Binghamton, NY: Haworth, 2003. 349-352.