Sex, Desire and Social Transformation: Laura Flanders and Amber Hollibaugh on LGBTQ Pride (VIDEO)
Amber Hollibaugh is a visionary; currently co-director of Queers for Economic Justice and author of the book My Dangerous Desires, she's spent a lifetime organizing around racial, economic, gender and sexual justice. For her, any conversation around LGBTQ pride (as it is Pride Week in the USA) has to involve all of these issues. She describes herself as a "half-gypsy, white trash, former sex-worker, hooker and sex radical" and all of those identities and more have shaped her organizing.
She sat down with Laura Flanders of the Laura Flanders Show to discuss what we have to be proud of, and how far we still have to go.
No political movement can avoid the reality of desire in its midst. . . . For a political movement to not understand that sexuality is a profound component of both how people are oppressed and how people dream is to not recognize the reality of political power and where it's centered. If I'm fighting for the possibility of having a kind of desire and possibility that right now is not too likely, it gives me a different kind of engagement with the future than if I say 'Well, sex doesn't matter, it's private.' Well, sex may be private in the way that you make love, but it's not private in the context of the world we live in.
Watch the video below.