Bible, Ruth and Naomi, mid 12 century, MS3 Folio 130, Lambeth Place
is the fifth element, where earth, air, fire and water transform
into gold, the standard of worth, the measure of value.
be homosexual is to have no space; inextricable with the notion of homosexuality is its
exclusion from both private and public realms. The streets are too
dangerous; the wilderness is too demanding; the single-family
dwelling is too devoted to reproducing the nuclear family it
structures and scrutinizes. Queer liberation is tied to spatial
claims, expressed in spatial metaphors: Come out of the closet!
We’re here; we’re queer! We are everywhere!
is space – safe and sacred place, where wild life in all its forms
can flourish. Bars, parks, homes, and back alleys can be doorways,
opening to another country where we are welcome and unafraid. And
there is the space between us,
shifting as eyes lock in recognition. Shared sensibility connects
us, changing the meaning of the world. Becoming lesbian or gay, we
cross a threshold which queers the world around us. All
gender-marked and homosocial spaces are infused with energy and
is the magic of cities, restored to life by the beloved community.
Space is wildness, restored to life by love. We use the
transgressive capacities of homosexuality to escape conformity,
while still enjoying the pleasures of invisibility and sameness. We
make mythic space out of our personal experience. Banished to the
margins, we become the circumference. ▼