Me, at Laurieston Hall, Gay Mens Week, 2006, re-claiming gay space and time
1.GAY/QUEER GEOGRAPHY: LITERAL MEANING
Well, obviously, those PHYSICAL/ARCHITECTURAL spaces gay/queer culture/”culture” has carved out for itself amidst a hetero-hegemonic city/town scape: the gay scene, pubs/clubs clustered together, eg Canal Street(Manchester), St. James Street(Brighton), Stanley Street and environs (the first council-sponsored lgbt zone, Liverpool). Or, cruising areas.
2. LESS LITERAL GAY /QUEER PSYCHOGEOGRAPHICAL SPACES/TIMES AND TEMPORALITIES.
Edward Carpenter Community of gay men, (re-appropriating) non gay-specific spaces/times for set periods every year; other similar organisations, eg local lgbt groups creating their own psychological sense of BELONGING in, possibly, a non-scene(ie. non gay specific) location. I am a member of two of these various types of groups. So. here there is more a creation of a SAFE space, a level playing field where lgbt/queer people can be themselves, a psychological/emotional geography of belonging and, sometimes community empowerment. Or Queer Theory and/or lgbt studies departments/modules in traditional and alternative educational establishments/informal entities, enabling the formation and formulation of a gay/queer identity, in an inner psychological sense, but taking place in (usually) hetero-normativised physical spaces/geographies/buildings which are gaified or queered temporarily.Perhaps this poem of mine sums this up quintessentiallyhttps://towardsutopia.wordpress.com/2011/08/17/critical-thinking-in-the-form-of-a-poemthe-difference-between-sebalds-spectral-geographythe-abject-subject-and-utopian-gayqueer-geographies/