“After spreading the word about the drive on the lesbian, gay, and transgender (LGBT) student group’s website and Yahoo discussion list and working in shifts between …the Berea students gathered more 400 signed postcards to hand-deliver at K FA’s 2002 Lobby Day … LGBT people live in his district,” (Gary 35). It seems like teen queer activists have always had an interest in making things fair in society and both author Gary and Warner have articles that shed light on these issues as well. However, Gary does more of an equal rights through colleges while Warner explains things in a more queer way. Meaning, he claims that most of these teens aren’t really knowledgeable about what queer theory really means, which is what he goes onto explain in his article. He states, “The appeal of ‘queer theory’ like the appeal of ‘cultural studies’ has outstripped anyone’s sense of what exactly it means,” (8). However, to begin I will explain the article that Gary speaks about and what she would likely say to Warner and vice versa.
In this picture above we see a bunch of college graduate and the colors that symbolize the queer culture. In Gary’s article she explains the issue that occurred at Brea college which goes as followed: “Longtime PFLAG-Berea member Ed McCurley wryly responded, “Whose families, Representative Napier?” Ed began recounting the difficulties his own son had as a gay man growing up in their county. Before Ed could continue, Representative Napier’s assistant, a blond-haired white woman not much older than the Berea students wearing the stately pearls and pantsuit of someone twice her age, said, “I’m afraid we’ll have to end here. Representative Napier has to attend to the state’s business:‘’” (36). We have thought that colleges have become more accepting on campuses and from the picture we can assume that, but obviously things do not seem to be changing. Gary goes on with this article and mentions different ways that made a stance to change these problems as well. However, it still seemed to be a struggle to get somewhat of an equal stance about the issue at Brea College. “A strategy of familiarity can only carry LGBT visibility so far in places with limited venues and resources on hand to sustain the work of transforming strangers into familiar locals.” (41). Although LGBTQ teens have fought to carry out equal rights among the school it is still a struggle. Warner would agree that fighting for equality is definitely something that all school and society enterprises should fight for, however, he would disagree that asking to be like everyone else is not the definition of what queer theory is.
“The idea of queer theory may involve some generational mythmaking as well,” (Warner 8). Warner explains that many activists have created their own myths and reasoning as to what queer theory actually means, which can go back and reflect on Gary’s article as well. Basically stating that queer activists should be fighting for equality and to be treated the same as everyone. In this picture above we can assume that this is something that these queer activists are doing. He explains more about what it should actually mean and concludes with a very interesting quote. He states, “She wants queerness to challenge the very nature of heterosexuality self-understanding and it can’t do that by…,(10). I agree with this because queer theory should be challenging society, claiming that they are different in society but they should get treated as more so people and not objects or freaks.