Inspired by queer activism that works towards social and economic justice, such as Queers for Economic Justice, this blog aims to feature queer critiques of the privatization of public education. A queer critique – that is, an analysis attentive to the racialized, gendered, and classed politics of heteronormativity – offers a lens for understanding the complex operations of power that privilege and marginalize particular people and practices. This site recognizes the centrality of gender and sexuality to the organization of the university while remaining committed to an anti-racist, anti-capitalist, and anti-imperialist politics.

As graduate students involved in queer scholarship and activism at UC Davis, we created this blog and wrote its initial post in response to particular events and trends emerging on our campus and across the UC system. We envision this space as hosting a variety of contributions and conversations that involve not only those in the UC, but students, staff, and teachers engaged in public education more broadly. We want to open this space for the different approaches and analyses of everyone who contributes, and believe that our movement and our critiques will be strengthened when put alongside each other. We hope that new modes of thinking will emerge from the spaces between our logics.

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