Queers in Concrete: Media and Intervention
This chapter illustrates what might be at stake in thinking through a concept like "queer betrayals". It explains the example of homophobic characterizations of fascism as somehow perverse and specifically as homoerotic and homosexual. Queer history has to be able to both grapple with the meaning of these overlapping strands of homoerotic politics and offer an alternative to fascist virility. The politics of betrayal here, where the betrayal is of a Lesbian,gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) project committed to finding heroic figures around whom to build a response to violent homophobia, lead us into the complex territory of ethical disloyalty and strategic denunciation. Using Parikh's theory of an ethics of betrayal, we can point to a queer betrayal as a refusal of the logic of self/other, us/them, in/out. Nonetheless, the clear overlap between fascist and homosexual masculinities requires that we flirt with and risk engaging homophobic logics in order to grapple with the complexity of political histories.