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Beyond Queer: Challenging Gay Left Orthodoxy
Cover of the first edition
EditorBruce Bawer
PublisherFree Press
Publication date
Publication placeUnited States
Media typePrint
LC ClassHQ76.3.U5 B49 1996

Beyond Queer: Challenging Gay Left Orthodoxy is a 1996 anthology edited by Bruce Bawer.



The book is an anthology of essays on gay politics. Contributing writers are:[1]

Publication history


Beyond Queer was first published in 1996 by Free Press, a division of Simon & Schuster.[2]



Beyond Queer was a finalist at the 9th Lambda Literary Awards in the nonfiction anthologies category.[3] Booklist called it one of the "outstanding anthologies" of 1996, saying that it "marks the end of radical dominance in gay politics and culture" and "the beginning of a pragmatic and democratic approach to gay issues".[4] Ron Hayes, writing in The Palm Beach Post, called it "complex, unsettling and thought provoking" and maintained that "No straight person who reads these essays will ever assume all gays are liberal again. And no gay person will ever assume that all conservatives are his enemy, either."[5]

To read the essays in Beyond Queer, wrote Joseph Bottum in the Weekly Standard, "is to experience, again and again, this sense of language broken loose, words unmoored from meaning". Bottum argued that the book's contributors fail "to understand the internal logic of the forms of life to which they demand admittance"; they "want... the tradition without the discipline, the gravity of dogmatic religion and conventional marriage without the duties and surrenders that create gravity. They want, in other words, a reformation of language to purchase for them the fruits that require a reformation of life."[6]






  • Bawer, Bruce, ed. (1996). Beyond Queer: Challenging Gay Left Orthodoxy. New York, NY: The Free Press. ISBN 0-684-82766-2.