My assigned Tracking Term reading included selections from the book That's Revolting!: Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation, edited by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, which includes submissions from various authors concerned with anit-assimilationist queer resistance. I would encourage you all to take a look at this book, which is very helpful in interrogating anti-assimilationist queer politics and strategies. For my Tracking term project, I focused on three pieces that highlighted and/or problematized potential sites of queer resistance.
The first piece is entitled "Sites of Racism or Sites of Resistance?" and is written by Priyank Jindal. In this essay, Jindal points to the emergence of mainstream gay patriotism and its racist implications. The author framed the move as an assimilation accomplished through white supremacy, one that pitted the privileged (presumably white) "Amerikan" against the figure of the Middle Eastern terrorist and asked mainstream "Amerika" who was worse. Their ability to mainstream, siding with the "victims" of anti-"Amerikan" terrorism, was a highly visible assertion of white privilege. The author goes on to highlight some of the ways in which mainstream gay activist and cultural groups are rarely concerned with issues affecting the poor, the non-white, the trans, etc.
The next piece I looked at was entitled "Revolting", presumably an inspiration for the name of the book, and was written by Josina Manu Maltzman. In this text, Maltzman focuses on resisting gay mainstream consumerist culture. For example, she starts the piece off my telling of her attendance at a Gay Pride Festival in which she was costumed to protest the event. The author also suggests the importance of resisting certain privileges that may be afforded to her due to her status as a white, anglo-featured Jew. She goes on to encourage others who can "pass", who have certain privileges, not to take advantage of them.
The last piece used in my presentation was entitled "Inside the Box", written by Neil Edgar, a zine author who, at least at the time, was imprisoned in the California state penitentiary system. Edgar writes very candidly about his status as a rebellious resistance in an institution that's primary goal is to dehumanize and deindividualize its captives. He also talks about the rigid binary (trans)gender roles that emerge within the prison when men assume homonormatively traditional butch/femme performances within the institution, expression they would not necessarily assume on the "outside". I found this piece particularly interesting not only because of the awesome writing, but because of the massive, all-encompassing forces that the author is resisting from. To resist in a system specifically designed to demoralize and erase difference is quite a feat.