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This project was generously made possible through a Carnegie-Whitney grant, funded by the American Library Association.

How can we “Queer” Aging Studies?

Queer(ing) Aging is the process of considering – how can we critique accepted notions about aging, through a queerly-informed lens? And what does the practice of “queering aging” actually mean? 

In the United States, LGBTQ people have often been conceived of as a challenge to normative life – to marriage and the family, military cohesion, and even the social fabric. For many LGBTQ people, their involvement in the arts and political activism does not abruptly stop after retirement age, but continues to serve as a primary way of engaging with community. In a sense, the joyful continuity of queer culture is at odds with ideas about aging – a destabilizing factor, even, in how we consider Time itself.