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Under the aegis of the UCLA Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Studies Program, Queer Cats Journal of LGBTQ Studies is an open access e-­publication of the QGrads @ UCLA graduate student organization.

Radical Imaginaries: Scholar Activism Dismantling the Politics of Hate

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Torsos, Selfies, and Blanks: Grindr as a Research Tool and a Field Site

Torsos, Selfies, and Blanks: Grindr as a Research Tool and a Field Site

The “Gayfication” of Tel Aviv: Investigating Israel’s Pro-gay Brand

Satchie Snellings provides an in-depth analysis of Tel Aviv’s polit- ical move towards LGBT inclusion and its active incorporation of not only the gay citizen but the accompanying profitable gay-tourism.

Dismembered Bodies of Color: U.S. Imperialisms in the Pulse

Yazan Za3za3 critically contrasts the discursive responses to the 2016 Orlando Pulse shooting with their structural counterparts. They argue that under the mainstream veil of mourning and victimization of Black, Puerto Rican, and (queer) Muslim people, the United States was in fact able to minimize and invisibilize its ongoing domestic, imperialist, and Zionist attack of these very communities.

Transforming Emotional Regime: Pai Hsien- yung’s Crystal Boys

“Transforming Emotional Regime: Pai Hsien- yung’s Crystal Boys” turns towards literature as a means of exploring emotional hierarchies that both inform and organize homophobia and anti-queer violence within the structure of the family. Linshan Jiang takes us through Crystal Boys––a canonical piece of Taiwanese queer lit- erature––a love story between two male lovers up against the social order of fielial piety in Taiwan during the 1960s.

Dreams/Myths/Histories: Envisioning More Livable World

In “Dreams/Myths/Histories: Envisioning More Livable World” we arrive at the duo-keynote conver- sation between the 2017 keynote speakers: C. Riley Snorton and CeCe McDonald. In their keynote conversation, Snorthon and McDonald discuss what it means to be black, trans, and unapologetic in a white violent society. They tackle a variety of topics including Afro-futurism, radical imaginaries, prison abolition, and anti-blackness both in and out the LGBTQ community.

Book Review of John Rechy's After the Blue Hour

Omar Gonzalez provides a brief book review of gay Chicano novelist John Rechy’s latest book After the Blue Hour. Gonzalez’s review, “The Nepantla of John Rechy,” delivers an overview of the breadth of work by Rechy.Through a Nepantla framework, Gonzalez suggests that Rechy’s latest piece of literature not only problematizes the themes of erotic desire and domination but also establishes itself as yet another important contribution for gay Chi- canx literature.