The Power Issue: It’s Here, It’s Queer

Sure, today may be election day, but we have a feeling more than a few democratic contest’s will become a matter of legal contention. So, to celebrate the long, arduous road of electoral reconciliation, we’re proud to announce the inaugural posting of The Power Issue.

In The Narcissist Issue, we took a nice, long look at the idea of self-obsession. Then, The Totally Frightful Issue delved into the petrifyingly complex issue of fear. Now, The Power Issue will explore the nebulous notions of – you guessed it – power.

Coming to a precise definition of power’s impossible. Some people equate power with language, while others lean more toward power as a physical manifestation or economic standing. As a result, there’s no shortage of questions about power. What is power? Where does it come from? Who holds it? Is it always good? Do gays have the power? What are the negative aspects of power? Does violence equal power? How can someone get power? To name a few.

While we can’t guarantee any answers to these questions, we can guarantee some unique perspectives on the nebulous notion of power. We’ll take a look at power in politics, power in the bedroom, and power in the church (among other things). In the coming weeks, we’ll post essays, interviews and art on and from some of Gayville’s most outspoken cultural and political figures and organizations, including Peter Tatchell, Bruce Benderson, Mickey Weems, the Anti-Violence Project, Samuel Delany, Zackary Drucker and many more (oh, please, we’re not going to give away all of our secrets).

So, sit back, relax, and get ready for some seriously powerful shit.