“Deviant Ecologies”: Journey into Queer Climate Activism

Delivered. The “journey to queer lands” in which Cy Lecerf Maulpoix takes us begins in 2015 when he engages, a few months before the COP21, in the environmental struggle. This first militant experience is frustrating for the then 25-year-old gay man, immediately confronted with a monopoly of straight men on speech, who fear a “Diversion of environmental issues in favor of minority policies”. In mirror, number of LGBTQI activists (lesbians, gay, bis, trans, queers and intersex) whom the author meets see in ecology the “Struggle of those who would not have (…) other oppressions to resist ”, when they commit to “Concrete” emergencies experienced ”.

It is by seeking to resolve this intimate tension between a “Politics of the future” and an “Politics of the present” that he has the intuition of “Possible crossroads between LGBTQI struggles and ecology”. Freelance journalist, Cy Lecerf Maulpoix then went in search of activists, philosophers, artists on the fringes of heterosexuality – and often of the female-male binary – whose “Deviant lives” draw the contours of a “Queer ecology”, necessarily “Feminist, intersectional, anti-capitalist and decolonial”.

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The author takes part in the mobilizations where these “deviant ecologies” are being built, joins the “yellow vests” and demonstrates against the pension reform. In these struggles, the LGBTQI are more and more visible, important of the strategies inherited from the activism of Act Up, the“Direct action ecofeminism” by Françoise d’Eaubonne, “Great anti-nuclear eco-sabotages” years 1979-1980 and “Bricks thrown at Stonewall”. Outbursts and symbolic violence, sometimes breaking with the “Partly fantasized genealogy of pacifist revolutions” who lives in green movements.

Esoteric tone

Ecology is also at the heart of the commitment of the “deviants” that he joins in a community in California, a place where “It seems possible to [se] offload everyone [ses] protective reflexes [et] to explore (…) desires linked to [sa ]sexuality or [son] gender identity ”. Here, the quest for autonomy links the concerns of Cy Lecerf Maulpoix: food sovereignty aims to produce better and consume better as well as to distance a society experienced as violent. Autonomy is also that of feminists who seek to take charge of their own gynecology or that of trans people forced, during the Covid-19 pandemic, to improvise their treatments. Taking up the analogy between the control of the body and that of the environment developed by ecofeminists, the journalist claims against “Big Pharma” a “Reorganization of all production lines, shifting our struggles towards production superstructures”. An anti-capitalist vocabulary that extends the interweaving of ecological and LGBTQI issues.

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“Deviant Ecologies”: Journey into Queer Climate Activism