Center for LGBTQ Studies (CLAGS)

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Winter 1999


We never exactly know when history is going to catch up with us, when we'll be in the midst of a crucial moment to which posterity will refer as key, as significant, as a lynchpin on which other moments, other decisions, other understandings were founded. The impeachment hearings recently conducted in the House of Representatives dragged us all, unwilling and amazed, into a dark hour of American politics, one in which partisan fury and ideological hatred are translated into strategies of power that disregard and reverse electoral politics. There's much to say about the disappointing performance of Bill Clinton as President, especially with regard to gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgendered/queer issues; but the prospect of his ouster by Representatives and Senators with purely political goals is chilling for this country.


This article was originally published in CLAGSNews, vol. 9, no. 1.



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