Futurity, innocence, and childish subversion—as concepts, as frameworks—have yet to catch up to where the child has moved in the present century. In “The Child Now,” a special issue of GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, edited by Julian Gill-Peterson, Rebekah Sheldon, and Kathryn Bond Stockton, contributors explore topics that are both vital and challenging for current queer studies.
Offering three new, rich formulations calibrated for thinking the child in this century, “The Queer Child Now and its Paradoxical Global Effects” by Kathryn Bond Stockton includes a reflection on how the terrain of the queer child has dramatically changed since the publication of her foundational book, The Queer Child, or Growing Sideways in the Twentieth Century, in 2009. “Same-Sex Marriage Litigation and Children’s Right to Be Queer” by Clifford Rosky combines queer theory and legal frameworks to bring much-needed context and critical questions to recent landmark legal decisions on same-sex marriage in the United States.
Other topics in this issue include child revolutionaries’ actions in Egypt and the colonial afterlife of the boarding school for indigenous children. Following the twists and turns of children now, contributors confront how race, gender, and sexuality are made to live and grow in children’s bodies.
Read the introduction to the issue, made freely available.