When I think about queer movements, ignoring the ecology aspect for a moment, then I stumble across projects to reconnect to nature quite a few times (in the relatively short recent history).
I’m thinking especially about the movements that went “back to the land”: I’m not a historian (so don’t quote me on this), but I think the original “Back to the Land” movement emerged during the 1920s - and was a fringe movement (with no sexual orientation attached). It was however popularised in the late 1960s and early 70s as a counter-culture movement related to the hippie movement.
In the late 1970s, there was a queer movement (at the time I think largely gay men) that advocated gathering in nature: The radical faeries. This was quite different from the more permanent settlements that formed the “Back to the Land” movement. Radical Faeries Sanctuaries are for short stays and few live there permanently.
Of course, I’m not even touching on other co-habitation projects like the relatively small number of queer intentional communities, and queer-friendly Ecovillages. Although with the latter, afaik there aren’t any queer-centred/lead villages (or are there??).
What I’m fascinated by is how the two factors ecology and community play together, and I wonder what queer aspects there are. Maybe you have some thoughts about the three (Community, nature/ecology and queer-lives). Let’s share them…
What do you think about living in community? Have you made experiences of living in communities? In an urban setting? In a rural setting?