We live in a sociocultural situation that maximizes alienation at every turn. It’s the reason that even when most folx are “celebrating” in social spaces like bars, they mostly experience “being together alone.” This is why I have come to object to how much QUILTBAG* spaces center on alcohol or drugs or even coffee to provide momentary relief from our estrangement. Such spaces are an affect of alienation rather than a solution.
Loving Struggle requires us to be mindful of how neoliberalism (the mask of techno-economic progress) constantly undermines all connections of authentic community in favor of the ALL GRASPING MARKET where folx must pay to play.
*”Queer/Questioning, Undecided, Intersex, Lesbian, Trans (Transgender/Transsexual), Bisexual, Asexual, Gay/Genderqueer”