Oscar Chaffey and Honey Christensen


Week 8, Semester 2, 2021


Editorial from Queer Honi 2021:

In 1976, the 10th weekly edition of Honi Soit was its first ever Homosexual Issue. Flying in the face of unimaginable institutional violence against queer people, the Honi Soit editors published a paper filled with radical queer liberation politics, genuinely funny testimonals from Karl M and Friedrich E, and poems of queer love. Now colloquially known as Homo Soit, the edition is a time capsule of the 1970s political zeitgeist, filled with satire of university management and prominent figures in campus politics.

In other senses though, the edition transcends its time and place. Forty five years later, the defiance, wit, and political astuteness of queer people across time are among its most overwhelming impressions. Homo Soit’s critiques of the misogyny of gay men, the fight for liberatory queer education in universities, and its advocacy for materialist politics within the movement broadly, remain issues pertinent to 2021.

From the outset we aspired to create such a transcendent edition, but not merely as an uncritical tribute or an inevitably inferior sequel. The last forty five years have transformed the creation of a queer newspaper from a radically transgressive act to a more or less uncontroversial one. This queer autonomous edition of Honi seeks to inscribe the queer voices and issues of 2021 into an ongoing political discussion that stretches further back than 1976 and will extend many years beyond our own relevance.

Homo Soit concerned itself with what studies of queer life might look like in the future. In this edition we concern ourselves with the disappointing and hollow reality of liberal queer theorists like the Dean of FASS, Annamarie Jagose. Homo Soit prescribed socialist politics as the antidote to the oppression of gay people; in our newspaper, we reflect on why those prescriptions were abandoned. Many of our contributors contemplate gender politics and identity in a way that were not recognised in 1976 and we celebrate this evolution in complexity.

2021 will inevitably be defined by the pandemic that has changed our lives and our space. After three months of dislocation, this edition reasserts the queerness of innocuous places that exist all around us. It pays tribute to our queer memories and the extraordinary durability of the queer spirit in the face of ordinary adversity. In this sense, it is both an inescapable production of our time period and an inscription of the queer perspective that transcends it. Ultimately though, the success or otherwise of this vision is not for us to decide, it is left to those who supersede us.

In conversation with love,
Oscar Chaffey and Honey Christensen
2021 SRC Queer Officers

Click on the Homo Soit cover image to read the full edition:


Week 2, Semester 2, 2021

This semester, the Queer Action Collective has gone online. Join us at our regular meetings and stay tuned for updates on upcoming reading groups, virtual events such as Rad Ed week and USU Pride Week, as well as chances to contribute to our autonomous edition of Honi later in the semester! Check our Facebook page or message Honey Christensen or Oscar Chaffey for more info 🙂


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