‘Your HIV-­positive sperm, my trans­-dyke uterus': anti/futurity and the politics of bareback sex between Guillaume Dustan and Beatriz Preciado

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Contemporary queer theorist Beatriz Preciado’s hypothetical bareback encounter with her friend and former editor, the HIV-positive writer Guillaume Dustan, explores her own understanding of the origins of queer politics in the AIDS crisis. Dustan’s ‘insur-rectional’ writing, particularly his views on bareback sex, made him party to a bitter feud with anti-AIDS group Act Up Paris. I consider what is at stake in Preciado’s eventual refusal of such an encounter with Dustan before his death, her understanding of Dustan’s queer politics as a ‘path of death’, and finally the influence of these ideas on notions of futurity in Preciado’s own thought.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-­140
Number of pages14
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2015


  • bareback sex , Guillaume Dustan , Beatriz Preciado , queer theory/politics , transgender theory/politics