“Dear White People is not a how-to guide on ways to avoid performing acts of microaggressions, or why it’s bad to appropriate black people’s culture. Instead, it’s an examination of the importance of support systems, the difficulty of being an outsider, and how one uses identity as a tool of protection.”
“Without community there is no liberation, only the most vulnerable and temporary armistice between an individual and her oppression.”
A new report from SAGE lays out what you need to know the lives and experiences of aging LGBT people.
The Speakeasy is starting a book club to read QTPOC-relevant books, and you’re all invited to join.
“When I was thirteen years old I began starving myself. I did so, in short, because I wanted so desperately to be thin. And by thin, I mainly meant white.”
“It is a crystal clear, paint-by-the-numbers picture of chronic police hostility toward African-Americans. This is anti-blackness in America. Make no mistake.”
“For the first time in my life, a teacher calls me out on sleeping in class when I’ve been awake the whole time. I’m surprised it hasn’t happened earlier, because kids have made fun of my eyes since preschool.”
“The need for hate crime legislation for the state that covers gender identity/expression and sexuality is, of course, paramount, but it strikes me as odd that in a case in which more factors than just sexuality or gender expression were present, that only that was touched upon, both in the coverage by major news sources and what the “hate” would be constituted as.”
Among STEM Ph.D. holders, women and black people are leaving the field in disproportionate numbers. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to connect the dots: sexism and racism strike again, to the detriment of everyone.
“When will white feminists take collective responsibility for educating themselves? When will they understand the power at play that sings in their skins? We don’t exist in a vacuum and women of colour don’t exist to hold their hands and explain in painful detail why their behaviour continues to hurt us. Intersectional feminist politics are not for white women to co-opt as their own.”
Who are the QPOC or POC artists that we bob and weave to on an everyday basis? In the spirit of our A-Camp QPOC group The Speakeasy, here is a Block Party playlist for everyone to enjoy.
I’m so over lists reinforcing the idea that a women’s primary value is as an aesthetic object — but actually, I think McMullen has successfully combated that here. Yes, these women are being described as “sexy,” but it’s an inclusive, stereotype-busting sexy.
“The Messiah Complex is radical because it takes on concepts of beauty, class differences, gender roles, and navigates love and life in a trans or gender-nonconforming body, all within a Black context. Never before have I seen so many nuanced themes in an all Black cast.”
I want to say things like “white people” without someone telling me we’re in a post-racial society and I wanna be surrounded by love that reminds me of my grandma’s house.
“Have the meeting. Ask the youth what they want and need from this group. Start over and do those things. This isn’t about you at all, not anymore.”
The best stories fuck us up and force us to put ourselves back together in a new configuration.
When we hear about legislation like the 2014 Farm Bill, we don’t and we won’t hear the mainstream media talking about queer people.
“QEJ will always be a philosophy. If you are a queer, you can be for economic justice. …You don’t have to have a 501(c)(3).”
It’s easy to be enraged by these kind of tweets and statuses but it’s really just lazy journalism that obscures the real issues.
“I’ve always been like, ‘Love myself? How the heck am I supposed to do that?’ I believe, now, I’m starting to understand a little bit of what it means.”