“The truth is that it does bother me that my parents are pretending that I’m dead—probably more than I’ve been willing to admit.”
“There is no better feeling than knowing you can’t do something, just knowing it to the core, and then surprising yourself because you can.”
“I called it sexual assault at first. Sexual assault seemed less damning, less permanent.”
Facebook has locked me out of my account for being a part of a peaceful, compliant, and legal protest in Washington, DC.
Sometimes you just want a role model.
In the rural South, the word “tomboy” is basically a euphemism for “She’s genderqueer, and she may or may not grow out of it. Hell if we know.”
What can we reasonably expect from our relatives when it comes to voting?
“Since the nuances of personal responsibility seem to escape so many people, let’s go through it. Let’s figure out rape jokes.”
“I’m all about Lisa Frank right now because of what she means to my understanding of gender, sexuality, and the fluid nature of both.”
On unchecked discrimination, privilege and ignorance. How do you begin to change a world that thinks it’s already changed?
“When they see you happy, they’ll accept it,” someone told me once. When there are tears about something unchangeable, people can only be optimistic. It’s the only thing that is left.
Dearest Beyoncé, we do not know each other but I think about you every single day of my life.
I have a lot of feelings about Drake. And now that I’ve seen him live, I have about a million more.
“It’s like I’ve got an internal switch that flips and not everyone has it, and if you don’t it’s almost impossible to explain.”
“5. I’m kind of glad you still have that scar from when my dog bit you.”
“The summer after I turned thirteen, I decided that exactly two things needed to happen in order for my life to matter: I needed Rosie Collins to like me, and I needed my parents to send me to Bible Camp.”
“I wanted this camp to turn me into a rock star.”
“Minority youths are really just more violent than white ones. Seriously, you can’t argue with the news.”
We wanted to sit down and share stories with you around this virtual campfire to somehow express one little piece of what it means to be queer and a person of color in this crazy, crazy world.
Staceyann Chin’s got some explaining to do.