But what we should know from the situation of gay people of all colours and black people of all sexual preferences is that simply being a victim does not radicalize your consciousness. If that was the case, we would all be fighting the revolution right now together and he fact is we’re not because people want their particular form of victimhood to end with caring about what the implications of that are for other people…We have to move past the idea that our sexual preferences will radicalize our consciousness. Essentialized identity, whether it is race or sex, sexuality, etc. and the notion that just being the victim of something will enlighten you is also the big lie now.
"It’s Identity, not Udentity,” said one of the campers at Camp Pride. What an important statement about our right to self-name and to choose our own labels! Here’s a spin I just put on it: "It’s mydentity not yourdentity.”
"All of our identities are politicized in one way or another; it is what we choose to do with them that matters."
Label Mayhem: The Problem With a Binary System of Sexuality in a Society That's Changing Its Views on Love
I am a queer woman. I flip-flop between identities. I have been “straight,” then “bisexual,” then “pansexual,” then a weeping puddle in the middle of the floor (which has occurred frequently enough to be considered an identity, in my opinion). But I have figured out a few things (probably).
PSA TO MUSLIMS: it is not your responsibility to educate queer muslims on their own identity, especially when you buy into heterosexual values. This includes, but is not limited to, posting the surat of lut on my facebook, sending me youtube videos from muslim “scholars” damning me, or emailing…
..…identity is a tool and not a label — an idea that you should be able [to] pick it up if it’s useful to you and put it down if it’s not, and one that you can redefine for yourself.
Call for submissions:
Aporia vol. 1: An inquisition into the experience of power and identity
This is it! My first zine. I am looking for submissions of all kinds (drawings, comics, paintings, photography, poetry, essays, short stories, rants, etc.). It has to fit into a black & white zine and also fit with this volume’s theme, “experience of power and identity,” with an emphasis on experience.
I am aiming to collect all submissions by July 15, so that I have time to edit the pieces and arrange it thoughtfully into one volume by sometime in August. Please contact me with questions and submissions via email@example.com. If you are still working on ideas but want to contribute, email me and we’ll figure it out together.
Looking forward to your submissions!
SUBMISSION RESPONSES: Dysphoria & Personal Identity
In response to the ask located here: http://projectqueer.tumblr.com/post/13181341385/is-there-such-a-thing-as-identifying-as-the-gender-you
- Anonymous asked: To the other anon - it’s entirely possibly and I’ve been through three therapists in order to try and find some kind of reason for my dysphoria. I identify as female and physically I am a female, but my entire life I have felt like that’s just not it. Recently it’s been suggested that I’m agendered, and my female identity comes largely from having grown up being *told* that female is what I am. Try and seek out a therapist or speak to your GP about a referral for one, you’re not alone! <3
- Anonymous asked: i think i have similar feelings as that anon. i’ve always identified as the gender i was born into but have always wondered about being of the opposite sex as well. to the extent that if i were in a sexual relationship i think i would be very interested in the use of a harness. but i’ve never known what to call it. i almost assumed it was a natural curiosity until i got shamed about it in conversation.
- v3ga5 asked: I sort of understand anon, i think. I was both male, and i love being a male… but i would love to have a female’s body :s i don’t know how to explain it
Thank you so much for sharing your personal stories and ideas for the anon who inquired about their personal identity. Let’s keep this discussion open.
If you would like to share YOUR personal story or advice relating to this issue, please do so, and I will add it here.
Riley (PQ creator/editor)
Since this question was a two-part ask, I decided to put the ask in full here - and make this particular question rebloggable for those interested.
Anonymous asked: Since Bisexuality Vs Pansexuality has come up tonight it seems, I’ve been struggling with something along those lines for a while. I thought I’d broach the subject here. I’ve always identified as bisexual. I like men and women. But lately I’ve been wondering if I should start using the term pansexual, since as I’ve heard it described as just being attracted to everybody, regardless of the gender binary.
Now I’ve got trans friends, and I see them as their preferred pronoun. Meaning as a man or as a woman. But then as I became more aware of the LGBT community as a whole, I became aware that there IS an in between. People who don’t really identify as either and I wondered, what about those people? Honestly, I’m attracted to who I’m attracted to, and body parts don’t really matter to me. And capable of loving anyone really.
So SHOULD I switch over? I just don’t really know.
Hello there anon,
I have responded to similar questions before, and my answer remains mostly the same. Only YOU can decide who and what you truly are. It is solely up to you to define yourself. Therefore, only you can decide your true identity and who you are or are not attracted to.
I have no right to comment on who you are or are not attracted to or anything of the sort.
The best advice I can give is to not stress about your identity too much. Take your time to come into your own. Refer to yourself however YOU feel comfortable doing so.
Again, the decision is only up to you. Never let anyone else tell you who you are or should be - or anything of that sort.
Riley (PQ creator/editor)