Rob Smith enlisted in the Army for a way out of his small town, but ended up becoming a prominent voice among LGBT enlisted soldiers of color.
The truth about “coming out” stories is that black, gay men need to hear them. We need to see queer people of color celebrating their truths and journeys….
Hello there. The following is an incomplete list of Domestic Violence shelters for Queer and Trans* People of Color in all 50 United States. This list will also contain reading resources with tools for addressing abuse and domestic violence in queer communities.
Signal boosting this project that March of Tigers is leading. I won’t reblog the whole list because (luckily) it’s huge but do click through the link and check it out. Also, support March of Tigers by either further helping spread awareness of this resource or by contributing with further data.
It’s all too easy to fall into a pattern of only reading white authors. In 2013, I made a conscious effort to read more books by and about POC, but still, only ~30% of the books I read featured main characters of color and only ~22% were by authors of color. Here’s a list of…
As we recognize and celebrate Black History Month, it is important to take a moment to remember and honor the contributions of LGBT black figures who have shone throughout the course of our nation’s history.
What’s really behind the high HIV rates for black gay men?
The reason black feminists (overall) are less critical of marriage than white feminists is because black women use marriage to access rights and privileges that white women have automatically on account of whiteness. Like the ability to be viewed as a good woman/desirable. because if a white woman is unmarried it’s her personal choice but if a black woman is not married it must be because nobody wants her because she’s loud, assertive, domineering/other racist & sexist stereotypes. Like the ability to be a mother without getting looked down on every time you’re in public because being a single black mom = being a welfare queen/a leach to the system. Because being married helps you avoid vitriol if you have degrees/are professionally successful. because of the myth that successful black woman aren’t marriageable. But a successful unmarried white woman is on the top of her power feminist came ‘leaning in’ like Sheryl Sandberg. What’s sad is not that Bey named her tour “Mrs. Carter” but the possible motivations behind it (besides a genuine love and respect for her husband). But white feminists don’t get it.
Aaaand that’s a wrap. WOW. Excellence.
I don’t even know if I would say that Black feminists are less critical but are differently critical. Our criticisms come from a DIFFERENT history, world view, perspectives. Remember what Audre wrote about differences?
I must say that I find amusement over the anger about Beyoncé’s tour being named “The Mrs. Carter Show.” People are angered that she didn’t use her “maiden” name. Look at that last phrase. “Maiden” name. Research that. Then, realize that her lineage, like most, is patrilineal. “Knowles” is her father’s last name. Even if she were from a single parent home and had her mother’s last name, “Beyincé,” that still comes from her mother’s father (Lumis Albert Beyincé). Her first name alludes to this same last name.
But names also become OURS. Women aren’t just empty boxes where our names do not matter. Parents give the original names. It’s still not the child doing the naming. The feminist policing and politics around names need a revision.
White feminists want to use “feminist” and “human” interchangeably for Black women. This is not acceptable. To them, they have to “approve” a Black woman’s feminist praxis before they can view her as a full human being. Unacceptable. And in the case of marriage, if they were not so drunk on White supremacy, they would see the financial power, social capital and protection that they pretend to never desire are given to them as a birthright and set as a standard that Black women do not “deserve.” Hence Beyoncé’s eradication of their boxes and having what she wants (not even trying to meet White women’s “having it all” mantras) is so appalling to them that they scramble relentlessly to insult her and Black women in general. Notice that theism, Christianity, possible monogamy, marriage before parenthood, two parent home and economically sufficient—all “standard” markers used to claim “respectability” for White women—are ignored in Beyoncé’s case. Respectability politics go hand in hand with racism itself. They’re born out of White supremacy and double standards.
Mainstream feminism involves a lot of demanding Black women reject things that White women are entitled to and Black women need or never receive. Good damn bye with that!
The White House has thrown in the towel in trying to confirm William Thomas to a federal court seat in Florida, signaling an end to a puzzling case of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) blocking his own judicial nominee. In a pile of about 200 nominees President Barack Obama resubmitted to the Senate at the start of the year, Thomas was noticeably absent.
Queer and Trans Artists of Color: Stories of Some of Our Lives
Since March 2013, I have been running a podcast called We Want the Airwaves: QPOC Artists on the Rise. Each week I highlight the work of a different queer or transgender artist of color and we discuss how they got where they are in their career. Previous guests have included Kiam Marcelo Julio (pictured above), Magnoliah Black, and Love Corazón.
I try to always make transcriptions of the interviews available for folks that are deaf or prefer to read than to listen, but this adds considerable cost to the production of the podcast. I am reaching out for help so that I can continue making the podcast in 2014, and also keep making the transcriptions available. My co-editors, Jessica Glennon-Zukoff and Terra Mikalson, and I are also working on turning the first several podcast episodes into a book.
Where The Money Goes
Much of the podcast is about the economic hardships of being a working artist from marginalized communities. As a result,
- $800 will be used to compensate artists for their contributions to the book.
- $800 will be used to keep the podcast running in 2014.
- $200 will be used to pay the PayPal and Indiegogo fees.
Queer and transgender people of color are under-represented in all forms of media. I believe I am creating valuable archives of queer and trans people of color’s stories that will serve to inform and inspire up-and-coming artists from marginalized communities, by helping them understand how their predecessors navigated racism, homophobia, and transphobia.
Other Ways You Can Help
If you can’t donate, I totally understand. Here are some other ways you can help:
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Thanks so much, and happy holidays!
According to a new report released today — A Broken Bargain for LGBT Workers of Color — lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Latinos are among the most disadvantaged workers in America. This groundbreaking report by the Movement Advancement Project (MAP) and a broad spectrum of civil rights organizations finds that LGBT Latinos face extraordinarily high rates of unemployment and poverty due to discrimination coupled with a lack of workplace protections, unequal job benefits and taxation, and unsafe, under-resourced U.S. schools.
Contrary to some stereotypes about gays and lesbians, LGBT workers are more racially diverse than the general population and also more likely to be raising children. In a 2012 Gallup poll, one in three LGBT respondents (33 percent) identified themselves as people of color, compared to 27 percent of non-LGBT respondents. In addition, data from the 2010 Census show that LGBT people of color are more likely to be raising children than white LGBT people; fully one-third of Latinos in same-sex couples are raising children.
Unfortunately, these Latino families face significant hurdles to finding good jobs that provide fair wages and benefits. A Broken Bargain for LGBT Workers presents the latest data showing troubling workplace outcomes for LGBT Latino workers:
• LGBT Latinos are at high risk of becoming homeless. An estimated 20-40 percent of homeless youth in the U.S. identify as LGBT or believe they may be LGBT. One study found that among homeless youth who identify as gay or lesbian, 26 percent were Latino.
• LGBT Latinos are at significant risk of being unemployed. LGBT people of color have higher rates of unemployment compared to non-LGBT people of color. A 2012 Gallup poll found that 14 percent of LGBT Latinos were unemployed compared to 11 percent of non-LGBT Latinos.
• LGBT Latinos at significant risk of poverty. Research shows that LGBT people of color are at a much higher risk of poverty than non-LGBT people. For example, Latino transgender people are five times as likely to live in extreme poverty compared to the general Latino population (28 percent vs. 5 percent).
• LGBT Latinos Less Likely to Have Health Insurance. A 2012 Gallup poll found that only 61 percent of Latino LGBT workers had health insurance, which compares to 69 percent of Latino people in the general population.
• LGBT Latinos Less Likely to be Out at Work. A 2009 survey found that only 18 percent of Latino LGBT workers were out to everyone at work compared to 29 percent of non-Latino white LGBT workers.
We must fix this broken bargain for LGBT Latinos to help ensure that they are treated fairly no matter where they work. The Broken Bargain report details a series of policy recommendations, and thankfully, the U.S. Senate took a first step last week by passing the long overdue Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). The bill had an impressive bipartisan vote of 64-32, and if it were allowed to pass the House of Representatives, it would create federal LGBT workplace protections parallel to the protections against anti-Latino discrimination that have existed for nearly 50 years.
While we wait on Congress to act, President Obama has the legal authority to sign an executive order requiring the companies that profit from federal contracts to adopt LGBT workplace protections. Similar executive orders already protect Latino workers from discrimination. LGBT contractors deserve the same protections, and we urge President Obama to take action.
As we push forward to have ENDA signed into law, it’s particularly important to note the strong leadership from national Latino organizations such as the League of United Latin American Citizens, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and National Council of La Raza. We realize that ENDA would not completely level the playing field for LGBT Latino workers. However, ENDA would go a long way to ensure that LGBT workers have the protections they need from harassment and discrimination due to their sexual orientation and gender identity.
The Many Voices Video Campaign Illuminates the powerful presence of Black Gay and Transgender Christians within The Church.
This edition features Julia Wallace, Co-Founder of the Mobile Homecoming Project. Julia grew up in a family full of preachers and while she was embraced by her father, also a preacher, she often experienced homophobic and transphobic messaging from her family and church. She discusses how she navigated through those experiences to claim and pursue her own unique purpose in life.
By centring the experiences of disabled queer trans IPOC’s experiences, disability justice allows us to understand violence against and criminalization of disabled people in more critical ways.