Tag Archive: queer activism

We Need to See, Not Look Past, People’s Sexual Orientations

By S. (October 11, 2018) I HATE THIS MEME! PLEASE DON’T SHARE IT UNLESS YOU ARE GOING TO GO ON A HARD CORE RANT AGAINST IT. So this is a thing that pisses me off. If you care about me, you should care about my sexual orientation. My sexual orientation defines so many aspects of my life and it limits…
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Justice Means Solidarity Politics

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By Alex S. Morgan (June 4, 2018) Happy Pride Month! I’m a queer, non-binary femme trans person who is kinky and polyamorous and who has done sex work under three genders. They/them/their pronouns only, please. Pride for me is both celebration AND riot. We NEED to celebrate each other and ourselves as we fight for justice, because this is a…
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Our Movements Work Best When We Listen to the Discomfort

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By S. (January 28, 2018) I am not a woman but I am a queer POC of color. We face common enemies but sometimes we become the enemy. I try my best to listen to women so that my behavior is not harmful or at least less harmful to women. My gut instinct in the Grace and Aziz storywas to…
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Transphobia is Central to Trump’s Ideology, Not a Distraction

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By Arun Gupta (July 28, 2017) This is my take on Trump’s ban on transgender people in the military. It should be vigorously opposed, and that can be done without glorifying or supporting militarism and American Empire Trump is throwing red meat to his base. It’s meant to delegitimize and dehumanize transgender people. He is telling his base that transgender…
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There is No Hierarchy of Freedom and Liberty: Another Gift from Audre Lorde

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By Christian Matheis (November 14, 2016)     In the 19th and 20th century, when the U.S. was formally, legally segregated under Jim Crow laws, regressives cried “freedom! liberty!” in order to paint a false moral picture of their ill-gotten, mean-spirited grip on political and economic power. When activists responded with efforts to desegregate, those who opposed civil rights often…
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I Remember That We Will Win

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By Chris Crass (June 16, 2016) I remember the hurt of feeling my male friends pull their hand out of mine, as we walked in public. And I remember why they did, as people yelled homophobic slurs and gave us looks of disgust. I remember how much anger, threats of violence, and slurs, my public, beautiful, defiant, high school love,…
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You Lied to Us

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By Phoenix Calida (June 15, 2016) Final thoughts on the Pulse shooting- Something has been bothering me, and I couldn’t land on it until just now. I realize it was the lie. That’s what’s hurting the most right now. The lie from the bigots in their own closet. The bigots who are out. The bigots who pretended they weren’t bigots…
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On Orlando: A Letter from a Gay Friend

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By Mark Naison (June 14, 2016) I just received this letter from a former student living in Brazil who came out shortly after he graduated.. I needed to share it here because of its powerful message: Hey Doc, I wanted to reach out to you about what happened in Orlando. I’ve been shaken by this in a way that I’m…
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The Case of the Pink Porta Potty

By Chelsea Whitlow Shay (October 8, 2015) Several weekends ago I worked the Corvallis Fall Festival, something I do every year to raise money for a youth group I work with. Each year I work several festivals, all of which use porta potties. The Corvallis Fall Festival is the only one where I’ve seen gender specific porta potties. I don’t…
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We Can All Wear the Shoes We Love

  By Chris Crass (August 20, 2015) “What shoes do you want to wear to school?” River responded, “The kids at school said I can’t wear my Elsa (Frozen) shoes, because I’m a boy and they said they are girl shoes.”

Progress Worth Celebrating (But It Doesn’t End Here)

By Alex S. Morgan  (June 26, 2015) This is progress worth celebrating. It doesn’t stop here, and there is so much left to do, especially for LGBT folks who have been multiply marginalized: sex workers, immigrants, folks with complex health needs, the incarcerated, and queer and trans people of color, but celebrating these milestone victories gives us the momentum to…
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