International Day Against Homophobia is coming soon! Check out some things you can do to participate and become a better ally.
The majority of LGBT refugees flee to the West from Middle Eastern or African countries. But even in their new homes, they encounter rejection and extreme hardship. The Organization for Refuge Asylum and Migration (ORAM), is working to change all that.
The motivation for Janet Mock’s Twitter campaign, #GirlsLikeUs, is clear. Girls like CeCe McDonald and Paige Clay, girls like Mock, are simply not valued in the prejudiced eye of the media. But we can change that.
From a QWOC in Japan: “I have learned that I cannot do it on my own and that as much as I perhaps took credit for what I knew and what I learned, I realize that I always had a constant source of support to fall back on. Now that these friends – my family – are many miles away, I am left to navigate this world, for the first time, as a true outsider.”
As LGBT people (esp. members of marginalized groups: women, people of color, transgender, disabled etc), we all need to do a better job of telling our own stories, and in effect, writing ourselves (back) into history. Read this opinion piece from founder, Spectra, on preserving QWOC+ Boston’s history.
As much as we may hate the ignorance, we are not exempt from it. We may be better than others at keeping our judgments to ourselves, but in some cases, we’re just as bad, if not worse, than the people who do it to us. Recently, I interviewed a QWOC who served in the military about her opinions on the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy.
Several days ago, I found myself on a taxi ride home, engaging in conversation with the driver about blacks and education. He asked whether or not I was in college; I told him I was and he proceeded to clap, thanking me for doing something for blacks “across the world.”