Erika Turner, Associate Editor

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Erika Turner is a black lesbian writer and publishing enthusiast who is passionate about politics, activism, gender issues, and love — not necessarily in that order but certainly all at the same time.

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Lost in Translation: A Queer Black Lesbian's Search for Community in Japan

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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.”

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My Last Intern Post — The Summer Ends With A Pause

f there’s anything I regret this summer, it’s the fact that I did not get the chance to give all of you a hug good-bye last night after we celebrated the commencement of my internship with cake, photos, and, of course, Japanese food. However, I think it’s the most appropriate departure I could have given – a cliffhanger, as opposed to a definite end.

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All’s Fair in Love and Activism

You ever had those days where you really just cannot get out of bed? Where you’d rather sleep from 8in …

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Damn, It Feels Good to Be Me — QWOC Pride

I know we’re all out here fighting for something or being a part of some struggle, even if the struggle isn’t visible to everyone. But as you sweat, bleed, cry, and crawl – as you go through your day to day life, shoving roadblocks out of the way and forging your own path – remember what you’re doing it for. We’re not doing it for some vague sense of accomplishment, or community, or even “equality.” We’re fighting because we love what we’re fighting for.

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Coming Out to Cab Drivers — A Necessary Risk

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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.”

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A Warm Welcome to Our Summer Intern, Erika Turner!

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It is with great excitement that we welcome Erika Turner to the QWOC+ Boston family this summer as our first “Social Media” intern! Yes, we’ve gone 2.0 (it’s official when you get a specialist intern, right?). Read more about Erika, and join us in welcoming her to the QWOC+ Boston family!

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