As is the case with queer people of color, the experiences of many queer Latinas living in the U.S are filled with challenges; identifying with anything outside of heterosexuality and the gender binary remains largely taboo in the Latino culture. Read Una Queer’s very personal account of coming out to her family, and moving through the world as a Queer Latina.
Acclaimed author and activist, Robin G. White, shares a personal moment of “Revelation” from her journey as an adoptee to find her birth family, and re-affirmation of her lesbian identity. Simply put, it is beautiful. We are who we are. “It is in our genes.”
Spectra Events is seeking panelists for their “LGBT in Business” event series. Join the queer-friendly startup community for a series of panel discussions (and networking happy hours) about all things startup, entrepreneurship, and organizational development.
2011 National LGBT People of Color Health Summit is Living at the Intersections: Abstract applications now available! Applications will be accepted until July 13, 2011. Notification of selected abstracts will be given no later than August 17, 2011. You can apply on-line @ www. unitythroughdiversity.com
The founder of QWOC+ Boston (Spectra, www.spectraspeaks.com) is interested in interviewing LGBT POC leaders in the US and Human Rights Activists around the world as part of a new project to share leadership stories and best practices. The project launches in February, and in solidarity with Black History Month, will feature interviews from Black LGBT Leaders across the country and the globe.
Indeed, to say that QWOC Week is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before would be a hell of an understatement. It’s worlds away from that singular day in Vegas where, though perhaps welcome, I still felt alien and alone. This past week, I felt expected, accepted, and embraced, which is what I think QWOC Week is all about. I was taken out of my comfort zone so many times and put into a place that was even more comfortable and if it hadn’t been encouraged, I would never have known.
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.
By BONNIE ERBE’ Here’s one thing you probably know about “don’t ask, don’t tell,” the Pentagon policy on gays and …