I am one of many marginalized voices in the LGBTQ community, and all of my intersected identities have informed and shaped how I navigate my Queer identity. My Queer identity isn’t a single checkbox, and I don’t live a single-issue life. This evening when I entered this room, I didn’t leave my Chican@ identity at the door – I walked in with my whole self and all of my intersected identities.
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Andrea Quijada, Executive Director, Media Literacy Project:
"My questions are: 1) What exists within American culture that makes her think this is okay? (Because she did not get there alone); and, 2) Before I see/hear/read white folks point fingers at her, I encourage you to pause and ask yourself, "Where do I fit on the spectrum of this behavior of black co-optation AND why do I do it? How do my actions perpetuate racism when I do this?” (And, I’m not just talking to Iggy Azalea here, see Question 1)."
Being a Queer Chicana growing up in Doña County, where marriage licenses were first issued to same sex couples in the state, I have seen how most of society—especially the Latino community—has continued to evolve when talking about marriage equality and LGBTQ rights. With the latest GALLUP poll showing that 72% of Latinos in the United States support marriage equality (third highest of any demographic in the U.S), I know that it is not any different here in Southern New Mexico.
About this blog: Today’s LGBT movement is in significant flux. It is also finally beginning to address the historic and systematic exclusion of POC and trans* experience and priorities from what has become a very wealthy, very privileged, and very white-cis-male-centered movement for legal equality.