Thanks to all who made it out and to Asian American Writers’ Workshop for hosting such a phenomenal event. It was powerful to perform with an API and QAPI crowd along with Jess Chen and Sonia Guiñansaca! What vivid QTPOC poetry from these femmes and migrant community to witness!
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This exhibit opens tonight at Dixon Place 4pm-6pm, 161A Chrystie St. New York, New York 10002. Come by & say hello?
Bummed that you missed the fireworks on the 4th of July? Don’t worry, we’ve got you – Mouth to Mouth Open Mic is back this Saturday with some crazy literary fireworks, featuring Jess X. Chen and Kay Ulanday Barrett! Bring your best prose or come to be inspired by others’ stories and songs!
[Description: a series of portraits and selfies of various people are shrouded with rainbow filters to celebrate marriage equality.] #mood // while spooning out in pain, I’ve been congratulated by presumably cis straight strangers/acquiantences, a humanizing smirk to their face that’s usually a grimace— white & POC alike, since the SCOTUS ruling. I’m somehow now real, visible, human enough because I too can aspire for that paper! Blessed luscious unicorns, all my dreams have been answered! I’m magically given all the rights, no? *Poof* Nothing has changed in my life really. It’s anticlimactic & I think it might be a good time to be a queer pastor, priest, or divorce lawyer. Just another banner to assuage some privileged guilt. Here’s the thing, it’s an option now to attain privilege and get closer to mainstream legalized recognition of humanity. I think this is vital for very *selective* two people partnerships and people whose partners are migrants, for people in critical need of healthcare, for the resources it brings to otherwise uplift the campaigns of the white, the cis and the rich. As many have stated, @ejeris and I in conversation, thoughtful reflections by @miriamzperez‘s “What Happens Next Is More Than Marriage,” how will this new ascendance shift focus for #tpoc, #twoc, black queers, #gendernonconforming, two spirit, #sdqtpoc, migrant queers, homeless queer & trans community, elder/aging LGBTQ? I mean, now we have marriage, this mainstay institution, the ablebodied wealthy hetero/monog dream is attainable, correct? Don’t get me wrong, I’m a romantic, witnessing people in struggle & in love, nothing is better. Lest we remember: respectability divides. Respectability erases. Where are all those funds being redistributed? What will Gay Inc., the big G do with themselves as others are in paramount struggle — being murdered, incarcerated, sick, and multiply alienated? These are the moments in between and after, how will people show up? How will we continue to strive and show up for eachother who can’t access wealth, tax benefits, and mobility? What about us, whose struggles can’t be solved by marriage? #qtpoc#qpoc#transpeopleofcolor#beyondmarriage