Please Help!

Hey folks. Jai & I’s housing situation has become mad unstable just now, with two folks who were formerly living here moving out + giving us a week’s notification.

Because of the short termness of the situation, Jai & I are scrambling to pull things together and figure out a way to NOT move out of the place that has become a safety net for us and a safe space for queer and transgender people of color in our community.

The BQ house has become our home, and home to homeless youth who stay here.

Please do whatever you can, whether it’s boosting, sharing or donating.

Anything Is Appreciated!

B.QullecTivE will be having our first open meeting THIS SUNDAY, October 20th @ The Exchange, right next to Cafe Southside

This month’s discussion topics include:

  • Gender (Roles, Identity, Presentation, etc)
  • Sex Ed & Reproductive Justice
  • Cross Cultural Relations & Collaborations
  • Public Space (Police, Street Harassment, etc) 

Doors will be open from 11am-3pm

~Refreshments will be available during the meeting~

Keep in mind this space is for queer and trans* folks of color. Not a space for white and/or straight allies.

So.

One mo’gain:

We are bringing our intersecting communities together to discuss topics relevant to our identities, needs, and the like.

Community Open Mic: 11-11:45
Announcements: 11:45-12
Meeting:12-2

Feel free to hang out with us at Cafe Southside and support a QTPoC-owned business with delicious food, warm refreshments and atmosphere after the meeting as well. 

See ya there!

What resources do you wish you had access to as a QPOC?

Are you a queer or trans* person of color? I’d like to hear from you!

As time ticks forward, programs and opportunities are springing up in several areas that directly benefit queer and trans* people. However, most of these programs blatantly ignore the intersectionality of needs required by many QPOC/QTPOC.

Myself and several others have begun the workings for a non-profit organization that focuses directly on People of Color who are queer and transgender*. While we (the founders) fall under said category, we’d like to hear ideas of what we should offer from YOU, the people we are creating this organization for.

  1. What would you like to see from an organization created for you?
  2. What services do you belive are essential and need to be a top priority?
  3. What personal experiences have you faced that support the need for an organization like this?

Feel free to either respond below, or email b.qullective@gmail.com if you’d prefer to remain private.

Where are we, and where are we going?

Every meeting begins with a poem.

This is my home
this thin edge of 
barbwire.

  —Gloria Anzaldua, Borderlands/La Frontera


So here we are a bunch of Queer Brown artists, survivors, socialites, East-Coast transplants, sitting around a table talking Black Supremacy as usual, listening to B.Steady (as usual). This is where the idea is born. What if we could get B.Steady to perform at PRIDE?

She must have been on all our minds when we came up with the name, but it sure isn’t just an empty copy-cat. B Stands not only for Brown, but also for BE — for a place where we can just BE our own selves, our whole selves, our radical brown, queer/trans selves, without dancing through the ropes of inclusion that have kept us out of most other LGB(t) orgs in the Twin Cities. 

B.QullecTivE is a place for us to BE, collectively.

Far from home, and most of us not really knowing what “Home” meant, we formed our own family. Family is about love, trust, and support. It’s picking each other up when we’re down. Teaching and learning from each other. Sharing groceries and physical space. Common memories, histories, experiences. Family is loving each other even when we disagree, even when the cards are down, even -and especially- when we’re all we have left. This is what we are looking for in B.QullecTivE.

Creative spaces where we can speak our truths, and not be criticized for our experiences; Social gatherings to unify our communities; Political organization through which to fight our oppression; Economic resources to feed, house and employ our people; and Education — the root of all freedom — for the people, by the people.

Every meeting ends with a poem.

I knew life
Began where I stood in the dark
Looking out into the light.

  —Yusef Komunyakaa, “Sunday Afternoons”

Room for Rent in Minneapolis QTPOC House
Room for Rent in Minneapolis QTPOC House

Hello folks!

Myself and my other roommates have a room available for rent in our 5 bedroom 2 bathroom house consisting of Queer and Trans People of Color. We have a large fenced in yard with a house garden on the side during the summer, a wrap around porch and island kitchen with plenty of space for eating, conversation and collaborative cooking. On the second floor landing we have a reading nook where you can find our mini-library. We have high-speed internet, a “weight room” under construction in our basement, washer and dryer on site and ample storage space for each individual. The house is NOT alcohol free, and we ask smokers to find an ashtray outside. All other recreational habits are open for discussion upon interview.

Who are we?

We are a group of friends/community organizers who enjoy collaborative and responsible living while still knowing how to have a good time (Yes, we are known to party every so often). The roommates consist of a QTPOC youth who we’ve been hosting since June of 2013, a couple (which I’m 1/2 of) and two other QTPOC individuals. About 1/2 of our household consists of full-time workers or students. This house has grown into a safe space for the Queer and Trans Communities of Color here in Minneapolis, and we intend to keep it this way.

What’s Important To Us?

Respect of personal space and mental health requirements are a large focus in our mini-community and we pay special attention to eachother’s individual requests in regard to space, noise, smell, triggers and anxiety responses.

The Area

We live a block away from a bus line with both street and private parking available. Most grocery stores and other retail places are roughly 10 minutes away by car. Downtown Minneapolis tends to take 30 minutes by bus.

The Details

The room will be available on March 1st of 2014 with no damage deposit required. This house is unfortunately not very accessible - the room available is on the second floor with narrow hallways.

We prefer no pets, as we have a finicky feline who demands her territory be respected. The expected monthly contribution from each party is approximately $337-$420 for rent, plus a contribution to house bills.

If you feel as though you would be a good fit, please contact me at my tumblr and tell me about yourself -  we look forward to arranging an interview and house showing.

Insert Title of Introductory Post Here (That's it, that's the title)

Totally going to be completely transparent in saying that I have NO IDEA how to open up this blog, but I’m caffeinated and excited about life this morning. So let’s go!

My name is Jai, 1/4 of the B.QullecTivE; which at the heart is simply a group of friends who are effected by the disparities and injustices in the queer community as Q/TPoC living in Minnesota.

What I hope for in this budding organization is the cultivation of safe spaces, statewide, where actions are created and facilitated by those directly affected via education and discussion with the focus on People of Color. That’s the catalyst. I’m going to continue being completely transparent in saying that the issue with already established organizations targeted toward the LGB (and very rarely the T, unless we’re discussing white trans men and white gender-variance and the so-called subversion of masculinity in white queer spaces, which is a whole ‘nother can of worms for Q/TPoC to unpack. As to say: White supremacy, misogyny, transmisogyny, and femmephobia are very much afoot and detrimental to our survival) communities in what I’ve experienced of Minnesota (which is mostly Minneapolis and St. Paul) is white-centricism. As in white organizers, white facilitators, and sometimes we discuss racism. Then, and only then, do we invite youth of color to assure the public of our *~diversity~*. That is tokenization, that is racism. Queer and Trans* youth of color are going right back to the streets after their stint as someone’s poster child. Trans women of color are only being discussed in memoriam, ignoring struggle, survival, histories. This needs to change. Immediately.

                              Our Core Beliefs:

We believe every queer and trans* person of color has the right to safe spaces;

We believe every queer and trans* person of color deserves access to life resources such as housing, employment, education, transportation, healthcare, and creative spaces.

We believe that our struggles are interdependent upon each other. None of our needs can be met without an intersectional approach to supporting our racial, sexual and gender identities;

We believe that empowerment will come through communal organization.

And now I invite the rest of my cohorts to participate in this ongoing introduction. I’m going to get some more coffee. Salutations. 

Dear Followers

Spent some feel good time with the MN Black Supremacy Crew the other night for a birthday party - MixedKidsClub, CocoaValentines and BrownNippleBraggadocio.

We’re in the workings of setting up a blog/organization centered around Queer Trans People of Color in Minnesota/Minneapolis/Twin Cities area.

We’ll be coming to you soon with some links for more information as well as fundraising to bring B.Steady to the Twin Cities/Midwest pride.

If y’all aren’t following those 3 individuals, you’re missing out. 

yay!! cause ideas are a flowin

someone was just talking about a meetup on the fb page, maybe we can flow that idea on over to the tumblr. maybe we could revive the fb page at the same time- cause i think there’s a lot of folks following the fb that are on tumblr already.

also clara would be an excellent person to work on this too. Not just cause, you know, of my biased opinion but 1)cause she’s an aaaaammaazing/eloquent/intensely creative writer/speaker and thinks so out of the box it never existed in the first place. 

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