queer women of colour

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• Trans women
• Trans men
• Intersex people
• The LGBTQ community
• Queer people of colour
• People with disabilities
• Autistic and neurodivergent people
• Sex workers
• Immigrants
• Women of colour
• People with mental illness
• The Black Lives Matter movement
• The poor and homeless
• Male advocacy
• Sexual assault survivors (men and women)
• Muslim women (with or without the hijab)
• Jewish women
• Sikh women
• Mothers

advocacy: have some perspective, don’t throw your own people under the bus

I’ve seen a lot of discourse lately about how Blizzard is handling Emily/Tracer wrong - how there’s no sign of it in the game, etc. etc. And there isn’t, yet. There isn’t any sign Tracer is gay in the actual game, so it’s fair comment. I’ve also seem what is pretty unfair conclusions about why this is thrown around, I’ve seen really nasty snark disguised as witty criticism., and it… leaves a bad taste in my mouth, really. 

A very close friend of mine works in an AAA studio. She’s worked in gaming for 10 years. She literally works herself to the bone trying to push social justice in games - and it’s like pushing a fucking boulder uphill forever, let me tell you. I’ve watched what this tireless advocacy is doing to her. Nevertheless, she keeps going. 

It’s because of people like my friend that Overwatch exists - people who have persistently, tirelessly, at threat to their relationships, livelihoods and careers advocated for diversity and representation in games. 

I can only imagine how fucking hard it’s been to change the culture in Blizzard into a company where they publish an AAA game that is as diverse as Overwatch. It’s because of people like my friend, allies, and other supportive people that we have Overwatch at all.

Let’s review some of the great things about the game: a variety of diverse races, ethnicities and identities - consultation was pretty fucking good for most of those. And they listen to our comments about what’s missing, too. We didn’t like that Pharah’s VA wasn’t Egyptian, so what did they do? They got an Egyptian VA living in Egypt to voice Ana. We didn’t like the lack of black characters, and they’ve promised more, and the latest new character is an Omnic created by child genius Efi who is black - and they got a black woman for Orisa’s VA.

Blizzard has handled female characters very well. We complained after they’d released their initial characters that the body type of the female characters was generic and not diverse. So what did they do? They gave us Zarya and Mei. We complained that Tracer was being objectified in one of her poses. What did they do? They changed the fucking pose. They have given us a Muslim single mum who’s 60 old, still a soldier, has sexual agency and is more than just her role as ‘Mum’. The spread of female characters isn’t 16-25 as per most games that have female protagonists, but 19-60, with the majority of them being in their 30s, and that is fucking great

And all of this is aside from the fact that Tracer - the face of the fucking game - is canon, confirmed lesbian in those words by both the devs and in ¾ of a big major comic. She’s in a healthy adult relationship. Plus, there’s more to come. We know more characters are queer, too. 

There’s probably more stuff to add, but off the top of my head - how great is this fucking game?????

Now, it’s not to say that all of this has been done perfectly - there’s always room for improvement. They always could do things better. But the tone of some of the posts I’ve read is as if none of this exists. As if Blizzard has spat in our faces, somehow, by not having Tracer have mentioned Emily in the game yet. The anger, the entitlement, the mockery. 

You’re mocking probably a bunch of queer people, people of colour and women who have pushed and pushed and pushed the gaming industry for decades in order to get a game like Overwatch. You’re mocking people like my friend who has slogged her fucking guts out to get what we’ve got in the games her company produces. Can you imagine what it must be like for those people, responsible for these changes in Blizzard and in the industry, to read people bitching about the fact Tracer doesn’t say anything about Emily (yet) when they’ve pushed so fucking hard just to get what we’ve gotten? 

Do you realise how horribly ungrateful and rude that sounds? You may not be aiming your criticism at these people, but they’re among us. They read social media. They’re real people with real feelings. 

Can we please have some appreciation for just how far Overwatch has taken diversity in games? Because there’s a bunch of minority folks behind this push, mark my words. 

This post is not to discourage criticism, but please, please think of the tone of voice you give it in. Don’t be cruel or unfair. Don’t mock. Don’t be ungateful, please. 

“It’s as if Emily doesn’t even fucking exist, I wonder why that is lollllll fucking blizz” works so much better as “Hey Blizz, I love that Tracer has a girlfriend! Let’s have Tracer mention Emily in the game? :D” 

There are ways to deliver suggestions and feedback that don’t shit all over the people who’ve worked so hard to bring this game to you. Please take an extra 5 seconds to consider not sounding entitled and awful, and think about how else you could deliver this feedback so you’re not hurting the people who have worked their whole lives so you have it <3

reasons to read the upside of unrequited:

  • the main het romance and the side wlw romance are really, really sweet
  • like tooth-rottingly sweet, i can’t even think about them without grinning
  • the protag is straight, but pretty much every important person in her life is a queer woman. there’s seriously SO MUCH wlw representation. lesbians, bi women and pan women! queer women of colour! teen wlw and older wlw! wlw as mothers and wives and girlfriends! queer characters & relationships completely normalised and accepted by everyone!
  • also so many jewish characters, including a jewish protagonist and a jewish love interest
  • a fat protagonist who isn’t defined by her fatness
  • a really beautiful relationship between two sisters which explores the heartbreaking process of growing up and losing that closeness siblings have when they’re young
  • the most painfully realistic portrayal of what it’s like to be young and scared of rejection that i’ve ever read
  • cameo appearances by characters from becky’s first book! (which is all kinds of awesome and should also definitely be on your radar but it’s not necessary to read it first.)
  • the main character’s love interest says that kissing her was the best thing that has ever happened to his mouth, including cadbury mini eggs and honestly that’s the most romantic thing i’ve ever read
  • i mean the whole book is this adorable it’s nauseatingly cute and you should read it asap

anonymous asked:

u got any literature that involves lgbt women of color? i never rly see much tbh...

Definitely! Some of my favourites are

Check out these lists:

Audre Lorde (1934-1992) was a significant figure in American feminism, as well as civil and LGBT rights. Her poems are often an expression of anger at social injustice, and an exploration of black female identity.

Her poetry was published extensively during the 1960s, particularly in black literary magazines and anthologies. Her 1976 volume Coal was the one that established her as an important voice in the Black Arts Movement. In 1994, after her death, an organisation called the Audre Lorde Project was established in New York in support of queer people of colour.

I’m so sick of white gay men’s offense at Azealia Banks. Because her using the word ‘fag’ is so much worse than white gay men’s racism against black women, the erasure of POC in Pride movements, white gay men appropriating black women’s culture, white gay men’s misogyny, the white supremacy that white gay men benefit from, etc etc. Like shut the fuck up. Take your offense and shove it.

The only black woman a lot of white gay guys seem to give a fuck about is the “fierce black woman” they think lives inside of them.

So it was about Zionists waving Isreali flags. Well, no, “inadvertently Zionist” flags. Maybe just…blue stars of David which are suspiciously Zionist??? Yeah, because those flags are specifically used as pinkwashing flags! Actually, did we say flags? It wasn’t about flags. It was about Zionist chanting. Nothing to do with flags. We love flags. Anyway, you should listen to Queer Women of Colour. Unless they’re Jewish Iranian lesbians. Then don’t. I mean, are Jewish Iranian Lesbians even a thing? Probably not. We haven’t seen any. Not since we kicked the last one out for holding a Jewish flag. 

Note: Sorry this isn’t screen-reading accessible yet. I don’t have the spoons right now to do a transcript, but I will work on it.  

anonymous asked:

Do you know any books with queer or wlw girls that are people of color?

Definitely! Some of my favourites are

Check out these lists:

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Some of the actresses of colour suggested for Poison Ivy should Pamela Isley be featured in future DCEU installments, following the recent trend of racebending comic book characters in live adaptations. Chromatic people can play sympathetic, complex, queer characters and considering the history of scientific testing on the bodies of women of colour, Poison Ivy being a queer woman of colour seeking revenge on the white men who exploited her would make for a compelling interpretation.

Dascha Polanco
Julie Vu
Rihanna
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Deepika Padukone
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Ashley Callingbull-Burnham
Laverne Cox
Emeraude Toubia
Kylie Bunbury

My Complicated Relationship with “Pride”

Kay so here we go… I’ve been meaning to write this for quite some time, and it’s a bit nerve-wracking because this is the first time I’ll be posting about something without being behind my anon blog, or without putting a “keep reading” link thing to hide my post from my own eyes. So here we go… and if you didn’t know I was queer before, well…surprise! haha.

The recent VIDEO that came out of Manjinder Singh Sidhu and his mother having a conversation surrounding homosexuality and the dynamics it plays in the Punjabi community, really got me digging deeper into the subject. I mean as a queer amritdhari practicing Sikh, I know my own lived experiences, but I wanted to see if there are other videos out there. That’s when I came across one particular video (which I will not link for personal reasons) that left my heart shattered into a million pieces.

The video featured a Punjabi man talking about his life as a gay person. Basically, he began talking about how he felt something missing in his life, and when he came out of the closet he felt light and airy- pretty much the typical coming out story. However, here’s the catch. The man, whom I shall rename “Jeevan” for this thinkpiece, was a kesdhari Sikh (to all my non-Sikh friends, that means he was a Sikh that kept his hair uncut as per Sikh code of conduct, and wore a turban). Now he doesn’t say it explicitly in the video, but he implies that he had troubles reconciling his homosexuality with his Sikhi. Anyway, he decides to cut his hair, which is sad, but not the reason why my heart was broken. I mean everyone goes through their own struggles, and if he wanted to cut his kes, that was his perogative.

However, what made my blood boil and brought tears to my eyes is when he told the story of his haircut. He walks into the salon, and everyone begins staring at him. He sits down in his chair, and the barber gets to work. I will spare the details, because hair cutting can be very triggering to many Sikhs (I will explain why later), and during the process he describes that the entire salon was sitting and looking at him the entire time. To put the icing on the cake, as soon as he is done cutting his hair, everyone in the salon BREAKS INTO AN APPLAUSE. At this point I was so furious that I had to pause the video and go get a glass of water.

What was heartbreaking is that this man felt that he needed to turn his back on his heritage to be able to openly identify as a gay man. Do you think this is because the Sikh community is homophobic? No, I do not feel that is the reason behind it at all. Yes, people in the community can say hateful things, but that is not the main reason. The truth lies in the reaction of the people in the salon. That applause. That applause that celebrated a man assimilating to the hegemonic identity. That applause that celebrated a man leaving behind his old “barbaric” culture. That applause that reminds me everyday that diversity isn’t always welcome in Western society.

This is what QPoC face in the broader LGBTQ+ community on a daily basis. Many of you may know that I didn’t always look the way I did today- my beard was trimmed, my hair was cut, and I was very much the “perfectly assimilated child of an immigrant.” However, things were still not that great in the LGBTQ+ community for me.

Here in Vancouver, just a few years ago, there were two isolated incidents of a bunch of insecure spoiled brown guys coming to Davie St. (Vancouver’s gay village) and gay bashing couples. Ever since that incident, brown gay men are looked at with an eye of suspicion, because, you know, homophobic white people never bashed any one. :) The blatant racial profiling is so apparent that one of my Punjabi friends was once denied entry into a local gay bar when him and his boyfriend wanted to join some friends to celebrate a birthday. The basically had to make out in front of the bouncer to PROVE that they were gay, and weren’t there simply to bash couples.

In a way, brown gay men are ignored and cast aside, so when I used to walk down Davie St I would feel invisible. Now, as a Sikh with a turban and a beard, I feel VERY visible on Davie, but not in the greatest way. I see looks of suspicion and shock, and I hear the most stupid remarks being made. It’s come to the point where I avoid that part of the city altogether, and I’m not alone on this one.

Ask any QPoC and they will tell you the same story. WE are expected to share the good word of gayhood to our respective communities, but when we try to educate the gay community on cultural or religion intersectionality, we are faced with “FUCK RELIGION,” even though our religion may be the only thing that is keeping us alive at this very moment, I know that that’s the fact for me. 

This happened at Vancouver Pride, when a queer-friendly Church was attempting to reach out to gay Christians who are looking for a safe spiritual space, when these guys came around…

And yes I know, you’re going to go into the whole freedom of speech thing, and I get that. I know they have a right to state their opinion, but to shame people who are only trying to make lives easier for others is a REALLY crappy thing to do. You need to realize, that yes, religious people have done many hateful things, but religion as a whole is more complex. It has the capability of giving a person a new lease on life.

However, they don’t see that. When they see a guy like Jeevan going into the salon and getting his hair cut, they don’t see a man cutting away the half-millenium legacy of thousands of martyrs sacrificing their lives for their kes. They don’t see a man being forced to shed his heritage because he doesn’t fit into the cookie-cutter mold of the perfect gay man. They don’t see a man ostracized from people in his community for being who he is (I’m not talking about the Sikh community here fyi). They don’t see the fact that being coerced to cut his hair, Jeevan is triggering thousands of people who have faced genocide and torture for their identity.

They see a man shedding away the oppression of religion and culture, and embracing the “free lifestyle” of a gay man.

THIS is what I see during the Pride season. I see this one single hypersexualized male-centric interpretation of what being queer means being forced onto an entirely diverse population. I remember talking about this with MANY gay white men, and I was simply met by remarks like “it is sexual exploration that makes queer people queer,” because asexual people don’t exist, and things like “this is about celebrating sex.”

No. Pride is not about celebrating sex. Do you even know what Pride is about? Bet you don’t as many of you guys were busy during the Baltimore and Ferguson uprisings shaming black people. Pride began as a way to commemorate the historic and heroic victory of the queer community in New York against the NYPD during the Stonewall Uprising. 

Quite ironic that an event that commemorates the radical activism of queer people lead by trans women of colour has now become a corporate facade of homonationalism, pinkwashing, and just downright misogyny with male-centricism dominating the festivities.

The queer community is meant to be a community where differences are embraced and celebrated, and in this current day and age that is not happening. More attention is being given to the glitz and glam of gay men than queer youth starving a shivering on the streets, homeless. Trans people are basically being forgotten. QPoC are being forced to assimilate into the homonationalistic ideal of what being “gay” means.

Thank God I will be out of town during Vancouver Pride, but for future years I am going to make a commitment to myself. Until the queer community can be accepting and embrace queer people from ALL walks of life, I refuse to participate in a corporate facade of an event called Pride that co-opted a revolutionary movement and turned it into something completely different.

I will, however, work to reclaim the season and hopefully try to create spaces for alternative dialogues around Pride and queerness.

not to be dramatic but if the halcyon doesn’t get another series i’m gonna jump on a plane down to itv’s headquarters and kick someone’s ass. i have already suffered through the extremely unjust cancellation of home fires. at the time, i swore i’d never watch another itv drama again but when i heard about this show i decided to get invested. against my better judgement, i gave itv another chance not to let me down again and if they behave like money-grabbing assholes who value shitty reality shows and fucking piers morgan’s fucking stupid interview series over good dramas centring on women, queer people and people of colour i will be down at itv studios fucking committing murder

Happy Pride Month!

As most of you know, Pride month is the month where the LGBTQA+ community takes pride in their differences, and celebrates! Often times states have Pride Festivals every year. So I’ve compiled a list of nearly all the Pride celebrations this year.
These are in no particular order honestly, but it’s pretty easy to pick out.

Orlando, FL - Gay Days Orlando - May 30-Jun 5
Buffalo, NY - Buffalo Pride Festival - May 30-Jun 4
Waynesville, MO - Pulaski County Pride - Jun 1-4
Charlotte, NC - GayCharlotte Film Festival - Jun 1-4
Birmingham, AL - CAP PrideFest - Jun 2-11
Salt Lake City, UT - Utah Pride Festival - Jun 2-4
Pittsburgh, PA - Pittsburgh Pride - Jun 2-11
Tulsa, OK - Tulsa Pride Festival & Parade - Jun 3
Indianapolis, IN - Circle City IN Pride - Jun 3-10
El Paso, TX - El Paso Sun City Pride Parade & Festival - Jun 3-4
Fresno, CA - Fresno Rainbow Pride Parade & Festival - Jun 3
Sacramento, CA - Sacramento Pride - Jun 3
San Francisco, CA - Queer Women of Colour Film Festival - Jun 9-11
Milwaukee, WI - PrideFest Milwaukee - Jun 9-11
Albuquerque, NM - Albuquerque PrideFest - Jun 9-10
Boston, MA - Boston Pride Week - Jun 10
Detroit, MI - Motor City Pride - Jun 10-11
West Hollywood, CA - LA Pride - Jun 10-11
Washington, DC - North Jersey Pride Festival - Jun 11
Albany, NY - Capital PRIDE Parade & Festival -Jun 11
Boise, ID - Boise Pride Festival - Jun 16-17
Philadelphia, PA - Philly Pride Parade and Festival - Jun 16-18
Bisbee, AZ - Bisbee Pride - Jun 16-18
Columbus, OH - Stonewall Columbus Pride - Jun 16-18
Chicago, IL - Chicago Pride - Jun 17-18
Anchorage, AL - Alaska PrideFest - Jun 17-24
Baltimore, MD - Baltimore Pride - Jun 17-18
Denver, CO - Denver PrideFest - Jun 17-18
Baton Rouge, LA - Baton Rouge Pride Festival - Jun 17
Miami Beach, FL - FUNdarte Out in The Tropics - Jun 22-25
New York, NY - NYC Pride - Jun 23-25
Omhaha, NE - Heartland Pride - Jun 23-24
St. Louis, MO - PrideFest St. Louis - Jun 23-25
Oklahoma City, OK - OKC Pride - Jun 23-25
Lexington, KY - Lexington Pride Festival - Jun 24
Minneapolis, MN - Twin Cities Pride - Jun 24-25
Houston, TX - Houston Pride Week - Jun 24
Nashville, TN - Nashville PRIDE - Jun 24-25
San Fransisco, CA - San Fransisco Pride - Jun 24-25
Cincinnati, OH - Cincinnati Pride Festival - Jun 24
Seattle, WA - Seattle PrideFest - Jun 25
Hilo, HI - Hawaii Island Pride - Jun 8
San Diego, CA - San Diego Pride - Jun 14-16
Rochester, MN - Rochester MN PrideFest - Jun 21-23

Feel free to add any other dates you know of!!

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Korrasami image bomb!

I know, I don’t usually post images here. But this is hella exciting, and my only coherent commentary on Legend of Korra at this time.

Also, I needed somewhere to put all the images I’m posting elsewhere.

(Artists are, top to bottom, IAHFY [first 6; formerly KYHU], Glasworks, Amy Winterhaze, Noodlerface and Yukihyo.)

Intersectional Feminism

Intersectional feminism recognizes that all forms of oppression are connected in one way or another and that oppression of any kind cannot be remedied without addressing these connections. Oppression that stems from sexism can overlap with racial oppression or oppression that stems from sexual orientation or socio-economic status, for instance.

The way that queer women, trans women, and women of colour experience oppression is often very different than the oppression white women may experience. To say that a middle-class white, cis-gendered, able-bodied heterosexual has the same experience with oppression as a black, queer woman of low socio-economic status is to ignore the fact that the oppression both individuals may encounter do not stem solely from sexism.

White feminists are uncomfortable with this notion and prefer to play down, if not outright drown out, the argument that not all women face the same obstacles in the pursuit to having their equality recognized.

The point of intersectionality is to point out that identities cannot be separated. A black woman cannot separate her race and her gender. A trans person of colour cannot chose which part of their identity needs liberating. Types of oppression cannot be separated because they are not experienced independently of one another. Ignoring intersectionality for the sake of ‘unity’ serves to homogenize the movement by erasing identity.

The feminist movement itself is incredibly broad, encompassing many different sub-movements that relate to these identities. Addressing the intersections of oppression does not divide the movement; it makes it stronger.