Golden



I can see why this is your favorite holiday,

the time you get to step outside of your picket-fence body,

remind yourself that you were once oppressed,

use your Donald Trump keycard to swipe into your marginalized experience,

get to shake your ass to dissipated trans women that you left somewhere over the rainbow.

Ain't it like a gay white man to remember all the colors but  black?

To turn my protest into a white soldier shoot out to bleach his asshole mouth clean of the shit he says?

Did you think i would forget?
This is one of the most powerful spoken word segments I’ve heard in a long time. Just like Panti Bliss read the homophobes, we have this sister here stripping White Cis Gay Men culture to its bolts. It’s not an easy listening experience, not only because it’s peppered with the vernacular, but because it hits hard. I think it is a necessary experience, though because it is an expression of a soul. Wanna talk about intersectionality? Let's talk about intersectionality.

Pride is not only in June (July, August), it's everyday. Because our rights are under attack every day (especially in this administration), I believe it is important to listen to the voices of the marginalized, of the stigmatized, the voiceless. And what better example of that than the voice of a trans woman of color? You don't believe me? Just look at the news. They are the ones that are being killed at high rates and very few people in the LGBTQ community take their eyes off their little screens to pay any attention to what is going on. THAT is privilege.

 So wanna do something today that you don’t usually do? Take four minutes out of your day, put on your earphones, and listen to this. Get ready to check your privilege.


XOXO






Comments

  1. Powerful words indeed. Eighteen. That’s the number of trans people killed this year, mostly trans people of color. The latest, just a few days ago, burned beyond recognition in Florida (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/14/us/black-transgender-woman-bee-love-slater.html).

    Those are our brothers and sisters. We are one with them. We should be outraged. And that doesn’t include those that were beaten, shot or otherwise molested and survived.

    This isn’t violence against an “other.” This is violence against us.

    XOXO ūüĎ®‍❤️‍ūüíč‍ūüĎ®

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    1. Totally agree. It’s not ‘them’, it’s ‘us’. Because there’s marriage equality and all that it doesn’t mean the struggle is over.
      XoXo

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  2. We, as a community, need to learn to accept all of our community. And stand up for all our community. And demand action to protect all of our community.
    L, G, B, T, Q, I, A.
    ALL.OF.IT.

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    1. That’s right! All of it. We cannot decide someone is excluded because they do not please some members of the community. That’s not how this works.
      XoXo

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  3. I was moved by her words. I see this type of attitude every day in South Florida. With so much emphasis on a certain "type" it's refreshing to hear someone be so openly honest about our own community's internalized prejudices. Go girl!

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    1. I've missed you my Walter!!!!!!!!

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    2. Darling, Tio is never far off. All you have to do is toot my horn and I'm here for you. Kisses!

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    3. Walter! Papi! So good to read you! I was starting to get worried. And this is one of the most honest opinions on the whole ‘they’re too much’ crowd. She let them HAVE IT.

      XOXO

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  4. I tell my husband daily that we are so lucky to live where we live because we do not see this. There was some commotion about a black club opening on The Drive but I'm all for it! In fact I'm going to go this place Thursday for a dance contest. What fun. We are also a meca for Trans folk, with Sunserve Social Services providing counseling and help with transitioning. Also, there are numerous Social workers who specialize in trans teens as young as fourteen. There is also Equality Park (Pride Center) which is open to ALL and provides groups, socials for those just in of company of like minded people or those who want to be around their own. I hope that my little town can be the model of harmony to all people no matter who or what they are.

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    1. Yes! Communities like that are models to follow. I think I’m fortunate to live in a big city, and still there’s work to do.

      XoXo

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  5. As a gay man gay men need to be soccer punch and have the ego knocked down a peg or two. I like the saying I'm not straight, I'm not gay, I'm not bi, I'm not trans, I'm not white black brown, etc.....I'm human. Peroid.

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    1. And that’s that. Human. That’s the first thing we have to think when we see someone.
      XoXo

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  6. The problem with angry poetry is that it gets its strength from being visceral. Write the words down and read them silently and it loses it's potency. Not so with Maya.

    But today, the Rock cries out to us, clearly, forcefully,

    Come, you may stand upon my

    Back and face your distant destiny,

    But seek no haven in my shadow.

    I will give you no hiding place down here.

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    1. I think it still works. Reading Emily Dickinson or E.E.Cummings packs a ouch, too. Different if they’re read by someone who gives their work the right inflection, of course, but still potent.
      Notice how you placed your lyrics in stanza form. That’s how they should be read because that’s how they’re more effective.
      XoXo

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