The #lgbtcir summit in New York wasn’t a safe space for me. But i am not in pain — the pneumonia in my lungs does not come close to the pneumonia in some minds.
Forget about the clash of penises and glare of whiteness permeating in the room. I was expecting that. But I don’t know if people know precisely how much strength it takes to sit through people dissecting your identities while you are compellled into silence. If they did they might appreciate me a bit more. Make that A LOT more.
I don’t know how to hear someone say “they are not being targeted for being gay but for being undocumented” and not slug them in the face for ranking oppressions that are intrinsically tied. Yo Ali clueless fucker Noorani, they are undocumented precisely because they are gay.
I was confused about why I was even invited to be “preached” to about my intersectionalities. Obviously, I asked to be on a panel. Why? I am one of the founders of DreamActivist—an undocumented immigrant youth led movement that has queer leaders in disproportionate numbers. We live this life daily. The DREAM Act was alluded to but not spoken about. Sorry, Bil Bilerico actually said something to the likes of “you are at the briefing as a blogger and people will question why you get to talk while they don’t.” Because I am the only young (undocumented) LGBT immigrant organizer in the room?!
But I am glad that #todreams called in from Georgia. So we were somewhat represented but there is more to LGBT immigration issues than the issue of #dreamact and #Uafa which was the breaking point of the discussion.
POC bloggers aren’t just bloggers. Most of us write for our peoples, we write to tell our stories so that they are not lost to history and this is how we build movements aka @DreamAct.
Next time you invite me to BS like this, make sure I am not there to serve a token function and the organizer of the panel does their homework and doesn’t ask me “Oh, you are undocumented?” Fail. Dismal fucking fail.
And I fought pneumonia all weekend. Maybe that’s really all I need to say.