Grey Weinstein (he/they)
If I’m being completely honest, I’ve never really liked men. I’d like to say that this isn’t my fault, but that’s not entirely true. It started when I was in early middle school, when I first started researching feminism online. (Yes, I know how that sounds, but bear with me; I promise this is not a rant about how feminism turns your daughters into angry, hairy man-haters.) Luckily for me, the online activists who first introduced me to the concept of feminist thought proudly proclaimed that their feminism was intersectional. I’ll be the first to admit that the rhetoric I encountered was far from radical or even actively anti-racist– it would be years before I started engaging critically with concepts like Marxism and abolitionism– but it introduced me to ideas like white privilege, intersectionality, and the importance of centering trans women and women of color in feminist action. My online feminist spaces were far from perfect, but while they probably don’t reflect my current political views, they were a useful stepping stone to getting me where I am today, ideologically speaking. (That is to say, a raging, foaming-at-the-mouth queer feminist leftist.)
Edha Shirodkar (she/her)
Even in the LGBTQ+ community, asexuality is an invisible identity, one that doesn’t get a lot of recognition and is often misunderstood, stemming mainly from its medicalization. Creating more awareness about asexuality and the authentic experiences of asexual people is important, especially when there are so many misconceptions. So when April 6, 2021 became the inaugural International Asexuality Day, it marked a significant moment for the asexual community.
3/1/2022 0 Comments
Atticus Spicer (they/he)
Recently I had the distinct pleasure of witnessing the power that is Carmen Maria Machado speaking. A good friend of mine, who runs a very queer and very delightful “bookstagram” account, invited me out to go to Machado’s talk on a cold Friday morning, when the sidewalks were lined with ice and I nearly slipped four times. It was free to attend and I had been absolutely stunned by Machado’s gorgeous memoir “In the Dream House” and graphic novel “In the Low, Low Woods” when I read them in the summer of 2021. Naturally, accepting the invitation to listen to one of my favorite authors' talk was almost an instantaneous decision–dangerous walk there and all.
“As a mestiza I have no country, my homeland casts me out, yet all countries are mine because I am every woman’s sister or potential lover. As a lesbian I have no race, my own people disclaim me, but I am all races becasue there is the queer in me in all races.” -Gloria Anzaldúa
Testimonio: A narrative or story shared by someone about a significant experience, typically who has undergone a form of oppression and has lacked agency or the space to make their voice heard. This is a form of expression (typically written by those from the Latiné community) that aims to share a story that holds importance and can resonate with others who have undergone similar situations.
Anita Rao (she/her)
For some, fashion exists at the nexus of identity and expression. Individuals work political messages, sustainability causes, and creative experimentation into their style. For others, their clothes for the day depend solely on the weather app and whatever is atop the laundry pile.
Evan Hall (He/They)
When the 4H’s were coined at the beginning of the AIDS epidemic, one thing was clear: society wanted to ostracize populations most affected by AIDS. Homosexual. Haitians. Heroin Users. Hemophiliacs. Now, 40 years after the beginning of the US HIV/AIDS epidemic with advanced medical technology to treat HIV and a large decrease in HIV cases, where are these four groups now? More specifically, how are these four groups contextualized to Southeastern Michigan?