in the spirit of organising (en not agonising), I present to you more material for critical thinking.

In previous posts, I have posed questions and issues of working on our unity.

I have advanced the premise, both implicitly and explicitly, that we have alot of untapped resources and unaccounted privileges as queers and trannies living in North America. That we need to divert and subvert these resources  to support activism on the continent. I have posited that some of the major gaps thus far have been ignorance & complacency. to put it simply, we’re caught up in ourselves, and the realities of survival on Turtle Island.

But that is not enough, because as much as, particularly as queer/trans people of colour, we face an intersection of oppressions. and we’re struggling to carve and maintain our own spaces here. we also have to acknowledge that things could be much worse. and many queer/trans immigrants will recount  to you stories of differences. that is why many of us are here, we have made toronto our homes, or tdot has always being our home, or it’s an exile, or it’s none of these. Whatever the case may be, we also have enduring connections with other lands, where the situation for queer/trans people is drastically different.

and the reality is that we DO have alot. we have  pride, our own papers, we have communities spread all over the country, we have same-sex marriage, and we can wax political about the (right wing) gay agenda, and the commodification of queer cultures, but at least we got visible cultures to commodify, and locations to resist from. we’ve got bathhouses, and the 519.  we’ve got ACT  and TEACH,  the Inside out festival & mpenzi black womyn’s festival. you should know what we got. we’ve got love and resistance.

For those of you who are wondering, what next, those who are getting tired of the seemingly endless theoretical debates on identity politics….i posit that the next frontier is fighting for global rights. None of us is free, as long as some, or one of us is oppressed. It can/should be as simple as that.

So as a queer & trans person, you are implicitly invested in the needs of queer & trans communities worldwide. As an Afrikan, you are implicitly invested in the liberation of all Afrikan peoples. or at least, that’s the dream.

I chose this video interview piece to continue the series that I’ve just introduced. I’ll put up the rest of the links under the u people category. there are 2 more presentations in that panel discussion by Zanele Muholi & Gareth Henry.

we are the ones we’re looking for