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this week for book club @iolovesyou is coming on to talk about his book Darling Days ❤️ in talking to him about his experience publishing this book, he taught me that writers who happen to be queer too often are dismissed as “queer writers” and their books, regardless of the topics they cover, end up exclusively stocked on “LGBT author” shelves. Darling Days goes far beyond this - it is a story about neglect, creativity, internalized homophobia, and the beauty you can make out of pain. it is a New York story of growing up and out of the life you are born into.
I hope you guys pick up the book and read alongside us! we will see you Friday at 12pm PST
today, while we celebrate #pride, we should also celebrate and remember the radical voices who paved the way for this movement. because of the courage of people like #marshapjohnson, LGBQT+ history looks the way it does. she, and so many others tirelessly fought for gay rights, trans rights, and equal love for everyone. let us also remember that it has only been 5 years since gay marriage was made legal in the US. We’ve come a long way... but the reality is we are still fighting for the same peace that Marsha marched for in 1969. THE FIRST PRIDE WAS A RIOT LED BY QUEER PEOPLE OF COLOR!!!! we have to keep going. all love is love that deserves to be treated equal and protected. praising Marsha and all the others who have encouraged us all to be on the right side of history 🌈 let’s all support black queer and transgender organizations today and every day!!!! & VOTE!!!! I see all you first time voters ❤️ your vote matters! “certainly the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender movement would not have been conceptualized in the same way had it not happened against the backdrop of the Civil Rights movement.” - Angela Davis
today is Juneteenth. this was not a holiday that I learned about in school. the fact that this piece of history is washed over in textbooks is beyond problematic, because Black history is American history and it should not be overlooked. ⠀
I am still learning, too - but I wanted to share some important information below about the truth we aren’t being taught. ⠀
Juneteenth commemorates the real end of slavery in the United States. although the Emancipation Proclamation came two years earlier (in 1863), many slave owners continued to keep Black people captive in Texas. it wasn’t until June 19, 1865 that the 250,000 enslaved people in Texas were freed. ⠀
today, Juneteenth is a celebration of freedom, a time to reflect and a time to educate. it is also a reminder that NO ONE is free until EVERYONE is free. please read more about Juneteenth, and advocate for this day to be a recognized national holiday. this is our Independence Day.
I am so grateful to pick book club back up this week, and use it to further educate myself as we all fight racism together. we’re reading “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi. I encourage everyone to order the book from a Black-owned bookstore — I will list some resources and suggestions in stories. ❤️ this is a picture of two women in the first Juneteenth parade buggy in Texas
the news of Toyin Salau’s death completely breaks me. she vocally advocated for Black lives. she was 19, only one year older than me.
last week, she tweeted about her experience being sexually assaulted — then she went missing. her body was found this morning. this is murder. Toyin should not be dead for speaking up. she should not be dead for being Black. she was subjected to abuse and failed by the community and by the system over and over. there is no way to justify this. do not comment below with anything other than love and support for this beautiful young woman who was standing up for equality, injustice, and a better world for Black women and for all girls struggling in this country. SAY HER NAME. DO NOT STOP. #toyinsalau #justicefortoyin, rest in power ❤️
reading helps us connect to stories that are not our own. and it helps connect us to people we don’t know. it feels more important right now than ever, to read and learn. tomorrow’s book club will be lead by @guidetoglo, a writer and founder of @wellreadblackgirl. I am so inspired by Glory’s work in reiterating the importance of having diverse voices present in literature. she’ll be talking about the book and her book club that supports black writers, women, and non-binary writers. please join, watch, and listen tomorrow at 12pm PST ❤️ photo via @wellreadblackgirl of Angela Davis - activist, philosopher, academic, and author who paved the way.
this year will be my first time voting in an election. like many of you, I recognize that comes with the responsibility of educating myself in a way that I never have before. as new voters in america, the weight of our decisions are more crucial now than ever. while I’m still learning, I wanted to share a few organizations I am aligning with and supporting as the primaries begin. I’ll add more info in my stories and my bio. please join me in reading up, and getting involved. ⠀
1) alliance for youth action: ⠀
this is a youth-led organization working to unite young people to strengthen our democracy, fix our economy & fight injustice. ⠀
2) fair fight:⠀
@staceyabrams launched this initiative to combat voter suppression around the country. they are an amazing resource to learn about your voting rights AND the issues behind election reform. this is to fight for fair and free election. ⠀
3) vote save america:⠀
this is a powerful and productive organization that will break down not only the steps to register to vote — but also helps educate us on which states specifically we need to target to create change. learn more about “adopt a state” and other step by step strategies they are laying out to create systemic change. scan the last slide to register!
a talk by BLM International Ambassador @janayathefuture on how to be your best self, and reclaim your story, even when it’s hard.
I wanted @janayathefuture to take over my platform because this message is important. please watch and turn up your volume. thank you all for being respectful and showing love during the live ❤️ #blacklivesmatter
in lieu of book club this week, i am honored that my friend and international ambassador of @blklivesmatter @janayathefuture will be going live on my page. they have been such a leader and powerful voice. they helped educate me on understanding the weight of privilege and the importance of these protests – and they have continuously and tirelessly worked to give people an understanding of what the mission of Black Lives Matter means for this country and for this world. please tune in on FRIDAY at 12pm PST /3pm EST! tell your friends, family, whoever! i ask that you please be respectful and refrain from commenting as this is a live talk. view this as an opportunity to demonstrate listening and compassion as we get the opportunity to further educate ourselves #blacklivesmatter
this week has been heartbreaking for so many reasons. but none of this is new. the racism and brutality in this country has been going on for way too long - and it has NEVER been okay. it is not enough to just disapprove of the discrimination going on. we have to demand justice and equality, and actively seek out ways to help. start conversations with your friends and educate yourselves on these issues.
sign the petitions and join me in donating to places like @colorofchange, @aclu_nationwide, @grassrootslaw, and @blklivesmatter
that are actively fighting for progress.
i’m postponing book club this week so we can focus on the tragedy that is going on in america right now. this is a really crucial time and everyone — especially young people, need to stay informed and do their part to create change, and spread love. “that’s not a chip on my shoulder. that’s your foot on my neck” - malcolm x #georgefloyd NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE.