How many of you are just queer?
Like that’s all you are.
Or just black?
Or just a man?
Or just Christian?
Or just middle class?
Or just a daughter?
Like how many of you have only one identifying context?
One single, solitary professed place where you lay your one label?
You see, most all of us are many in one
We may be trans, AND we’re also Muslim, gay, a husband and son
We may be lesbian, AND we’re also Jewish, butch, Unitarian and a mommy
We may be bi, AND we’re also Catholic, femme, male and a daddy
This is what is called Intersectionality
This is what the new trend be
Not looking at you and me
In these silos of context
You’re woman, Next
You’re lesbian, Next
You’re femme, Next
You’re Poor, Next
You’re Educated, Next
You’re Indian, Next
You’re Buddhist, Next
But now, we’re not silos of personalities
We’re conglomerations of identities
We now realize, recognize
We see with our own eyes
How all these identifiers synthesize
Into a unique human being
With experiences and traits created, generated by seeing
All of who we are
Every last tid bit - no bit is too far off the mark
So, me, as you know, I’m a homo sapien
And I’m a lesbian whose femme
And I’m Japanese and American
And I’m Atheist and Jewish
And I come from an upper middle class background
And I’m a Gen Xer
And I’m a mother and a daughter
And I’m a survivor of sexual assault
And all of these things make up who I am
No one part is any more important to my identity that any other part
This is full on lesbi-femme-AmerAsian-Atheist-Jew-UpperMiddleClass-GenX-Mom-Daughter-Survivor-me
So no wonder in the LGBT
I want to talk about sexism
I want to talk about racism
I want to talk about classism
I want to talk about ageism
I want to talk about bi and trans and pan and demi phobia
I want to talk about domestic violence
Yes, I do
Becaue the LGBT is the community that could hold long view
Do you want our LGBT to tromp around with a huge ego?
Thinking we know everything we need to know.
So go screw, ‘cause we got to say “I do” ???
Do you want our LGBT to grow?
Do you want our LGBT to be in the know?
Do you want our LGBT to more than survive?
Do you want our LGBT to thrive?
Then roll up your sleeves, drop your defenses
Come down off the eaves, come 'round your white picket fences
Join the conversation
Join the struggle
To make LGBT into a true Rainbow Community
Every color of skin
Every gender in the spectrum
Every ability and disability
Every class and education
Every type of every one can fit in.
The talks will be hard at first,
you know it and I know it
But if we keep the goal clear
We won’t care if our sweat shows it
That people get things wrong when talking personal
And that’s something we have in common, all of us, - It’s not null
It’s not fair to foreclose on this conversation before it happens
Try it first, stumble, make mistakes,
Don’t be a jerk…
Whoever you are in this great Rainbow Community
You know someone sacrificed so that you could just be
Maybe it was Sylvia Rivera who laid down her life
Or maybe it was your father, mother, sister, priest, teacher, best friend or wife
Someone made it possible for you to be out, loud and proud
And now you must face that crowd and give back for all you are endowed
If you are out
If you have a job that pays your bills
If you can afford to go out a socialize once in a while
If you can afford $6 for a frappa mappa at Starbuck’s
If you have a roof over your head
If you are educated
If you have resources
If you have access to health insurance
If you are gay, lesbian, transgender or bi
You OWE it to those in our community who don’t have any one or all of these things
To help bring them along
Someone made it possible for you to come out
For you to get an education
For you to get housing
For you to have security
What would have happened to you if they hadn't stepped up?
So now you step up
As they stepped up
You do the research to get involved on a deep and meaningful level in our community
To help out those who don’t have the advantages we have and had.
Yes, now that you’re grown and you can give back,
Give back to those who lack the means
You have at your back
Roll up your Sleeves
On April 19th 2016, Tuesday evening at 7:30 pm, we are holding the first meeting of the LGBTQ Social Justice group at the Pride Center of NJ. Please try to make the meeting. We'll continue meeting on the 3rd Tuesday of the month to organize, discuss and collaborate on and around issues related to Social Justice in the LGBTQ Community.