Rad Reading: "Q&A" by Alok Vaid-Menon

Dark purple background with a quote in white reading: "Sometimes I wonder who I could have been, who we could have been, if we had a world that didn’t require us to destroy our queer child in order to get “here.” When I look at a movement that so desperately hungers for recognition from the military, from the state, from the very people who disown us I remember that we are grieving …When I look at a movement that romanticizes colonialism and calls it “progress,” and “equality,” and “love,” I  remember  that  we  are  grieving." Alok Vaid-Menon is underneath. The white POC logo is at the bottom.

Dark purple background with a quote in white reading: "Sometimes I wonder who I could have been, who we could have been, if we had a world that didn’t require us to destroy our queer child in order to get “here.” When I look at a movement that so desperately hungers for recognition from the military, from the state, from the very people who disown us I remember that we are grieving …When I look at a movement that romanticizes colonialism and calls it “progress,” and “equality,” and “love,” I  remember  that  we  are  grieving." Alok Vaid-Menon is underneath. The white POC logo is at the bottom.

 

For pride month, we will strive to highlight queer voices. This beautifully written essay is about  Alok Vaid-Menon's experiences with misgendering and other violences towards non-binary people. It also raises important questions: from whom do queer people seek recognition and why? Why is being “recognized” by the government - or someone in power - become a measure of success of the movement?

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