No – not in terms of the LGBTQ+ community. I am here, and I am queer (not using that as an umbrella term but as a self identifier).
Black lives matter.
As a white teenage girl, I have no idea what it feels like to be discriminated against because of my race. It took me a while to come to this conclusion; my boyfriend, who happens to be black, and I would often talk about race and I’d say that I understand because I am discriminated against for my sexuality. He would say that it’s not the same because… it is not. Though you are born with your set race and sexual orientation, and people experience discrimination over both matters, the discrimination is different and I really did not understand.
So why am I bringing this up now? After realizing this and after several more wrongful deaths of black youth and adults in this country, I realized that I’m not doing my part. My part is not to protest. It is not my battle, and specifically pertaining to the Black Lives Matter organization, I have been told that it would take away from the true authenticity of the movement. My part is to declare my support as an ally and help out as I can, however I can, and whenever I can – similarly to how allies of the LGBTQ+ community should be helping out.
White (and/or non-black or African American) silence equals white (and/or non-black or African American) consent.
I am an ally because I will not stand for racism continuing in this country. I will not stand for a country where a SWAT officer will shoot a black mother while her five year old child is in the room with her or where a black man with his hands up will get shot anyways. I will not stand for a country where black children are afraid of getting killed by police officers because they read the news and see these stories on the front page almost every week. I will support this movement until it is done. Period.
R.I.P. to all black lives lost to police violence and/or wrongful killings in 2016 and before.
That is my take on it. I know this isn’t LGBTQ+ related, but it is equally important to our #StopKillingUs movement, and important for me to say. Lastly, I’ve expressed why I am an ally, why are you?
Your Queer Queen ♥