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Why I Am Queer

For me, queer is more than an orientation or preference. Queerness is political. For me, it is about the marginalized, the oppressed, the forgotten. It is about not assimilating. It is about not pretending that we’re “just like heterosexual people.” Queers aren’t all white, aren’t all middle or upper class, aren’t all cisgendered, aren’t all (temporarily) abled bodied. Queers break binaries. Continue reading

“It’s Alright”

This was posted in its original form at 3:41 AM, February 5, 2010 at my former Blogger blog.

I love Dar Williams‘ song “It’s Alright,” from her album Promised Land. It speaks to me, somehow. Not really directly, line for line, but it feels right, in that way that music can, for no particular reason. It reminds me — gives me hope — that life will be alright.

I know change is a bad thing,
Breaks me down into a sorry sad thing
Not some iridescent grateful butterfly.
I’ll resist with defiance,
Not the valor of a mystic silence,
I will fight the dizzy spiral of goodbye.

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