"People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them." - James Baldwin
Now more than ever, there's a need for education and acceptance. June is supposed to be pride month, but this year it's going to be a little different. With the recent protests in response to the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade and other people of color, it's important we utilize this month to focus on solidarity. Writers like James Baldwin and Alice Walker have altered the POC narrative and queer experience in so many ways. With their words, we've escaped to different worlds and while not being able to directly experience what they have, we were at least given the opportunity to empathize.
Let's focus on what we can learn from each other instead of how different we are. At the end of the day, our differences will never go away but we can utilize them in productive ways. Just like the people who fought for queer rights, these writers have molded our current world and just like them, the fighting, protesting and marching won't stop until the word "equality" really means something for this country. Here are some powerful quotes from LGBTQ+ POC writers: