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Queer Politics

Community Aspects of LGBTQ

Circle III: Community

Let’s focus our lens to introduce more about locations and specifics.

Being an ally to and for the LGBTQ community on campus, at work, and elsewhere can be hard work, but is worthwile for those socially marginalized individuals, for  all of us.

Also, try to support places with gender-neutral restrooms.

From the Forest Cafe - Edinburgh

Even ask where they are located, to let businesses and community members know there is a need.

  • At work, or anywhere for that matter, remember the correct terms and language.
  • Don’t tolerate “jokes” or language that is offensive or harmful to marginalized individuals.
  • Keep in mind the very personal aspect behind the statistics of marginalization:

Homeless, poverty, lack of healthcare, and AIDS overwhelmingly affect this large group of marginalized folks and their family members.

A full report of statistics can be seen here:
Tidal Wave: LGBT Poverty and Hardship in a Time of  Economic Crisis from Queers for Economic Justice.

Youth are adversely affected by these issues. The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and Chicago’s The Night Ministry estimates that 20-40% of homeless youth identify as LGBT. 

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1. Refuse to create or support a deserving/good and undeserving/bad categories for victims. As a popular slogan says, “There is no war, but class war.” We are all victims of the same oppressive system.

2. Support strategies that weaken oppressive systems and not strengthen them. Being intentful and responsible with our financial and time contributions can go a long way.

3. Recognize the biases that affect our own work, no matter how well-intentioned it may seem. Brainstorm, implement and support strategies that benefit all of us and do not force another individual to assimilate to the larger cause.
Social justice should be about liberation for everyone. The ends don’t justify the means.

Return to
Circle I: Intrapersonal
Circle II: Interpersonal

Introduction: Being Queer

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I’m struggling to discover reality in a society that hides behind a curtain of falsified perfection. Without believing in impossibilities, my thoughts are written out to find beauty in the imperfections and intricacies.

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