“I don’t know if I believe in healing anymore” — EBB

“Where does whiteness end… and theology begin?” — Brandi Miller

“Theology is human speech, and not God speaking” — James H. Cone

  1. It’s weird because you presumed you were 100% over it as you are living your big queer life like it’s all you’ve ever known.
  2. But you’re still pissed at Christians, especially white Christians (and super especially the ones who unequivocally support Trump). You…

Photo of wall of graffiti with text “ALL WE NEED IS MORE LIKES” by Daria Nepriakhina on Unsplash

When I was in academia, my professors and mentors hammered into me the necessity of citing the work of others that have informed my claims of knowledge. Not doing so would mean committing the sin of plagiarism. Citing is standard practice in academia, as giving due credit to people’s intellectual property is supposed to lead to those people getting jobs, tenure, grants, book deals, and other professional opportunities. It’s not that simple and doesn’t always happen that way due to a tangle of institutional inequity; however, not citing was certainly not an option.

Citing others also situates yourself within current…


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A comic in six panels in black, lavender and mustard yellow ink.

Panel 1: A person with a mustard yellow hat, is in a wheelchair transferring into bed and says into the phone: “Hey, I don’t think I can make it to the protest. I’ve got some skin breakdown. I need to stay on bedrest.” A person in a lavender hat holding a protest sign that reads “Immigrants pick your oranges” responds over the phone: “Wow ok. No problem. There’s lot of ways to contribute to the movement. Right?”

Panel 2: Person in wheelchair responds: “Right?! Aurora…

By Frances Lee

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Notes: This is a written version of a spoken piece I performed for Performance & Belonging: Citizenship, Culture & Identity, a graduate class taught by Professor Jade Power-Sotomayor at the University of Washington Bothell.
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One night, my partner and I
Were on the couch looking at data
About the overrepresentation of East Asian students
At top universities in the US.

I brought it up because
I was just told that
As a Person of Chinese descent,
I couldn’t be part of my campus organization
for Underrepresented…


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A four panel comic in black, lavender and mustard yellow ink.

Panel 1: Two people float in inner tubes on a lake on a sunny day. A mountain and sky are on the horizon.

Panel 2: Friend one: “Dude, the sun feels so good”

Panel 3: Friend one: “I haven’t floated all Summer.” Friend two responds: “Yah, too busy.”

Panel 4: Friend one: “Yah, we’ve got to do this more.” Friend two: “For sure.”

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By Maisha Manson

Photo of crystal and sage by Joanna Kosinska on Unsplash

We have read your cards

Smudged your entrance

And wrapped your hands in lavender and myrrh

Welcome home

Temperance draws you forward

Sun soaked leaves pave the road you have weathered

Rest your feet in the salt waters of where you were born

There are no wrong ways to live in liberation

It is in everything before that is where we have the missteps

as we find our footing, pain and all.

Welcome to the ashé spa

Your payment is healing

Please relax in knowing that all your past mothers have birthed stars to get to you

And lifted nebulas by your ancestors for this moment

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A nine panel comic in teal, brown, and black ink.

Panel 1: Image is of a person with black curly hair and glasses. Text reads: You know when running a meeting felt like a big deal? Intimidating.

Panel 2: Same person stands in front of a group of people with sign on wall that reads “AGENDA”. Person says: “Hey guys, I have an idea.”

Panel 3: Text: Next thing you know, you’re founding an organization. Person with black curly hair seated next to two other people, they say “Welcome! We’d love your input.” They are sitting in…

By Alicia Garza

Republished with permission from the author

Photo of young Black youth meditating by Ashley Monaé

I was 15 when I first started cutting myself.

I remember it well. I was in high school and was trying to figure out who I was. Being one of a handful of Black teenagers in a predominantly white high school and community was not easy. I rebelled against my parents, who were strict and had high expectations of me. One afternoon, all of my insecurities, rebellion, and experimentation with drugs and alcohol put me in hot water. I was with a friend in a Long’s Drug Store and decided that…

By Maisha Manson

Photo of slats of light in a dark room by Martin Adams on Unsplash

Scar tissue runs lightning bolts across the spaces on your hands use to grip too tight,

runs heartbeat solid across your feet

Your knees rough and bruised, can still taste the dirt

The sunshine, is the only thing that holds you properly now,

As you take the first step out of surveillance

Give it a minute your eyes will re-adjust

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I am completely entrenched in progressive and activist spaces in the US, and while I’m still here (and still queer), I harbor a great deal of ambivalence about how things continue to operate around here. Our movements’ communication strategies are largely dependent on stirring up emotion to drive people to action. Empathy is the feeling we demand most from our allies; without its evidence, we despair that our efforts are ineffective. However, I am convinced that empathy is an incomplete theory of change that we must be willing to set aside. …

Frances S. Lee

Writer, Cultural Activist, Designer. https://hellofranceslee.com/

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