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Beyond the Gay White Male – LGBT People of Color Converge | NoMoreDownLow.TV

Beyond the Gay White Male – LGBT People of Color Converge


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The 2012 International Queer People of Color Conference (QPOCC) was held recently on the campus of California State University Northridge. The event focuses on the importance of diversity within the greater LGBT community. In addition, in this NoMoreDownLow.TV Newsbreak, conference goers sound off on the revelation that the National Organization of Marriage (NOM) had a specific strategy to drive a wedge between the black & Latino communities and the LGBT community.

The 500 plus attendees at the Queer People of Color Conference (QPOCC) came from all parts of North America to discuss social reform and unite in solidarity and empowerment. Focusing on the injustices and oppression faced by same gender loving people of color. The three day event included workshops, panel discussions and caucuses on issues ranging from politics to gender identity, from HIV & safe sex to the coming out process for ethnic people. Transcript is below.

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Transcript:

Martel Okonji, QPOCC Organizer:

“For me, I’ve learned all about the gay white male…I’ve learned about the gay white male… pretty much learning about a different identity within that, especially of color, is something that everyone should know about because we’re definitely a part of building a better America today.”

Darnesa Morris, Hospitality Chair of QPOCC:
“When you come to a conference like this, you really get an insight and you learn what there is out there it’s not just Queer People, it’s Queer People of Color, race gender and their class, all in one.”

Martel Okonji - QPOCC Organizer

Darnessa Morris - QPOCC Hospitality Chair

 

Warren Scherer, Asst. Prof. Univ. Wisconsin:

“Many conferences that are queer focused, in my opinion are incredibly driven by mainstream or broad queer culture. // and frequently queer people of color voices get minimized or marginalized or pushed to the side.”

Taylor Curry, University of Victoria, BC, Canada:

“There isn’t much space for racialized queer people in the community, though the community is big, a great percentage of it is predominately white people. So it kind of like makes you think and act like where do you fit in?”

Jonathan Adrias:
“…a lot of people don’t realize that gay people exists, like in my own family when I came out to my sisters, they were kind of like, ‘Gay, what is that?’ so I feel definitely just awareness is really important.”

But the recent news reports of the National Organization of Marriage’s (NOM) strategy to pit the black & Hispanic community against the LGBT community became a hot topic.

Jotika Samant:
“…it just doesn’t make sense in my head because that’s no reality, that’s not life.”

Darnesa Morris:
“…no it’s not going to work, I mean separation…that’s what we’re fighting for, we don’t want to be separated…”

Warren Scherer, Asst. Prof. Univ. Wisconsin:
“…it doesn’t surprise me. I think it has long been a tool to pit marginalized populations against each other.” //
“I hope that the communities respond and work to dismantle the work that NOM is doing.”

Lawrencia Dandridge reporting for NoMoreDownLow.TV.

 

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