A friend told me a few weeks ago that queer life is magic: that we are grounded in experiences -- grief, love, brokenness -- that lends us a special, intangible kind of insight. This language rings so true. I feel such safety and home in queer magic.
In the wake of the Pulse Shooting and our overpoliced Pride and the tragedies that just keep coming and coming, I've felt a new reaction rise in me. The experience of my beloved queer family has hung heavy in the air this season: anger, grief, fear, bitterness, confusion, sadness. We have come together because we’ve needed to, but it's been beautiful to see us how each other so gently. Maybe it's just because I don't know how to carry so much weight, but it has all metabolized as joy.
Joy that we who remain are alive and together. Love for the people we are and the life we share, for laughter and learning and togetherness.
This posture does not let me sit on my ass, to let this sapling whither away in the Seattle Freeze. It gives me energy to fight. I cannot tolerate that we would have nothing to share but our grief. I want places to share big, good, living things. Ordinary things, extraordinary things. Places to have good conversations. Places to share our magic. And I want to do it now.
We’re starting this blog for the same reason this organization exists: to hear each other’s voices, to explore gender as it's lived in context. To hold each other as gently as we do in grief, to speak wisdom and insight to each other.
Carefully. Passionately. With love and joy that we are alive and have the privilege to be together. This is how we go past survival. How we thrive.
Dearest friends: we want to hear your voices. If for any reason you want to be here, you are welcome -- don't worry about not being queer enough, or being too different. Voices of color, tranfemme voices: we especially want to hear you! These are big ideas that swallow all of our lives: personality, love, friendship, the intersections of all our identities. We want to keep contributions thought-provoking and well thought out, but the ideas we’re exploring apply to everyone.
Blogs of any topic can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org at any time, but months will have different topics for our collective consideration. They will range broadly, from family and relationships to nationality and race to employment and healthcare and poetry and literature. What are our traditions? How do we interact with different parts of our being? What are our dreams for the future?
Your full person is invited. Your full experience is cherished. We are excited to have you here.
Founder & Director
Adriaan Dippenaar likes to say that they're a girl that grew up to be a man -- or at least the kind of man who is also a girl. Family stability advocate & nonprofit worker by day, choral singer + songwriter by night. Occasional nerd of radical theology, proudly South African, one-time biology major. They'd love to know what you've been thinking lately.