It’s time the LGBTQIA POC comes together to discuss what we can do to make some real change in St. Louis. 
On Friday, September 26th at 7:30 PM, at St. John’s Tower Grove, there will be a meet up for Queer and Trans People of Color. 
If you are someone who self-identifies as LGBTQIA and a person of color, I urge you to attend this meet up! 
What can we do to build solidarity within our own community so we can build new and stronger bridges with the rest of the LGBTQIA and ally communities?

It’s time the LGBTQIA POC comes together to discuss what we can do to make some real change in St. Louis. 

On Friday, September 26th at 7:30 PM, at St. John’s Tower Grove, there will be a meet up for Queer and Trans People of Color. 

If you are someone who self-identifies as LGBTQIA and a person of color, I urge you to attend this meet up! 

What can we do to build solidarity within our own community so we can build new and stronger bridges with the rest of the LGBTQIA and ally communities?

The problem is that white people see racism as conscious hate, when racism is bigger than that. Racism is a complex system of social and political levers and pulleys set up generations ago to continue working on the behalf of whites at other people’s expense, whether whites know/like it or not. Racism is an insidious cultural disease. It is so insidious that it doesn’t care if you are a white person who likes black people; it’s still going to find a way to infect how you deal with people who don’t look like you. Yes, racism looks like hate, but hate is just one manifestation. Privilege is another. Access is another. Ignorance is another. Apathy is another. And so on. So while I agree with people who say no one is born racist, it remains a powerful system that we’re immediately born into. It’s like being born into air: you take it in as soon as you breathe. It’s not a cold that you can get over. There is no anti-racist certification class. It’s a set of socioeconomic traps and cultural values that are fired up every time we interact with the world. It is a thing you have to keep scooping out of the boat of your life to keep from drowning in it. I know it’s hard work, but it’s the price you pay for owning everything.

forgetpolitics:

Love how all the POC look 1000% done with this shit.

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lanepatriquin:

embroidery april 2014
quote from Ollie Renee Schminkey


I just…YES.

lanepatriquin:

embroidery april 2014

quote from Ollie Renee Schminkey

I just…YES.

queeringstyle:

CLASH WITH ME CULTURE credits
Photographer – Derrick Kakembo
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Werrrrrk.

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Oh my, it’s an update! Spring is here and I figured it was time to update y’all. A lots going on in the world of Eli. Enjoy and thanks in advance for always making the time to watch.

-Eli

The Cult of Skinny Asian Girls

thickdumplingskin:

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I’m not sure if I would classify myself as having an eating disorder because I believe that I have a pretty healthy diet from day to day. However, I struggle everyday with constantly feeling insecure about my “broad shoulders” or “big arms” or lack of a “thigh gap.” I often feel like I’m…

Great piece on Asian beauty in America.

Anonymous said: Hey Eli, fellow qtpoc here and I was wondering if you could offer some advice. My girlfriend is white, and I often find it hard to engage in dialogue with her about whiteness and how that plays out in the dynamics of our relationship. She says a lot of triggering things, but I always brush them off instead of addressing it. Have you ever encountered this issue in your relationship? How should I go about handling this?

Hi fellow QTPOC!

Fortunately, I haven’t experienced triggering moments with my girlfriend. I have had past partners say some triggering things. At the time, I didn’t have the words to say how I felt, nor do I think I was aware of how I truly felt about my Chinese American identity at the time. 

If now, presented with the issue, I would definitely be open and honest about how she made me feel about what she said. I definitely suggest this approach with your girlfriend. Our feelings are very valid, and she needs to know how you feel about certain things. 

Issues about race are super touchy and definitely hard to talk about. I also hate confrontation! With that being said, if you want the relationship to work, you’ll definitely have to talk it out. 

I hope this helps. I am more than willing to talk about this more with you!

-Eli

Laverne Cox, Keynote address, Creating Change 2014

Yes! Yes! Yes!

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Hanging with my bro Kye at Creating Change! 2014, we’re coming for ya! Big things are about to come!

Hanging with my bro Kye at Creating Change! 2014, we’re coming for ya! Big things are about to come!