This statement is to identify and acknowledge the systematic and destructive anti-Black racism that exists specifically in the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. It’s important to acknowledge our history and remember the fight and struggles of the queer folks before us. Specifically, our POC and BIPOC who have paved the path for basic human rights for the entire community. There is a crippling amount of anti-Black racism that exudes out of the community’s pores, where types of oppressive behaviours and microaggressions are ignored and pushed aside. Regardless of any barriers queer folks face, as a community, we must stand hand in hand and support the intersectional identities that exist within this community and fight against the anti-Black racism that our Black siblings face.
Throughout the years, we have fought time and time again for our rights as a community to live and exist within the communities that we reside in. Those who created and pushed this movement are our Black siblings, who not only faced oppression because of who they love or how they feel and want to exist, but also because of the colour of their skin. Black folks have been the pioneers and engineers of this queer movement and it’s improper for non-Black queer folks to repeatedly stay ignorant and oblivious about the treatment Black folks have been victim to throughout time. It is important to acknowledge that this form of racism is built and rooted deep in our society, which feeds off the heteronormative, patriarchal white supremacy that is emitted from the society in which we currently live. The queer community must wake up and educate themselves properly. There are a lot of folks in the queer community who partake in anti-Black racism, and it’s important for those of us who exist in this community to call out/in anti-Black racism in the community. Our community is heavily focused on the picture-perfect white image that is produced and presented in the media, which further perpetuates this systematic racism.
Kirvan Fortuin, Monika Diamond, Nina Pop, Tony McDade, Riah Milton are the names of just a few of many Black queer folks I’d like to honour in this statement who were murdered for simply existing as their true identities. It is imperative for the queer community to learn about Black issues and unlearn the different oppressive behaviours that we contribute to as a community. This statement is created to bring awareness to the anti-Black racism in the queer community and for the queer community to take a second to sit back and think if they have ever contributed to anti-Black racism.
A few different tips and resources are provided below. Non-Black, queer individuals who have contributed to this racism in the community must look at resources available at our fingertips and educate not only ourselves but our other non-Black siblings on behaviours that we may not have known to be racist and fix those behaviours to better our community as a whole.
- Reach out to your black queer and trans siblings and ask about ways you can support them and be open to allowing yourself to be educated and called in on your behaviours is applicable. This is part of being an appropriate ally.
- Read this article on being a better ally. It is important to learn how to not only be an ally but be an effective ally. This article can be a great way to start this learning process. https://guidetoallyship.com/
- Read the statement released by The National Black Students’ Caucus of the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS-FCEE) here.
In solidarity with our Black two-spirit, queer, and transgender siblings,
National Queer Constituency of the Canadian Federation of Students
Ahmed Abdallah (he/him)
2Spirit and Queer Commissioner