Earlier this summer I participated in the Queer Body Love Series, hosted, created and moderated by Elizabeth Cooper. This series featured myriad queer thinkers, organizers, creators and community leaders and posited a critical question: how do we go about loving our queer bodies. The participants ranged from those speaking on loving fat and femme bodies to those thinking through the loving the queer body as an act of resistance.
How do we love ourselves, our bodies and each other in the face of oppression?
My interview, featured above, centered on how BlaQueer people go about loving themselves in the face of certain racial-sexual terror, if not death. In this interview, Elizabeth and I work through my concept of BlaQueerness as well as critical love ethics and BlaQueer practices of love and survival in this salient political moment. The interview will allow you to think through what BlaQueer love, and Black love too, look and feel like right now, for you. How do we practice living when we are surrounded by death? How does the promise of death invoke and command a clinging to living, rather than surviving. I’m anxious to hear your responses.
The series itself offered as many answers as it did questions. I encourage each of you to engage with my interview above–with critiques and commentary–while also following this link to engage with the myriad thinkers who participated. This is not a series you want to miss! Listen closely, someone might just speak to your soul.
*Keep your eyes peeled for an upcoming transcription*