Revolution and resistance are part and parcel of queer identity. While others learn to express non-traditional lives as opposition to the Trump regime, LGBTQ communities are already rolling with ours.
1. Public Displays of Affection (top photo)
Show the world that still sometimes criminalizes and pathologizes our sexuality how it’s going to be.
2. Wield Your Power
Politicize and prioritize your queerness. It’s an every day part of you. Talk about it. Make it incidental to discussions of equality and social justice.
3. Embrace the Word Queer
The word itself actively resists definition. Reclaim previously harmful definitions. It subverts heteronormativity and homonormativity and is more inclusive.
4. Have Sex
Queer sex is politically powerful. Fuck as if your life depends on it, because under this administration, it’s how we also fuck the status quo.
5. Encompass More than Sexuality
Queerness is intersectional. It accepts aspects of your identity often left out of “gay and lesbian” conversations. Celebrate your multi-faceted gender identity, your ace, your kink, your non-monogamy.
6. Feel Your Feelings
Look around. Don’t hide from the discrimination and hate from the current administration, and don’t accept anger as your only option. Listen to your emotions and don’t be afraid to be raw and exposed. Vulnerability can be resistance.
7. Act Up and Act Out
“We’re here, we’re queer” isn’t just for our forefathers. If not now, when? If not you, who?
8. Acknowledge Your Privileges
If you’re cis, white, male, gender-conforming and/or rich, recognize your advantages as they happen. Listen to other perspectives. Educate yourself. Initiate conversations.
9. Reclaim Your History
Your queer lineage is long and winding. Learn it. Who was at the Compton Cafeteria Riots? What was the GLF? Who were the Salsa Soul Sisters?
10. You Be You
Live your truth. The most powerful statement you can make is to live out loud. Nothing says I’m down with the Resistance like flying your unique flag as your unabashed true self.