If you've been following me for a minute, then you know I've been a radical supporter of afro_dyte
's upcoming play, Tulpa, Or Anne & Me. And if you've been following afro_dyte
for a minute, then you know that she's been a radical supporter of my upcoming novel, Hollowstone.
But this isn't about two friends plugging the other's project. No, this is something far bigger and meaningful at work.
If you've followed either of us on our blogs, Ars Marginal
, or on other spaces, then you know that we not only do we critique and analyze how the media gets it wrong, but we also like to boost the signal on those who are doing it right.
These projects are important not because afro_dyte
and myself are at the helm, and for the sake of discussion I’m taking us out of the equation for a moment. Tulpa and Hollowstone are important because queer POCs are fighting to have their voices heard in a world that would rather we didn’t exist. You don't have to look far to find the racism, misogyny and queerphobia that we have to contend with in the media, online, and everyday life.
You see, this is how change begins. Not with a bang but with a first step. Two minorities who got sick and tired of being sick and tired are stepping up to make our voices heard, to share our stories, our art, our gifts with the rest of the world. Not because we're the creators but because we're fighting for something bigger than ourselves. Both Tulpa and Hollowstone have something profound that needs to be shared with the world.
But we can’t do it alone.
If you’re tired of seeing women, POCs, LGBTQs be denigrated, ignored and erased, this is an opportunity to take a stand and make a change. This is an opportunity for you to vote with your dollars and support two excellent campaigns that is fighting for better representation, that is telling our stories.
So for those of you who have boosted the signal and has shown us some love, we can't thank you enough and we humbly ask that you please continue to show your love for these wonderful projects. We can’t do it without you.
[walks away from the pulpit]