My Dearest Queer Communities,
I’m feeling really sad, angry, and frustrated with this politics of exile that i see everywhere around me. maybe we need to stop for a second and think really hard about how self-righteous and exclusive we are. maybe we need to think a little harder about how our experiences of class, gender, ability, racialization, sexuality, size are extremely nuanced and complex. maybe we need to start thinking a little harder about how we reinforce shame, and hegemonic binary narratives within our communities. maybe we need to stop for a second and instead of making dehumanizing, universalizing judgments about each other, maybe be quiet and listen. maybe we need to be thankful that we can learn from each other. maybe we need to be kind and gentle and loving and take care of each others’ hearts a little better.
i mean…who needs the state to fuck us over when we have each other, right?
Ashley Aron” —