Category: Bisexual People of Color

Four Things We Can All Learn from Queering Kwanzaa:

Habari Gani? What’s the news? Maybe you, like me, have never thought to observe it … The past few years however, I’ve noticed many of my Queer Black friends coming together for Kwanzaa and thinking about it in a way that’s really affirming to their identities.

The central theme of Kwanzaa is authentic community, and as queer people who are often forced to give up some part of ourselves every day to exist safely in the world, queering Kwanzaa becomes a beautiful way to end the year and bring in the new one … Here are just four of the ways Kwanzaa builds rituals and traditions –

  1. Kwanzaa builds rituals and traditions
  2. Kwanzaa is intergenerational
  3. Kwanzaa reaffirms your chosen family
  4. Kwanzaa helps you bring light into the new year

Queer Kwanzaa resources include LGBTQ Christian art for African American holidays

Kwanzaa is often seen as a holiday about family togetherness and fun for children, but it’s hard to find images of Black LGBT families in a Christian context.

One of these exceptional images is pictured above: “Bless This Family” by Felix d’Eon​, a Mexican Latinx painter and activist dedicated to the art of Queer Love, romance, and sensuality…

“Neither” by David Hayward shows a dark-skinned Jesus who is male on one side and female on the other in the style of the Hindu deity Ardhanarishvara. He/she has a rainbow halo and holds a transgender symbol…

The title “Neither” comes from the Bible: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28). Thus it embodies Kwanzaa principles of unity and faith…

Black Theologian James Cone​ advocated powerfully for the Black Jesus. In his classic 1970 book A Black Theology of Liberation he wrote:

“The blackness of God means that God has made the oppressed condition God’s own condition. This is the essence of the Biblical revelation. By electing Israelite slaves as the people of God and by becoming the Oppressed One in Jesus Christ, the human race is made to understand that God is known where human beings experience humiliation and suffering…”

binetusa:

[Image: A richly dressed smiling woman with her arms outstretched, welcomes everyone to a table ladened with the traditional foods and symbols of the holiday including a decorative table covering (Mkeka); corn, fruits, nuts, vegetables, and other crops

(Mahindi); a unity cup (Kikombe cha Umoja); the candle holder (the Kinara) with seven candles –

three green candles on the left, a

black candle in the middle, and three red candles on the right (Mishumaa Saba); gifts + presents especially for the children as well as friends and family (Zawadi).]

Happy Kwanzaa (Kwanzaa yenu iwe na heri) Habari gani? (What’s the News?)

  • 26 December – Umoja (Unity)
  • 27 December – Kujichagulia (Self-Determination)
  • 28 December – Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility)
  • 29 December – Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics)
  • 30 December – Nia (Purpose)
  • 31 December – Kuumba (Creativity)
  • 1 January – Imani (Faith) 

lukeethornhill:

As it’s Pride month and as I don’t think people realise the Pride flag has been adapted a lot over time (I’ve seen over 20 versions so far). I thought it would be nice to shine a light on a few of the alternative versions of the Pride flag. 

As a community, we should be working together to battle inequality. POC don’t feel part of our community so if having the More Color More Pride flag helps even slightly then please don’t stand in anyone’s way. It’s not replacing the Gilbert flag, just like none of these flags have replaced it. 

Also, just consider this comment I found on FB:
‘The “But we don’t need it because it already represents everyone” complaints sound very much like the straight people who are uncomfortable with the attention we get and try to put on straight pride.’

lukeethornhill:

As it’s Pride month and as I don’t think people realise the Pride flag has been adapted a lot over time (I’ve seen over 20 versions so far). I thought it would be nice to shine a light on a few of the alternative versions of the Pride flag. 

As a community, we should be working together to battle inequality. POC don’t feel part of our community so if having the More Color More Pride flag helps even slightly then please don’t stand in anyone’s way. It’s not replacing the Gilbert flag, just like none of these flags have replaced it. 

Also, just consider this comment I found on FB:
‘The “But we don’t need it because it already represents everyone” complaints sound very much like the straight people who are uncomfortable with the attention we get and try to put on straight pride.’

binetusa:

Online Discussion – No Homo No Hetero: Being Black, Bisexual, & Male in America

When seeking answers to questions regarding healthy identity development and overcoming multiple, intersecting oppressions, Black Bisexual Men have Very Few options.

Join us online on Saturday June 24th 2017 from 11 AM to 1 PM (NYC time) 

explore the impact and challenges of this particular work by discussing identity, race, biphobia, manhood and the intersecting oppression of being Black and Fluid with a panel of MenKind organizers, members, supporters and allies.

We will discuss the ever evolving nuances of the Black male bisexual experience: identity, racism, biphobia and media representation; manhood, masculinity, myths, HIV and the overall health, well being and liberation of Black bisexual men.

binetusa:

Online Discussion – No Homo No Hetero: Being Black, Bisexual, & Male in America

When seeking answers to questions regarding healthy identity development and overcoming multiple, intersecting oppressions, Black Bisexual Men have Very Few options.

Join us online on Saturday June 24th 2017 from 11 AM to 1 PM (NYC time) 

explore the impact and challenges of this particular work by discussing identity, race, biphobia, manhood and the intersecting oppression of being Black and Fluid with a panel of MenKind organizers, members, supporters and allies.

We will discuss the ever evolving nuances of the Black male bisexual experience: identity, racism, biphobia and media representation; manhood, masculinity, myths, HIV and the overall health, well being and liberation of Black bisexual men.

Online Discussion – No Homo No Hetero: Being Black, Bisexual, & Male in America

When seeking answers to questions regarding healthy identity development and overcoming multiple, intersecting oppressions, Black Bisexual Men have Very Few options.

Join us online on Saturday June 24th 2017 from 11 AM to 1 PM (NYC time) 

explore the impact and challenges of this particular work by discussing identity, race, biphobia, manhood and the intersecting oppression of being Black and Fluid with a panel of MenKind organizers, members, supporters and allies.

We will discuss the ever evolving nuances of the Black male bisexual experience: identity, racism, biphobia and media representation; manhood, masculinity, myths, HIV and the overall health, well being and liberation of Black bisexual men.

Online Discussion – No Homo No Hetero: Being Black, Bisexual, & Male in America

When seeking answers to questions regarding healthy identity development and overcoming multiple, intersecting oppressions, Black Bisexual Men have Very Few options.

Join us online on Saturday June 24th 2017 from 11 AM to 1 PM (NYC time) 

explore the impact and challenges of this particular work by discussing identity, race, biphobia, manhood and the intersecting oppression of being Black and Fluid with a panel of MenKind organizers, members, supporters and allies.

We will discuss the ever evolving nuances of the Black male bisexual experience: identity, racism, biphobia and media representation; manhood, masculinity, myths, HIV and the overall health, well being and liberation of Black bisexual men.

Shout out to the bisexuals out here slutting it up. Shout out to the bisexuals who enjoy threesomes (or foursomes+) and take advantage of those opportunities. Much love to the polyamorous bisexuals and the bisexuals who say they’re bi-curious and those who don’t like sex at all.

Glory be to the trans, gender non-conforming and nonbinary bisexuals. Y’all foine AF.

Hugs to the bisexual+ women/femmes who leave their lesbian partners and eventually end up with male partners and vice versa. Relationships of all orientations end and don’t let anyone make you feel guilty for getting out or for moving forward with whomever you please. It’s your life. Fuck their judgment.

Bowing deep to all my black and brown bisexuals who have been shining in every way since humanity was a thing. Sending prayers of protection to all my immigrant and refugee bisexuals, restorative justice to my indigenous bisexuals and two-spirit folks, profound respect and recognition to all the elder bisexuals who got us here, and access to every single differently-abled bisexual on this planet.

Protection and healing to all the closeted bisexuals who feel like they have to use gay, lesbian or straight labels to survive. We’re here for you when and if ever you decide to take the glorious and terrifying leap.

Love to the bisexual+/pansexual/polysexual/omnisexual/asexual/biromantic/aro/fluid/no label/queer/questioning/OMG-I-don’t-know-sexuals just trying to find their way. Shout out to all the bisexuals under the vast bi+ umbrella who feel like a more specific label suits them a little better.

Love and light to the bisexuals who will hold onto their bi+ label and you’ll have to pry it from their cold dead hands. Bi+ is not binary (or transphobic) and pan is not sanctimonious (or transphobic). We are a community and we had better act like one because we can’t win without each other.

Eternal love, familial bonds and transformative wisdom to all the bisexuals out here trying to live our best lives, whether we fit their dusty and falsely monolithic stereotypes at times, or nah. We are more of the queer community than anyone else and our expressions of bisexuality are not always going to look or be the same. That’s ok. Just know that when the bi+ bat signal goes up and the bat phones ring, whatever your label, or lack thereof, we had better show up and show out. For all of us.