You can expect to find my personal reflections on Black queerness and spirituality as it shows up in literature and in real life. Most of these posts will be based on interviews I’ve held with other Black queers about their experience of spirituality/religion. Some of my earlier posts detail how God/faith/spirituality/divinity are used by Black fiction writers in relation to queerness, gender queerness and femininity. This is part of a larger independent study that I am doing for my graduate master’s in social work. I’m passionate about the ways that divinity and queerness collide because queerness is often left out of explorations and manifestations of divinity and because representation is life-giving. This blog will focus on Blackness because I am Black and because Black queerness and Black spirituality have rich and complicated race specific legacies. If you have any questions about a term I use in a post, please comment and I will do my best to explain.
CEC is a Black queer lesbian with a constantly ever-changing connection to spirituality. When she was in kindergarten, CEC began to feel aware of her queerness but didn’t quite know what it was and started to feel a lot of pressures from outside forces to be straight because “the Bible says so”. In her mid-20s,… Continue reading CEC, rope, and relationship
AJ is queer, pansexual, and Afrolatina. She was raised in the traditional Catholicism of the islands with religious symbol always around her. Although she found herself in church spaces or around church people, AJ never felt her own connection to divinity in those moments. When she was in high school, AJ started to feel queer… Continue reading AJ and her Radical Rake
Lacette is a black, bisexual woman who grew up in church. Her relationship to God was deep and quick. At the end of her 20s, however, two very important things happened for Lacette. 1) Lacette acknowledged her call to ministry at the age of 27 and preached her first sermon. 2)A couple years later, Lacette… Continue reading Lacette’s Powerful Telescope
Jelani tells us their story as a Black West-Indian queer and gender queer person who grew up in a Southern Protestant Christian church. Three different baptisms (Catholic, Methodist, and Protestant), Easter hunts, children’s church, and an elder/deacon dad solidified for Jelani that religion was a core part of their family tradition. This tradition created a… Continue reading Jelani’s Magic Metal Detector
“as you are.’ says the universe. ‘after…’ you answer. ‘as you are.’ says the universe. ‘before…’ you answer. ‘as you are.’ says the universe. ‘when…’ you answer. ‘as you are.’ says the universe. ‘how…’ you answer. ‘as you are.’ says the universe. ‘why…’ you answer. ‘because you are happening now. right now. right at this… Continue reading You are the prayer – Nayyirah Waheed
Divinity is Dark-Skinned: Wild Seed by Octavia Butler Even before reading Wild Seed, the first Octavia Butler story I’ve read, I had heard that she writes dystopian fiction on a whole other level. While reading it, I experienced Butler’s dystopia as intentionally written for the Black reader. This intentionality, paired with the revolutionary way her… Continue reading Divinity is Dark-Skinned: Wild Seed by Octavia Butler