The LGBTQAI+ Community

Simply being a part of a community does not mean you do not have to be an ally. It seems silly to me that you wouldn’t be an ally for yourself, if nothing else. Adapting to the idea that I was not simply an ally was difficult for me, having grown up in a small town, one that was huge on shame and homophobia.

It’s Pride Month and while that looks very different with the impact of COVID-19, it’s still a time not just to celebrate the community and our survival but to remember who we are and what we came from. It is our time to remember Stonewall and landmark court cases, to recognize the work of Black women in the rights and status we have and cling to today.

There’s an introspective aspect to this as well. What does it mean to be queer? What does that mean to me? Am I doing my part? How do I feel about myself as a queer person? How do I feel about others? How can I do better?

As a writer and a person, that last question is vital. The goal is to ask myself that everyday. Not just with this sort of allyship, either, but in every aspect of life, of using my privilege.

As a writer, being queer and an ally to my community means acknowledging and enacting my white and straight-passing privilege. I can speak up and move through the world more easily even when I do so. It also means that the characters I write are not just racially or ethnically diverse but representative of LGBTQAI+ people as well. And, just like I mentioned in my BLM statement, it means not assuming I have the authority to write main characters with particularly identities and leaving space for the authors that do.

Allyship to queer people as a writer also means reading and watching media created by queer people. It means educating myself on the issues and sharing what I’ve learned with the people around me. It means acknowledging intersections in identity that make lives even harder and doing what I am able to alleviate that, through advocating, protesting, donating, and educating.

I will be posting resources and will update this statement to include that link when I do. In the mean time, please check out the BLM resources I’ve posted.

Published by K. E. Diller

Young adult attempting to do a million things at once, including write books and follow my dreams.

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