EP 15: Reflections on Orlando, Queer Latinx Lives, Queer Grief & Resistance

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Today Melody and Raechel reflect on the tragedy in Orlando when 49 queer, mostly Latinx, lives were lost and 53 more injured. In the discussion they talk about the problems with the media representation of the event, specifically the erasure of Latinx identity, the inaccurate representation of motive, the perpetuation of Islamophobia, and blatantly ignoring our racist, homophobic country’s complicity in this. In addition, we discuss a bit about the history of the Queer Liberation movement, specifically as it relates to gay bars, and what it means to live alongside grief as queer people. Plus, check-ins and our RWLs of the week.

As white queer allies to queer Latinx people, we are seeking to use our voices to be in solidarity with the calls to action established by our queer Latinx siblings. Much of our show was organized in response to the queer Latinx voices to which we listened and specifically in response to the call for #WhiteQueersSpeakUp:

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Recommend Reading/Viewing 

Peace Council podcast w/ Crispin Torres and Ricardo Gamboa

Donate to LGBTQ Latinx orgs in Orlando

Gonzalex-Ramirez, “They are Our Dead

Queer Latinx Reactions to Orlando

Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement 

Thrasher, “LGBT People of Color Refuse to Be Erased

Lithwick, “The Second Amendment Hoax

Reina Gosset & Dean Spade on the limits of gun control

Black Lives Matter, “In Honor of Our Dead…

art: Micah Bazant 


M: the internet/Jimmy Fallon/old mixtapes

R: Beiber/TRONICBOX 1985 “What Do You Mean” & so many lady podcasts! Another Round, Smash Everything, & 2 Dope Queens 


W(omen)T(rans)F(emme) Power, raechel & mel ❤ 


Intro Song: “Top Floor” GRRRL PRTY

Outro Song: “Todo Cambia (fr. Eliza Gilkyson)” Gina Chavez


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