Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Outspoken

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Outspoken

Article excerpt

Searching for an identity is my form of activism. I have long wanted to understand my blackness, my femininity, my masculinity, and my sexuality--all the things that make up me.

This identity has been hard to find at my small, conservative private high school in Virginia. While t was student council association president my senior year, I made presentations on antioppression activism to the student body, but that didn't help me discover who I was. Before that I started a hip-hop Web site for LGBT youth of color. While I was looking for resources for it online, I found the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network and applied for its Jump-Start Leadership Team [see story, page 69]. I went to a big training in Washington, D.C., last summer, where I was connected to a network of straight allies and queer students who also felt finding their identity was important.

But I still questioned my blackness. …

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