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For those wondering how to survive the current political climate in the US (and elsewhere).

Our activist elders who are who are trans, queer, black, POC, disabled, different, who are intersectionally oppressed, have done this before. They know how to fight and how to build while under threat. Let's listen.

One resource is this collection of writings:

https://olderqueervoices.com/
put together specifically to highlight the voices of the LGBTQIA+ elders who are still with us and teach us how they have done survival activism and superb art in a time and place that hated them.

I haven't read everything there, but enough to know I'll turn to it when I need it.

I'll be back with more another time...

Date: 5 Mar 2017 03:13 (UTC)
batdina: (emma)
From: [personal profile] batdina
thank you so much for this. There are things there that I figured I'd never see again. This is a gold mine.

[a queer not-woman of a certain age.]

Date: 5 Mar 2017 03:16 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] alexseanchai
♥!

Date: 5 Mar 2017 03:50 (UTC)
omnipotent: (That it's totally wide open)
From: [personal profile] omnipotent
Thank you for this. What a wonderful resource.

Date: 5 Mar 2017 05:16 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ironed_orchid
Thank you.

Date: 5 Mar 2017 10:04 (UTC)
cmcmck: (Default)
From: [personal profile] cmcmck
I'm sixty in may so dunno if I count?

Doesn't feel like it yet! :o)

Date: 6 Mar 2017 10:10 (UTC)
cmcmck: (Default)
From: [personal profile] cmcmck
Yeah- the T is just a small aspect of life and one I mostly left a long way back down the track.

Date: 5 Mar 2017 11:24 (UTC)
gingicat: drawing of me based on wedding photo (Default)
From: [personal profile] gingicat
Noted for future reading.

Date: 5 Mar 2017 18:12 (UTC)
jewelfox: A portrait of a female anthropomorphic fox, with a pink jewelled pendant and a cute overbite. (Default)
From: [personal profile] jewelfox
Joining the chorus of voices to thank you for sharing this.

Date: 5 Mar 2017 18:13 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sweet_sparrow
<3

Date: 6 Mar 2017 16:25 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sebenikela
It's interesting: the people whose words have most resonated with me lately are older folks like these and people who regularly work in actualfacts authoritarian regimes (a global health worker/blogger who used to live in Turkmenistan, for example). And a lot of what they say is variations on "yes, this is very bad. But we (humans) have dealt with very bad and found ways of keeping our humanity intact." It's a fine line between minimizing and catastrophizing that not a lot of people seem to do well (me included), but I find it... strengthening, is maybe the best word I can find.

Date: 7 Mar 2017 21:15 (UTC)
sebenikela: (Default)
From: [personal profile] sebenikela
This is good.

I think part of it too is recognizing what things are mine to do. What are the ways I can make the world less terrible, while at least protecting myself and at best strengthening myself in the process? What are things that make me feel good that are ALSO helping people, what are things I CAN do to help people but that have costs I need to budget for, and what are things I CAN'T do, or the costs are too high, or however you want to put it. And then trusting that for the things I can't do, I can let them go and hope they're someone else's to do. When I was growing up people talked about finding their "calling" and that's largely what I'm talking about, although I leave the person/entity doing the calling as an exercise for the reader. Probably it's me.

And of course my old friend "learn to have feelings and process them" is a big part of this thing, too.

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