Lessons of Resilience from Queer Movements for Liberation

In a 2014 panel for The New School in New York City, bell hooks reframed queerness as “not as being about who you’re having sex with” but “as being about the self that is at odds with everything around it and has to invent and create and find a place to speak and to thrive and to live.” 

The erasure of queer identities and the imposition of Western categories of gender and sexuality have been critical to the function of white supremacy throughout history. But courageous queer leadership has risen to lead us toward a decolonized future and force a reckoning with this legacy of exploitation. 

Queer leadership has been critical in progressive social, environmental, and political movements. In the spirit of the ways queer people must learn to invent and create space through which to love, queerness teaches us to innovate toward a future in which we can thrive. 

This week, we share wisdom from queer people leading the way to healing and building a regenerative future. 

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Lessons of Resilience from Queer Movements for Liberation

It is essential for environmental justice leaders to understand how the oppression of queer communities and climate change are connected. Vanessa Raditz from the Queer Ecojustice Project offers insights into the many forms of queer resilience, uplifting the resistance, visibility and power of LGBTQ+ people in movements for justice, care and liberation. 

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The Queer-Led Groups Modeling a New Form of Land Access

Queer Black and Indigenous agricultural leaders are paving the way for a regenerative economy rooted in care and racial justice can proactively address issues like climate change and housing inequality. Originally published in Yes! Magazine, explore this article to learn about queer leadership and transformative justice.  

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Community Conversations: Climate, Justice, Indigenous Actions & Trauma – JULY 8

Join Eriel Deranger, climate justice leader and executive director of Indigenous Climate Action, in this community conversation about climate justice, Indigenous action & healing from trauma on July 8th. Community Conversations are a new offering from Bioneers that will be offered monthly and give people a space to connect with others and explore ideas inspired by the Bioneers community. 

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Gender Inclusivity and the Importance of Community Support

“Everybody comes to their own awareness of themselves in different ways, some very quickly, maybe early, some over a long period of time. I’m the kind of slow learner that way. It took me a long time to sort of figure out who I was. But it’s okay. We’re all individuals, and that’s one of the beauties of what we can do in the LGBTQIA+ community is recognize the differences, but the similarities, that we’re all trying to be ourselves and authentically so.”

In this Q&A with three queer thought leaders, explore questions about navigating radical inclusion, gender, and sexuality. 

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Women, Diversity, and Sexual Minorities in the Psychedelic Community

People of Color, Women, and the LGBTQ+ community are immensely underrepresented in the psychedelic conclave. Not only has the contributions of women to the field been downplayed, but the abuse of women in underground psychedelic circles has become a serious problem. In this panel, leaders at the cutting-edge of inclusivity advocacy in the psychedelic community share their perspectives.

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