Since the initial statement post, September 24, I have brought up issues that affect the queer community, this is a collective reflection and a closing statement of all these posts. The topics, as I see them, are stand-alone pieces, but are unified an underlying theme, that of the concerns and societal issues that affect non-cis-heterosexual individuals. They were not meant to be exhaustive, instead their intent was to raise some questions in a limited area of queer politics. The scope of this blog limited itself to questions regarding American queer life and did not into account a more international approach. This blog has been illuminating, at least for me. It has made me more aware not only of the queer history I am a part of, but also of the contemporary struggles and lack of access certain bodies deal with.
Initially, in my head I was thinking of writing about issues that affected me. But this had to be rearranged since I have noticed, due to multiple causes and effects, I have not experienced the blatant discrimination directed towards my sexuality and gender expression that certain members of society, that I have talked about in some of my posts, live through. Writing this project, I have observed the sheltered sphere I have surrounded myself with. Ranging from friends, family, and the news I consumed, plus the location of where I live, most of the post I have written about have had some degree of distance from my actual reality. So, every week I had to keep extending the scope of issues I would write about, since I believed they could potentially affect me, yet I have not encountered them overtly.
Regardless of my personal experience, the exploration of these posts was concerning, alarming, and personally thought provoking. Since I started writing these blogs, I have had conversations with friends and acquaintances that are more directly affected by the current oppressive system of governing and beliefs. I have come to see these topics in a new light. For example, Trans issues have been a piece of journalistic information I consume often, yet it was not until I started writing and reading interviews about Laverne Cox that I realized the issue was that prominent. As I have come to see the transition of the blog and my writing, I have traversed from the micro-world of my experience to the national level of queer candidates in this past midterm election. As I have written queer representation in government is increasing, and that is uplifting, but there is an ominous potential threat that seems to be growing stronger as well.
Since this blog was a requirement for a class, and such class mandated the use of other media elements in the posts, themselves, I have observed how the content and the elements inside have changed as well. It has been my observation that since I started writing these posts I have transitioned into a different tone, a tone of concern. By that I mean, in the initial posts I would use humor and gifs to fulfill the media component that was required. Since, I have transitioned into a more ‘further reading’ kind of writing, since the topics were (at least more self-realized) serious.
I enjoyed exploring the themes I talked about on the previous posts, and I wish I could have re-written them and wrote encyclopedia entries for all of them. I enjoyed bringing these topics into an audience that may particularly not digest queer news, unless it was a news piece regarding criminal acts and major policy. If there is anything I would want from people reading me, reading the titles of my post at least, is to be more aware of others’ issues, not your own, to be wider in the news one consumes, be kind.
For more books relation to queer history and issues see: https://bookriot.com/2018/06/01/books-about-lgbtq-history/