Q.) Who are you?
A.) I am Jamie. I write this blog for you. For more detailed information please visit the About page.
Q.) Why do you write this blog?
A.) I started it for a class project, but I decided to continue it because it is necessary and I love it. I try to cover every local event that I can go to, and I often write about events that are on a regional, national and international scale. There is not nearly enough mainstream coverage of events linked to the queer community, let alone coverage that is positive or objective. The only substantial news I receive on the queer community is through queer internet news sites and blogs. Blogs serve a very important purpose in our organizing and the transmission of our culture.
Q.) What is your Facebook/Twitter/etc. account?
A.) My Twitter account is @QueerKnowledge, and I post there very often. On Facebook, we can connect via the Facebook page for Stuff Queer People Need To Know, but I keep my personal Facebook profile very private, so please only add me as a friend if I know you. Visit the Subscribe page for all the ways we can connect.
Q.) What do you mean by queer?
A.) I use queer to encompass the entire LGBTQIAA community. The alphabet soup is getting ridiculous and does more to divide us than anything else. Also, I don’t really identify with any of those letters, so queer is better term for me. Queer is just vague enough to include everyone.
Q.) Can I post your content somewhere else, like my blog?
A.) Everything on this blog is original content unless indicated otherwise and is copyrighted material. Quoting content with a link back to Stuff Queer People Need To Know is welcomed in most instances. Feel free to share everything on this blog and to embed videos, audio, photos, etc. with a link back to Stuff Queer People Need To Know.
Q.) Why do you write about groups/identities that aren’t your own?
A.) I am not quite sure what my identity is, so I don’t limit myself. I use the term queer most often because people normally accept that answer to my sexual orientation without asking me 342,234 questions and it is a label I can identify with. When people call me a lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, omnisexual, queer, etc., I am not offended cause I can see myself in all of those identities or groups. I read lesbian-focused magazines and websites. I follow general LGBT stories and attend events.
I have gone through the world being perceived as a multitude of sexual identities based upon my appearance, partner or who I was with at the time. As long as people don’t call me straight I am fine.
I also write a lot about trans issues because it is important to me as well. I do not think that the queer movement should forget it’s trans siblings just to pass legislation: We must liberate everyone to be truly free.
Q.) Why do you write so much about racism/ableism/sexism/prison abolition/choice/body positivity/transphobia/classism/poverty/cissexism/etc.? Why are you going around calling everything racist? I thought this was a queer blog.
A.) Because they’re all queer issues. Period. People are not one identity, and all of those statuses and identities play into each other and form a matrix of oppression. They’re all interrelated; they cannot be separated. Being an ally means more than just pledging support to a cause. I’m just trying to put my money where my mouth is. To best undertand this, you’ve gotta know where I come from.
I get the racism question the most. If I ever write anything that has to do with racism, people down vote my posts and automatically get defensive and accuse me of jumping to conclusions. People don’t ever want to talk about hard issues or anything that makes them uncomfortable or feel bad. A lot of people think nothing is racist anymore, because people rarely go around saying things like, “I hate black people.” Racism is much more subtle.
I grew up in Cincinnati, one of the most racially segregated cities in the United States, during the time leading up to and following the 2001 race riots. Police killed 15 black men over six years, and when the unarmed Timothy Thomas, a 19-year-old black man who had warrants out for loitering and traffic tickets, was gunned down by a white police officer, the city burned for four days straight. The riots made me take a hard look at my privilege and the very real repercussions of not facing oppression head on, individually and systemically. Racism is alive and well, it just looks a little different than what we’ve been taught.
Also, it’s my blog. I’ll write about what I want.
Q.) Why do you dislike the Human Rights Campaign?
A.) I’m not a big fan of most huge corporate-esque nonprofit organizations in general, but HRC probably gets the most flack from me because it is the most prevalent and it seems to endorse everything serving white, upper class gay men or lesbians and gay people who appear to be straight or are straight acting. HRC is assimilationist and I dislike the, “We are just like you straight people, so you should give us the same rights as you, please,” mentality.
HRC also generally fails. It tried for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, and when it looked like the legislation wouldn’t pass, it abandoned transfolk and gender-variant people; yet ENDA still didn’t pass. HRC was also in charge of the No On Prop. 8 campaign in California, and we all know how that turned out.
And in the words of Dean Spade, “The revolution will not be funded,” because even all of the funding in the world and all of this changing legislation doesn’t mean now all of our problems are magically fixed. People need to learn to work together regardless of identity, and that can’t be legislated.
Q.) Will you cover my event/organization/resource/story/etc. on your blog?
A.) Maybe. It depends on what it is, really. If it’s an event I think is important and stuff queer people need to know, then most likely yes. Send me an email at email@example.com to let me know about your queer stuff.
Q.) Will you add me to your blog roll?
A.) Maybe. If I like your blog, then yes. About 97 percent of the time, I will reciprocate if someone adds me to their blog roll first. Just shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment to let me know.
Q.) Why didn’t you approve my comment? Do you moderate your comments?
A.) Your comment that didn’t post was most likely marked as spam. I receive anywhere from 75 to 400 spam comments each day. I try to sift through the spam comments for legitimate comments, but sometimes I miss a few.
The reason I don’t allow comments to post automatically is because of spam. And I definitely approve comments that disagree with my point of view.
Q.) Wait. I thought you lived in Cincinnati, Ohio.
A.) I lived in Cincinnati for a long time, and it will always be my home. Many archived posts focus on Cincinnati, Ohio, and Tri-State issues and events. I still write about Cincinnati and Ohio because I find it fascinating, but I also post about Chicago and Illinois because I live there now. Read more about my move to Chicago in this post.