Hey there muppets,
To be honest, when we originally imagined sending this email to your inbox (and we’ve been planning it for months!), there was no way to anticipate the world that this lil newsletter is coming into. Kamala and I were just talking to each other about the heavy load of our worry and how it can feel like drowning.
We know you’re feeling it too — we know that times of impossible crisis and hardship always effect queer and trans people of color that much harder. That QTPOC sex workers, artists, freelancers, those of us in the service industry (which is to say, A LOT of us) are pressed about our next check. That panicked cries of closing borders in the name of supposed “national security” causes pain for those of us whose family lines criss cross countries and oceans. That every new virus comes with it newly varnished waves of xenophobia that leave our Asian fam scared to as much as cough in public. And we know who's cleaning the offices, the schools, the public transportation. Who's delivering food and stocking grocery shelves. Who isn't given the luxury of "staying home to flatten the curve." It's us.
No, this isn’t the coming out party that we envisioned for ourselves, but fuck it WE ARE HERE. We’ll hold each other down this week, and the one after that, and all the ones to come. We’ll remind each other to laugh or take a break to dream instead of worry. Kamala and I wanted to create a space for us, a biweekly celebration of dope QTPOC content by the Black and Brown living geniuses among us. You can hit us back at this email address and let us know what’s good — do you love it? We hope so. Got a hit tip? Send it our way! This is a new ride for all of us, and you know, we’re feeling it out.
We love you and we really mean that.
Kamala & Carmen