Queer people face extraordinary adversity on a day-to-day basis. We carry an incredible burden just for daring to live our truth. We live in a world where the dominant powers are actively invested in erasing, diminishing, hurting, and persecuting us — legislatively, socially, physically, psychologically. Of course we are angry; of course we grieve.
But I think that it’s important to name and celebrate the joy we feel and that we bring to each other. The homophobes and transphones want us to feel scared, to feel ashamed, to hide, to assimilate. In the face of this bigotry, what’s more rebellious than loving who we are? How better to assert our existence and our worth than to live fully, without shame? After all, in order to do the work of collective action and activism, we need to be able to take care of ourselves. In the fight for justice, it’s important that we can feel safe and at home somewhere, even for a moment.
This workbook intends to guide you through a reflection of the things that bring you joy in your life. It explicitly centers queer people and four topics that I believe are central to queer joy: self-definition, gender euphoria, chosen family, and community.
One digital copy of Unlearning Workbook Vol. 2: Queer Joy