Matt Comer, Moderator
O'Neale Atkinson IV, LCSWA
:33 Introductions. What do you do in the community, how do you identify and what are your pronouns?
2:50 The acronym has grown over the years, what do you think about the expansion over time? The spectrum should be as inclusive as possible.
5:47 Taking back offensive words, “queer” and “dyke culture”
10:34 Other labels defined: cisgender, nonbinary/genderqueer/gender fluid, transgender. Words are going to have different meaning to the person that wears them. Need to be aware of that fact. Do not force identities on someone else, let someone else tell you how they identify.
15:17 Generational gaps will also determine the language of identities and we need to be mindful of that fact as well.
16:07 History of why PRIDE month is celebrated in June. Charlotte celebrates pride in August and other communities celebrate pride in June or other times. What does pride mean to you? Community, centering power, resistance, feeling welcomed/acceptance. But we also have to think about danger and safety.
24:50 We are in the South and in the Bible belt, does the role of faith impact your life? There is a mosaic and melting pot of people, that the Bible belt is fading away a bit in Charlotte. Feel more comfortable here being gay in the South. Church and family. Many faith based organizations in Charlotte that are LGBTQIA+ affirming.
34:17 Trans, and especially Trans people of color are some of the most marginalized people in many communities but in Charlotte. What are we seeing on a local level? We all need to be a part of affirming/supporting them with employment, education, healthcare, mental health. Just say “OK”, validate their pronouns. It’s not that hard and doesn’t cost you anything to be that respectful and it saves peoples lives. County has made things better like changing their forms, asking them how they would like to be addressed, and coming to come get clients from the back office.
38:50 Homelessness in youth and Time Out Youth working toward a transitional housing project. Poverty rates are higher on average. If you’ve never gone hungry, you will never understand what it’s like. Often, the conversations are with people who are privileged and it’s a hard plea to make and to represent that population because they don’t know that experience. Also thinking about medical needs and how a healthy diet goes a long way for quality of life. The most people who are food insecure also have a lot of other problems and there are 7 zip codes in Charlotte that are food deserts. There are many layers that add (health care, housing, and transportation, etc) to this and they are all concentrated in the same areas in Charlotte.
43:00 One of the biggest issues within the LGBTIA+ community can be transphobia, racism, and misogynoir. People can be incredibly invasive and ask insensitive questions that are really personal. Also they constantly misgender and say things that alienate instead of welcome the most marginalized within the community. Think about your privilege even though you have a lived experience of oppression.
46:00 One of your favority LGBTQIA+ books or movies : Giovanni’s room by James Baldwin, Don’t Call Me Son, All He Wanted (book), The Brandon Teena Story (documentary), Boys Don’t Cry (drama movie), To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything Julie Newmar
*Here are a few LGBTQIA+ reading lists from the library
Mentioned in the video:
Time Out Youth Center, offers support, advocacy, and opportunities for personal development and social interaction to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) youth ages 11-20.
Charlotte Pride, creates programs and activities to enrich, empower, strengthen, and make visible the unique lives and experiences of LGBTQ people in Charlotte and the Carolinas. Which includes the annual Charlotte Pride Festival and Parade (in August), Charlotte Trans Pride, Charlotte Latin Pride, and Reel Out Charlotte film festival. Charlotte Pride will be held August 18-19.
Charlotte Black Gay Pride, is a nonprofit that wants to promote LGBTQIA pride primarily for, but not limited to, members of the Black community while building social awareness, embracing spirituality and celebrating the diversity that exists within our community. Charlotte Black Gay Pride will be held July 25-29 this year.
Rosa Parks Farmers Market, a fruit & vegetable market serving the Greater West Charlotte area. Find out more information here: Farmers Market Offers Healthy Options To One of Charlotte’s Food Deserts.