You Should Care About Queer History With Blair Imani

“Our narratives have been erased from history and what better people than us to tell those stories.”

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my name is Blaire money I am an activist
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and I’m the author of modern history
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stories of women and non-binary people
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rewriting history so many of the history
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books we read happen in black and white
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or don’t depict the 1950s forward or
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live depict the you know civil rights
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movement forward but often what happens
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is somebody passes away and then all of
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a sudden we want to hear their stories
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we want to tell their stories we want to
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dig through the archives but oftentimes
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they’re not able to tell their own story
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I wanted you know young people as young
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as 11 year-old ma Rico honey to be able
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to write her own legacy and direct that
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legacy our narratives have been erased
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from history and what better people than
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us to tell our stories so choosing how
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people got into the book like it was
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very an informal process if you go all
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the way to the glossary you can tell
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that Miss Blair Amani was trying to fit
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in as many people as humanly possible
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and so at the end of certain entries
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you’ll see call outs to other people who
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have done similar work I also felt it
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was very important to use my privilege
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you know somebody who was able to get a
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publishing deal on such a large platform
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to be able to share these stories
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everyone if you have a platform and
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somebody isn’t getting acknowledged or
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isn’t getting recognized don’t wait for
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them to you know have some other
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opportunity especially if it can be in
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your hands to make that person
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acknowledge and recognize as we were
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pitching the book and creating these
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different proposals there were so many
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gatekeepers in the publishing industry
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and so there are people who are saying
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to us why is Missy Elliott in the book
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she’s an icon you know she came from
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such a struggle such a challenging
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childhood and really used her music to
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transform her own destiny but also to
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empower others and she continues to do
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that to this day
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another person that was very exciting to
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include was feminista Jones feminista
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Jones is absolutely iconic she is one of
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the pillars of black Twitter she works
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with domestic violence survivors with
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people who have different mental health
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struggles she created an anti harassment
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campaign called UO cases which is
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constantly appropriated I created this
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chapter called the revolution is now
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which features people who have been born
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in the year 2000 or later because the
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revolution is now the revolutions
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happening it’s not something that we are
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looking around waiting for it to start
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it was choosing different folks I wanted
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to represent people who are really
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Trailblazers so you have people who’ve
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been trailblazing and
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all people who also have people who have
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been trailblazing in the present so you
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have jazz jennings who was born in the
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year 2000 she came out on barbara
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walters as a trans youth at four years
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old and basically was one of the few
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openly trans figures in early 2000 she’s
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really breaking down barriers every step
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of the way not only for herself but for
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people who are gonna come after her
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that’s what I think the takeaway from
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modern herstory is you should give it
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about history it doesn’t happen in black
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and white it’s happening now somebody
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getting up and speaking at the women’s
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March lack lives matter occurring these
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are things that are a part of our
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everyday lives that we might take for
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granted but the fact is that the women’s
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March was the largest human
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demonstration in history history is made
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by absolutely everyone we’re all part of
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the story we’re all changing this
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machine of human history and changing
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how that machine is functioning it’s
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part of your story it’s part of our
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history and it’s part of her story

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