For Queer & Trans People of Color: Our issues, our culture, our excellence, our joy.
On April 1, EFNIKS will become Color Bloq — The Story of Us.
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The EFNIKS Mission
EFNIKS is a space for queer & trans people of color that exists at the intersection of art, scholarship, and community. As our organization grows, we aim to elevate our voices, share our stories, talk about our issues, represent our culture, cultivate community, preserve our history, and celebrate our joy. We will do this on our website, through our social media channels, and in our outreach and networking events in cities and communities all across the country.
EFNIKS.com brings art to the fore through featured visual artists, fiction writers, and poetry. Our flagship monthly Cover Story topic forms the basis of discussion through scholarly articles and community voices. This is art, scholarship, and community, broadcast to our QTPoC audience each month.
On our social media channels, @efniksdotcom, we bring these topics to our community, facilitating discussions, and highlighting information and history in ways that provide a safe online space for our QTPoC family. In the offline meetups, we expand discussion, provide a safe space simply by showing up, and engage in critical sharing of art, scholarship, and community in panels and mixers, just as we do through our website. We also aim to provide our younger community members with opportunities through working internships with our organization.
THE EDITORIAL OPINION
It is our opinion, on all channels, through all content, and in all spaces, that we will not engage in oppression, shaming, or harmful phobias of any kind. We are inclusive, open, and understanding, and aim to be accessible to race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, age, ability, and more. In short, empathy reigns.
We do not share problematic debate or opinion for the sake of debate; we do not believe that all opinions--especially those that are uninformed, and those that wish to discuss the merits of bigotry and oppression--contribute value to discourse in the QTPoC community. We do not find benefit to our communities in faux objectivity and "both sides" debates. On the contrary, those opinions that defend, empower, and elevate our communities are those we share.
Our work is not based on complaints and constant grievances. The ongoing banality of daily politics is not our muse. Our awareness of whiteness and masculinity does not mean white men are the center of our discussions. We aim to bring you a space that would exist if we could talk to our community without the problematic interpretive presence of the non-PoC, the non-LGBTQ. We aim to talk freely to us, in ways that speak to us, in the language we made for us. We aim to build community. We are more than our trauma. We dare to joy.
EFNIKS is our home
Now in its second iteration, EFNIKS began in the spring of 2016 as a blog for hobbyists in the LGBTQ / People of Color community. At the time, #GayMediaSoWhite was running through Twitter, and soon we would see a white, cisgender, heterosexual man grace the cover of our most prominent magazine, OUT Magazine, during Pride Month, our most sacred time of year. And the Pulse tragedy in Orlando showed us that our options for safe spaces run thin, and that they remain vulnerable.
Queer and trans people of color (QTPoC) have few safe, familiar, and secure spaces in media, social media, and in the offline world we live in. This refers to representation, platforms for discussion and expression, networking and professional development, and so on. We constitute the marginalized among the marginalized. Much of the representation and outreach by LGBTQ+ organizations involves services for a narrow segment of our social group, typically following the priorities of educated, upper-income, gay white males. Few organizations provide platforms to intersectional identities across racial, ethnic, sexual, and gender axes.
It is in this social climate that EFNIKS aims to be an organization that provides leadership, guidance, education, and opportunity to LGBTQ+ people of color, with reach in every area where QTPoC representation is lacking, where our safety is vulnerable, and where our voices need to be heard. We're showing Poseidon how to make waves.
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