Too Queer for You, Too Sikh for Them, I Long for Peace Within

Too Queer for You, Too Sikh for Them, I Long for Peace Within

She reeks of vodka, slurring words under her breath and fumbling with a sash that reads “Bride-to-Be.” Her friends stare from afar and her presence makes me uncomfortable. “Hey Osama, if you are so f***ing religious what are you doing here anyway?” she yells. Her friends giggle in the corner—pushing one another forward to go collect her. My friends say, brush it off, and I realize it’s my time to call it a night.  

Moving Closer to My Ancestors Means Letting Go of This Gender Binary

Moving Closer to My Ancestors Means Letting Go of This Gender Binary

Witnessing someone standing in both their queerness and indigenous heritage gave me permission to imagine new possibilities for myself. I didn't know if I was Two-Spirit or what traditions around queerness my ancestors may have had. However, beginning to ask these questions led me towards a deeper understanding of myself and how I want to move through the world.

My Faith in San Judas, San Sebastián, and the Queerness of the Church

My Faith in San Judas, San Sebastián, and the Queerness of the Church

In being able to confront the hierarchy of Catholicism, I reclaimed what was important to me—community and ceremony. I sought out others who wore rosaries and devotional bracelets to gay bars and who saw, like I did, the queerness within the rituals and iconography of the Church or those who playfully invented it.