The 4th annual Queer Students of Color Conference happened May 9 -11 at Portland State University. Students from across the country gathered for the three day conference on (Re) Generating Community: Radical Coalitions at the Intersections. The conference featured queer and trans keynote speakers, workshops, opportunities to build community, and space to address the needs of QTPOC (Queer and Trans* people of color) students.
The conference kicked off with an amazing keynote from Laverne Cox. The critically acclaimed actress, activist, and producer got students thinking about the immense power of storytelling in the fight for social change and about how the feeling of shame is often tied to internalized oppression.
“We become visible by telling our stories without shame,” said Cox.
Cox also talked about her feminist icons and her upcoming documentary Free CeCe, which highlights the story of activist CeCe McDonald.
Later in the weekend queer indigenous writer, performance artist and activist Fabian Romero shared poetry and gave a moving keynote urging students to think about intersectional coalition work.
“We need to continue to look at the outliers of the outliers and work to create a better world for all people, especially those most forgotten; consider that single issue politics and movements work in alignment with capitalism and all forms of oppression.” –Fabian Romero
To read more of Fabians speech, click here.
Thank you to the students and activists who made this powerful weekend possible. Also a big thank you to the Queer Resource Center and all of the amazing sponsors for helping make this event happen including: Basic Rights Oregon, PSU Speakers Board, Diversity and Multicultural Student Services, Women’s Resource Center, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Multicultural Center, University Housing & Residence Life, and Global Diversity & Inclusion.
We were excited to be a part of the conference and were moved by its vision to bring about a more just world.
If you are interested in getting involved in racial equity work in LGBT communities, we encourage you to volunteer with us at Basic Rights Oregon. At BRO, we are actively working to build coalitions at the interactions of racial equality and LGBT equality. We need your help in bringing about equality for all Oregonians. Click here for information about Basic Rights Oregon’s upcoming events and check out ways to get involved with our Racial Justice Program.