We have branched out to the North and the Midlands. If you identify as a queer person of colour and you are based in the North and Midlands you are more than welcome to join as a member or even a committee member.
Growing up as a first generation immigrant in a small, predominantly white town I have always been aware of the ways in which key parts of my identity “other” me. I have experienced micro-aggressions, overtly aggressive racism and homophobia first-hand and a huge part of me overcoming that and growing up into the confident and proudly queer black woman I am now has been finding people who are like me and accept me for every part of who I am. This is why having the opportunity to provide other QPOC with a community where they can be authentically themselves means a lot to me and I am so excited to see what the future of QPOCPROJECT holds!
As a Queer, very Black, very African and neurodiverse woman, there were many times when I wondered if people like me existed. I journeyed through the experience of accepting myself by unlearning the harm I was exposed to, alongside trying to understand how the intersections in my identity could find a comfortable place within me. There are so many challenges in life already, and our LGBTQ+ identities and intersections combined create challenges that are complicated and can be difficult to navigate. QPOC Project provides a space so that we don’t have to feel like we are alone in our experiences, and there is a protected space to seek connection with others, and see that we are more than deserving of living full and joyful lives. I believe in the community that can be found amongst Queer people that I never had
As many Queer people of colour did, I grew up in a community that didn’t readily welcome my experience of sexuality and gender. Although my gender exploration was more recent, I started my Queer journey in my teens while pressure for me to conform was becoming harder for me to ignore. Coming from a Muslim background and making these self-discoveries made my relationship to Queerness and to Islam confusing. As I always found ways to express my non-conformity, I’ve always known my identity is complex, and the journey I’ve been on for years has been complicated, more complicated than would be understood by non-Queer Muslims or by Queer white people. Once I found the community of QPoC with stories closer to mine, my own journey became many times easier. Now that my identity has become clearer than it has ever been, I now want to be part of a space that gives support to people going through a journey like mine, and ultimately let them know they have a right to claim their place in this community!