Queer & Present – November 2017

November 27, 2017 in inQueery

Hello and welcome to November’s Queer & Present! Here’s a roundup of LGBTQIA+ news that made headlines this month with some of my own analysis.

Queer Coffee Events plans first gathering

Two coffee workers from San Francisco, RJ Joseph of Counter Culture Coffee and Ellan Kline of Ritual Coffee Roasters, created the events organization Queer Coffee Events in order to support and amplify the voices of queer coffee professionals in the Bay Area. The idea surfaced after the Specialty Coffee Association decided to host the 2018 Coffee World Championships in Dubai, where being queer is illegal. “QC is meant to be a space where we can be unapologetic about our queerness and our love of coffee and show that coffee organizations like the SCA need us way more than we need them,” Kline said. The first event, scheduled for Dec. 2, will be held at Counter Culture Coffee in Emeryville. It’s titled ‘The Future of Coffee: Where We’re Going and What it Will Take to Get Us There.’

I love Bay Area coffee culture, and I’m so excited about this event group! Coffee shops and cafes have been so welcoming of queer people and queer events, and the placement of the World Championship in Dubai flies in the face of that inclusiveness. It’s good to see that setback becoming a rallying point and a cause of the creation of what seems like an amazing community.

 

Queer and brown podcast Food 4 Thot teams up with Grindr for season two

Food 4 Thot, which has been described as “NPR on poppers,” is coming back for a season two! The podcast, which focuses on hookup stories, discussion of pop culture, and dialogues about literature is the first-ever to stream on the gay hookup app Grindr. Grindr, along with hookups, has been a platform to take on everything from Chechnyan genocide targeting queer citizens to Donald Trump’s presidency, so the support of queer writers of color seems right in line with their practices. The first episode is set for release on Dec. 10 and is said to feature “totally, completely uncensored thottery.”

I AM SO PUMPED. I have stanned this podcast from the get-go (I wrote this review of it after the very first episode dropped) and I’m so pleased they’re coming back. Their voices are exactly the ones that need to be heard right now with everything that’s going on in the political and cultural spheres. Praise be to the thots.

 

New Delhi celebrates 10th annual pride parade

On Nov. 12, New Delhi held a queer pride parade. Marching through the nation’s capital, participants celebrated queerness and defied Indian laws that make gay sex punishable by up to 10 years in jail. “We’re fighting for the right of everybody in this country to live as an equal citizen, which means that everybody should be able to live their life the way they want to,” said activist and organizer Manak Matiyani. Though the current laws are unfriendly, an Indian judge ruled in August that the right to privacy is fundamental, which seems like a good sign for LGBTQ Indians hoping for change.

I am also hopeful that laws will change. The right to privacy should include personal sexual orientation and gender. I’m so happy to see these brave people standing up for their rights in the face of the current laws, though, and I hope the tradition continues into the future.

 

 

 

Amelia McBain is a Staff Contributor at InQueery.