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What Does Being Queer Have To Do With The Environment?

From Audio: EP 11: Making Space for Queer People of Color in the Environmental Movement

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Isaias Hernandez, also known as the Queer Brown Vegan on Instagram, connects queerness and environmentalism in "Breaking Green Ceilings". Environmentalist spaces are often not diverse, even though it is queer BIPOC activists that are on the frontlines of the environmentalist movement.
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Isaias Hernandez, also known as the Queer Brown Vegan on Instagram, connects queerness and environmentalism in "Breaking Green Ceilings". Environmentalist spaces are often not diverse, even though it is queer BIPOC activists that are on the frontlines of the environmentalist movement.
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Yeah, and correct me from Ron Kerr, a big part of sort of like your message and your identity is sort of like played a role in your cost. Could you tell us a little bit about how that is? Yeah, definitely. I think for myself like being queer, being able to really understand my own sexuality growing up and it is a self discovery process of course, but I am also very blessed to have been able to really discover myself at an earlier age because I know some people really struggle with that and that's something that I struggled through in high school and luckily in college. I was already out, but I think for me like already entering college being clear, it allowed me to really engage in a lot of communities that are happening in the queer community and there's a lot of queer environmental us out there, but no one really talks about them and I think being able to really disrupt that heteronormative environmental industry of what is usually presented and being able to present queer environmental terms. It not only provides a space for queer black dudes, people of color but also acknowledges their existence and to really recognize that a lot of queer black and just people of color have been doing environmental work for ages and like these people's work are valid and I think that a lot of time to living in the cysts heteronormative society, it really only enforces and perpetuate what is seen as like quote unquote natural or normal nature as like straight heteronormative when it's not, you know, free flowing, it's something that doesn't judge by who you are. I think that being able to present that framework through a queer lens has really given the opportunity for a lot of queries to really explore that and actually engaged in themselves learn more about the environment because a lot of times sometimes cryptic for like what does me being created to do with the environment? I'm like there's so much, you know, Yeah, tell us what does it mean to actually like what does it have to do with the environment? And being queer to me like what it means to be like queer and in the environment, it needs to be able to really just showcase yourself in your unapologetic way. So I think that like really focusing on like issues that really revolve around their communities, right? So I kind of touched respondents that are called but I talked about how career black indigenous people of color are the ones who are usually in the frontline communities, right? Like these people, career youth career folks are usually, you know, kicked out of their homes and left no where to go. And all the times are very vulnerable to a lot of heat waves, floods lightning because they don't really have access to the resources to go to a shelter and to me, you know, these are human, these are people that are dying because of these. A lot of the homophobia has happened. So I think for me what it really means to me to providing that safe space for queer black and jewish people car to be able to ask a lot of questions, but also to empower them to give them the tools in order to seek help if they need it. Because I think a lot of times, you know, I had the privilege to be able to be in a family that you know of course, like my family is subsidy for who I am and I have a partner of course, but it's difficult when you're growing up because there's so many things that societies out, you know, has constructed against queer people of color and queer trans people of color. And I think at the end of the day it's about providing that's a space for them because a lot of times were pushed out and I don't want to save myself being pushed out because I have my own privilege being a tall like skin mexican. But more about folks, the ones who are the most vulnerable where you're trans black indigenous women of color who are literally being murdered. And that's the thing that is not really talked about. Thank you for actually describing that because I don't think a lot of people make the connection between like the L G. B T. Q. Plus community and environmental issues. So thank you for sharing.
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