Patrisse Cullors, Black Lives Matter co-founder, would not stop lending her voice to the Black communities.
Ahead of the forthcoming LGBTQ Pride month, the 34-year-old understands that queer Black women are at the heart of progress for the LGBTQ and Black communities.
“I am part of a legacy of queer Black women who have fought for the freedom of Black people across the globe,” Cullors told HuffPost.
Reiterating her resistance to be intimidated by homophobic people, Cullors says she would not allow her goals to be deterred.
While in high school, Cullors came to the known that there were queer Black women who had existed before her.
“I read everything and anything related to being queer. I found solace in reading authors like Audre Lorde and bell hooks, who would become my activist staples ― their words helped me grow up and taught me how to be bold and courageous,” she writes.
“By studying them, I came to understand that being young and queer and black would not be easy.”
Among people and things that encourage her, Cullors heaps praise on her 2-year-old child who motivates her to wake up everyday and keep fighting.
Cullors stresses that there it is of necessity for selected persons like her to looks at queerness from the angle of challenging societal normalcy.
“Be a part of the larger resistance and movement that is trying to change the destiny of this country,” Cullors challenges the young generation.