Our feature for Day 13, Spectra Speaks knows something crucial: true community is a powerful antidote to gender violence. That’s one of the reasons she founded QWOC+ Boston, a vibrant community organization bringing together queer women of color and allies in ways that foster both social connections and deeper understanding across identity lines.
From QWOC+’s Power Mingle (tagline: “Networking Event for Awesome People”), to dig-deep discussions like “Voices of the African and Immigrant Diaspora Against Violence and Homophobia,” to nightlife celebrations that feature hip-hop, spoken word, drag, films, even “Activist Karaoke,” Spectra focuses on producing events that have multiple points of entry and center complexity, connection and understanding, building a cross-issue community which makes plenty of room for dissent and disparate points of view, but won’t stand for violence against any of its members or allies. (Or anyone, for that matter!)
Spectra also writes at her own voice at her blog, where she takes on homophobia in Nigeria and racism and transphobia in Boston with equal power. WAM! is proud to have collaborated with Spectra and QWOC+ over the years, most recently helping to promote and distribute her WAM! It Yourself 2011 podcast Kitchen Table Conversations: LGBT African Diaspora Speak on Culture, Queerness, and Media. Check it out here!