pride yourselves

hi y’all. For the first time ever on this blog, here’s a little pride-related post. There are many, many people in the world who deserve more recognition for what they do. Here are just a few, on the wide spectrum of gender & sexuality, who not only work (or worked) for humans, but for other animals too.

Alice Walker

“I am not a lesbian. I am not bisexual. I am curious. If you are really alive, how can you be in one place that whole time?”

She’s brought us so many amazing works of fiction, poetry, & essays, including the famous book (and film) The Colour Purple. Check out her website.

“The animals of the world exist for their own reasons.  They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men.”

Mirha-Soleil Ross

“I’m somebody who says: ‘This is what I’m going through. What are you going through? Let’s see how we can help each other. And ok yes, if there are some connections we realize are going on along the way, then let’s recognize them.’ “

Mirha-Soleil “is a video and performance artist, a transsexual and sex worker rights activist” (from her website). She is a person who takes action, having spearheaded so many initiatives it’s hard to count them all. From founding Wheel Trans, a mobile meal service for low-income trans folks put on by The 519 Church Street Community Center in Toronto since 1998, to spreading awareness of animal issues in queer and trans communities through her art, Mirha-Soleil gets things done.

Angela Davis

“[Veganism] is part of a revolutionary perspective – how can we not only discover more compassionate relations with human beings but how can we develop compassionate relations with the other creatures with whom we share this planet?”

Angela Davis has so much awesome it’s hard to find somewhere to start. Civil rights activist, prison abolitionist, feminist, war objector, formerly wanted by the FBI and labeled a “terrorist”, she now works as a professor, encouraging critical thought, working for justice and peace. It’s hard not to admire her with all your guts.

“I think the lack of critical engagement with the food that we eat demonstrates the extent to which the commodity form has become the primary way in which we perceive the world. We don’t go further than what Marx called the exchange value of the actual object- we don’t think about the relations that that object embodies- and were important to the production of that object whether it’s our food or our clothes or our I-pads or all the materials we use to acquire an education at an institution like this. That would really be revolutionary to develop a habit of imagining the human relations and non human relations behind all of the objects that constitute our environment.”

Everyone at VINE Sanctuary

The group of folks who maintain VINE (Veganism is the Next Evolution) Sanctuary in Maryland are queering animal liberation and doing a slew of other great stuff, too. (You may have seen videos of pattrice jones, one of the sanctuary’s co-founders, on this blog before). In addition to being solely run by queer, trans and/or gender-variant folks, the sanctuary is a place that makes connections all over the map: they host letter writing events to support incarcerated activists, examine & critique gender roles through their unique rehabilitation program for rescued cockfighting roosters(!), and are allied and active with many other groups such as those addressing hunger, environmental devastation, and poverty, among others.  Of course, they also provide safe haven to animals in need of escape from neglectful and abusive conditions on farms.

The folks at VINE are not just about asking for donations and creating glossy marketing campaigns; they seem to spend a lot of energy on the ground in action for many just causes, which is inspiring.

“We definitely have a responsibility to those we have brought into existence. That is why I believe in sanctuary work, and other forms of rescue work.” – Miriam Jones (co-founder)

Sean, of the blog Fat Gay Vegan

Sean has an awesome blog and also a great post on the website StopChasingSkinny.com. He references the movie Heathers on his facebook page too, which is a win in my books. Hey vegans, let’s cut out the fat-shaming already! The myth that all of us are skinny (or that new vegans will gradually come down to their “ideal” weight) is really harmful. This includes you, Joel Furhman!

Krudas Cubensi

Krudas Cubensi/Las Krudas are a sweet hip hop group hailing from Cuba and the Caribbean (now based in the USA). Their music addresses everything from sexism, queer politics and immigration to fat positivity and of course, veganism. Along with another fellow activist, they co-founded the first queer vegan art group in Havana, Cuba way back in 1996. They are badasssss. Here’s an article/interview with the two current MCs.

“For us, that decision to come out was a little dramatic…We thought about how we should do it? Should we even do it? Is it going to be too difficult? Will we be killed? What’s going to happen? There was nothing at all easy about the process.” – Olivia Prendes on the group’s decision to come out in Cuba, which has decriminalized queerness but remains an iffy environment for queer people

The Vegan Hip Hop Movement has an awesome collection of politically charged hip hop music by vegan artists – definitely worth checking out! I’ll leave you with a video from their website of the song La Gorda by Krudas Cubensi. Happy belated (or current, or future, depending on where you are) Pride, folks!

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About tino

I'm an aspiring organic farmer living in canada. I talk about farm life, things I'm learning, other relevant topics like feminism, social & environmental justice, nature, animals, vegan food, and fun.

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