In our work and in our living we must recognize that difference is a reason for celebration and growth rather than a reason for destruction.
Black women are programmed to define ourselves within this male attention and to compete with each other for it rather than to recognize and move upon our common interests.
We have to consciously study how to be tender with each other until it becomes a habit because what was native has been stolen from us the love of Black women for each other.
But the true feminist deals out of a lesbian consciousness whether or not she ever sleeps with women.
Black women sharing close ties with each other politically or emotionally are not the enemies of Black men.
In discussions around the hiring and firing of Black faculty at universities the charge is frequently heard that Black women are more easily hired than are Black men.
When we create out of our experiences as feminists of color women of color we have to develop those structures that will present and circulate our culture.
I remember how being young and black and gay and lonely felt. A lot of it was fine feeling I had the truth and the light and the key but a lot of it was purely hell.
There’s always someone asking you to underline one piece of yourself – whether it’s Black woman mother dyke teacher etc. – because that’s the piece that they need to key in to. They want to dismiss everything else.
When I dare to be powerful – to use my strength in the service of my vision then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.
When I use my strength in the service of my vision it makes no difference whether or not I am afraid.
But on the other hand I get bored with racism too and recognize that there are still many things to be said about a Black person and a White person loving each other in a racist society.
I would like to do another piece of fiction dealing with a number of issues: Lesbian parenting the 1960’s and interracial relationships in the Lesbian and Gay community.
I can’t really define it in sexual terms alone although our sexuality is so energizing why not enjoy it too?
Only by learning to live in harmony with your contradictions can you keep it all afloat.
The learning process is something you can incite literally incite like a riot.
I am deliberate and afraid of nothing.