I grew up in a traditional Hmong household that practiced under a patriarchal system with gendered roles and a religious belief of Shamanism, the belief that spirits are intertwined with our physical reality. These traditions taught me that queer Hmong individuals do not have a place in our community because we do not fit the
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Growing up, I could not imagine anyone accepting me for my queer and trans identities. I viewed these parts of myself as a burden that I had to carry, something ugly and unlovable. Believing that I could never show my queerness to anyone, I hid and silenced myself. In order to keep myself safe, I
Transcript Iris (she/they): Hello future LEX participant! Elyse (they/chanh): Hi there! Ishita (ze/them): Hi! Iris (she/they): I hope you’re ready for what’s to come. I can promise you it’s going to be amazing. Elyse (they/chanh): Entering the space that has been so carefully and tenderly constructed for LEX has felt like walking out into the
These were the words my mother responded with after I came out to her on a sunny day in our backyard. At the tender age of 19, I felt emboldened to be honest with my family, but hearing her words reduced me to a much younger self who struggled to fit in. I didn’t fully
Dear Lavender Phoenix Community, We have exciting news: Bisma Farzansyed (they/them) has joined Lavender Phoenix as our Cultural Strategy Organizer! Bisma is an experienced organizer, a budding herbalist, and a medicine-maker. They’ve organized powerful digital campaigns and created heart-centered spaces for trans, queer, disabled folks and elders to grow. Bisma first joined LavNix at our
I’m excited and proud to announce that we are changing our name. From today onwards, we will be known as Lavender Phoenix.
“What is healing?” is the question I have been asking APIENC’s Core Committee ever since we established Healing Justice as a key pillar of our new Theory of Change. In our movements, healing is all the buzz, yet what does that actually look like in community? The term “Healing Justice” also has gained attention, but