Today is the fourth anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting that took place in Orlando.
Today, we remember the victims and their families.
Homophobia is still very much alive today.
It is *very* important that the LGBT community is a community in which lesbians feel safe and welcome.
That is why we strive to end lesbophobia within our own community. That is why we call out the "cotton ceiling" ideology and the appropriation of lesbian identity by male people and people who are not exclusively same-sex attracted.
We are all Orlando.
To those who call this the "biggest shooting in U.S. history" please do not forget our indigenous peoples massacred at Wounded Knee.
Do not forget the brutality against people of color as you show support for the LGBT community.
by Sandra Cisneros
They say I’m a beast.
And feast on it. When all along
I thought that’s what a woman was.
They say I’m a bitch.
Or witch. I’ve claimed
the same and never winced.
They say I’m a macha, hell on wheels,
viva-la-vulva, fire and brimstone,
but I like the compliment.
The mob arrives with stones and sticks
to maim and lame and do me in.
All the same, when I open my mouth,
they wobble like gin.
Diamonds and pearls
tumble from my tongue.
Or toads and serpents.
Depending on the mood I’m in.
I like the itch I provoke.
The rustle of rumor
I am the woman of myth and bullshit.
(True. I authored some of it.)
I built my little house of ill repute.
Brick by brick. Labored,
loved and masoned it.
I live like so.
Heart as sail, ballast, rudder, bow.
Rowdy. Indulgent to excess.
My sin and success—
I think of me to gluttony.
By all accounts I am
a danger to society.
I’m Pancha Villa.
I break laws,
upset the natural order,
anguish the Pope and make fathers cry.
I am beyond the jaw of law.
I’m la desperada, most-wanted public enemy.
My happy picture grinning from the wall.
I strike terror among the men.
I can’t be bothered what they think.
!Que se vayan a la ching chang chong!
For this, the cross, the Calvary.
In other words, I’m anarchy.
I’m an aim-well,
I’m Bitch. Beast. Macha.
Ping! Ping! Ping!
I break things.
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