There’s Queer Blood on Homophobic Hands

This is a response to recent articles in the Irish Rover about a sign posted on campus, along with an article about gender identity written by faculty. It also addresses the multiple transphobic lectures hosted by Students for Child Oriented…

There’s Queer Blood on Homophobic Hands

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This is a response to recent articles in the Irish Rover about a sign posted on campus, along with an article about gender identity written by faculty. It also addresses the multiple transphobic lectures hosted by Students for Child Oriented Policy this school year so far.

Despite the fact that the trans community currently faces crises of mental health and violent hate crime, Notre Dame has been offering uppity theoretical quibbling rather than solidarity and assistance. Furthermore, the comments on certain SCOP members’ articles have been appalling— they call for drastic and hateful acts. I am calling for accountability and academic responsibility: what sort of people read your articles and feel validated in their violent queerphobic views? By using the Institution of Notre Dame to accrue authority to yourself, how does your un-affirmation of trans identity actually inspire and give license to trans-phobes?

Transcript of audio:

Your homophobic
discourse soiled my
air supply your ivory
tower theology
slit my loved ones’
throats I’m trying
to go to class without
dead friends in my
backpack just trying
to touch my girl’s shoulder
in the grass you want
to un-affirm me to
“lobotomize me with a
crowbar” well the murdered
trans angels (18 this year yet)
leak brimstone into your
praying mouths
Students for Child Oriented Policy
Irish Rover
(you say my piece had violent undertones that it drew hostile attention you say “expressing a Catholic viewpoint should not be equated to committing a heinous crime” you contrasted your “reasoned opinion” with my “intellectual chaos” that you are “targeted” and I must respectfully say that the blood on your names did not come from you or the hate groups you’ve been inviting to speak on campus. It was ours and my loved ones. Your reasoned opinions seep into churches, into culture, they diffuse like venomous gas from every outlet, this is the very nature of discourse. Your articles have directly affirmed violent lurkers online who would have us lobotomized with crow bars, thrown back into the closet, expelled from the school. Catholic writers feel like targets? Queer people have, since the beginning of time, flown around on wings made of bullseyes, a trans woman wakes up in a dorm of hundreds of men, a trans boy is kicked out of his home as a teenager and haunts the streets like a ghost a black trans woman is shot through the stomach with a gun a black trans woman is burned beyond recognition with only teeth left scattered in the sand and this has everything to do everything to do with the discoursal irresponsibility of privileged “scholars” like you. I respect your academic freedom I just ask that next time you type out an article from behind your thousand dollar mac book you taste a little iron in your mouth and maybe it’s the blood of Dana Martin or Ashanti Cameron and maybe you feel dust in between your fingers and its the ashes of Bee Love Slater)
this is not scholarship it’s a pained snarl
from inside the dark wet belly of chaos
and it’s clawing at your cowardly pontification
you are nothing but a bullet
at the gay massacre
you beat us in alleys you
watched us die of AIDS
and yet I’m here, laying
waste to your reproductive
futurism your procreative shackles
I’m here in class
with my gender on my
sleeve and centuries of dead
queers in my old navy
backpack if you want me gone
come to my dorm room,
you are going to need
a backbone and better
words you are going to
need a much bigger
crowbar.

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