mayThe reason I use the word “faggot,” and why I have given that title to this site, is not to hurt or offend any members of any generation of my community, nor is it to shock individuals of any gender or sexual identity.

Rather, in an era of mainstream media representation, state violence and neoliberal austerity, it is to remind myself and others who stand by me that we are different, are abject, and exist inherently in opposition to current social, political and economic orders.

Only when we remember this opposition, invest in our outsiderness, can we commit to working together to topple down power, rather than finding spaces for our individual benefit inside its oppressive machinery.

Logo by Leila Abdelrazaq 
Gravatar by E Armea of For the People Artists Collective

31 responses to “About

  1. this is awesome, do you live in nyc? as a fellow brown faggot educator activist, i would love to get a drink! email me if you’re interested!

  2. Hey RadFag! I started following your blog cause I think your articles are dope, informative, interesting, militant, etc. I saw last night that you are informed by ¡ella pelea!, an organization I was a part of while in Texas. I was wondering if we could chat via email. I’d love to hear how you heard about us, and what you’re up to. I also saw your reading list and liked a lot of them. Anyway, I don’t want to write too much down as a comment. Let me know if you are interested and maybe we can exchange emails.

  3. rad fag! i am a queer cisgendered White working-class historian lady who just moved to chicago! i stumbled across your post about humboldt park and would love to talk about it more–when i relocated, i accidentally (really!) ended up in logan square and have been thinking about these issues a lot and thinking, too, about how to live consciously in my community and in the city. email me if you want to have drinks and talk more? xoxo

  4. Hi ,
    My name is Chenee and I’m part of the team at Open Colleges and a frequent reader of your site. I’ve been reading your articles and I thought you might like this piece my colleague just wrote titled “The Perils of Standardized Testing: 6 Ways It Harms Learning”.
    You may want to look at it and find our list of resources to be useful and worth sharing. The link to the post is here: http://www.opencolleges.edu.au/informed/features/the-perils-of-standardized-testing/.
    Please let me know what you think. And if you can feature it on your blog, I’d be really thrilled! :D.

    Chenee Marie Quia-Eo
    Community Outreach Specialist, Open Colleges
    | m: 09328504568
    | e: chenee.quiaeo@oc.edu.au
    | w: http://www.opencolleges.edu.au

  5. I got here via Salon.com and your entry/article named “In Support of Baltimore: Or; Smashing Police Cars Is Logical Political Strategy”, but I also read “An Introduction: Why I Use the Word ‘Faggot’” and “Identifying as Mixed-Class: Or; Why Does ‘Diversity’ Tend to Leave Out Economics?”… and I am now hooked.

    I hope to read everything that you have written, eventually. Your style is eloquent and crystal clear; a joy to read. Thank you.

  6. Enjoyed your B’more post. Very articulate. I hope that you don’t mind, but I have reblogged it to my blog, The Lucesco.

  7. Hey, would you mind if i set some of your texts in a free brochure? Here https://infokiosques.net/ people are sharing free texts and documentation in a militant spirit. (That’s where i discovered Audre Lorde!) You can also tell me which of your texts you would like to see translated first.

    • Hey, sorry for the very late response! I’m happy to share any text you think would be relevant or useful to your project. Could you link back whichever articles you choose to translate?

  8. Hello,
    I am a brown, gender non-conforming undergraduate student and I just happened to stumble across your blog while doing my research. Currently, I’m working with my department to construct a phenomenological history of the queer black woman in the United States and your words have interested me greatly. I would love to chat with you about it and just get to know where you’re at with your activism. Let me know! xoxo

  9. Dear Benji,
    I’m a prof at a local community college, and I’d like to inquire about inviting you to speak on campus. Sorry to reach out here. I didn’t see your contact info anywhere online (almost as if you were the target of harassment…). I’m so sorry about the backlash you’ve experienced. Anyway, you can reach me at the embedded address if you might be interested. If it isn’t visible to you, let me know? I can also try through friends of friends here in Chicago.

  10. Hi Benji,

    Been following your work for a little while and am very grateful to you for doing what you’re doing. I’m commenting to ask if you’d be willing to email with me about several projects I’m collaborating on with some others that I think might be suited to you, too. The two main projects are 1) a research group documenting the PIC’s corporate and government connections, and 2) a free software (software libre) project that aims to support communities in evicting police from their neighborhoods and replacing them with intra-community, peer-based alternatives. (I’m hesitant to provide links here because I fear my comment will be marked as spam and I don’t know how else to reach you.)

    If you’re interested, you can find my contact info embedded in this comment or on my homepage and I’ll happily send you some more info to look over when you get the chance.

    Again, thanks.

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