The COVID-19 Pandemic has had sweeping ramifications; bring attention to not only the
most glaring challenges,
such as treating the sick and helping people deal with the economic fallout that has
arisen due to social distancing
but also the effect that this crisis will have on the social wellbeing of everyone
affected by it. In order to address
those issues that accompany our current situations proclivity to displace
individuals and communities,
I've decided to speak to a variety of groups of people; some groups formed
around identity, some based on class, some just consisting of whoever is around me at the moment.
I'll be asking these groups different questions
about displacement, and their experience with it during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Then, I'll create a piece of art based on those conversations, and post them here.
Queer Community #1
April 23rd, 2020
Members of the queer community have historically faced challenges related to displacement
due to lack of acceptance from community members, religious organizations, and even
family members. This fact, along with the uniquely challenging experiences that queer individuals
were likely to face if they needed to return home (lack of respect from family members about gender,
not out to family, out to family and treated differently because of it), drew me to communicating with
my friends who are members of the queer community to begin this community arts practice. I hope to continue
my research regarding queer people and displacement in the future, and hope my findings can be useful
to continue to battle against the unfair displacement that queer people historically have, and will unfortunately
continue to face.
Found poem created with snippets from initial conversations I had with queer people
regarding COVID-19 and displacement.