An open letter to whiteandmiddle class BIcon* attendees. *
Share wildly, and do not tag, but do credit me: Nila K
*and this means if you go regularly now. But it also means if you don’t go any more because you got to stay for long enough to develop your own community, network, friends, lovers. This is a thing that space is magically good at.
but only for the Right Sort.
As far as I’m aware none of us Bi+/Pan BIPoC have ever suggested you boycott the event. I mean, speaking personally, a lot of that is how laughably unlikely it is that me suggesting this would lead to anything except more traumatising grief. The idea that those of you who get to access this space and build networks that sustain you during the year might consider stepping back = nonsensical.
But most of it with me and many others – is that we don’t want you to be more marginalised than you are. As fellow (but not peer) bi people, we know what it is to be shat on everywhere else. Thing is, we know what it is to have that compounded by finding the one place that purports to support you… and to have that shit on you in its turn.
Coz, despite what multiple people have said about and to me: I didn’t ‘choose’ to stop coming. I was forced out by virulent and violent classist racism. It was a choice between my whole social, emotional, professional, activist world … and myself. And thank fuck that I chose myself. But no one should have to make that ‘choice’.
And yet we still don’t talk to you about this, and you still keep choose to support a horrifically exclusionary space and calling it community, family and (LOOL) radical.
So, think on that when you deal with us, eh?