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We Are Alabama SONG

AlabamaCrewWe are Alabama SONG. We live in the Deep South; you know, where the black dirt is at and where some folks are scared to come visit because our interstates are littered with confederate flags flying high as New York City skyscrapers.  Within this Deep South that’s both scary and beautiful, an organized group of radical queers are working to challenge the status quo, working to push the boundaries of “normal” and working to explore the possibilities of Southern transformation and resilience. We push back on the status quo by convening in public spaces and becoming visible. We push back by realizing we can create the world we want. We push back because we realize that we exist as Southern queers and that is something to be proud of.

As of late, we have pushed our boundaries by working with the citizens of Huntsville, AL, to organize a campaign around the decriminalization of our bodies and the right to access decent public education. I guess, in essence, we see outside forces, both policy and culture, that try to contain us, tell us how to act, how to dress, and how to speak. We say, kindly or not so kindly, that’s not the way we queer people do things. We are deviant and that is okay. We are worthy of good jobs and a wholesome education and safety.

Our campaign, part of SONG’s regional work, has started with listening to the people of Huntsville. Here in Huntsville 10 SONG member leaders are in the process of surveying our communities to see what issues black and brown LGBTQ folks are facing and how as a community we can improve our conditions. We listen first because we know we cannot move without our people behind us and without our people involved.  We have been surveying in black bars, neighborhoods, and LGBT affirming churches all in hopes to name an issue and frame our campaign in Huntsville.

This process is allowing us to build trust and long lasting relationships between our current SONG membership, our new members, and organizations that share our political imperatives. Our Alabama member leaders are becoming stronger and have closer relationships because of this work. i have found friends who i will remember and who i know i can depend on for a lifetime. We share the vision of confronting power; power that tells us we ought not to exist. In our confrontation, we aim to affirm ourselves and our life choices, we aim to build community, and we aim to grow exponentially. We are on the path to gather more members and share these bonds. We empower ourselves to stand and speak as the people of Alabama and we say without hesitation

We are not afraid of your flags
We are not afraid of your laws
We are not afraid of your churches

We are here to rebuild a South that we wish to see, a South that is inclusive of difference and stands against all oppression. We love one another in public and we are not wrong. We are here and we aren’t going away. We are and will continue to transform Alabama.

In solidarity and love,

jazz, SONG Alabama Field Organizer

To get involved or find out more about SONG’s work in Alabama contact jazz@southernersonnewground.org

The Day After NC’s Amendment 1: OUR WIN IS BIGGER!!

The Day After NC voted on Amendment 1’s anti-LGBTQ bill significantly diminishing our people’s protections and autonomy to build our families in the state: OUR win is Bigger!! Because this is only the beginning of a different kind of fight: one that fights towards Sexual Liberation, and pushes-back on any state that seeks to MANDATE how we build families, and punishes our people for being queer, lesbians, gay, bisexual, transgender…. and fight for a kind of NC and South that upholds and values our dignity, our safety, and cherish our families as part of the fabric of life in the South.

Name the win you were a part of or saw play out in your community and with your families, and share your victory story with us!!

The Day after Amendment One… OUR WIN IS BIGGER! from S.O.N.G. on Vimeo.

Share YOUR win out of this fight with the world!

The fight against North Carolina’s Amendment One galvanized thousands and inspired the whole country. “They,” the architects of this legislation and the Right-Wing forces led by NC Representative Paul Stam “The Sham” that pay for these wedge amendments, may have won the short term battle.

But the TRUE victory is in our renewed commitment to each other and solidarity with all families.
They may have won the amendment. BUT OUR WIN IS BIGGER!