Queer liberation isn’t just freedom for LGBTQIA+ people. It frees me, too.
Breaking down harmful gender binaries also helps dismantle patriarchy that has weaponized those same binaries to oppress women.
Recovering ancestral queerness fights anti-Blackness that tried to destroy our varied ways of knowing and naming sexuality & gender—the whiteness that subjugated them alongside our bodies.
And my relationships with queer people enrich my world and deepen my faith. They help me know God more deeply, to love the fullness of God refracted in their beauty.

I hope I honor them, because I know they have forever changed me.
Liberation is never zero-sum: Our freedom is inextricably bound together.

When we break shackles binding another person, they can’t cage us, either.

To my queer family: I love you fiercely. And I’ll never stop fighting for the same love you so radically embody—it is God’s hope.

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9 Jun
Democrats need to stop kindly requesting freedom from people in the business of making shackles
Since this is resonating, if you want to learn more about how we get free—and bask in Black excellence—please join our Juneteenth celebration!

I'll be talking with @agordonreed, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian of "On Juneteenth" & we have a glorious concert the night before.
Grammy Award-winning, world-renowned singer @PrettyMill1 will make a rare live performance, and we'll have other fabulous speakers and musical acts like @RevDrBarber, @Instatituss, @Kamilahf, @martharedbone, & @lodivadevine!

Because art and joy power liberation.
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20 May
Too much foreign policy criticism blames Jewish groups for US support of the apartheid in Palestine, when Christian Zionists are truly responsible. That's its own kind of antisemitism.
So let's talk about Christian Zionism. /1
There is widespread belief among white evangelicals that exclusive Jewish control of Israel will bring about Christ’s second coming. 
And they're willing to endanger both Jews and Palestinians to pursue these selfish theological ends. /2
It's important to note that these same folks don't believe the Jews they say they're defending will be saved in that coming rapture!
You can't say your actions are motivated by love for Jewish people, while simultaneously proclaiming their eternal condemnation. /3
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25 Apr
The quiet part of "our systems are not racist" is "those people deserved to die."
Either policing is a racist institution or people of color disproportionately deserve to be killed.
Either our infrastructure/waste disposal systems are racist or there's just something about Black/brown communities that elevate asthma and cancer rates.
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13 Feb
Acquitted like a Jim Crow jury
They could have had hi-res video of Trump committing crimes and it wouldn’t have mattered, because they did and it didn’t.
Black people can’t object to a knee on our necks or kids getting pepper sprayed, but whiteness protects its own.

This is who America is, and it’s who we’ve always been. And we need to decide if we want to be something different.
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9 Feb
I've been thinking a lot about a "personal relationship with Jesus" and here's what concerns me most:

What if cultural focus on a "personal relationship" confuses worshipping whiteness with worshipping God? /1
All relationships with Jesus Christ—personal and public—require communal acts of love and justice, and collective care.

And what really disturbs me is how personal salvation is offered as a placebo to make people content with worldly suffering. /2
"As long as you have a personal relationship with Jesus, it doesn't matter if you have a knee on your neck."

God is not a pacifier, and faith should never be offered as a substitute for justice. It cuts against the very heart of the gospel: For God, salvation is collective. /3
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We can’t move on—not until there is accountability. Accountability means telling the truth; it means confession and repentance. And it means consequences for brutality and death!

It means the removal of Trump from office. Now.
Either he resigns, or is impeached, or we invoke the 25th. Take your pick.

But if nothing is done—if there are no consequences to violence and insurrection—we are doomed to repeat it.
After the Civil War, the Black community—including formerly enslaved people—mobilized and organized for legal economic and political rights.

Did you know some 2,000 Black people held public office during Reconstruction?
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