dhakshayini | தயந (she/they)

I am a queer gender fluid Tamil person. I don't speak about this much as I've been grappling with the commodification of my individual identities; and how they continue to be co-opted and weaponized by state/corporate power. Part of me resists focusing on how race/gender/sexuality/class impacts me, and instead seeks to understand how social categories of difference structure/order/sort society. Representation is meaningless unless it contributes to alleviating extreme precarity, violent inequality, and pervasive death.
But also, in the words of Ocean Vuong, being queer saved my life.
White people did not invent queerness. Though I am still negotiating this, queerness feels central to my connection to my homeland, and its lands and waters.