In the collective’s analysis of the multiple ways LGBTGNC people are targeted by the police, such as police harassment and arresting victims of violence, they argue that we cannot understand these challenges as solely issues of sexuality or gender. Instead, they are also issues of race, class, ability, and citizenship.

Organized by the 100 Black Men of West Texas, a Silent Solidarity Walk took place in downtown Lubbock on the evening of June 1st. By then, thousands of people were coming together across the nation to protest police brutality and systemic racism, so I eagerly attended the solidarity walk because I wanted the Movement for Black Lives to find a place in my West Texas town.

Our current pandemic is shocking, and almost unbearable. I cherish Waterlily’s relatives’ refusal of isolation. For most of this year, I have quarantined and distanced. I do this for the safety of myself and others. I am fortunate to have work and a stipend; but still, there is much I yearn for. I don’t know when this will end.