celebrating and creating our own LGBTQ+ history in honour of Sheila McWattie

day thirteen

Self Portrait Two


My queerness is part of my identity

The joy of my chosen families


My queerness is one of nature’s glories

The flowering of my legacies


My queerness is the African in me

The taboo of my oppressors


My queerness is being out of the closet

The guilt of my queer bashers


My queerness is the celebration of all beings

The fact of life


Queer is in every culture and race

The rejoicing of difference


Queer the sexuality of many people’s

Is nature’s own deliberation


My queerness is your fear

My courage


Your exclusion

My embrace


Your shame

My pride


Your fantasy

My reality


Your deception

My revelation


Now say my Name.




Vimalasara Mason-John, 51 complete, 52 running, Vancouver


Dr Valerie Mason-John Aka Queenie is an award winning author of five books and the editor of two anthologies. She co-wrote the first book on African and Asian Lesbians in Britain,  Making Black Waves while also editing an anthology of writing by African and Asian Lesbian, Talking Black African and Asian Lesbians Speak Out. She is ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Community and renamed Vimalasara. She is currently co writing a book Eight Step Recovery Using The Buddhas Teachings To Overcome Addiction.

Www.bullyvictimbystander.com https://www.facebook.com/eightsteprecovery


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