For almost two years now I have been siting with the query, What is a Queer Response to Climate Change? I have asked it privately in my study. I mull over it in the pool as I do laps? I consider it as I read Audre Lorde, Walt Whitman, and Bayard Rustin? I ask it on stage through a variety of characters. I discuss it with LGBTQ activists, clergy, and random people on trains. It’s been a rich query to consider that stirs up many answers.
This week’s episode of Climate Stew looks at some of the answers to this query. You will learn about Marisol Jimenez, a high school teacher from Texas, a lesbian very concerned about her community who over the next 50 years will do wonders. (Yeah, in our studios we have access to archives of audio from the future!) Also, hear a very moving, heartwarming, and insightful word from Marvin Bloom who considers the many ways that LGBTQ people have faced extinctions and exterminations. He reflects on the lessons we learned–how we got it wrong as well as right–and how these lessons can be applied to the Climate Movement.
If you want to share Marvin’s monologue with LGBTQ folks and allies, we have posted it directly over at SoundCloud.