Staying in the trying : queer kinship solidarity as liberation praxis

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Cristina M. Dominguez (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Silvia Bettez

Abstract: Collective liberation isn’t only something some of us are fighting or working for; it’s also something some of us live for with/in and through our everyday relationships. Situated at the intersection of Kinship, Social Movement, and Social Justice Education research, this project focuses on how Black, Brown, and white anti-racist LGBTQ+ social justice workers in North Carolina are bringing into the here and now more just and liberatory worlds for all through taking up queer kinship solidarity as a liberation praxis. Engaging verbal and visual narratives from pairings and groups collected through focus groups, creative methods, and follow-up conversations, this project takes up an in-depth exploration of how these queer kin pairings and families are moving beyond binaries and inhabiting norms differently regarding kinship, alliance/solidarity and coalition relationships, and social justice education and action. An intimate analysis of the distinct, varied, and expansive ways participant pairings and groups are doing/living queer kinship solidarity with each other every day revealed a doing/living queer kinship solidarity through engaging and experiencing dynamic elements of trust, solidarity, care, and connection. Undergirding their engagement of and experience with these elements is a taking up of authenticity, curiosity, dignity, growth, and joy as relational value-practices. This project aims to open up and offer new possibilities for all of us committed to liberation and social justice in all of the spaces and relationships we are in. Keywords: queer chosen family, kinship, relationality, solidarity, social justice, liberation

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Language: English
Date: 2022
Queer chosen family, Kinship, Relationality, Solidarity, Social justice, Liberation
Sexual minority community $z North Carolina
Sexual minorities $z North Carolina
Social justice $z North Carolina
Kinship $z North Carolina

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