Below are a few questions we asked a member of the community to answer. He wished to remain anonymous.

  1. Can you speak to your experience as a person of colour or being read as a POC within the queer community?

I’ve always been aware of my place in the world as a black man. It’s hard to be black and it’s even more hard to be black and be a part of the LGBTQ+ community. I’ve never felt ashamed though, to be gay. Like I have always been proud to be me and I’ve always been accepted as me. But I do think that some people let black gay boys “pass” because they’re stereotyped as feminine. Which can be a bad thing in some cases but sometimes, it gives you perspective on what non-queer people perceive us as.

  1. How do you feel about the current queer community on PEI?

I don’t have an in depth understanding of the queer community because I only came out a year ago, but from what I can see, people are trying to do their best to make it a more inclusive space. Coming from a point in My life where I’ve seen how the black community bands together, it’s cool to know that the queer community on Price Edward Island is doing the work to be better.

  1. Do you feel the whiteness of the current queer community on PEI has affected your involvement?

Yes, but not in a negative way. It’s made me notice that I can be a voice for people if they need me to be. I know that it’s hard, especially for people of colour to always stand by and watch the “white world” pass by. But I know that there’s so much work to be done and I want to be more involved in that work.

  1. Have you ever felt the need to sacrifice your ethnic culture to be queer?

Not for me specifically because I’m not very in tune with my family’s culture. However I do know that many people do feel the need to drop their culture to be a part of the LGBTQ+ community because of either internalized homophobia or blatant homophobia within that specific culture. But I do know that I have pretended to be not gay so that I could keep my family from dealing with the reprecussions. Some people just feel the need to hide the fact that they are queer to keep the peace from the pressure of outside people.

  1. How do you identify (pronouns, within the queer community and ethnically)?

I am a gay black man and my pronouns are he/him.

  1. Things you wish you could tell yourself when you were 10.

I wish I could tell myself that just because people treat you differently doesn’t mean that they’ll always treat you differently. Life takes time for people to understand that difference is important and necessary.

-Anonymous, Black Gay Man