My Opinions

I hope everyone is doing as well as possible in this time of 45. It’s hard to keep one’s spirits up while watching the streams of news reporting regarding the plight of immigrants/refuges in the US. It’s exasperating to watch these politicians’ inability to answer a direct question. Everything is spin. And lives hang in the balance.

I received the Summer 2018 issue and have only one complaint: it’s too short. I wish UltraViolet was a longer read. I’m always sad when I get to the last article. You present articles and issues I cannot find in other publications.

Your reprint of Hyajin Shim’s article provided a different perspective on the Korea talks. I was unaware of what both North and South Koreans have been through. It was an eye-opener that grew my compassion. Thanks.

I am a queer, Arab-speaking, African-American Muslim. I stand in solidarity with the Palestinians and thank you for continuing to cover what Israel would like to go unnoticed. Free Palestine!!

There are other queer Muslims here. We are not embraced by the Islamic community here. We are either ostracized or ignored. What resources are there for queer Muslims? There was a notice printed in Black & Pink about an organization, Black & Crescent” that provides support for incarcerated queer Muslims. It is based in Chicago. We’ve written to them numerous times but received no response.

The “Reject the Family, Not the Immigrant” article is a fine example of an analysis that I cannot find in other places. I know, from personal experience, how dangerous the family can be. I endured years of abuse from biological family members. It was my queer family that helped me heal. Support for immigrants/refugees doesn’t mean we have to support heteronormativity. The matters are conflated by many people. I thank Kate for helping us parse the two.

Roxy’s story broke my heart. We have to do something about this issue. Your publishing her story, memorializing her struggle, is a major step. Storytelling is a critical tool in building resistance.

I recently applied for the PEN Writing For Justice Fellowship. Check out the details at

Lastly, I love Pose [TV show]. I was skeptical at first. Actually I was afraid. I am a Ballroom kid (Karen, then Ebony and now, Prodigy). I first entered the scene in 1993, not long after the show’s setting. I never thought my world would be seen on national television.  Pose is not a show about the ballroom scene. It is a show about people who happen to be part of the ballroom scene.

Congrats on the PLF grant. I didn’t know something like PLF existed. Send me more info if you can. Thanks for your time. effort and patience. Respectfully, Stephen Wilson #LB8480, SCI at Smithfield, PO Box 999, 1120 Pike St. Huntingdon PA 16652

Author: lagai

LAGAI-Queer Insurrection is one of the oldest radical queer liberation groups in the U.S. We publish UltraViolet, a more or less bimonthly newspaper, which is mailed free of charge to over 1500 people, including over 800 prisoners. Our website is

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