Literary tradition is strong in the queer community. Storytelling is how LGBTQI people have named and defined existence, named and transcended fear, named and chosen family. Through poetry, music and memoir, LGBTQI communities keep constant vigil. Nowhere is that tradition more present than in queer and transgender communities of color. “All of us loved you / we want you to know this / listen,” wrote Tatiana de la Tierra.
In honor of Pride month and the 49 lives lost in Orlando, Oakland Library celebrates Latinx authors, artists and activists. Let us listen to their stories and hold the hard truth that we cannot truly know the names and stories of Orlando’s lost generation; they did not get the chance to name themselves.
But we can show up for the living: All of us love you. We want you to know this. We are listening.
que te queremos then and now
hear it in Nahuatl en Español en Pocho en Inglés
hear it en la canción del viento
en el silencio