QTPOC Healing Legacies: The Medicine of Our Stories

Though we as queer and gender non-conforming folks are often seen as marginalized and with limited resources and power, we possess a wealth of knowledge, a rich legacy and a powerful inheritance from our predecessors and ancestors. They have laid a roadmap for us, complete with thousands of years of wisdom that, though buried and suppressed, we are excavating little by little. 

What does it mean to be a medicine maker? We are all healers in our own right and are necessary to the healing work in our communities.  In many of our traditions, our queer, trans, two-spirit and gender non-conforming black and brown ancestors played important roles in their societies. We must reclaim suppressed ancestral knowledge and history and realize our power and our medicine through discussing our healing legacies.

This knowledge share will engage participants through storytelling about histories of healing in the Americas, the Caribbean, Asia and Africa. We will talk about our trans, two-spirit, gender non-conforming and non-binary warrior healer predecessors and the different ways in which they healed their communities. 

In this knowledge share we will also:

  • Discuss healing as a form of resistance and the medicine of self-determination. 
  • Look at the continuum of trans and gender non-conforming healers of color, consisting of warrior healers like Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson and artists, organizers and everyday ordinary superheroes of today while also looking at intersecting legacies that have given shape to our personal roadmaps of healing.
  • Share in the powerful medicine of our own stories
  • Discuss what healing looks like for ourselves in this moment, including healing from internalized oppression and the medicine of being our authentic selves.

Participants will be challenged to reflect on their own experiences and to think of ways that they can use their own knowledge and experience to not only heal themselves, but also to transform their communities.