Feministing Jamz: A queer & trans people of color playlist for your post-Grammys blues

Oh awards shows, what a mess! The Grammys, of course, were no different. There’s been a ton of buzz about Macklemore’s performance of Same Love, what it means that he won Best Rap Album, all streaming into a larger conversation around his place as a white man calling out homophobia in hip hop.

Well I’m here to tell you: queer and trans folks of color? We don’t need a white savior. We’re speaking for ourselves, and though the Grammy’s might not often listen, our voices are important and they are awesome. For your post-Grammy blues, here’s a playlist of QTPOC artists that have been making amazing music in the past few years. It is woefully incomplete – I’m between workshops at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s Creating Change conference right now and I just threw this together, but I know we all need a pick-me-up after that sorry night of mostly white dudes giving each other awards. I promise a future QPTOC Jamz playlist with even more amazing goodies in the future.



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Verónica Bayetti Flores has spent the last years of her life living and breathing reproductive justice. She has led national policy and movement building work on the intersections of immigrants' rights, health care access, young parenthood, and LGBTQ liberation, and has worked to increase access to contraception and abortion, fought for paid sick leave, and demanded access to safe public space for queer youth of color. In 2008 Verónica obtained her Master’s degree in the Sexuality and Health program at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. She loves cooking, making art, listening to music, and thinking about the ways art forms traditionally seen as feminine are valued and devalued. In addition to writing for Feministing, she is currently spending most of her time doing policy work to reduce the harms of LGBTQ youth of color's interactions with the police and making sure abortion care is accessible to all regardless of their income.

Verónica is a queer immigrant writer, activist, and rabble-rouser.

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