4 Poems to Keep QPOC Writing in April

“All the parrots of India will turn to sugar crunching From this Persian candy that goes [as far as] Bengal.” -Hafez By ena ganguly Since time immemorial, poetry has been used as a device to criticize unfair regimes, advocate for justice and make apparent what is undoing us and what continues to hold us up. The power of poetry is …

Healing Ancestral Wounds: Six Tips to Finding a Therapist

By Rosa Alvarez As queer and trans people of color (QTPOC),  living within the intersections of gender, sexuality, and race means that we must often navigate life by dealing with discrimination and hate. For some of us, our identities intersect with issues related to immigration, socioeconomics and xenophobia, among others. We live in a world that was not made for …

10 Fun Things To Do To Celebrate Spring

By ena ganguly Happy Spring to those who are rejoicing the sunshine, wearing skirts and dresses, and sweating it out under the Texas sun! I for one am at my natural state when the sun is out and when the clouds are away. Though I don’t mind the cold, or winter, it’s the mixture of rain, wind and cold that …

Four Female Music Artists of Color Who Inspire Me to be My Most Authentic Self

By Jasmine Taylor With SXSW and International Women’s Day coming this month, I find myself listening to my favorite female music artists on repeat.  Ever since 2016, and honestly even for years before then, I have been feeling vulnerable as a woman, as a person of color, as a queer person, and as a young adult navigating a concerning economy …

Supporting Our Own

By ena ganguly One of the reasons allgo exists is to nurture queer people of color communities and serve as a space to build, nourish and maintain queer people of color networks, communities and relationships. It’s important for us as queer people of color to support one another. Without it, we would not be where we are today, on a …

Cleanliness as a Tool For (Dys)Functionality

By ena ganguly Recently, Marie Kondo’s show on Netflix has blown up everywhere. I feel as though everyone has been watching and talking about this Japanese woman who utilizes the wisdom of her culture to support individuals, families and homes as they learn to organize and tidy up. Though I only watched one episode, I appreciated her respect for lived …

Five Ways to Make an Impact in QPOC Communities

By ena ganguly I am deeply committed to the wellness of queer people of color communities, including the possession of quality social capital. To me, this means that when I’m in trouble, I can pick up the phone and someone will show up. Or if I want my people to come out to an event, they will be there, supporting …

Five Fun & Affordable Ideas For QPOC Valentine’s Day!

I don’t know about you, but I’m a hopeless romantic. I love giving and receiving cutesy notes, chocolates, flowers, candles, and sweet surprises! I’ve felt this way ever since I was a child and fully grasped the reason why my classmates were giving each other those chalky heart shaped ‘candies’ labeled ‘I love you’ and ‘Won’t you be mine?’. When …

Self Love Lessons: Showing Tenderness Towards Your Past, Present, and Future

By Jae Lin I’ve been thinking deeply about the way that our identities and presences exist in a spectrum of time. I’ve been wondering about how time affects our relationship to ourselves—in growing forward, in looking backward, in predictions and trajectories, in haunting doubts, and in present mindspaces. This year, I really want to consider and explore the ways that …

Congratulations! You Made It.

By ena ganguly Hi, if you’re reading this, congratulations! You have made it to the year 2019. It’s been hard getting here. There have been so many roadblocks, naysayers and obligations in your way that may have distracted you from properly loving and caring for yourself. I know,  I can relate. Even in this brand new year of 2019, as …