… submit to The Colors Project, a student-run magazine by and for queer people of color.
We are accepting submissions all year round; the deadline for pieces to be considered for the Spring 2013 issue is March 18. Send your work to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click on the cover image to view or download our Winter 2013 issue! Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 issues are on the Archive page.
Deadline is Thurs. October 18
We’re excited to open our inbox to submissions for the Fall 2012 issue! Send them to email@example.com.
What do we accept?
- essays (500-1000 words)
- personal reflections
- movie reviews
If you’re thinking of joining the board of The Colors Project and becoming directly involved with the publication, now is a good time! Our first meeting is today at 4 PM in the LGBT Center.
We will soon announce our call for submissions for our Fall 2012 issue, so if you have a piece to submit, stay tuned.
Cover designed by Sean Laughlin, Philadelphia artist.
Print copies can be found at:
- UPenn’s LGBT Center (3907 Spruce St.) and around the UPenn campus
- Attic Youth Center (255 South 16th St.)
- William Way Community Center (1315 Spruce St.)
- GALAEI (1207 Chestnut St.)
- Mazzoni Center – Washington West (809 Locust St.)
- Giovanni’s Room (345 South 12th St.)
- Swarthmore College (starting next Monday)
- Marks Intercultural Center (30 South 33rd St.), Drexel University
and by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org – tell us the number of copies you want and your mailing address.
It is an interesting facet of language that, as much as it is used to bind groups of people together through history and “culture,” inherent in it is exclusion. To begin to deconstruct our identities, we must use language that forces us to create an outside world; we must first assess what we are not. How can we, as scholars, as thinkers, begin to understand a world that forces us to exclude ourselves from so much of it? While we can argue that there is only so much one can experience, there is a difference between saying that we have not experienced something and constructing an identity that excludes the possibility of such experience. Thus, I stand in opposition, not only to our languages, but to these very notions of exclusive identity. I stand Brown; not in color or race, but Brown in thought, in action, in motivation, and in ideology.
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In much discourse today, there is this notion of colorblindness that has popularized the idea that we are, or should continue to strive to, post-racialness. This entire notion of us somehow being post-race is, as my anthropological fountainhead, Dr. Deborah Thomas, has said, “completely fallacious. It’s impossible. It’s not even desirable.” To argue for color blindness is to presuppose an inherent negativity characteristic of race itself and to ignore the historical dimensions of the construction of race and identity. It is within this theoretical matrix that I position myself as a student of anthropology, striving to decolonize my voice and scholarship.
Through my involvement in The Colors Project I seek to continuously develop my own, and others, understanding of privilege, and produce an assemblage of discourses that highlights our differences, but at the same time unites us within a multitude of resistance against the structural-violence braided throughout the political economy of life.
Although arguably hidden, the production of “others” has not ceased or dissipated, but instead, has been pushed to the background of the everyday logics of our biopolitic. Thus The Colors Project stands in opposition to the very logics that birthed it and in so doing, seeks to (re)produce its own space and prove that the subaltern can in fact speak.