Last week, we send out an email commemorating #Pride month that shared the history of Romaine la Prophètesse, a gender nonconforming revolutionary hero that led armies of enslaved people in Southern #Haiti during the #HaitianRevolution🗡️. We got overwhelmingly positive responses about this historical figure but, one homophobic email said that queerness was "anti-Haitian". There are 2 things about this response that we want to publicly adress:
1) Stop⛔ policing other people's identities and forcing people to conform to the limits of your own imagination. You don't get to place limitations on Dominican or #Haitian identity. If black people on the island in the 1700s were cool with following someone in a dress to battle and winning their freedom, who are you to police their choice of a leader?! _
2) The revolution will be intersectional or it will fail. We cannot have movements on the island that exclude the most vulnerable or cater solely to tyranny of the majority. As Josué Azor, a gay Haitian photographer, states in this video from @ayibobopost, although Haitian society has not been historically homophobic, foreign evangelicals and the #Catholic church have been pushing legislation in Haiti that are not only homophobic, but actually anti-Haitian in that they aim to suppress the sovereignty, gender, linguistic, and religious diversity of the people. The same can be said for the DR as evangelicals try to get the Bible taught in public schools and to suppress any education on gender. -
It stands to reason that we've opened the door for our societies to become less tolerant than they were in the 1700s...