my flower bed is calling your name...
but you are not listening
this is what your privilege means
it means that i have to work twice as hard to get your attention
this is the life of a queer trans guy
i do not fit in anywhere
you don’t let me forget this either
i look at the unreplied text
even if people think i am straight
even if i tend to like masculine folks more
during the day i test men for hiv
i hear about another man
“but you still need love 'cause you’re
this ain't love, it's clear to see”
men innately more likely
men are socialized to think
their actions have no
men are socialized to believe
this is the space i was
supposed to have access to
that i was the patriarchy
Smitty Buckler is an amalgamation of grey area politicized identities. They express themselves through the intersections of being an artist, organizer, writer, performer, dancer, researcher, and advocate. Smitty is passionate about trans health care access and the empowerment of trans individuals in HIV activism. They have been organizing qtpoc spectrum artists since 2005 with Collective of Geniuses (CoG) and Rad Care. Enthusiasts of Smitty say among their other qualities, one is phlebotomizing the patriarchy of all its evil blood, replacing it with liquid glitter. This is apparent in their art and the fierceness they bring to intersectional activism.
This issue of Chelsea Station was co-edited by
Mitch Kellaway, AJ Sass, and Noah Grabeel.