Queerness Beyond Sexuality, Into Identity, and Toward a Truly Liberated Future

Today is the final day of Pride month 2021. As a Black Queer man, this month always has me reflecting quite deeply on how the meaning of Pride resonates with me and how it continues to evolve over time.  Growing up, we were taught to synonymize Queerness solely with sexuality.  A man should not lay with another man.  There is Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve. Years of indoctrination socialized us into a reductive conception of what it means to be Queer. It is a “sexual orientation.” Same gender…