Being A Queer WOC Lets Me Engage With Both Great And Awful People
Politics and Activism

Being A Queer WOC Lets Me Engage With Both Great And Awful People

Wonder what it's like being a queer WOC at USC? I got you.

Being A Queer WOC Lets Me Engage With Both Great And Awful People
Lilly Kate Diaz

Ever wonder what it's like to be queer at USC?

Or a womxn?

Or a poc (person of color)?

Or all three?

Well, I'm here to give you some insight on what it's like being a queer WOC at USC.

When I first stepped inside my first college class last fall. I looked around me and thought to myself: "Wow. This is real."

My heart was saddened to not see any familiar faces. To not joke about things that latinx people tend to have in common (like telling your mom that you're bored and her telling you that you should clean your room if you're that bored). A part of me felt a bit resentful, too. It wasn't certain people's faults that they got into USC with more advantages than I had. That's just how life works sometimes. I recall some of my friends telling me stories on how people would stereotype the area USC is in (the same place that I was raised) and stereotyping the people that live in the area. It was frustrating to see how some people at this "diverse" community could be so ignorant. It's 2017, people -- wake up.

Even being in my current Web Publishing class is a bit saddening. But empowering. Though no one sits next to me in my class (and received some "wait, what are you doing here?" looks), I still take pride and get my work done. It is more of me proving myself right in being able to be a queer woc in stem than proving them wrong, if that makes sense.

Being a queer person isn't that frustrating. But again, this is my perspective. There are a couple of LGBT+ friendly clubs on campus that are super inclusive and loving. However, when you combine my queerness with my beautiful sun-kissed skin, it was a bit harder to relate to people.

I remember taking a class where we were able to read on some queer poc, and thinking, "why isn't there more information on the modern queer latinx being?" Even going to the ONE Archives (super awesome place, btw), opened my eyes to how little information there is on queer poc. Although, sometimes, I feel like there is an overwhelming amount of information, as well (this goes back to me being exposed to queer woc information in a formal setting for the first time).

Being a womxn was also a bit difficult. My first class was "Changing Family Norms" in Summer 2016. I come from a progressive/liberal background (my family, friends, peers had similar points of views like me). So I had naively expected my future peers to also be progressive/liberal. But when we had our first prepared discussion, I was amazed at how many boys agreed with such traditional views. I'm not saying it's bad to have those views, but to be closed off to the idea of a womxn being a breadwinner? That's a bit unfortunate.

Whether some of these struggles appear once in a while or often, I've managed to brush it off and/or use it to my advantage to improve myself and prove myself right.

This is a reminder to all my beautiful brown/black people. My beautiful queer folks. My beautiful sisters. We are much more than stereotypes. We are not statistics. We are intelligent, compassionate, badass people. Keep your head up. Things will appear tough, but you will overcome.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

119 People Reveal How The Pandemic Has Affected Their Love Lives, And Honestly... Relatable

"I haven't been able to get out of the 'talking phase' with anyone."

The reality is, there's no part of life the pandemic hasn't affected. Whether it's your work life, your home life, your social life, or your love life, coronavirus (COVID-19) is wreaking havoc on just about everything — not to mention people's health.

When it comes to romance, in particular, people are all handling things differently and there's no "right way" of making it through, regardless of your relationship status (single, taken, married, divorced, you name it). So, some of Swoon's creators sought out to hear from various individuals on how exactly their love lives have been affected since quarantine began.

Keep Reading... Show less
Politics and Activism

If 'Hockey Is For Everyone,' Why Is Matt Dumba So Alone In Fighting For Racial Equality In The NHL?

If the NHL is using #WeSkateForEquality, why is Dumba alone in the fight for equality?

On Saturday, August 1, 2020, the National Hockey League resumed play for the first time since March 12, 2020. The season was paused due to the growing coronavirus (COVID-19) spread and a concern for the players contacting the virus and spreading it through the League. Fans and players sat and waited for the hockey season to resume, which took more than 140 days.

Keep Reading... Show less

- Though as a little girl, I had the silkiest, softest hair that would get compliments everywhere I went, since I turned about thirteen I've since had coarse, dry hair no amount of deep conditioning masks or sulfate-free shampoo could fix.

- I started using the Raincry's Condition Boar Bristle Brush several months ago, and while I noticed that my hair had been softer, silkier, and shinier than it had ever been, I didn't make the connection because I never thought a simple hairbrush could make any difference in my hair texture.

- I will be the first to admit that I thought it was ridiculous to spend nearly a hundred dollars on a hairbrush, but this one eliminates the need for me to use any heat tools or styling products on it.

- I put some oil or a serum in my hair when it's wet, brush my hair with the boar bristle brush once it's dry, and end up with the lowest maintenance, shiniest hair I've had since I was 8 years old.


Keep Reading... Show less

Bingeing a romantic comedy is always a good idea, and during this pandemic, these movies bring us one of the only elements of romance we can get. Through all the break-ups, obstacles, and struggles in our love lives, romantic comedies have always been there to make us laugh and keep us company while we cry.

While we love these movies for the beyond gorgeous male love interests, the female protagonists are still the ones we always remember. Although rom-coms are far from reality, it is always fun to imagine what our life would be like if a cinematic studio was behind our love life. So what does your favorite romantic comedies say about your dream guy?

Keep Reading... Show less

Whether you're in an unhealthy relationship currently, you know someone who is, or you just want to have these numbers saved just in case it could one day save someone's life (if not your own), this article is for you. Here are three numbers to save in your contacts ASAP so you can always be safe, both physically and mentally, in every relationship.

Keep Reading... Show less

7 Things You Need To Know About Our NEW Bachelorette, Tayshia Adams

Could THIS be the most dramatic season in "Bachelorette" history?

Bombshell news coming from Bachelor Nation today, Tayshia Adams is replacing Clare Crawley as the bachelorette!

Rumor has it that Clare found her person early on in the process and did not want to continue with the process of leading other men on throughout the season.

Keep Reading... Show less

The NBA is back, and for basketball fans, like myself, it has been the BEST news we have heard since COVID-19 shutdown play indefinitely. I mean, come on, we need to see if James Harden can once again perform so well he has back-to-back 50 point games, Kawhi can lead another team to the championship title, and whether Giannis is going to be back-to-back MVP... among like 500 other things running through our heads!

In the midst of all of the amazing statistics and records that these players are breaking, though, we also just love the NBA because well, there are some pretty good looking guys out there. Here are the 19 hottest NBA players (in no particular order) you would totally let slam dunk on you now that the NBA has returned.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

Everything You Need To Know About Macronutrients, Because A Diet Should Be More Than Calories

Pay attention to what you're eating, not just how much you're eating.

Plenty of people are familiar with the "calories in, calories out" (CICO) method of dieting which can be used for losing, gaining, or maintaining weight. This method relies on calculating a person's total daily energy expenditure (TDEE) to ensure that they are not overeating or undereating to achieve their desired weight. TDEE considers a person's height, weight, age, gender, and level of activity to determine what their caloric intake should be — some calculators can factor in body fat percentage as well. When I used a TDEE calculator online, it said that my TDEE would be 1,990 calories if I was trying to maintain my weight, but are all calories created equal? I'd argue that they're not.

It might seem obvious to some of you that 1,990 calories of macaroni and cheese are not healthy at all compared to 1,990 calories of varied foods (fruit, veggies, meat, bread, etc.).

Keep Reading... Show less

Just Because You're Asked To Be In A Wedding, Doesn't Always Mean You Should Say Yes

If you can't invest time, money, and YOURSELF, maybe say no to the offer for the bride's sake!

Being in a wedding is a really big commitment. I personally think if you've never been in one before, you don't understand the time, money, and energy that goes into being a part of it.

Keep Reading... Show less

As any poor college student, a little kick of caffeine for less than a dollar has always sounded great to me. So, naturally, AriZona Iced Tea has been a go-to for as long as I can remember.

Keep Reading... Show less
Politics and Activism

Dear Closeted Latina,

You were never alone.

Remember how the Latin world got rocked when Ricky Martin came out?

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments