Last month, I was featured in the Food and Drink issue of Curve Magazine for my article on what it means to be a “Queer Urban Farmer” (photo cred Charlie Randall with help from my dear friend Mark Sherman from LEAF). The article discusses my observations (and frustrations) about how much queer identity seems to be centered around being an “urbanite”, both in the media and indeed very often in reality. For me, this correlation between being queer and being urban is false, and is directly related to the diaspora many queer people experience coming from rural areas that typically seem to provide less opportunities to form thriving, safe LGBT2Q community.
I end the article with this thought:
“Although so many of us certainly feel “free” in the city, until that freedom fully extends beyond the borders of the city centre, there is still much work to be done. Until then, you can catch me turning heads in my farm gear, content that, queer or not, being an “urbanite” these days can mean being a farmer like me.”
Sorry Folks, can't find it online, but you can ask me to send you the full article via email!