What's It Giving?
About Let's Get Back To Queer:
So boom, one day in 2017 Brandon Nick had an idea for a podcast that could channel the curiosities and interests of Black LGBTQ storytellers into something tangible. In 2019, he manifested that idea into a reality.
Let’s Get Back To Queer is a hand-crafted assortment of audio stories that exist to celebrate community and to archive the cultures and legacies of Black queer and trans communities. Using a documentary-style approach, we blend interviews, narration, and sound design with curated topics to produce quality episodes that explore the magical, mundane, and messy experiences of Black LGBTQ people. We dig into the conversations we aren't having, and reimagine the ones we are.
Our mission is simple: to create a unique, community centered audio-series that centers and amplifies diverse voices in Black LGBTQ communities that inspire critical conversations around our individual and collective existence.
Let's Get Back To Queer is presented by The Each-Other Project.
As Black LGBTQ folx, and LGBTQ People of the Global Majority, reclaiming our bodies as something to be loved, celebrated, and pleasured often feels like a luxury that is well beyond our reach. Society, faith communities, and even our loved ones have told us it is inappropriate to relish experiences that have no outcome other than our delight. “Hustle and grind” culture tell us that if we ain’t making money or making moves, we are wasting time. And social media constantly perpetuates that we have not made it “enough” to enjoy life yet.
But that is not living. That is not freedom.
In the book Pleasure Activism by Adrienne Maree Brown, she says “pleasure is a measure of freedom.” And the Let’s Get Back To Queer team believes that to be true. Pleasure is not a luxury, it is our birthright. And by pleasure we mean anything that brings you joy and satisfaction, which includes sex, but it also so much more. For us, the inverse of pleasure is stigma and shame because it disconnects us from ourselves and prevents us from living full lives.
Over here, we’re strong advocates for Black queer and trans folks utilizing joy and feeling good as that north star in our sky that guides and helps create a satisfiable life. In spite of the bullshit the world tries to pile on us, in spite of our trauma, shame, or feelings of unworthiness. That is pleasure as liberation.
So what does pleasure as liberation look like? For us, it looks like a world without classism, sexism or racism. It looks like the end of homophobia, transphobia, fatphobia, xenophobia and every other phobia that impacts the wellbeing of people. Pleasure as liberation looks like living in a world where we remove the constraints of systemic injustice so that we can all be free in our flesh to live our best possible lives.
Everyone deserves to live a pleasure-centered life. Especially Black LGBTQ identified folx.
About The Each-Other Project:
The Each-Other Project (TEOP) is a digital media platform that celebrates Black and queer and trans communities, and queer and trans communities of color, through art and advocacy.
Host & Executive Producer: Brandon Nick
Presented By: The Each-Other Project
Sound Design/Mixing: Evan Joseph
Theme Music: Byrell The Great