I Had Nothing To Lose But My Chains
The process of becoming liberated from within is one that begins and ends with a love practice. Being a low-income, BlaQueer kid from rural Kansas, I had to teach myself to move beyond surviving, to living and now thriving.
(Read more about Tabias' journey in the OurQueerArt feature here.)
Tabias Olajuawon Wilson is a 27 year old author, consultant, scholar and artist: a modern twist on the traditional Black griot. Recognized in 2012 as one of the "Top 100 Emerging LGBTQ Leaders" by the White House Office of Public Engagement, their work focuses on the intersections and compounded effects of race, law, sexuality and gender in the United States. A zealous advocate for reproductive and sexual rights, Olajuawon-Wilson also speaks regularly about HIV criminalization, vulnerability, gender, critical love ethics, afro-pessimism, black queer theory, racial capitalism, masculinities, humanization and access to power within and across racial-sexual formations. Tabias recently participated in a racial-justice dialogue with former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, and a panel with the Black leaders of the nations largest police departments. Tabias' work and insights have been featured in publications and organizations such as: The Christian Science Monitor, Mic.com, TheBody.com, The Huffington Post, Harvard Law, The Charles Hamilton Houston Institute, The Critical Black Studies Reader, Harvard University, Columbia Teachers College, Tufts University, The University of California at Berkeley, The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Morgan State University, The Potter's House DC, The Harriet Tubman House (Boston), The Art of Life After, Spontaenous Celebrations, The DC Public Library and Fire & Ink among others. Their blog, BlaQueerFlow: The Griots' Pen, features writers, artists and poets across the Queer, Latinx and African Diaspora as they delve into a communal process of knowledge production through storytelling, poetry and ongoing racial-sexual commentary. Tabias is currently a student at Howard Law (2017) and preparing to apply for African American/American Studies PhD Programs. Tabias' first offering "Godless Circumcisions: A Recollecting & Re-membering of Blackness, Queerness & Flows of Survivance"--available on Amazon & Kindle--has been received or taught from spaces as diverse as DC queer collectives to Harvard Law, VCU, Syracuse and UC-Berkeley.