I recently submitted these two images to an anthology called the Sober Revolution. Although I don’t personally use the term “sober” to refer to the fact that I don’t drink (with the exception of a couple of sips of alcohol once in a blue moon) or smoke. I also don’t eat meat and the images include my message to folks I say no to when they offer these things 🙂
Here’s the awesome call for submissions for the anthology:
Discussion of substance (ab)use in queer communities is largely limited to a medical-model. In this scenario, LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) people arrive burdened by genes that may randomly throw a switch into a full-fledged addiction. Another conversation is necessary (especially in activist communities).
Substance use can be a method to diminish the harsh impacts of colonialism, sexism, racism, heterosexism and its various manifestations within capitalist administrative violence. What becomes apparent is the need to reconsider and highlight many other strategies of coping and self-determination.
One of these strategies of self-determination is sobriety. While sobriety is certainly not the only answer and can operate in prejudiced and toxic ways, sober and straight/queer-edge queers have the potential to engage in practices of political resistance that haven’t been acknowledged in a largely substance dominated movement. With our commitment to sobriety we may be creating breakthrough practices in our justice work.
Sober Revolution is an anthology that will collect the experiences of queers negotiating sobriety and resistance. Contributors will share their personal stories, struggles, and perspectives on intoxication culture and sobriety addressing topics including but not limited to:
achieving and sustaining sobriety;
is sobriety revolutionary? how and how not?;
sobriety and disability justice;
the relationship between those who come to sobriety from a political analysis to those who come to it from experiences with substances;
analysis of intoxication culture and how it intersects with other systems of power like settler colonialism and the prison system;
the benefits and limitations of medical model, 12-step and other interventions including harm reduction;
creating safer spaces for sober and substance conscious queers;
negotiating chemical dependency and its impact on radical visioning and practice;
critique of sobriety culture and who gets labeled an addict;
role of shame/stigma in substance use/sobriety and how this shame/stigma is part of systems of oppression;
what self-determination looks like for different queer communities regarding substance use;
how do sober communities and folks who use drugs/substances support one another;
What do you all think? Please share your thoughts in the comments below ❤