I am Black queer.
I am Rick James and Audre Lorde
I am bell hooks and James Baldwin
I am Sylvester and Sister Lester,
The old queen from home who taught the girls how to thrive and survive
With nickels and thread, tenacity and grace.
I am Black queer
In slacks at noon and back-seam stockings at midnight.
I am me and I am great.
I am Black and I am queer.
I am here and I am staying.