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7 QTBIPOC Collectives and Events to Check Out in 2023

by Sarah Goh

Last year brought an outpouring of events for queer and trans Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (QTBIPOC) communities. One notable holdover from the pandemic is that QTBIPOC groups are increasingly finding spaces outside of traditional LGBTQ+ bars, or having events at rotating locations. The Emerald has compiled a list of these events and collectives to ring in the new year. From burlesque to Lunar New Year celebrations to farmer’s markets, these events are held to celebrate and center the QTBIPOC community.

If you’re looking to meet new people, find community, or want to support local queer and BIPOC communities, this list is for you!

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Exhaling …

by Sharon Maeda

Exhaling … from the emotional exhaustion of the past four years. Saturday evening, after Joe Biden and Kamala Harris spoke as president and vice president elect, I joined the thousands, if not millions of Americans who finally slept through the night and woke up refreshed. 

I had written commentary before the election, waiting only to insert a paragraph with the exact results. It was a get-this-out-of-my-system litany of the dishonest, disgusting, and death-causing policies of the current president. Writing was a good release as my fingers flew over the keyboard. But I realized Emerald readers have already lived through enough political trauma. 

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