Kenyatta, 24, Louisville
What does the word queer mean to you?
The work Queer to me means someone who’s not afraid to be themselves and live free without a care in the world.
How do you identify?
I identify myself as a non-binary pansexual.
I’ve came to a point in my life where where you not only have to accept the masculine but you also have to accept the feminine to be aligned with what the universe has to offer.
I also don’t really like to label myself but I do to help others try to understand but everyone isn’t meant to be understood. When you label yourself I feel you just put yourself in a box just to fit society but I commend those who don’t identify.
Where are you originally from and explain how was it growing up/living in Kentucky?
Born and raid here in Louisville, Kentucky. I grew up in Clarksdale Housing Project. I was always loved playing outside and very fascinated with nature. I didn’t play too well with others I was the one throwing sand and had all the popsicle sticks in my behavior pocket at the end of the day so school was never cake for me at all. I always enjoyed art class my favorite thing to draw was flowers when it was Friday.
What would you say to any person struggling to come into their own identity?
Do it on your own time. Don’t let anyone for you to do anything you’re not ready to. Go within and love yourself and due time you’ll be ready.
How does your own identity run how you carry yourself?
Coming into my identity allowed me to not follow societies ideal of what I should be. My sexuality allowed me to realize I don’t have to fit one specific role in society I can play multiple.
What issues do you see in the queer community?
Some people here build their own categories and stereotypes about each other which builds a “wall” and puts tension within the community.
What do you think would solve those issues?
Some people should try to step outside of their comfort zone and actually get to know someone before you make assumptions about them.
Do you feel excluded from the “mainstream” queer community?
I feel excluded from mainstream queer community cause I’m not a sir, a twink, an otter, a bear, and you catch my drift. Sometimes I got out and they throw specific events for main categories I just don’t fit into at all and would never classify myself as one just to fit in.
Where do you feel “at your best” (safe, happy, fabulous, comfortable, etc)
I feel happy when I’m on the go I’m a Capricorn so I like to stay productive especially when I’m working. I’m the night owl and the early riser. Who said you need 8 hours of sleep? That’s for lazy people. I love to catch the early morning fresh air before everyone gets out and hop in their cares and start polluting the air.
Who influenced the life you live now?
Dr. Mufundishi Baba Serikali. He’s my spiritual father and Mufundishi. He not only introduced me to meditation but he also introduced me to Tai Chi which taught me to be more mindful and conscious. Tai Chi is an ancient, yet modern, form of meditative exercise, effective regardless of age and physical ability, and practiced by millions of people worldwide. The study and practice of Tai Chi is based on the belief that health is not just the absence of disease, but is a true balance of physical, emotional and social well-being.
• Improves balance to prevent falls
• Lowers high blood pressure
• Improves shallow breathing
• Facilitates curing respiratory illnesses such as asthma, colds & bronchitis
• Strengthens joints in knees, ankles, wrists & hips
• Aids in physical & emotional adjustment during menopause
• Improves posture, aligns the spine & strengthens the lower back
• Helps to metabolize blood sugars