She Revealed Where Her Family’s Homophobia Started and Showed the Brilliant Power of Queer People of Color – In One Amazing Poem

“I picture myself coming out and my parents’ heartbreak flooding all of India.”

Do you know what it’s like to be in the closet in a homopobic family? Arati Warrier’s poem broke our hearts when she said “my people are carrying the burden of 200 years of colonial thinking.”

But she lifted our spirits with a stunningly beautiful celebration of what it means to overcome centuries of oppression.

With Love,
The Editors at Everyday Feminism

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Arati Warrier was a member of the 2013 and 2014 They Speak Austin Youth Slam Teams and has been a member of UT Spitshine Poetry Slam since the fall of 2012. She represented UT, Austin at the national collegiate poetry slam in 2014, winning 1st place and the title of Best Poem and in 2015, where the team placed 13th and was awarded Best Writing for a Team. Check out her website and follow her on Twitter @warrierprncss

Video courtesy of Button Poetry. For more amazing spoken word performances, check them out on YouTube and Facebook.