Centering Others: Empowerment in the Margins with Roxane Gay & Megan Pillow

This powerful episode in our Queer Futures series features an enlightening conversation about power structures with Jen and renowned author Roxanne Gay and co-writer Megan Pillow. The women explore not only the concept of individual power, but how we can engage in community empowerment. Together, they delve into how marginalized communities, particularly LGBTQ+ individuals, can claim their power and challenge existing power structures to create a more inclusive and just society.

Discussion includes:ย 

  • Claiming Individual Power: How women, LGBTQ+ individuals, and others can assert their power in personal and professional spaces.
  • Challenging Power Structures: The importance of calling out abuses of power and questioning the status quo
  • Empowerment Through Solidarity: The role of community and collective action in amplifying individual voices and driving social progress.
  • Re-examining Power Dynamics: How rethinking traditional notions of gender, race, and power can lead to more equitable outcomes.
  • Focusing on the Margins: The significance of centering marginalized voices and experiences in conversations about power and progress.

Roxanne and Megan discuss practical steps that anyone can take to empower others around them. Weโ€™re encouraged to ask ourselves critical questions about our own relationships to power and to question the power sources that infringe on the rights of others and use our individual power to disrupt them. Every small act of resistance contributes to a larger movement for justice.