A brief history of BQIC!

Our friend Meli Diaz asked us to share some info about BQIC for her US History Students, and we happily obliged! Our co-founder and Consciousness-Raising co-lead Dkéama Alexis spoke about BQIC’s origin story and our framework, so we wanted to share that with y’all today.  We also want to elevate that today is also Nakba Day, the anniversary of the establishment of the Israeli state in 1948 and the following displacement/ethnic cleansing of Palestinian people.

Black and Palestinian solidarity has a long, intertwined history considering how both our communities have been brutalized in the name of nationalism and profit. May all our continued resistance and resilience bring an end to empire!

AL NAKBA shirt designed by Amy Gutmann Fuentes

Transcript: Hey y’all! My name is Dkéama Alexis — all gender pronouns are fine — and I am a co-founder and core organizer with the group Black Queer & Intersectional Collective, which is BQIC for short. We were officially established in March 2017, and we’ve been going strong ever since.

Our mission is, we are working towards a world where Black LGBTQIA+ people from all backgrounds can be free and thrive, and we do that through direct action, community organizing, education, and creating spaces where our voices can be heard.


The other co-founder, Ariana Steele, and I wanted to create BQIC because we found that there weren’t very many spaces in the organizing community that were fully hospitable to our intersecting identities of Black and queer and trans. We would find a lot of homophobia and transphobia in spaces organizing around racial justice and Black liberation, and we would also find a lot of unchecked racism in spaces led by white people. Unsurprisingly. So we were meeting with other Black queer and trans folks after Trump’s’ election to figure out how we culd effect change in Central Ohio, and then BQIC was born in March of 2017!


As a group we really champion direct action, which is basically, like the name might imply, taking direct action action against the oppressive forces that make our world unliveable, or more unliveable for certain communities. As a collective, we are also abolitionist in our framework. For those who don’t know what abolition is, it’s essentially an approach and a vision that basically wants to create a world where there are no police or prisons, because policing and prisons are sites of violence and are used to destroy communities and punish communities, especially Black communities, Brown communities, poor communities, immigrants, refugees, so on and so forth. 


Abolition is this goal of eliminating imprisonment, policing, and surveillance, and also creating alternatives to those structures. It’s really important for us as an organization and collective by and for Black LGBTQ+ people because Black LGBTQ+ people are targeted the most under the prison industrial complex. And the prison industrial complex is the network of government and industry structures that work together to surveil, prison, and incarcerate or imprison people.


Back to direct action as a strategy — direct action is an incredibly useful strategy. It’s had an important place within the Black radical tradition, within queer and trans communities. For example, with the Stonewall Uprising in 1969 (i believe) as well as the Compton Cafeteria Riot in [1966] where queer and trans folks who were being targeted, harassed, and abused by police said “we’ve had enough” and directly met the police force with self-defense and uprising and taking back the space that had been brutally take from them time and time again.


BQIC works in coalition, or in a larger group, with other organizers here, and we are part of the Columbus Freedom Coalition @cbusfreedomcoalition, which came together after Juliyus Tate, a 16-year-old Black boy, was murdered during an undercover SWAT sting in December 2018. An example of direct action that we took was we had a march, and there was a part of the march where a few organizers blacked a major intersection in Columbus with a car and then chained themselves to the car as a way to stop traffic and interrupt the flow of things, and call attention to the legacy of anti-Black police violence in Columbus. This worked because direct action is meant to interrupt the status quo as well as place pressure on the system that are violent towards certain communities so that we can hopefully topple those structures one day. This [action interrupted] the status quo in a lot of ways because the status quo is, of course, the regular flow of movement, but the status quo in our country is also Black boys, Black girls, Black women, Black folks of all genders being shot without any accountability. The status quo in our country is people being ripped violently from their home and being deported. The status quo in our country is […] people being on the “frontlines” for other people’s profit.


Asa collective, we are advocating for the liberation of Black queer and trans people who are targeted most in our police state, and also focusing on the most marginalized as a way to form solidarity with other marginalized and oppressed groups. I’m getting close to time and I know that was kind of rambly, but I hope everyone is taking care. ❤

January Monthly Meeting 1/23

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Happy new year!!!! We’re back from our hiatus and the holidays and ready to get things moving and build with folks. *This meeting is for Black LGBTQIA+ folks only*

Wednesday, January 23rd


Parsons Library (1113 Parsons Ave)

Please message us directly if you need accommodations such as ASL interpretation or childcare so we can best provide them.

At our first meeting of the year, we’ll be talking about:
– Teams and organizational structure
– Plans for our activist training series for Black queer and trans folks
– Plans for the year (including Community Pride) and more!

All Black queer and trans folks are welcome to come to BQIC meetings whether or not you’ve come to our meetings or event before. Bring a friend and let’s get building together towards liberation for all Black queer and trans folks.

Facebook event link here!

Spoken word is back!

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Come out and share your poems, songs, monologues, inner musings, good encounters, bad days etc. on the mic!

Tuesday, January 22nd


Art Outside the Lines (485 E Livingston Ave)

Entry is a $5 suggested donation! We will have alcohol, beer, and snacks for suggested donations, too! Please consider donating art supplies to Art Outside the Lines which is a great art program for people with disabilities.

We will have the lovely Monaé Jae to MC the event and DJ Zewmageddon (Sarah Mamo) spinnin sounds for the night!

Facebook event link here!

Trans Prisoner Day of Action and Solidarity in Cincinatti


Please join us for Trans Prisoner Day of Action and Solidarity in Cincinnati, Ohio! (Artwork by Art Twink. Find more at

Saturday, January 26th


3117 Warsaw Ave, Cincinatti OH

Here is more info about the national call:

Black and Pink SWOhio, Free Cincinnati Coalition and Black Queer Intersectional Collective and other orgs plus just awesome people are converging to host this event to bring awareness and support to trans prisoners in Ohio. There will be a Trans Performance Showcase. Elle Hearns (national organizer with the Movement for Black Lives and Get Equal as well as the Trans Women of Color Collective) will be speaking. We will screen Major and we will have a panel of prison abolitionist activists to answer questions about how folks in Ohio can plug into this very much needed work.

Light refreshments and postcards to send to queer and trans prisoners in Ohio will be provided. Please join us!

Facebook event link here!

Trans Day of Remembrance 11/20


On this #TransDayofRemembrance, we are heavy with grief and fury as we honor all of our fallen trans siblings lost to senseless violence. Trans women of color, especially black trans women and black trans sex workers, are routinely under attack more than anyone in our communities. We are sick and tired of trans lives being snuffed out by hate, ignorance, and criminalization. Through our grief, we also recognize that the ‘R’ can stand for Resistance and Resilience, two qualities that trans folks have always held close to our hearts. Our world constantly tries to destroy us, but the violence enacted against us will come to an end one day, and we will continue fighting for the future where trans folks can live full, authentic, safe, and liberated lives.

Art by Ashleigh Shackelford 🖤

#TDOR #TDOR2018 #BlackTransLivesMatter #WeWillNotBeErased

Statement to Stonewall Columbus regarding the opening of their renovated center

Next month, Stonewall Columbus (SWC) will open their newly renovated Center on High, with their soft opening happening today (11/15). Throughout this last year, amidst SWC’s capital campaign to raise $4 million to build this center, they have continued to ignore voices calling for change accountable to their many communities. SWC has built their new center and programming exclusive of QTPOC, Black queer and trans folks specifically. They have used calculated, vague references to how they have grown from “the events that happened in summer 2017” to bolster their capital campaign and regain support while refusing to respond to the simple demands made by the Black Pride 4, BQIC, and other community members in the summer of 2017. SWC has refused to acknowledge that police brutality occurred at their Pride parade, and they refused to condemn the wrongful charges put on the #BlackPride4. Instead of simply responding to these demands, SWC has chosen to not engage with the fullness of the entire community and instead centers the voices they deem convenient and palatable. SWC has had ample opportunities to address the concerns of QTPOC and has been intentional in denying truths and erasing voices calling for inclusion and safety.

We want to make clear that BQIC refuses to allow our communities to forget the harm that SWC has put Black queer and trans folks through in this city. SWC actively worked in favor of the state to repress Black queer and trans bodies, and there has not been nearly enough work done on their end to repair that harm. The lack of cultural responsiveness indicates a continued inability to be a safe space for QTPOC at this time. Part of that work requires radical, transparent change within the organization, and that still remains to be seen to this day. We do not support SWC’s ongoing indifference in the face of issues brought up by marginalized people within their community, nor do we support the hushed changes ongoing in SWC, including the opaque hiring processes of their new Executive Director and staff members. We also reject other Central Ohio LGBTQIA+ organizations’ convenient lack of memory that allows them to support SWC at the expense of Black queer and trans folks and other QTPOC. By supporting SWC, you are complicit in our continued silence and oppression.

We call for true engagement that centers the needs of marginalized communities and that does not arbitrarily choose whose opinions are worthy of respect. We support grassroots efforts that put people over profits. We support collective work among individuals and groups who understand the connections between our struggles for liberation.

We hope that you devote your time, energy, and attention to uplifting the people who need it most instead institutions that ignore and endanger us.Tolerating the status quo has got to stop, and we must continue demanding better for our community so that we can all get free.

New member info session on Monday, November 19th!

We invite Black LGBTQIA+ people from all backgrounds to join BQIC!

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Come out to our first new member info session to learn about BQIC’s revamped mission and principles, where we’re going, and how to get involved! We will also do a short interactive game where we’ll get to know each other. Food will be provided by Nola Way, Southern-style cooking from the 504 to the 614. RSVP to secure your free dinner!

Date: Monday, November 19th
Time: 6:30-8pm
Location: Parsons Metropolitan Library, 1113 Parsons Ave

ACCESSIBILITY: The Parsons Metropolitan Library Branch is wheelchair accessible and has wheelchair accessible bathrooms. Please let us know if you need any accommodations such as ASL or other language interpretation, childcare, or visual descriptions for this meeting and we will provide them.

NOTE: Please respect that this meeting is for only people who identify as both Black and LGBTQIA+.

New name: BQICollective

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We want to acknowledge and honor that Ohio consists of land belonging to tribes including the Wyandotte, Mingo, Shawnee, Delaware, Miami, Huron, Ojibwe, Potawatomi, and Odawa; our presence on this land relies on the violence that has been enacted upon the people indigenous to this area. Christopher Columbus was a leader in the systematic eradication of indigenous people and their livelihoods, and these centuries of pain still reverberate for living indigenous folks today. We refuse to continue paying homage to an agent of colonialism, genocide, and displacement with our group’s name, so effective today, October 22, 2018, we are changing our name to Black Queer & Intersectional Collective. As a group working towards the liberation of those who are oppressed, we at BQIC want to emphasize our commitment to the people. We recognize that we cannot achieve our supreme self-determination as Black queer and trans people if indigenous and native people anywhere are deprived of theirs; we aim to make this a step of many towards decolonizing ourselves and towards being in solidarity with our indigenous siblings.

As we move forward with BQIC, we move forward collectively towards a world where we are all free.

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