Strange Fruit: Basketball Camp Welcomes LGBTQ Kids; Chris Crass on Intersectional Activism

Miserable summer camp experiences are a staple in sitcoms and movies, where letters to home complain of mosquitos, inedible food, and obnoxious roommates. But for LGBTQ kids, the reality is often a lot less funny, and camp can be a scary place if you’ve been singled out as different. 

So teaming up with GLSEN and with support from NBA Cares, friends to the show Darnell Moore and Wade Davis are spearheading a brand new basketball camp this year—one designed for LGBTQ kids and their allies. The camp is free and features a whole roster of NBA stars dropping by. It’s called YOU Belong: LGBTQA Youth Sports and Leadership Initiative, and Darnell took a few minutes on the eve of the camp’s opening to tell us how it came about.

While we had him on the phone, we also spoke about his article in this month’s issue of The Advocate. They focused their entire July issue on LGBTQ people of color, and Darnell’s article related some of his experiences of being ‘too gay’ in black spaces and ‘too black’ in gay spaces. 

In our main interview this week, we meet activist and author Chris Crass. His new book is called Toward Collective Liberation: Anti-Racist Organizing, Feminist Praxis, and Movement Building Strategy, and it features an interview with someone whose name is very familiar to Louisville’s social justice community: Carla Wallace.

In case you’re new to town, Carla is a long-time activist, co-founder of the Fairness Campaign, and founder of Showing Up for Racial Justice. Carla told us of a time when LGBTQ activists in Louisville threatened to stop contributing to the campaign if any of the money was used in anti-racism efforts. We’ve come a long way since then, but our chat with Carla and Chris shows that we also have a long way to go.

Chris Crass is in town this Sunday to celebrate the book’s release. He and Carla had so many eye-opening things to say, we decided to split the interview into two parts; join us next week to hear the rest.

What’s juiciest in Louisville this week is the ongoing competition for national Entertainer of the Year. In the spirit of the event, Dr. Story offers etiquette tips for drag shows (hint: tipping=life). But the juiciest day of this week for Jaison will be Tuesday, July 30th:

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