For those in the queer community or any other marginalized group that believe that their siding with white supremacy will save them: it will not. It's no secret
that true equality for marginalized groups is still long from being accomplished in full. Intersectionality and it co-option has led to further division from its original purpose – to uplift and center the experiences of Black women and femmes. But how far do we have to go when the queer community, in particular, shows that the valuing of Black lives within the queer community is still, largely, not accepted. Lavender Magazine
is Minnesota's most notable LGBT biweekly paper. Bringing a mix of news, culture, and nightlife writing, Lavender Magazine is one of the few spaces that allows queer culture to exist front and center. So last month, the biweekly got in hot water with readers
after choosing to put two white police officers on the cover of their Pride Issue. This came shortly after the news of Philando Castile's murderer being acquitted. [caption id="attachment_47308" align="aligncenter" width="308"]
Lavender Mag 2017 Pride Cover[/caption] The choice to put cops on the cover of the Pride Issue is not just a choice done in bad taste, but one that firmly roots Lavender Magazine with a clear stance: Black lives, even queer ones, do not trump white supremacy within the LGBT+ community. This isn't the first time that Lavender Magazine was called out for being problematic, last year readers launched
a petition to demand an apology from the magazine for their consistent whitewashing and anti-Islam bias. For QPOC, this comes as no surprise – we have long known that queerness has always been synonymous with whiteness, and any expression to push that definition beyond that is met with racism and dismay.