"Every day I have to ask myself, ‘Am I ready to get harassed today?’ When I’m walking down the street, everyone knows I’m queer. I visibly defy what it means to be a man or a woman. I’ve had so many people tell me, ‘Maybe if you just took hormones or tried to look more like a woman, you wouldn’t experience so much violence’. But I shouldn’t have to change what I look like to be safe. I could try to disappear, to dress like a boy or a girl but this is about creating a world where when people are different, we say, ‘That’s awesome. Thank you for showing me a different way of living."' - Alok Vaid-Menon.
Alok Vaid Menon is a non-binary, transfeminine, poet of the social media age. Raised in a conservative town in Texas, they struggled to come to terms with their sexuality and identity. Their struggle has manifested deeply in their work as they juggle between poetry, comedy, and dance. Their performances are fluid and experimental, touching upon a personal journey as well as societal absurdities.
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