We Dream a World: Black & Queer in Milwaukee

June 27, 2019

On any given day, my partner, Lynnae* and I will be driving, engaged in our usual griping at the utterly reckless ways some Milwaukee drivers shit on safety laws while behind the wheel.

It’s become a game of sorts; I’m usually the one who points out the utter disregard for red lights and how cars bogart the bike lane. But recently, as we complained about unsafe drivers, I realized that I wanted to step back and imagine a community where we truly feel safe, seen, and connected. Underneath the surface of this routine conversation lurked deeper concerns about how here in Milwaukee, one of the nation’s most segregated cities, we—a black queer couple—always feel unsafe.

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