We cannot dismantle oppressive structures without a multiplicity of voices and stories

We've been working behind-the-scenes with 2 new team members for quite some time now, and we gotta share them with you! We're so honored for Britt and Cameron to be on board.

The concept of an accountability tab has been evolving since the beginning of Q In. When we first started to brainstorm about how we can sustainably hold ourselves accountable to our mission of lifting up and supporting all people in currently marginalized communities, we thought that it was something that we should do behind the scenes– as not to burden folks with emotional labor AND because we have a deep aversion to the taste of performative allyship.

Over time the conversation started to go dry because we can only do so much as two white men of trans experience. The question was then how can we authentically invite more voices into the conversation? We began by reaching out to friends, getting brave and asking questions (knowing full well they might say that we have overstepped). We will continue to find our balance in asking questions and inviting Black, Indigenous, and all people of the global majority to engage in conversation with us because we know that antiracist/ anti bias work is about life long practice.

For this month's accountability post, we want to tell you that for us, leaning into intersectionality necessitates conversations outside our usual echo chambers. If we are to (re)learn and practice our interdependence, we need to listen to each other.

We cannot dismantle oppressive structures without a multiplicity of voices and stories.

So without further ado, we would like to introduce you to the other two people on our team and whose voices we are so grateful to listen to and learn from:

Britt McClintock (She/They) • Anti-Racism Collaborator (ARC)

McClintock is a diversity, equity, and inclusion educator and consultant, as well as an Ethnic Studies high school educator. Over the years McClintock has helped create curriculums and trainings surrounding BIPOC and LGBTQIA2+ inclusion and equity in collegiate student life programming. In 2015, she created a short documentary on the negative impacts of gender (binary) socialization, called Genderations - A Documentary. Most recently she has spent her time working with nonprofits on inclusion and equity initiatives in addition to educating and facilitating conversations on race and gender for families.

Find Britt on LinkedIn

Cameron Mathews (He/Him) • Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Cameron is a finance and operations professional based in Portland, OR. Over the past 11 years he has worked to develop and sustain the financial health and operational strategies for education, children's health, social justice, and progressive political nonprofit organizations and for small LGBTQ-owned consulting firms. Outside of work, Cameron enjoys spending time with his partner and toddler exploring Portland-area parks and beaches.

You can see all of this and more on our website. Here's our team page!

Also, we want to learn from you, and we want our followers to learn from you! If you would like to add your voice to our newsletter or blog, however it calls to you: sharing a story, a resource, art, please email us a few sentences about your vision.

Typically this is where we share what we've been reading, listening to, and watching recently, but this month we want to ask you: Who are you learning from? What have you been reading, listening to, or watching that you'd like us to know about? Send us an email and let us know!

With love and solidarity,

Wes & Finn

Co-founders of Q Inclusion, LLC

@wes_chernin & @teach_finn

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