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Everyday Decolonization: Living a Decolonizing Queer Politics

By Sarah Hunt and Cindy Holmes, 2015

This article is a joint exploration of what decolonization looks like in everyday interactions within our partnerships, families, and friendships on unceded Coast Salish territories. Stories from the authors—two cisgender queer women, one of whom is Indigenous and one of whom is a White settler—highlight intimate practices of allyship and decolonization that are often made invisible when activism is seen as only taking place in “public” spaces such as community coalitions. The tensions and possibilities within these intimate geographies of allyship comprise a decolonial queer praxis that is materialized in the spatial relations of our homes and families. KEYWORDS: Indigenous, Two-Spirit, queer, family, ally, decolonization, settler colonialism

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