#DrewsViews: Queer Magic at MSF Gala

by Drew Adams

I had the privilege to attend an event in my home town of Jacksonville, Florida, with a keynote speech by a man named Darnell Moore. He gave a beautiful speech about growing up gay and black that had me in tears at multiple points throughout the fifteen minute address, but I remember one line in particular that really stuck with me- Being queer, queerness, is magic.

Honestly, when I heard this, I was skeptical. In this political climate, being queer feels like more of a curse than a gift, or magic. As I thought more, however, I realized that Darnell Moore was right. The queer community, as I know it, is one of the most accepting and resilient groups of people I know of. This is a community in which being authentically ourselves to the outside world is an act of self love and of resistance. This is a community in which everyone is accepted, and there is room for everyone. Of course, this is an idealized community, and the real one definitely has some flaws, but in general, the queer community is more accepting than the general public and that’s what matters.

The community itself is magic. The energy we have together, the acceptance, the resilience, the power, is a form of magic.

I saw this at the Matthew Shepard Foundation Bear To Make A Difference gala. Everyone smiled at me and at each other, people I didn’t even know and had never met hugged me, nodded to me, smiled at me, and accepted me for who I am. I see this at all of the queer events I go to, without fail. That is magic. Going into a room full of people you have never met and feeling loved and accepted and not afraid is magic. That is what I felt at the gala, and that’s how I feel at most LGBTQ events.

So if you are in this community, if you are LGBTQ, and scared, just remember that being queer is magic, and you have a whole damn army behind you.

About the Author:

Drew Adams is a transgender high school senior from Ponte Vedra, FL, who is committed to LGBTQ advocacy at the local and national levels. He serves as his high school GSA’s president and raises money for Northeast Florida’s LGBTQ youth outreach, JASMYN, to which he also donates food, toiletries and school supplies. Nationally, Drew serves as a youth ambassador and advocacy volunteer for The Trevor Project, a youth social media ambassador for the Matthew Shepard Foundation, and a Volunteer and Intern Coordinator for Point of Pride. On the legislative side, Drew lobbies for the Equality Act by visiting with his Congressional representatives and their staff.

Additionally, Drew has spent years fighting to change his school district’s bathroom policy to be trans-inclusive, and the fight is still ongoing. Drew is an International Baccalaureate student and a volunteer at the Mayo Clinic, and he hopes to go to medical school and become an adolescent psychiatrist specializing in transgender health. For fun, he practices Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, creates sculpture art and plays the piano.