Brown Boi is committed to transforming our privilege of masculinity, gender, and race into tools for achieving Racial and Gender Justice!
I came into the Brown Boi Project during the 3rd cohort in summer in August 2010. I'd contacted Cole about bklyn boihood (www.bklynboihood.com) that spring, which i had just co founded months before. I was accepted to a 5-Day Leadership Retreat in Oakland, California with 20 other brown bois from all over the country. A couple of which I met at the airport, we spotted each other right away:)
No lie, this one week retreat, changed the course of my life.
I felt like I was dreaming. In a mansion, full of young, trans folks, genderqueers, mother earths, and fathers, fags, cis men, brown, but mostly black bois for an entire week.
I made friends that I think I'll have for life. Folks in just about every city that I visit. Its been all love, open arms, collaborations, opportunities, diversity, and connections. The Brown Boi Nation is a network thats a force to be reckoned with.
The experience of being in a place so safe opened my mind and heart in a way that I had never experienced. Cole, the founder, led workshops along with Malachi teaching us financial health, self-care, breaking down masculinity and femininity, with an emphasis on gender justice.
I had never heard of masculine privilege until I went to brown boi.
In a lot of ways I learned that I was powerful in every aspect of my identity. I felt more confident. Comfortable in my skin. I didn't study gay shit previously, and I didn't even identify as an activist. I didn't like what came with that. I didn't understand the language.
But after Brown Boi, I felt confident that my activism, and my taking a stand would look the way I wanted it too, and I re-envisionined the power imbalance between traditional notions of masculinity and femininity and started to take a stronger stand against misogyny, violence and oppression of feminine identified women and girls of color.
Brown Boi's Core Values are as follows:
We work for Gender Justice by re-envisioning the power imbalance between traditional notions of masculinity and femininity. We hold institutional systems, other masculine people, and ourselves accountable for its accompanying privileges. We draw on a gender inclusive framework that shapes non-oppressive masculinity rooted in honor, community, and empowerment of feminine identified people, especially women and girls.
We hold institutional systems, other masculine people, and ourselves accountable for its accompanying privileges. We draw on a gender inclusive framework that shapes non-oppressive masculinity rooted in honor, community, and empowerment of feminine identified people, especially women and girls.
We value Justice: We are a broad, diverse community of activists, philanthropists, rebels, and leaders who are driven by a commitment to racial justice, gender justice, and transforming our privilege of masculinity into a tool for social change. We prioritize support that improves the lives of masculine of center womyn; queer and trans people, and people of color - work that transforms the lives of women and girls and introduces new alliances and tools for challenging racism, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia across our communities.
We value critical inquiry: We recognize that building community requires time, effort and sacrifice. We see questions as essential to growth, renewal, and the overturning of ideas that harm our communities. We support innovative organizations that provide places to share and grow collectively and individually, those that align social justice movements and open new dialogues at the margins.
We value tenacity: We are bold, daring, fearless, and steadfast in challenging assumptions and conventions in ways that resonate and connect with grassroots communities of color. We think critically and strategically in search of the best answers and approaches. We live at the intersections, transgressing boundaries and bringing about new dialogues.
We value innovation: We approach our work with optimism, think boldly, and see new ideas as opportunities for transformation, forward growth, and social change.
HELP KEEP THIS AMAZING WORK SUSTAINABLE!
I'm asking folks today to GIVE MONTHLY!
It takes approximately $4,000 to cover the costs for one Brown Boi to attend the leadership retreat and have access to follow-up support. Join the cause today and donate $10, $25, $50, or more! One-time donations are welcomed too!
Much love & thanks,