“I’ve chosen to spend my energy protecting, advocating for, loving on, breathing life into and creating possibility for quite frankly the most brilliant, the bravest, the baddest Blackest queerest people on earth,” Cody Charles writes.
You have an opportunity to ask Cody interesting, weird and dynamic questions.
Questions Cody has answered:
“Dear (white) Lawrence youth: … We get to choose if we want to live in a community that hoards all of the resources and allows the deeply marginalized to die off,” Cody Charles writes in this column.
This week’s question was not submitted through the Ask Cody account. It was asked in person, during one of the most important events of my life. “Are you a boy or a girl?”
Q: Dear Cody, what made you stay in Lawrence? After everything with your former employer and the current state of this community, why stay?
This week, Cody reflects on radio requests, their crushes on “90210,” and the songs they sang flamboyantly in their youth.
“What does it look like if you believe Black trans folks the first time? Why do you need to be convinced that anti-Black racism and transphobia exist?” Cody writes.
Cody shares 4 tips to help overcome anxiety and depression.
“When I answer questions, I attempt to center the most marginalized people — that way the answer applies to everyone, not just white folks,” Cody writes.