Through a Black queer diasporic analytic and reading practice, my research interrogates the ontological problem made of Blackness. I contend that queerer modalities of though are necessary to account for the complicated realities of life, as lived by Black people, including those who are queer, trans, and gender non-conforming. My primary focus of this research is blood donation and the theorization of blood. A unique entrance, blood connects broadly to historical, contemporary, and temporal moments through colonial, anti-racism, scientific, geographical, feminist, social justice, and socio-politico-juridical disciplines. The research projects below include exploration in blood donation and policy, public health and policy, and the hermeneutics of blood.
Funded – $400,000; Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: Canadian Blood Services
Title: ACB and MSM – it’s not an oxymoron: A research project that explores the importance of ACB people in MSM blood donation
In order to effectively address the concerns raised regarding MSM blood deferral, it is necessary to acknowledge the diverse nature of the MSM community in Canada. Specifically, African, Caribbean, and Black men who have sex with men (cis and trans) are negatively impacted by a number of questions on the donor questionnaire – questions that prevent them from becoming blood donors. The overall objective of this two (2) year research study is to generate evidence to guide modifications to the current Canadian Blood Services’ donor criteria and questionnaire in order to facilitate greater participation by ACB men who have sex with men. Our central operating proposition is that the participation of “low-risk” ACB MSM in blood donation is impeded by exclusionary eligibility criteria and their experiences of the donor questionnaire. We will investigate this proposition through three specific aims (objectives). Aim 1: Identify best predictors of receiving a seronegative HIV test among ACB MSM. Aim 2: Identify the range of factors that influence ACB MSM responses to the donor questionnaire. Aim 3: Improve the gender and cultural appropriateness of the donor questionnaire. The study will be conducted in Halifax, Montréal, Ottawa, and Toronto – four cities in Canada with significant and vibrant ACB communities.
Books Edited (peer reviewed)
Disrupting Queer Inclusion
Disrupting Queer Inclusion: Canadian Homonationalisms and the Politics of Belonging . Vancouver: UBC Press. Co-edited with Suzanne Lenon.
Refereed Journal Articles
Unpacking Inclusion and Building Queer(er) Alliances (with Suzanne Lenon). Upping the Anti: A Journal of Theory and Action. No. 18. (34-46) – by Interview
“Canadians Denied: A Queer Diasporic Analysis of the Canadian blood donor.” Atlantis: A Women’s Studies Journal. Spring 2010
– Reprinted in Ed. Diane Naugler. 2012. Canadian Perspectives in Sexualities Studies:Identities, Experiences, and the Contexts of Change. Oxford University Press. 271-277.
Book Chapters (peer reviewed)
“Má-ka Juk Yuh: A Genealogy of Black Queer Liveability in Toronto.” in Queering Urban Justice: Queer of Colour Formations in Toronto. Eds. Jin Haritaworn, Ghaida Moussa, Syrus Marcus Ware, with Rio Rodriguez. University of Toronto Press (in press)
S. Lenon and O.H. Dryden, “Introduction: Interventions, Iterations, Interrogations: Disturbing the (Homo)Nation”. In Disrupting Queer Inclusion: Canadian Homonationalisms and the Politics of Belonging Vancouver: UBC Press. 3-18.
“A Queer Too Far”: Blackness, Gay Blood and Transgressive Possibilities.” Eds. OmiSoore H. Dryden and Suzanne Lenon. Disrupting Queer Inclusion: Canadian Homonationalisms and the Politics of Belonging. Vancouver: UBC Press. 116-132.
Other Publications (Non-Refereed)
Why Did John Tory Break His Promise to BLM-TO?
TVO, Current Affairs, Shared Values (12 July 2016)
Blood Out of Bounds
“Blood Out of Bounds.” NoMorePotlucks, Issue 40, self
Touching the terror (pdf)
“Touching the Terror and Loathing of Difference: An Open Letter about our use of the Master’s Tools.” Women & Environments International Magazine, Special Issue: “XYZ Trans-formations of Urban Space: Transgendered and Transsexual Experiences of the City.” No. 78/79 Fall/Winter. 9 – 11.
“Revolution Is Not A One Time Event.” in Nuances of Blackness in the Canadian Academy. Eds Awad Ibrahim, Tamari Kitossa, Malinda Smith, and Handel Wright
“Blood is a Politic of Place-making: Blackness, Queerness and the Construction of the Donor.” In Harriet’s Legacies: Race Historical memory and Futures In Canada. Eds. Ronald Cummings and Natalee Caple.
Working Title: Canadian Blood Services, 1998-2015: Black Queer Life and the Narration of the Ideal Donor.
“The Queer Colour-line of Sexual Citizenship: Egale Canada and the Deployments of Blackness.”
“#GotBlood2Give: Canadian Donor criteria for African, Caribbean and Black men who have sex with men”