The following statement is by Joey Cain:
"We are a network of faggot farmers, workers, artists, drag queens, political activists, witches, magickians, rural and urban dwellers who see gays and lesbians as a distinct and separate people, with our own culture, ways of being/becoming, and spirituality. We believe that, as a people, we have unique and necessary contributions to make, ones that we must make to help regain the lost balance of the larger human community here on the planet. Being radically (at the root) decentralist and anti-authoritarian, we have no leaders. Each Faerie is divine and speaks for himself. We join together with each other in mutual aid and love for play, work, self-discovery and nurturing. To be a Faerie is an act of self-definition.
While we have no dogma, there are common visions which we share and celebrate. Some of these are: a belief in the sacredness of nature and the earth; honoring the interconnectedness of spirit, sex, politic and culture; an understanding that each one of us has our own path (or paths) which leads to the Garden of Who We Are, and that, by uniting with each other in circles, gatherings and sanctuaries, we can increase the joy of weeding and tending our gardens together; a commitment to the process of group consensus; and a belief that we are each other. As Faeries, we share a view of the world in which the dualities of either/or, minority/majority thinking are dissolved in the experience of "both/and," "I am you" ways of thinking and being."
And from it's founder Harry Hay:
“Confronted with the loving-sharing Consensus of subject-SUBJECT relationships all Authoritarianism must vanish. The Fairy Family Circle, co-joined in the shared vision of non-possessive love — which is the granting to any other and all others that total space wherein each may grow and soar to his own freely-selected, full potential — reaching out to one another subject-to-SUBJECT, becomes for the first time in history the true working model of a Sharing Consensus!” — Harry Hay, Arizona, 1979
Here is a cute 7 min cartoon videos about who the Faeries are...
I read somewhere else that if you ask 3 Faeries to define what a "Faerie" is... you will get 5 answers. I think that's clever. I have considered myself a "Faerie" for years but never had the ability to spend time with Radical Faeries. Since I have come to Easton I have had the ability to befriend and hang with real Faeries. And it feels like home. I haven't been to a Rad Fae "Gathering" yet and I can't wait to go. There is a Faerie Sanctuary called Destiny in Vermont not too far away from Easton and I am going to visit. What really impresses me is the openness and authenticity of the Faerie Folk I have come into contact with. There is an aloofness that seems other worldly. Something about them seems plugged into something others are not. They are very creative types. Visionaries. And what made the Faeries unique besides the fact that Harry Hay it's founder was the father of the Gay Liberation Movement was that they embraced the Trans community and gender queerness. They also from the start were there with the Feminist movement supporting their sisters. Coming into contact with true Faerie energy has changed me, no that's not true, it has helped me to reclaim a part of myself that has been oppressed and repressed for three decades. I really don't want to try to describe the Radical Faeries to you anymore... because you can't. Even Faeries can't really explain to you what Faeries are, you have to experience them. You can extend your research about their practices though HERE
I want to refer you back to one of my previous posts about coming out as a gender non conforming queer. (Read Here) I want to talk about the homophobia I can see in the gay community. Can homosexuals be homophobic? Absolutely. Can Gay men be misogynists? Absolutely. This is a real thing. Read the comment below my post by Armand Baez.
The picture above is one I stole from an article written about Internalized Homophobia within the Gay community. This happens when loathing and self hatred runs rampant in our community. I never felt at home or welcome in a gay bar.... except when I was in Drag. It's true. I loved being a queen and I loved performing. But take off the wig and the dress and I felt like I had no other connection to the men in the bar. I read this book called Androphilia, you should read it. It is one of the most horrifying examples of self loathing and self hatred by a gay man projected out against femme gay men and queers ever. It's sad but at one time I agreed with some of the statements in the book, I am ashamed to admit that now. The book basically shamed me for not being a hyper sexualized alpha male straight acting dude. I carried that for a while especially when I, for a second time in my life, was trying to understand what my sexual orientation was/is. I was with my partner for 7 years, and couldn't stop cheating on him with women. I tried to force myself to be gay. I tried to force myself to be monogamous. I quit doing drag because he didn't like it. If I knew then what I do now I would have said fuck off. I am male. I am female. I am of two spirits. I love without boundaries, without seeing gender... or no gender... or transgender. And I want to live my life and experience intimacy, love, and sex with as many people as I can. That would be the Faerie in me speaking now. Right now I am in a period of reclaiming. Reclaiming a lot that was lost along the journey.
That's me and Rev Yolanda above at Halloween. At what point in time do we all RADICALLY embrace everybody and everything without making these distinctions. Last night I went to my cabin and I prayed. I prayed for the people of France. I prayed for the Middle East. I prayed for all the innocent lives that are being slaughtered everyday by hatred. I called to the Goddess Astate to bring me some peace of mind. To give me clarity. She gave me some. I'm a Radical Faerie.