Otamere Guobadia

Freelance Writer

Location icon United Kingdom

not gay as in happy but queer as in there's not a crop top and beret combo i haven't tried and my daddy didn't love me now I'm a slut

Portfolio
Dazed
02/28/2017
How Moonlight helped me confront who I really was

I remember the first time I was ever called a "faggot." I was 8 years old, in Science class, and I had absolutely no idea of its gravity or its intent. It wasn't the last time I would be devastated by this slur.

Huck Magazine
07/25/2017
On British police brutality and the fight we must win

"There is death here, and there are promises of more" - Suheir Hammad Every time a video emerges of another black person being murdered by the police on camera I watch the video studiously, against all common sense and against all instinct for the preservation of my mind and body.

The Independent
11/25/2014
Ferguson verdict: This isn't a 'tragedy'. This is part of a

It's starting to seem like there's always a white police officer with an impatient gun in America, waiting to inflict violence upon black bodies. And what then, after the gun has been fired? Usually the same thing. As the grand-jury's verdict in Ferguson shows, another black death is being swept under the carpet.

Huck Magazine
12/30/2017
What 2017 taught us about racism

The widespread furore incited against Lola Olufemi after a national newspaper's deliberately misleading cover story about her work on a decolonised university curriculum; L'Oreal's decision to fire Munroe Bergdorf from its diversity campaign for suggesting that all white people are complicit in white supremacy; just a matter of days ago, yet another high-profile blackface incident, this time targeted at Britain's First Black Woman MP, Diane Abbott.

Gay Times
06/22/2018
Lady Phyll Cover Interview

Throughout history, queer people have been at their best when they come together to form collectives: communities that draw strength from both their diversity and unity in order to push our agenda forward. UK Black Pride began in 2005 with a minibus trip to the seaside, organised by lesbian and bisexual women of colour.

Huck Magazine
03/12/2018
In conversation with Moonlight writer Tarell Alvin McCraney

On the press night of Tarell Alvin McCraney's masterful The Brothers Size, in the Main House of the Young Vic theatre, we bear witness to something primordial. The characters - Ogun, Oshoosi, & Elegba - begin to channel their literal deity antecedents: the heaven-sent brothers of Yoruba creation mythos.