Great article from a Harvard student connecting class, race, gender, and sexuality as they play out in the current strike being waged by the Harvard dining services workers:
“This week, HUDS workers are striking for affordable healthcare and a sustainable yearly income. They’re on the defensive, fighting to keep their current coverage as Harvard proposes massive cuts. It’s about economic justice and how Harvard treats the lowest-paid, hardest-working folks on campus. And it’s also so gay. Gayer than brunch, probably.
Time and again, dining hall staff members have gone to bat for queer students and workers. In an old Crimson story, Adams House chef Ed Childs remembers the harassment endured by queer students before housing assignments were randomized in the late ‘90s. Adams became a target because it was known as the queer dorm. ‘[Anti-LGBTQ students] pissed into the dining hall through the windows,’ Ed explains. ‘It was our workers that chased them away.’ At one point, when anti-LGBTQ sentiment was especially high, Adams House dining hall workers wore shirts that said, ‘We’re All Gay.’”