76 CRIMES

This photo of "Orange Is the New Black" actress Samira Wiley is used to illustrate Maya M's essay. This photo of “Orange Is the New Black” actress Samira Wiley is used to illustrate Maya M’s essay.

The “queer brown lady” writing under the pseudonym Maya M. describes how her life experience differs from that of her white counterparts. She is from a country where “there doesn’t exist a word for ‘gay,’ ‘homosexual,’ or ‘lesbian,’ either officially or colloquially.” She currently lives in the United States.

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