On Pride: Sherry Shone

Posted by – June 16, 2022
Categories: Interview

Sherry Shone, aka That Hoodoo Lady

Hoodoo worker with years of experience helping clients receive deliverance and author of the upcoming book Hoodoo for Everyone: Modern Approaches to Magic, Conjure, Rootwork, and Liberation (August 2022).

 

How can reading and art express, affirm, or reclaim the unique joys of being queer?

Happy Pride my beloved conjure, hoodoo, rootworker, folx, womxn, witches, pagans, recovering people of faith, active people of faith, atheists, Satanists, and everyone in between—all of us seekers of the truth in any form. 

I love being a proud Lesbian, Black, hoodoo worker. I unashamedly am a 51-year-old Christian with witchy, Indigenous tendencies. I use the Bible as a spell book and have written two books on how to use the Bible to turn harmful, damaging, traumatizing verses into helpful and powerful ones.

How can reading and art express, affirm, or reclaim the unique joys of being queer? 

I answer with my favorite scripture from 2 Timothy 2:15. It says “Study for yourself. Show the Great Spirit that you are someone that doesn’t need to be ashamed because you can tell the truth from the lies.”

In 2022, having pride—real pride—as a queer American means more than before. It requires concentration and fortitude like never before. Our history is being hidden, banned, and twisted. We find ourselves not trusting ourselves and the intuition that gives us the ability to know truth from lies. 

Here is what I know is a lie. When someone feels it is their responsibility and tries to fix what they think is not right about you, that is their lie. When someone tries to stop you from speaking at your high school graduation because they are terrified that the words that eloquently come from your being will be a beacon of light to someone else that will learn from them, that is their lie. When parents, politicians, police, and even our own educators limit our ability to learn our history, learn our roots, learn about science, climate, and nature, then that is their lie. 

How do we fight the lies? By recognizing them for what they are. They are the symptoms of those that afraid of us ‘others’. People fear us ‘others’ when they are scared, jealous, angry, ashamed, and resentful. They are terrified by our loud, funny, studious, creative, intelligent, unique, loving, kind, and joyful ways and expressions.

Only in knowledge (reading, learning, creating, expressing) do we give the gift of self-love to ourselves and offer it to those that see it. We are the perfect images of this life force that made us. By reading the works of other queer authors that are there to uplift and keep our spirit fed with words and ideas that we crave. By giving our whole bodies the love, nutrition, movement, and knowledge that they require. By screaming to the galaxies and painting or writing or dancing on the world’s canvas as we celebrate this month and keep this month in our hearts for the other eleven. 

In doing this we outwardly and inwardly celebrate our pride and express this joy. This joy comes from knowing (through the study of ourselves and the uncovering of lies of others) that we are exactly who we are meant to be. Be proud of that my fellow queer friend. DAMN I LOVE YOU! 

“Her mind traveled crooked streets and aimless goat paths, arriving sometimes at profundity, other times at the revelations of a three-year-old. Throughout this fresh, if common, pursuit of knowledge, one conviction crowned her efforts: … she knew there was nothing to fear.” — Toni Morrison

What are you hoping to see from the literary and publishing world this Pride Month (and every month)?

I grew up in poverty with parents that were actually gay but chose to live as married. This choice, while by society’s standards in the 70s was “traditional,” was anything but that. Their sexual orientation and their confusion with their own gender roles and identities were played out before my brother, sister, and me for the duration of their 10 years of marriage. We were the by-products of their doubts and anxieties. It shaped each of us and we have carved crooked and intricate paths through reality. It would have been so much better if they could have been their true selves. In the literary and publishing world, I look for books that speak from a diverse group of authors with stories different from my own but familiar enough for me to resonate with. This means I expect to see stories from queer authors, of course, but in particular, queer authors that tell, in the most honest of truths, the good and bad of an OUT individual here in the US. The doubt, hatred, bans, restrictions, and impacts of laws that try and bind us in pain as well as the stories of acceptance, love, freedom, and triumphs. We meet at many stages of the spectrum and intersections of class, race, upbringing, experience, career, education, and family dynamics. I expect and enjoy reading all of these stories as they represent us honestly.


About the Author

North Atlantic Books (NAB) is an independent, nonprofit publisher committed to a bold exploration of the relationships between mind, body, spirit, and nature. Founded in Vermont, in 1974, NAB aims to nurture a holistic view of the arts, sciences, humanities, and healing. Over the decades, it has been at the forefront of publishing a diverse range of original books in alternative medicine, ecology, and spirituality, with a pioneering publishing program that encompasses somatics, trauma, raw foods, craniosacral therapy, shamanism, and literature.