Coming Out Meatless (Gravy Ep. 21)

Choya Webb with his dad, Choya Webb Sr.

What does *not* eating meat say about you? In one young biracial man’s family, his dietary change was construed as white, elite, even feminine. In the new episode of Gravy, radio producer Renee Gross tells us Choya Webb’s story, and how he has navigated the cultural politics of going vegetarian. For Choya, it has to do with more than food—it has to do with race and sexual orientation.

Choya's mother, Benita, Choya, and Aunts Al and Pat after his Graduation Lunch.
Choya’s mother, Benita, Choya, and Aunts Al and Pat after his Graduation Lunch.

You can read more about Dr. Amie “Breeze” Harper’s Sistah Vegan Project here.

There’s also quite a history of radical black politics and vegetarianism. Learn more by reading “How To Eat To Live: Black Nationalism and the Post-1964 Culinary Turn,” by Jennifer Jensen Wallach.

You can read more about the intersection of vegetarianism and sexuality in this Queer Vegan Manifesto by Ramus R. Simonsen.