Black in Austria

30 September 2022

2020–22 USTA Allison Gilmore spent two years living in Austria. In this article, she describes the stages she went through as a Black woman from the US adjusting to life in Austria.

By Allison Janel Gilmore

Stage 1: Acknowledgement

Stage 2: Pride

I felt like I was undoing years of possible miseducation, but I was also putting myself at risk in ways I didn’t realize.

Stage 3: Anger

When I had braids, it was insufferable. People touching them without even thinking to ask for permission.

Stage 4: Isolation

I never saw moving out of the US as a brave thing to do until met with the adversities of solitude.

Stage 5: Community


Laughter and joy are louder than tears and sadness.