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Reclaim Pride Coalition

THE 2020 QUEER LIBERATION MARCH

FOR BLACK LIVES AND AGAINST POLICE BRUTALITY

The Reclaim Pride Coalition has been monitoring events and carefully deliberating to determine the nature of this year’s Queer Liberation March. We have determined that the only way to move forward is to once again have a physical March through the streets of Manhattan on Pride Sunday, June 28. Our March will center the movement for Black Lives and focus on the violence committed against Black bodies by law enforcement and the mass incarceration state.

RPC’s Queer Liberation March for Black Lives and Against Police Brutality will be focused on elevating and protecting Black Lives. This moment, the principles of the 1970 march, and the RPC founding mission demand it. Black Americans and their children have suffered disproportionate abuse at the hands of America’s white supremacist power structure. The most marginalized among Black Communities, like Trans people, Immigrants, Disabled people, Deaf and Hard of Hearing people and Neurologically Diverse people live under an even greater risk for the worst outcomes within this system. Inordinate risk calls for urgent consideration.

Fifty years ago, on June 28th, 1970, the LGBTQ+ movement created the Christopher Street Liberation Day March. It was mounted on the first anniversary of the Stonewall Riots which Trans Women of Color and our community’s Black youth played a crucial role in initiating. That beautiful, intersectional March, produced by the Gay Liberation Front and allies, confronted the same oppression and police brutality that protesters are responding to today. The Gay Liberation Front went on to create an important dialogue and relationship with Huey Newton and The Black Panthers.

RPC is keenly aware that the NYPD is a major problem: Tuesday night, a peaceful march for Trans people of color who have been killed by police and other bigots was attacked by the NYPD. One of our members, Jason Rosenberg, received multiple injuries including a broken arm, and was repeatedly denied medical care while in custody for over 5 hours. Jason was not alone in sustaining injuries or in being denied care that night. And we are certain that the same is true for many of the hundreds of Black protestors arrested over the course of the last week.

The Reclaim Pride Coalition will continue to seek guidance from the Black Queer Community and our Elders to program meaningful actions. We invite our Participating Organizations and individuals to follow suit where appropriate. On June 28th we will all explore what the future of Racial Justice looks like. Join Us.

Location and Time will be announced in the coming days.

Check out the link above for more information.

A new video by Jerimarie Liesegang and Richard Nelson.

How in the world do I introduce such a fine work as this video? How do I introduce such a radical document, a revolutionary video that says what needs to be said? A video that is not afraid to question the LGBT mainstream and in doing so it brings to light some dirty little secrets of the early days of the gay movement. Those days when a handful of people walked out of the Gay Liberation Front because of support for the Black Panthers This group declared themselves to be a one issue movement, only interested in working on issues that concerned gays. Founding what many of us considered to be a wrong road movement by and for an elite who hijacked the very soul of our struggle for liberation. Our struggle for liberation that was entwined with others who were oppressed. A wrong road taken and a road that our movement has been on ever since.

I have been in and out of the movement for many years. After the split from the GLF I found I had more in common with straight leftists then I did with my own people. While watching, working on and viewing Jerimarie’s work in putting this video together I can only say, I am glad that I am not alone. I am happy that throughout the years many people began to question what the mainstream told us was important. We saw through the lies and knew that their hopes and desires were not ours. We knew there was life out from under the straight oppressors thumb and that we had to with all our might break his f-ing measuring stick and smash his measuring scale. Could we do this just by giving a tweak and a tuck here and there? Or did we need to topple and transform the very society we live in? I chose the latter and still do.

We have made gains, or what we can consider gains in the past years, but I stop and ask, What alliances have we made with others who are oppressed? Who do we stand with and who will stand with us? What have we brought to the table of the new day? Many of us know where we have come from, we know where we are now, but where we are going is a real slippery slope.

We dedicate this video to all those who continue to fight for that new day. The new day that includes everyone. To those who are in the streets today over the continuing murder of Black women and men by the cops we stand in solidarity. We dedicate this video as a renewal of our strength to remember just what is important and what is possible. We dedicate this video to the memory of Huey P. Newton whose letter to the Women’s and Gay Liberation movement back in 1970 inspired many of us young gay leftists. We were a part of a revolution sweeping across amerikkka. We then knew, with the issuing of Huey’s letter, that the vote to support the Black Panthers was the correct vote and that we were one in the revolution.

So how do I introduce this video. I say just listen. Listen to the voices outside of the mainstream. Listen to the truth outside of the elite, outside of the white middle-class comfort zone. Listen to those who are surrounded and engulfed by towers of oppression. Listen outside of the want to be included in a system of oppression. There you will find the answer.

 

A very important finished piece by J. Bruce Wilcox an artist that was introduced to our readers in a link below. When he sends more photo’s and information about his show we will post here.

CrossBones: In Memory Of All Who Have Died In Some God’s Name. Built in 2000. Finally completed in 2020. 7’6″ wide X 9’8″ high

RIOT
The North Gallery at Spark
Reception 3 / 20 / 2020. 5 / 9 pm.
900 Santa Fe Drive Denver
With Bill Ballas and Phillip Potter in the Main Gallery.

UPDATE: Informed by the artist the show has been cancelled.

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Check out other art by this Queer Artist. Need we say we love his work.

We all know how sick this Capitalist System of Amerikkka is and that Donald trump is just one symptom of this dirty rotten system. He and his boys and girls bring this system to another low.  This man is a danger a big danger.

ut all the while we have artists making art exposing him and his dirty tricks.  Some art that once again tells it like it should be told. Art by our dearly loved Randy Rainbow. While we are at it let’s once again say, Thank you Randy Rainbow.

If you are anywhere near Hartford Ct. and can make it out on a Wednesday night come out to the show, the Pansy Craze. This show presented by the Hartford Gay Men’s Chorus is sure to not only be a delight but a wonderful teaching tool for all of our community. What was the Pansy Craze? Why was it important to our people? Go out and find out.

 

Just one of the wonderful performers that you will meet at the Pansy Craze.

Ray Bourbon worked on stage and in nightclubs, in and out of drag. He, in no particular order, claimed to have run guns for Pancho Villa and had a sex change operation. Why did this pansy die in jail? Find out in The Pansy Craze.

Note:

More research on Ray Bourbon will be done. We love the idea of running guns for Pancho Villa and want to know the full story. Any one who would advocate for the poor and for land reform and help the revolution is a friend of ours.

RAY BOURBON PRESENTE’

Check out the facebook page for The Pansy Craze at https://www.facebook.com/events/420788622197419/permalink/433246837618264/?notif_t=event_mall_comment&notif_id=1575779003939390

This wonderful documentary on the life of our liberation warrior Sylvia Rivera was put together by Jerimarie Liesegang the mother of the Ct. Transgender movement. Enjoy and remember we are still in a fight for our very lives. We need more Sylvia’s in the world today.

Hello to all

Important things have been happening in the background and a rumbling is heard. I am very proud to announce that Jerimarie Liesegang has finished her video documentary on Sylvia Rivera. The documentary Sylvia Rivera Was More Than Stonewall is one of the few possibly the only one that looks at the complete life of this Revolutionary Transgender Warrior. Twenty years ago I was honored to introduce Sylvia at the Ct. Stonewall Congress and to this day hold her dear in my heart. What fun myself, Regina Dyton, Tim, Paul and a few others had visiting with Sylvia and her family outside as we smoked and laughed and then laughed again. Sylvia indeed as a revolutionary Trans leader whose words ring true today. Sylvia who believed in a multi issue revolutionary movement where all of us were and are included. Sylvia who fought hard for her people in the Trans community and was thrown off the bus, and under the bus so many times.

We need more Sylvia’s in our movement today. If there were we all know the one issue or issues only of a LGBT nature would not exist. We would understand and see the connections with all other communities and not only act when it involves a LGBT person. We would understand fully that when the bombs drop on the people of Palestine it is our issue. We would know that when Democrat or Republican deports immigrants it is our issue. We would fully understand that when people all across this country can not afford medication that is needed, or a home to live in it is our issue. We would fight back when the least among us are hurting and become one with all. This I believe is what Sylvia Rivera would do as she proved over and over again this is what must be done. This was the inspiration that pushed us towards a new day before a wrong road was taken so many years ago. We must, let us repeat that we must move back to those days when we fully understood that we are here, there, and everywhere so there for all issues are our issues. It is the only way we will survive.

Anyway there I go again up on the soapbox but wanted to give just my little introduction to Jeri’s video.  Of course this type of work is best viewed on full screen for a full viewing pleasure. While you are over at the Ct. Trans Archive page check out all the work that Jeri has been doing lately as she posts and gets her archives in order to send down to CCSU.

My best to everyone
Richard Nelson

P.S A birdie told me a new Ct. movement documentary is now in the works. It’s good folks really good or so the birdie saw.

The documentary is found here:

Full Length (cradle to grave) documentary on Sylvia Rivera

Lovepiece – Community Performance & Discussion

Hosted by: Kamora’s Cultural Corner
1023 Albany Ave Hartford CT 06112
Friday, September 20th 2019
Arrive 7pm – Performance @ 7:30pm – Followed by a community discussion. Free!

Kamora’s Cultural Corner will host Arien Wilkerson/ TNMOT AZTRO for their premiere of a special version of their oeuvre “Lovepiece.” After the performance there will be a community conversation on queerness with topics drawn directly from the show. Tnmot Aztro and KCC are targeting black leaders in the North end on cultural competency in the queer community by inviting the public to have discourse and education on sex working, HIV, coming out in the POC community, queer violence, being queer and poor, and safety.

Be sure to catch Lovepiece – World Premiere – Quick Center for the Arts September 23rd 12noon, 3p.m., 7p.m.

Lovepiece, a 30-minute dance and multimedia installation, is about the work it takes to build a healthy relationship with yourself, uncovering the process of healing from rejection, hate, poverty, and humiliation within black/brown queer romantic relationships. Spontaneous, erotic, queer, open-ended, club and Latin American-inspired melodramas, paired with transgressive experiential outlooks on love, take the audience through the lens of queer people of color and their relationships, specifically the dichotomy between black and Latino queer relationships, and the exchange of queer culture. The work features an original live score from artist, domsentfrommars, Zach Rowden, Karim Rome, lighting collaborator Jon-Paul LaRoccoon and stage design by Joe McCarthy.

Kamora Herrington (Director of Kamora’s Cultural Corner)
“This is the perfect spot to do what I do! My personal mission is to create space so that families can love their children. Moving KCC into space with a history of welcoming marginalized communities into the larger Hartford community just makes sense! Opening with Arien’s show Loveplace could not be a more perfect collaboration, we are building a foundation of love and a desire for understanding. This piece and the conversation following will be a great starting point!”

This performance is sponsored by the Arts Council of Greater New Haven through a partnership with the Connecticut Office of the Arts. This Performance has also received funding from the CT Dance Alliance Jump Start Award & Our fabulous 50 premiere funders. ( These Tnmot Aztro patrons are vital to the shows premieres.)