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Pride
film-Screening and video-conference discussion with Mike Jackson, co-founder of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners

Sunday, June 23
1:30pm
Carriage House Theater
360 Farmington Avenue
Hartford, CT 06105

In 1984 the Thatcher government sought to close coal pits as part of an offensive on trade-unions in the UK. Mine-workers responded with what turned out to be one of the largest and most intense strikes in British history. After a spontaneous fundraising effort for miners at the London Gay Pride Parade, two gay activists (Mark Ashton and Mike Jackson) formed Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners. The group grew to 11 chapters and raised over 20,000 pounds for the families of strikers (about 80,000 American dollars in 2018).

The solidarity forged in the strike and support campaign led to major turning points in the movement for gay rights. After the end of the strike, the miners’ union joined the Gay Pride March in 1985 and in the same year campaigned for the first resolution in the history of the labour party to support gay rights – and it passed.

Join us for a viewing of the widely acclaimed film, Pride which tells the story of this remarkable struggle. The film will be accompanied by remarks and discussion with Mike Jackson by video conference, co-founder of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners, and a major consultant for the film.

For more information:
Contact 860-662-6278
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This is the year folks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion. We will be publishing through-out the coming months articles, photos and what every else strikes our fancy about this one great moment in LGBTQ history.

Let us start with a statement that should be thought about and thought about again and again. How can we apply these words written so many years ago to what is happening today in amerikkka? We had better be fully aware that it can and is happening and do more and more about it.

So let’s go back to our brave radicals when they confronted the NACHO mainstream L & G movement with some sobering words of wisdom.

Trans Lifeline Benefit at Chez Est

Hosted by Mia E Z’Lay and Chez Est

Sunday November 25, 2018 4pm to 11pm

458 Wethersfield Ave. Hartford Ct.

There will be no entry fee! We will have a show every hour starting at 5pm. We have so many amazing entertainers who are donating their time and art. All money made from the shows will be donated to Trans Lifeline.
Mia E Z’Lay and Layne Alexander Gianakos will be running the event at Chez Est

If you are interested in donating and can not make it please message Mia or Layne. If you want to perform message us asap!

Please share with your friends and family!

Facebook Page HERE. 

This piece is again a collage of ideas put together in the service of the people. We would like to start this piece with two very important events that took place in our community in the past months. We stand with No Justice No Pride and Trans Queer Pueblo. The second part of this piece is dedicated to ourstories from history past.  This piece concerns police entrapment (yes baby it is still going on here today) in history and our people responds or not in fighting back or sitting back. Important fight back that continues today with groups such as No Justice No Pride and Trans Queer Pueblo. We stand with all of our people within the LGBTQ tribe who see the connection with the murder of Black Men and Women, with cops and ICE harassment of people and ourselves. We stand with all of our people who see the connections on why white middle class pride just doesn’t fit the bill anymore. We remember from ourstories this: In early 1952, leaders of the Mattachine became aware that the issue of entrapment of homosexuals by police in Los Angeles also affected Mexican Americans. In the latter regard the Mattachine was contacted by the local Civil Rights Congress (CRC), a Communist Party front group. The Mattachine also made an alliance with the Red-friendly Asociación Nacional México-Americana, which had its roots in organized labor but concerned itself with police brutality as well. ( 1 ) We realize that this is the only way to go. The only way to fight back.

News of Today

No Justice No Pride shows LGBT folks the way to go.

Here is a statement by No Justice No Pride about the Blue Lives Matter Flag flying at Nellies in Washington DC.

Nellie’s Sports Bar is Cancelled.

In the wake of the murder of Stephon Clark and non indictment of the officers who killed Alton Sterling, they have the audacity to fly a flag that tells us they don’t value Black lives NOT TO MENTION NO JUSTICE FOR KAYLA MOORE, A BLACK TRANS WOMAN WHO WAS MURDERED BY BERKELEY POLICE in 2015. Judge Breyer last week ruled in favor of the City of Berkeley and dismissed the case brought by the family of Kayla Moore. The judge thinks that we don’t have enough evidence to prove that the police “mistook her disability for a crime”. It was already so disgraceful that the judge threw out the claims of excessive force and wrongful arrest back in October of 2017. This most recent discarding of the humanity of people with disabilities is also what we are up against. Maybe this is actually better because now we can go back to the arguments about all three of the main claims and widen this movement back up again.

This is anti blackness.
#BoycottNellies
#NeverNelliesx

blue flag at nellies

Nellie’s a gay bar in Washington, D.C., was forced to apologize Saturday for hanging up a “Blue Lives Matter” flag outside its establishment after a group of gay police officers held a meeting there. The blue flag angered some people who claimed it was offensive to the Black Lives Matter movement and represented “anti blackness.”
Representatives of police departments across the country and an organization that manufactures and distributes the flag have said repeatedly that the flag was never intended to be used as a symbol of discrimination or racial injustice.
“The thin blue line stands for the sacrifice law enforcement officers of this nation make each day,” USA Today quoted Thin Blue Line, an organization that distributes the flags “We reject in the strongest possible terms any association of our flag with racism, hatred, and bigotry,” the organization told USA Today. “To use it in this way tarnishes what it and our nation believe in.”

Drew Ambrogi an organizer of No Justice, No Pride one of the groups behind the gay pride protests of the past few years told the Washington Blade the group learned about the flag being displayed at Nellie’s when one of its members walked past the bar last Friday and saw it hanging from a flag pole.

“We saw it as an issue and we posted about it pretty quickly,” Ambrogi said

“We now understand that flying this flag — at this point in time, in particular — was at best tone deaf, and at worst offensive. We sincerely apologize to our customers and our neighbors for this egregious mistake, and want to assure you that this flag will never fly at Nellie’s again. What it represents to you is not what we want to represent, or what we want our bar to be,” the D.C. establishment said in a statement posted to Facebook Nellie’s said it would be sending a donation to No Justice No Pride.

As many have said and we are saying it again, One can not love the oppressed and the oppressor, it just can’t be done.

A wonderful page from Trans Queer Pueblo Zine 2018. To check it out and other great information on what this upfront, out front and great group is going go to HERE.

Trans Queer Pueblo Phoenix Arizona

After a year of trying to convince Phoenix Pride Board that trans, queer, and gender-non-conforming people of color deserve an LGBTQ Pride where we can be safe from the police and the corporations that fund our deportation, we are saying goodbye.

Join us in reclaiming Pride’s roots of protest and resistance. Join us for LGBTQ+ Justice Week in Phoenix, AZ.

A bit of ourstories from history past.

Gay Entrapment

Police entrapment of homosexual men and harassment of gay bars were widespread; during the 1950s, cities such as Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., police arrested 100 men a month on misdemeanor charges relating to homosexuality. This harassment was not just limited to the 1950s. This harassment continued throughout the following decades and continues today. One of my very close friends was arrested for a “lingering stare at an undercover cop who was beating his meat in a highway rest stop. “This was in 2001. In 2016 police in Toronto arrested 65 men in a out of the way park some for as little as gazing too long at the undercover agent who again had his dick out, stroking it and the one who was the “come and get it” man.

The Connexion a gay newsletter published in the early 1970s had this to say, “Hartford gays are experiencing a new low in cruising freedom these days, Ask anyone who normally cruises the infamous Asylum Hill and Garden Street area. The numbers of people who have been taken down to the precinct houses are already legion and the arrests and friskings continue to mount… One individual who lives in the neighborhood was arrested for loitering while… [going] to the store for milk.” ( 2 )

Here in Hartford men were arrested for cruising along the river banks back in the mid 1980’s. As recently as last year men were arrested for cruising in a off the way park in Manchester Ct. and this blog heard that the cops in a wealthy suburban town were keeping their eye out for any cruising in a local park. Arrests for cruising go way back in history. All over police are still raiding bath houses and arresting men there, arresting men in parks, in tearooms and other places men meet up with other men. The cops, society and many of their friends in both the L & G and straight communities have this to say, “You’re okay as long as you stay within the lines that we draw, as long as you are willing to wear our straight jackets and as long as you are willing to be “just like us.” If not we will arrest you or have you arrested and from then on your life will be miserable.”

Will you join us in this fight?

How to swell the ranks of a movement, just let the cops act the way they do and bam, folks will turn out, join up and fight back. Here is one example from our early history the entrapment of Dale Jennings, his arrest, trial and the break up of the Mattachine and the founding of ONE INC.

“Were all homosexuals and bisexuals to unite militantly, unjust laws and corruption would crumble in short order … Were heterosexuals to realize that these violations of our rights threaten them equally, a vast reform might even come within our lifetime”. …Dale Jennings

We do not see this ‘vast reform’ simply as rights within this system, such as marriage, the military issue but see the bigger picture of liberation. As we said in the early days we do not seek to transform this system but to topple it. (more…)

We wish to extend our New Years Greetings to all of our readers, friends and foes. furbirdsqueerly in this incarnation will continue into another year. When we take a look at our readership from all over the world we say, yeah we had better. It always amazes us when we check out the stats at the end of the year to see folks from all sorts of places who came for a visit. We have had people from Zimbabwe, New Caledonia, Uruguay, Vietnam, South Africa, Russia , France, Norway, Japan, Finland, South Korea, Singapore, French Guiana, Chile, Afghanistan, Bulgaria, Turkey, Norway, Philippians, Puerto Rico, United Kingdom, Bolivia, France, Pakistan, Mexico, Cambodia, many more, and of course the United States. We have had people from every continent except Greenland and mainland China. Here is a map from our stats.

So we say to ourselves, what else should we be doing. If someone from Cambodia visits once how can we get that person to come back again? How can we get people from Sweden to come on board? punkpink will be doing a run down of our stats to see what folks who came for a visit looked at. We want that international appeal as well as the next gal.

One thing we like to do at the end of the year is mention furbirdsqueerly’s greatest hits. What type of essays and article drew people to our site during the last year. This is not to say that we will monkey these posts just to keep the momentum going.

So here goes just a few our greatest hits for 2017!

Coming in at number one is an essay that we wrote back in 2008 when we worked with the group Queers Without Borders. It was in response to a local gay magazine The Metroline who wrote that there were no drag queens at Stonewall. (contrary to what everyone else who was there, (he was not) said about that night. The piece “No Drag Queens At Stonewall You Say, We Say Take A Flying Fuck was republished in 2011 on furbirdsqueerly when once again this same question reared its ugly head. This essay continues  to get hits and has links to the Stonewall Veterans Site.

Of course we noticed when we go local folks from this area come over to see what the fuss is about. (yes we love to cause a fuss, upset apple-carts and ruffle the feathers of the enlightened class) One piece a tribute to an artist who we think is tremendous, makes art, no questions asked is the artist Marc Burns. We wrote the essay Marc Burns At Art Space, A Wonderful Art Experience For All Of Us was a review of the artist’s show at a local gallery. Many people noted that our review was the better of the few but most of the people where enamored over a review which to us was flat and dry but was published by a well know critic on a well known web site. Oh well what can we say. Some have soul, some do not, some are afraid to say and we do not. I suppose though in the long run to the top I would rather a review by an art site rather than a little anarchist communist blog sitting in Hartford Ct.

front banner of jeri and us.

Our essays on LGBTQ Pride always get quite a bit attention we notice that folks in Europe really dig reading them. This is a post of 14 essays written over the years. The above photo’s are some of the members of Queers Without Borders attending PRIDE in NYC.

Our latest work J. P. Morgan and the celebrating of misdeeds is gaining readers everyday.  What we enjoy about this one is that folks from not only here but around the world are reading this essay. The lesson that rang true through-out the essay was the words of Anarchist Leon Czolgosz, “Don’t give up the fight, Don’t dare surrender! No War But Class War. No War But Class War!”

Close to home but with resounding all over the country was our essay, Rip It Down Or Let It Stand, an essay on the removal of the Colt Memorial in a local park. In future essays we will be exploring other statues, and memorials that we feel should be removed.  One such statue is a new one of the Rev. Samuel Stone, a rev. from the late 1600’s who tortured and persecuted women who were declared to be witches.

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Our essay Center Church: Is An Apology In Order From The Church For The Persecution of Women continues to gather readers.

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Photo-button worn by furbirdsqueerly R. Nelson, taken by Kerri of Real Hartford.

One essay, a very important one, Greetings To All How Gather Here Today: A Leaflet From Furbirdsqueerly to The LGBTQ Community and Allies. A rallying call against single issue struggle the essay began this way:

“Today as concerned queers we gather with others who oppose the regime in Washington DC. We gather to raise our concerns not only to this nation but to our community the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and allied. Many years ago, when our movement was young we learned that as LGBTQ folks we were here, there and everywhere. We learned that as Queers in the Gay Liberation Front we could not survive unless we formed a united front with others who at that time were under attack. We fully understood that we must not only seek the liberation of our people but of all people and join with the movements around the world in solidarity and in fighting for liberation. Later we learned from the great Black, poet, author, philosopher, teacher Audre Lorde when she said, “There is no such thing as a single issue, as we do not lead a single-issue life.”

Of course many folks visit our main page and archives. (probably wondering what is a furbird anyway.)  So we will be doing more one page articles, photos and other quick readings. The above articles are just a few of our hits from the past year. We will continue to work against this unjust system doing what we can and supporting those who do. So from all of us at furbirdsqueerly    HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

The New Haven Pride Center Presents:

FEMME IN PUBLIC: a performance by Alok Vaid-Menon

What feminine part of yourself did you have to destroy in order to survive in this world? At what point does femininity become synonymous with apology? Who hurt the people who hurt you? Alok is trying to figure it out.

Join for an evening of poetry, comedy, and performance art.

Monday, November 13, 2017
Performances at 7:00p and 9:00p
Doors open 30 minutes before performances.
General Admission $25 / Center Members $20 / Students $15

Lyric Hall Theater
827 Whalley Ave, New Haven

About the Artist
Alok Vaid-Menon (they/them/their) is a gender non-conforming performance artist, writer, educator, and entertainer. Their eclectic sense of style, political comedy, and poetic challenge to the gender binary have been internationally renowned. Alok was recently the youngest recipient of the prestigious Live Works Performance Act Award granted to ten performance artists across the world. They have been featured on HBO, MTV, The Guardian, National Geographic, The New York Times, and The New Yorker and have presented their work at 300 venues in more than 30 countries.

See facebook page for more details HERE.

If you can and if you haven’t or if you have ever or never yet seen a performance by Alok get your tickets and go. High Queer Art, some of the best.