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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.

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The Kalos Society and Gay Liberation Front of Hartford were at the march.

 

My then boyfriend Miguel and I had returned to NYC from the West Coast that spring. We got a place on the Lower East Side. When it came time for this march I said to him, “We missed Stonewall I am not going to miss this march. We went with a group of our friends dressed in our fine “gay” hippie style.

Yes we are old fashion we refuse to use (his)-story month. Its all of ours not just his so we use ourstory. Let’s begin with the great sign.

and may we add fuck you if you don’t like it.

Tonight is For All of Us: Remembering Scout Schultz RIP

From IT’s Going Down

Remembering Scout Schultz on Georgia Tech Campus

On September 18th, 2017, hundreds gathered outside of the Georgia Tech student center for a vigil commemorating the killing of Scout Schultz. Scout was beloved by many, was a dedicated LGBTQ+ activist, an antifascist, and a revolutionary anticapitalist. Two days ago, they were killed by Georgia Tech police.

Online video has surfaced showing Scout in a distressed state, walking barefoot and surrounded by police who had their guns drawn. Scout held a closed multi-tool in their hand. The police opened fire.

“COPS – PIGS – MURDERERS”

As the sky darkened, student bureaucrats lost control of the vigil as students and friends of Scout began to shout out their feelings, their despair, their rage. A large section of the crowd began assembling and chanting anti-police slogans while adorning masks. The masked contingent was around 100 people.

Masked demonstrators quickly began lighting fireworks, flares, and smoke bombs to the cheers of the crowd. Flares and smoke bombs were thrown at police cruisers on Tech Parkway who sped off. When the crowd arrived at the police headquarters, the confrontation took a decisive turn.

Police began antagonizing the crowd, which then encircled a police cruiser. Scuffles broke out in the crowd with police. In defense of a fellow protester, someone emptied a fire extinguisher on a police officer. Demonstrators smashed the windows of police cruisers and attempted to defend themselves while police beat protesters with the help of at least one white “patriot.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To read this rest of this article go to HERE.

From LIBERATION

Newspaper of the Party of Socialism and Liberation.

Trump’s transgender military ban — down with transphobia and imperialism!

By IV Sta

On July 26, Donald Trump announced via Twitter that transgender people would no longer be allowed to enlist or serve in the U.S. military “in any capacity.” Trump cited what he called “tremendous medical costs and disruption” in a promise to overturn the Obama administration’s 2016 decree allowing trans people to serve openly.

The tweet appears to have caught many in the upper White House echelons off guard — including defense secretary Mattis, who had a day’s notice of Trump’s decision. It is not entirely clear if the military ban can happen simply because the president makes a tweet. Nonetheless, most of the GOP has applauded the tweet, praising Trump for pandering so well to his ultra-conservative base.
The announcement was less surprising to trans people across the United States, considering the open transphobia Trump has expressed throughout his business career, campaign and presidency. In contrast to his campaign statement that he was an “ally” to LGBTQ people — which was supported by nothing — Trump’s first actions in office were removing the LGBTQ rights page from the White House website and rescinding the Obama administration’s federal guideline to interpret Title IX as inclusive of trans students.

The rationale for the tweet, in true Trump character, is completely baseless. Medical transition, which is presumably what Trump is referencing as a “burden,” has zero negative repercussions for the quality of job performance. Moreover, the military budget is the most bloated budget in the U.S. government, and has an allocation for Viagra that is five times the amount of money needed to cover transition-specific treatment for service members.
Regardless of the phony economics, the announcement has already caused a wave of pain in the trans community. Trans Lifeline, a hotline created by and for trans people, is experiencing an enormous uptick in calls following the Twitter rant. Trans Lifeline issued a statement condemning the attack. Part of the statement reads:

“People join the military for a variety of reasons but for many the only other options are homelessness and prison. When 40% of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ, it’s easy to see why joining the military might be an attractive option. In fact, the military may be the largest employer of trans people in the country, with an estimate of 15,500 in 2014.
“The actual number is likely much, much higher as more people are living their truths and coming out as trans every day. All of these trans service members may have lost their jobs and many more people including family, friends, and the entire trans population will be affected. The shockwaves from these tweets are felt throughout the entire trans community, not just by those who are current or former military. This sort of policy choice suggests a careless disregard for the rights of trans people to dignity and self-determination. As trans people around the country struggle to navigate a climate of fear, messages like these can have devastating effects on a person’s mental health. These effects quickly bleed over into other areas of life like work, family, friends, or a person’s ability to pursue their goals. Trans people, regardless of their affiliation with the military, deserve better than this.”

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After a summer of exploring identity, intersectionality and youth leadership, our Queer Academy campers are draguating! You’re invited to Queer Academy’s Draguation on Sunday, August 20th for a show, a ceremony, and a celebration! Queer Academy campers will share their messages from the stage through drag, song, dance and more…

Draguation will be at TheaterWorks from 6:00 – 9:00 PM, with a Silent Auction included.

Draguation is free and open to the public, but donations are accepted.

Facebook Page HERE.

The Queer Insurrection: “These Faggots Kill Fascists”

By Andrew Phillips, Out Magazine, 7-25-2017

The first LGBTQ military has been established to combat the Islamic State (ISIS). The volunteer organization known as The Queer Insurrection and Liberation Army(TQILA), is a subgroup of The International Revolutionary People’s Guerrilla Forces (IRPGF), an anarchist movement working alongside Kurdish units in northern Syria.

Over the past three years, LGBTQ people have been frequently targeted by ISIS. The Islamic State openly condemns homosexuality, and its supporters are believed to be responsible for brutally killing captives suspected of being gay, in many cases, stoning them or throwing them off rooftops. The perpetrator of the deadly attack on the Pulse Nightclub also pledged his allegiance to the Islamic State.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Queer Insurrection and Liberation Army is pushing back against these atrocities. In a public declaration of goals posted to the IRPGF’s twitter account, TQILA writes:

“The images of gay men being thrown off roofs and stoned to death by Daesh was not something we could idly watch. It is also not only Daesh whose hatred for Queer, Trans* and other non-binary peoples leads to religiously motivated hatred and attacks. Christian conservatives in the global northwest have also attacked LGBTQI+ peoples in an attempt to silence and erase their existence. We want to emphasize that queerphobia, homophobia and trans*phobia are not inherent to Islam or any other religion… It is this necessity and desire to strengthen the gains of the women’s revolution while advancing the Queer struggle that has motivated Queer comrades of the IRPGF to form TQILA.”

The exact size and number of LGBTQ members in TQILA is being kept confidential to protect the members of the unit, but its spokesperson Heval Rojhilat told Newsweek, “Many of our comrades are within the LGBTQI+ community. We are already fighting in Raqqa.”

To read a full account of this go to the Newsweek site HERE.

“It is unclear how deeply entrenched the LGBT unit is in the battle for Raqqa. But if the new battalion can help deal one of the final blows to the caliphate, it would be the sweetest of victories for members of the LGBT community who have suffered at the hands of ISIS. In that event, the group plans to mark the community where the symbols of ISIS once stood, Rojhilat says. “We will fly TQILA’s flag, the IRPGF’s flag and the rainbow flag!”