Queer Eye on Challenging and Changing Amerikkka: 2000-2018

A Queer Eye on
Challenging and Changing Amerikkka
2000-2018

 

Introduction
We have heard many times over the years the powerful idea of Speaking Truth To Power. Through-out this timeline our friends and comrades have been doing just that whether it be a social reform movement that gained rights for many who have been denied or communities standing up demanding justice speaking truth to power. We have seen major advances over the past eighteen years but there are no fools among us who believe that our work is complete. Our goal must be to change the system so the business of fighting the same old battles over and over again will be ended.

We look out at the world today and know that we as a Queer people can not be a people who believe in a one issue movement. The great Black Lesbian feminist poet and philosopher Audre Lorde remarked in one of her many essays, “There is no such thing as a single-issue movement, as we do not live single issue lives.” Those words must be words that we live by and remember in all of our struggles. We can no longer pay lip to any people struggling for justice and liberation.

Let us never fall for the tricks of the ruling class who will try to fool us into thinking that we have nothing in common with others who are struggling. We have nothing in common with those on the top and everything in common with those on the bottom. That is where we are. Let us move away from accepting the crumbs that are shaken from the table cloths of those in power. Together we must work for a new creation, one of freedom, justice, liberation for all. A new world yes that is still our hope, our dream our everyday work.
I close with this written by Huey P. Newton in 1970 in his speech on the women’s Liberation and Gay liberation movement, in his speech Huey said, “The enemy is not allowed to make mistakes because his whole existence is a mistake, and we suffer from it.”

R. Nelson, Hartford Ct. 2018

This timeline is a continuation of the timeline from the 1999 exhibition Challenging and Changing America: The Struggle for LGBT Civil Rights 1900-1999.
A Queer Eye on
Challenging and Changing Amerikkka 2000-2018

2000: QueerToday.com is founded to build power in solidarity to bring about our collective liberation. They support and create media campaigns and protests to bring queer left perspectives into the public sphere and have been serving up direct action protests and queer community building. Queers Without Borders is a member of QueerToday.com and join in the action against HRC’s banquet in Boston. QueerToday.com has provided a challenge to mainstream thought and shame that so often infects the movement for Queer Liberation. The mission of the group says: To build community among queers. To expands community dialogue and strengthens relationships among queer movements and allied movements for social, economic, racial and environmental justice, Urges mainstream LGBT rights groups to respond to perspectives of marginalized communities and promote a broader social justice organizing strategy, and Supports and creates media campaigns and protests to bring queer left perspectives into the public sphere.

2000: Two men kill Amanda Milan 25-year-old Trans women near Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City. The event provokes outrage within the Transgender community. Transgender activist Sylvia Rivera worked towards seeing that Milan’s death was investigated and organized Milan’s political funeral along with other demonstrations claiming a large disconnection of transgender rights from the larger LGBT communities. Activists saw this crime amongst the reasons to add a broad definition of gender to the New York City Human Rights Law.

Amanda Milan Presente!

2000: Three Hundred people attend a memorial service for Amanda Milan at the Metropolitan Community Church on West 36th Street in New York City. After the service a march was held to the site of Milan’s death when the marchers created a shrine with flowers, photographs and poems. In response to Milan’s death the Lesbian and Gay Community center hosted a town hall meeting focused on violence against transgender people. Over 200 people attended the meeting called, “Violence and Survival: Transgender People Tell Their Stories.”
“Death Will Not Be The Last Word For Amanda Milan,” so stated Octavia St. Laurent.

2000: The Trans Pride Flag consisting of five horizontal stripes, two light Blue, two pink, and one white strip in the center is carried for the first time in a Pride Parade in Phoenix Arizona. The flag was designed by Trans women Monica Helms in 1999. In 2014 Ms. Helms donated the original Transgender pride flag to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. This flag is universally recognized as the Transgender Pride Flag. There have been variations of the flag over the years by different Trans groups in both the U.S and around the world. The earliest Transgender Pride Flag was created by Queer Nation Transgender Focus Group in October 1991. The flag consisted of a white back ground and a centered downward pointing pink triangle with a transgender symbol overlaying in black. The flag was designed by Dawn Holland. In 1999 Captain John” a Trans man in San Francisco creates on his female to male website a Trans Pride Flag consisting of seven stripes alternating in light pink and light blue separated by thing white stripes and featuring in the upper left hoist a twinned Venus and Marsh symbol in lavender.

2000: The Gay and Lesbian Community Center lifts its ban on Sylvia Rivera attending any programing at the center due to her agitation at the center on a freezing winter night when she demanded assistance for the homeless gay people living nearby on the piers. She had been banned since the mid-90ties.

2001: Queers Undermining Israeli Terrorism is founded in San Francisco as a political action group supporting, “Boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel and opposing “pinkwashing of the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people.” The group supports divestment, the right to return for all Palestinians, immediate Israeli withdrawal from Palestinian territories and describes Zionism as racism. The group was founded by a member of LAGAI-Queer Insurrection and individuals formerly associated with DAGGER (Sykes & Gay Guys Emergency Response) which was active during the first Gulf War.

2001: Sylvia Rivera and other Trans activists re-activated S.T.A.R as the Street Action Transgender Action Revolutionaries. In an interview with Sylvia Rivera she was asked why Street was in the title of the organization and she replied: “Because we were street kids, And we needed to emphasize on that.” The interviewer then stated that Sex work remained as a subtext for much of our conversation which I asked Sylvia about, “Well, it happens historically because the mainstream gay community who have obtained their rights have left us off of all of their bills. People do not have to hire the transgender women or men because there are no laws protecting us. And this is part of one of my arguments with the community right now. And that is one of the reasons why at the beginning of this year I decided to resurrect STAR. If we continue to be invisible people are not going to listen to us. And if we ourselves don’t stand up for ourselves, nobody else will do that o us. And we have allowed them to speak for us. Thee was nobody out there that was willing to step on their toes. And this is why STAR has had to come back to existence and we have to push people like the Human Rights Campaign, the Empire State Agenda, the Community Center. Every big corporate group that is gay and lesbian has to be put in their place.”

2001: At Tel Aviv Gay Pride a contingent of about 200 people marched as a black bloc proclaiming, “there is no pride in occupation.” Out of this demonstration the queer anti occupation group Black Laundry is formed utilizing the language and direct action of American and British queer activists they organized around national LGBT issues but refused to allow these issues to remain apolitical in relation to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Black Laundry stated that they refused to assimilate into a society founded on militarism, dispossession and active settler colonial occupation of Palestinian land and built a solidarity network with lesbian and gay Palestinians.

2001: A transgender dancer is dismissed from a local New York dance club and the newly formed STAR organized a picket line outside the club. Building on a queer/labor alliance members of STAR, the Housing Works Transgender Working Group, and the New York Direct Action Network Labor Group packed a rambunctious picket line, successfully turning almost all patrons away while offering suggestions for some better spots to go to. The club was closed within a few weeks.

2002: Connecticut holds its first Transgender Day of Remembrance in Hartford Ct. Its Time Connecticut was the primary organizer behind this vigil. The vigil was co-sponsored by over twenty statewide LGBT organizations and attended by nearly 100 trans folks and allies. Following the overwhelming success of this event ITCT was transitioned into the Ct TransAdvocacy Coalition.

2002: Trans warrior Sylvia Rivera dies of liver cancer. On her death bed Sylvia met with Matt Foreman and Joe Grabarz of Empire State Pride Agenda to negotiate transgender inclusion in the political structure of the organization and for Transgender inclusion in New York’s, Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Act (SONDA) The bill never did cover the Transgender community as the committee felt that inclusion of gender identity as a protected category would make it impossible to pass the bill. SONDA was passed in December 2002 not covering transgender people.

Sylvia Rivera Presente’

2002: The Sylvia Rivera Law Project is founded in New York by Attorney and Trans Activist Dean Spade after he was followed into a restroom by a police officer and arrested. The charges were eventually thrown out of court but remained upset by the transphobia that caused this to happen. A few months later Spade formed the Sylvia Rivera Law Project. The project works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine their gender identity and expression regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment discrimination or violence. The goals of the organization are to provide access to legal services for low-income transgender intersex, and gender non-conforming people, provide public education and policy reform to end state-sanctioned discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression. SRLP members acknowledge that the system is the problem with regards to discrimination towards gender.

2002: Jennifer Pellinen designs a Transgender flag created for TG Pride. The colors on the flag from top to bottom are: Pink, Light purple, medium purple, dark purple and blue. The pink and the blue represent male and female. The 3 purple stripes represent the diversity of the Trans community as well as genders other than make and female. The color code of this flag is very much like the Bisexual flag.

2002: Unidad Latina en Accion is founded in New Haven Ct. as a grassroots social justice organization made up of immigrants who have suffered human rights abuses on the job and in the immigration system. The groups combines direct action, legal action, and education in creating systemic change. Unidad Latina en Accion is a leading in the immigrant rights struggle in Connecticut holding rallies, marches, demonstration in support of people who are threatened by deportation and supporting those who seek sanctuary in Ct. Churches. Actions are held at the Federal Court in Hartford and in New Haven.

2003: Queers Without Borders is formed in response to several anti-war straights that said to a group of Queers at a Hartford march and rally, “I thought all of you “Gays” were only concerned with marriage? Queer anti-war activists who that day were flying the rainbow flag and handing out flyers denouncing the war from a Queer perspective were a bit taken aback since some of them had been marching against war since Vietnam. QWB members wrote in a position paper that they were interested in more than a reformist agenda of singular issue political agenda. Stating that liberation meant a transformation of all economic, social and political ways for all people. QWB sought to re-build a Queer left beginning with the idea that the LGBT community did not live in isolation from other communities and that we could not survive as a single issue reformist movement.

2003: With a grant from the Open Society Institute, Queers for Economic Justice is founded to concentrate full time with a mission and a staff whose priority was to address the needs of LGBT people in poverty. They are committed to the principle that access to social and economic resources is a fundamental right. Queers for Economic Justice states, “We do this work because although poor queers have always been a part of both the gay rights and economic justice movements, that have been and continue to be. Largely invisible in both movements. The groups states that their goal is to, “challenge and change the systems that create poverty and economic injustice in our communities and to promote an economic system that embraces sexual and gender diversity.

2003: Ct. TransAdvocacy and Bodies Like Ours hold an “educational protest” against intersex genital mutilation at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. The protest coincides with a scheduled surgery on a child that is viewed by medical professionals. A news conference is held by the group in a visible educational challenge to Concealment-Centered medical protocols that believe early cosmetic surgeries on genitals is more important than honest discussion of the facts. According to Janet Green, cofounder and board member of Bodies Like Ours, “The reason the public needs to understand this issue is that it has purposely been kept from view, and there are thousands and thousands of us who are shamed, isolated, and tired of a big bad secret.”

2004: Gender Identity and Expression is included in Hate Crime Legislation in Ct. The act stated: A person is guilty of intimidation based on bigotry or bias in the first degree when such person maliciously, and with specific intent to intimidate or harass another person because of the actual or perceived race, religion, ethnicity or disability sexual orientation or gender identity or expression of another person, causes serious physical injury to such other person or to a third person.

2004: Familia: Trans queer Liberation Movement is founded by Trans and Queer immigrants, undocumented and allies, youth leaders and parents. The group is committed to the liberation of trans, queer and gender nonconforming Latinx through building community organizing, advocacy, education building power and (re) imagine our communities free from oppression. The organization seeks to abolish the systems that marginalize, criminalize, imprison, and kill people by building on the legacy of racial justice and liberation movements.

2004: During the year Queers Without Borders held meetings and positions were taken on building a new Connecticut Queer Left. QWB attended every demonstration with signs and the rainbow flag that were held during the year. A multi- issue political group from different political stands QWB included Socialists, Anarchists, Liberals, and some who were not politically tied to any philosophy. Leaflets stating from a Queer perspective were handed out at all demonstrations, rallies and pickets that the group were part of.

2004: Chicago Anti-Bashing Network is renamed The Gay Liberation Network one of the largest direct-action groups in Chicago. Co-founded by Socialist, LGBT rights activist, and anti-war activist Andy Thayer the group speaks of its founding as: In response to three September 98 anti-gay bashings in the “Boys Town neighborhood. They began to respond to all hate crimes no matter which scapegoated group is targeted. The Chicago Anti-Bashing Network actively sought out and worked with individuals and organizations by the grass root involvement of people from all communities. GLN focuses on LGBT specific issues and fully realizes that members of the community have at least one other identity which is discriminated against in the society. They say, “If we do not directly participate in “other” justice issues we fail the test of solidarity with the majority of the people in our community. The group continues to be anti-imperialism, anti-gentrification, anti-militarism, and anti-war, and works in coalition for Homeless Rights, Immigrant Rights, Labor Rights, LGBT Rights, Trans Rights and Women’s Rights and against all police brutality on the streets and in the jails.

2004: Kate and Deeg publish their essay, Gay Marriage Civil Right or Civil Wrong, Marriage Is Still The Opiate of The Queers and in it they state “Gay marriage might give some married gay people access to health care, tax breaks, and immigrations rights. But shouldn’t our community be fighting for us all to have access to health care, whatever our “marital status?” The same for immigration. Somehow, in these right-wing times, money, good and jobs are free to flow across the border, but not people. Shouldn’t everyone be able to live where they want to who made these borders anyhow? And why should any married people pay less taxes? What assimilationist gays are really asking is that the heterosexuals share some of their privilege with queers who want to be like them.”

2004: Riot Folk collective founded and combined the enterprise of eight politically minded folk musicans into a radical music collective with the goal of sharing resources, funds, equipment and tour gigs. The group is an anti-profit music collective working from the principles of oppression and anti-capitalism. They describe themselves as people who make music to heal, educate, provoke and inspire.

2004: Kate Bender-Raphael of Queers Undermining Israeli Terrorism is arrested by Israeli authorities while filming a clash between Israeli soldiers and activists protesting the building of the separation barrier in the West Bank village of Bil’n. She had been deported from Israel in 2003 for filming demonstrations against the Israeli government. QUIT continues through-out the decade to picket, demonstrate and hold rallies against the Israeli occupation of Palestine. In late 2004 they launched a boycott of Jerusalem Open House World Pride to be held in 2005. The event called Love Without Borders was considered inappropriate to be held in a city that was bisected by a 30-foot concrete wall. The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission decided not to participate in the World Pride celebration stating that many LGBT people in the area who may want to attend the World Pride event will be unable to do so due to travel restrictions and conditions that limit mobility and participation.”

2005: Queer Without Borders organized with others a Coalition for A Real Debate an educational event in front of the Bushnell when he Ct. Forum held a discussion entitled, The Cultural Wars: Values, Decency, Marriage and More. Ralph Reed a right wind religious homophobe was on the panel. QWB pointed out there were no Queer Voices and no representatives of the many voices who were affected by these cultural wars on the panel just paid political pundits. After the rally and the leafleting the attendees to the event, a real debate and forum was held at the Presbyterian Church next door. A banner that was carried during the picket said, “Stop Religious and Political Kick Balling With Our Lives.”

2005: As a result of a study Unidad Latina en Accion a New Haven based grassroots organization, Junta for Progressive Action and Yale Law School students propose that the city of New Haven adopt a ID program with card for all immigrants living in the city. The proposal received a positive reaction but was not adopted. In December of 2006 the mayor John DeStefano Jr. announced that he was reviving the plan. The city then redrafted the plans to include all residents of New Haven in need of an ID card.

2005: Pink and Black is founded by Queer Activist Jason Lyon. Pink and Black is an open family of LGBTQ prisoners and “free world” allies who support each other. They work towards the abolition of the prison industrial complex and is rooted in the experience of currently and formerly incarcerated people. Pink and Black holds a Pen-Pal program, a monthly newsletter, Support for a number of people experiencing harassment, sexual violence or lack of access to health care, support and advocacy for court involved people in eastern Massachusetts, chapters across the U.S., Workshops and Trainings. Pink and Black states; Our goal is liberation. We have a radical view of the fight for justice. We are feminist. We are anti-racist. We want queer liberation and we are against Capitalism. Prisons are part of the system that oppresses and divides us. By building a movement and taking action against this system of violence, we will create the world we dream of. We also celebrate the beauty of what exists now. Our love for each other. The strength of our planet. Our incredible resiliency. All of the power we have to continue existing. While dreaming and struggling for a better world, we commit to living in the present.

2006: Queers Without Borders and other groups formed a LGBTQ contingent in a statewide mobilization on the 3rd anniversary of the Iraq invasion. Demonstrations were held in Hartford and New Haven. The Rainbow flag is carried in all demonstration with the idea that those who are Queer and are having their lives and their country destroyed by the U.S. invasion will know that Queers in other parts of the world and especially in the U.S are standing with them and against these wars that are destroying their homelands.

2006: Queers Without Borders holds a rally at the Federal Building in Hartford in celebration of the 37th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising. QWB asked people to bring their concerns and demands to a street action. Following the street action, a film and discussion was held on multi-issue organizing within the LGBTQ community and allied community. A Queer Manifesto is written again calling for an alliance with other groups who are oppressed. Ned Lamont a candidate for governor of Connecticut attends the rally much to the dismay of the group who are fighting against the very things the government stands for.

2006: The first Transgender Health and Law Conference is held in Connecticut. The conference is about relationships with ourselves and relationships with those who interact with us. The primary theme of the Intersection of Health and Law Conference seeks to raise awareness of the interconnectivity and interdependence of two critical areas to the lives of the trans and gender non-conforming individuals.

2006: Beyond Marriage is formed by a group of two dozen LGBT activists and scholars sharing their concerns about the same sex marriage movement. Later that summer they releases a statement, “Beyond Same-Sex Marriage: A New Strategic Vision For All Of Our Families and Relationships. The Beyond Marriage statement lists several committed family forms that would not benefit from marriage, including senior citizens living together, adult children caring for their parents, families with more than one conjugal partner, friends who raise children together, and single parents, all of which already have many of the same commitments and responsibilities of marriage and are also combinations reflected in LGBT households. The statement puts forth principles for an inclusive and effective LGBT movement, maintaining that healthcare reform, Distributions of benefits regardless of martial status, and the separation of church and state are all equally important as marriage in the fight for LGBT rights. Many felt that the stand-alone issue of same-sex marriage has left us isolated and vulnerable to a virulent backlash including ballot initiatives and court rulings that dismantle existing rights such as domestic partnerships.

2007: Queers Without Borders organized with other community groups a march on the Hartford Headquarters of ICE. Working with the immigrant community and their organizations joined in rallies and other actions to condemn the ICE raids in Hartford, New Haven Waterbury and other Ct. Cities.
2007: Queers Without Borders and Ct. TransAdvocacy held a demonstration with other groups against the Human Rights Campaign Fund’s meeting at the University of Connecticut in support of corporations in their Buy for Equality campaign giving a green light to corporations such as NIKE, Merck, Shell, Chevron, BP and other corporations that used sweatshops to make their goods. At this time HRC held an exclusionary position in ENDA against Transgender people. Most of the attendees stated that they agreed with us and would bring up in discussion the points in the leaflets that were passed out.

2007: New Haven begins issuing The Elm City Resident Card an identification card to any city resident that needs a form of ID. The card was originally designed to protect the estimated 10,000 to 15,000 undocumented immigrants in New Haven. The card is also a debit card. These cards were the first such cards to be issued in the United States. Lines form around the block to get the new card.

2007: Two days after the Elm City Resident Card was unveiled ICE gents arrested 32 illegal immigrants in the city and in December federal agents from the Department of Health and Human Services raid the offices of the Community Action Agency of New Haven with a warrant for all documents from 2003 onward. The agents asked workers at the Community Action Agency if they had been given instructions about giving aid to illegal immigrants.

2007: Queers Without Borders, Hartford Ct. is an Initial Signer and supporter of the Rainbow Coalition in Solidarity with the Cuban Five. Individuals and organizations in 32 countries and 43 states in the U.S. join the Coalition. The call first went out in January, from a multi-national, multi-lingual group of U.S. based Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender activists to build solidarity with the five political prisoners serving long sentences in U.S. penitentiaries for infiltrating a CIA backed fascist commando group in order to halt terror attacks against Cuba from U.S. soil.

2007: BASH BACK! is formed in Chicago as a radical, anarchist queer project within the United States to facilitate a convergence of radical tans and gay activist from around the country. BASH BACK! critiques the ideology of the mainstream LGBT movement which the group sees as assimilation into the dominant institutions of a heteronormative society. Chapters formed across the U.S. BASH BACK! Published 4 points in a statement: 1. Fight for liberation. Nothing more, nothing less. State recognition in the form of oppressive institutions such as marriage and militarism are not steps toward liberation but rather towards heteronormative assimilation. 2. A rejection of capitalism, imperialism, and all forms of state power. 3. Actively oppose oppression both in and out of the “movement.” No oppressive behavior is to be tolerated. 4. Respect a diversity of tactics in the struggle for liberation. Also, do not solely condemn an action on the grounds that the state deems it to be illegal. Dandee Lyon a member of BASH BACK! DC stated this: “assimilation will not save us, it will only end in the decimation of our community. Society must change to accommodate us, queers and trans folk, must refuse assimilation and cultural erasure at the hands of the homonormative gay elite and build a world where we an liberate ourselves.”

2008: OUT RAGE 69 a video from KQED is shown at MCC sponsored by Ct. TansAdvocacy Coalition and Queers Without Borders at La Paloma Sabanera in Hartford. OUTRAGE 69 speaks from within and without the movement with issues ranging from the multi-issue gay Liberation Front, the split and the forming of the Gay Activist Alliance by those interested in a predominately white single-issue movement, to Sylvia Rivera’s response to Jean O’Leary’s denouncing of drag queens at the 1973 Pride in NYC to the issue of White Power in the Gay Activist Alliance. A lively discussion was held after the movie and plans were made for more educational programs.

2008: The first BASH BACK! Convergence is held. Groups from across the country met in Chicago to help form ideas for the then up-coming protests at the DNC and RNC. The newly formed BASH BACK! Groups took to the streets of Chicago to protest assimilationist politics, trans-exclusion in the gay community and the recent police assaults on Trans and queer people. The group surrounded the Police’s Addison/Halsted headquarters reading aloud statistics of Trans and Queer people brutality killed by the police. BASH BACK! Continued protesting at Pride Festivals, at both the Democratic and Republican conventions, at the Human Rights Campaign dinner in D.C, at the Mt. Hope Church in Lansing Michigan where the group entered the building disguised in plain-clothes and dropped a banner and disrupted the service, and committed other actions causing disruptions to the church service.

2008: Queers Without Borders organized with ADAPT a campaign to make the Hartford Public Library new front doors accessible to people in Transportation Chairs. After being told to go around to the back door once to often action was taken with a rally held on the steps of city hall with support from LGBT, community groups and social service groups. After seven months QWB and ADAPT and others involved in the months of talks celebrated a victory when it was announced that all of our demands were to be met and that the doors would be made accessible by the end of August.

2008: Queers Without Borders, The Students for A Democratic Society, Socialist Party of Connecticut, People of Faith for LGBT Civil Rights and Labor Groups participate in “An Evening Of Solidarity” in support of immigrant workers struggling for justice and dignity. The event was sponsored by The Students for A Democratic Society and Queers Without Borders and was a dinner and fundraiser for the IWW Food and Allied Workers Union.

2008: Queers Without Borders begins to publish Queer Voices a quarterly of queer writing.

2008: Queer Without Borders organized with others and formed the Ct. Civil Rights Defense Coalition to stand up and fight back against the Religious Right and their attempt to amend the Connecticut Constitution via a Constitutional Convention. Calling for a NO vote on the question the group stated: Ballot Initiatives will create a open season on the rights of women, African Americans, Latinos, Immigrants and LGBT people by people with hidden agendas and a attempt to manipulate public opinion and dictate what civil rights we may keep or loose. The coalition was successful in getting the word out and the ballot initiative was defeated.

2008: Queers Without Borders joined with TransFM.org, World Gender Coalition, Know thy Neighbor, Mass, Chapter of Trans American Vets, What Queer and labor, anti-war groups from throughout New England protesting the HRC Banquet in Boston.

2009: Vandalism of the Human Rights Campaign Headquarters in D.C by radical Queer activists who threw pink and black paint and glitter at the building and left graffiti reading, “Quit Leaving Queers Behind.” The vandalism came on the eve of the National Equality March. A group calling themselves Queers Against Assimilation posted a statement about the action on the website of radical queer network BASH BACK! The state called the act one of “glamdalism.”

2009: Fenced Out a video from FIERCE NYC documenting the struggle of LGBTQ youth of color to save the Christopher Street pier and the West Village in NY is shown. The event sponsored by Queers Without Borders include a dinner before the movie and a panel discussion facilitated by Regina Dyton and Kamora Harrington Black Lesbian Activists.

2009: Against Equality is founded and is an online publishing and arts collective focused on critiquing mainstream Gay and Lesbian politics. The group of queer thinkers writers an artists are committed to dislodging the centrality of equality rhetoric and challenging the demand for inclusion in the institution of marriage, the US military and the prison industrial complex via hate crimes legislation.

2009: The Queer Liberation Front is formed in Hartford to take the struggle for queer liberation and rights for all people to a new level using non-violent direct action and other forms of activism.

2009: Michelle Lindsay designs a new Trans Pride Flag. This flag incorporates the transgender symbol in white on a purple and blue background.

2010: Andy Thayer of the Gay Liberation Network and 22 other anti-war activists homes are raided by the FBI due to the claim that they support terrorism with material support. No arrests are made, and no connection made that the 23 activists were involved in any way with any terrorist organizations. Demonstrations are held across the U.S against the raids and FBI harassment of the activists.

2010: In April The Queer Liberation Front and Queers Without Borders joins with Queers from all over the Northeast marching in a Queer Contingent at the Bring The Troops Home Now rally and march in New York City.

2010: In December The Queer Liberation Front holds a rally and Die-in at West Farms Mall. Two banners are dropped from the second floor—One banner read, Dear Santa, Our holiday wishes: End Transphobia/Homophobia, Safe Schools, Self-Defense Without Penalty, t. Gender Identify Non-Discrimination Bill, Love The Queer Liberation Front. The front releases this statement: What dream is this? We are living in an American Nightmare! That is why we are here today at West Farms to protest this injustice. We have chosen the place most symbolic of this hypocrisy in our community—the mall, a week before Christmas, the largest consumer holiday of the year. This is the place where we are told that we can buy love, happiness, and freedom. Well, we’re not buying into that mentality!”

2011: The Queer Liberation Front, LGBTQ groups and allies hold an educational teach-in and picket line at Javapalooza in Middletown Ct. after the shops owner used a homophobic slur when he threw an 18-year-old gay man out of the coffee shop. The Queer Liberation Front asked the owner to make a public apology and a $1,000 donation to True Colors and host a teach-in at his shop. Over 60 people attend the picket line and teach-in conducted by the front.

2011: BASH BACK! Is no more! After a ruling involving a 2008 incident at Mount Hope Church in Lansing, Michigan former BASH BACK! President for the Lansing chapter stated, “There is no BASH BACK! Anymore, due to “internal politics.”

2011: Connecticut passes legislation amending the Ct. Anti-Discrimination Statues to include gender identity or expression in employment, housing, public education, accommodations, insurance, credit transactions, state contracts programs and services. This act added gender identity or expression to Connecticut’s list of protected classes. (21) of the law states, and we will leave this open for discussion: “Gender identity or expression means a person’s gender-related identity appearance or behavior, whether or not that gender-related identity, appearance or behavior is different from that traditionally associated with the person’s physiology or assigned sex at birth, which gender-related identity can be show by providing evidence including, but not limited to, medial history, care or treatment of the gender-related identity, consistent and uniform assertion of the gender-related identity or any other evidence that the gender-related identity is sincerely held, part of a person’s core identity or not being asserted for an improper purpose.”

2011: In early June CeCe Mc Donald, her room-mate and other friends were walking to buy groceries when confronted outside The Schooner Tavern by Dean Schmitz and his friends. Schmitz and his friends shouted racial and transphobic slurs at Mc Donald and her friends. As Mc Donald and her friends tried to walk away Schmitz’s ex-girlfriend Moly Flaherty hit McDonald in the face with a glass of alcohol and sliced open her cheek causing an injury that would later require stitches. The groups began fighting and when McDonald tried to leave the scene Schmitz followed and continue taunting and threatening her. Mc Donald took a pair of scissors out of her purse and stabbed Schmitz in the chest. He later died from the wounds. CeCe McDonald was arrested that night and then charged with second-degree intentional murder.

2011: No Pride In Apartheid a PRIDE event planned and hosted by Queer Without Borders is held at MCC. The evening featured a panel discussion, a movie and dinner. The group issued this statement: In 1969 Stonewall and the early queer pride events, meant fight back and solidarity with the oppressed. Yet today’s PRIDE has become an orgy of corporate consumerism and homonationalism. In reflecting upon PRIDE 2012 we desire to bring us queers back to the days when PRIDE was a political statement and not a gay fourth of July festival. Their statement said, “We invite you to join us for an evening when we discuss the pinkwashing of Israel, and the fight back by the people of Palestine against Israeli occupation.” Frank O’Gorman of the Queer Liberation Front and People of Faith was MC for the event and panelists included Chris Hutchinson of Socialist Action, Liz Aaronsahn of We Refuse to be Enemies and Saffo Papantonopoulou of the New School Students for Justice in Palestine. Queers Without Borders published Papantonopoulou’s pamphlet: Pinkwashing, Colonialism and Transphobia, We Stand With Queers in Palestine for the event.

2011: The Queer Liberation Front and other members of the LGBTQ community form a Queer Caucus at Occupy Hartford. Plans are put in the works to draft a Queer Manifesto and to join as a Queer Contingent in the upcoming Bring the War $$$ Home March and Rally.

2012: Queers Without Borders stands up to left homophobia when a May Day Rally and March used a quote from the biblical homophobe Paul of Tarsus. QWB demanded that the group remove the quote from their leaflet announcing the May Day rally which it did not. QWB responded with a leaflet An Injury to One Queer is An Injury to All where we noted that the words of Paul were still used by religious right to condemn the LGBTQ community.

2012: Frank O’Gorman of The Queer Liberation Front speaks at the Justice for Trayvon Martin Rally in Hartford Ct. He states, “We are here today because we cannot be elsewhere.”

2012: Stephen Durham and Christina Lopez are write-in candidates for president and vice president of the U.S on the Freedom Socialist Party ticket. Stephen Durham is an openly gay man and Christina Lopez is a radical feminist. Supporters in Hartford worked to get the two candidates qualified as write in candidates. When supporters votes were not counted by Hartford election officials they took the matter to the Election Enforcement Commission and the votes were finally counted and the Registers of Voters in Hartford were reprimanded for their role in not counting the votes.

2012: CeCe Mc Donald’s trial on second-degree manslaughter begins with the judge rejecting key evidence. Facing up to 80 years in prison McDonald took a plea deal that sentenced her to 41 months behind bars. She is held in a man’s prison, even though she identifies as a woman. World-wide support for CeCe has been steadily growing as many believed that she was on trial for surviving a hate crime. “People are being killed out there, and CeCe is being punished for not being killed,” said one national trans advocate. Over 18,000 people signed a petition calling for the charges to be dropped.

2012: A feature documentary Pay It No Mind: The Life & Times of Marsha P. Johnson is released. The documentary includes Marsha P. Johnson’s final interview in 1992 and captures the legendary Trans revolutionary as she recounts her life as a Trans activist.

2012: Leslie Feinberg is arrested among a crowd of CeCe McDonald supporters protesting outside of the Hennepin County Public Safety Facility. Feinberg is facing charges of property damage. Outraged supporters of McDonald took to the streets to protest the violent abuses McDonald faced at the hands of the legal system. Feinberg joined the demonstrations in making noise loud enough to be heard within the facility and marching through the streets to show solidarity with CeCe McDonald and all incarcerated individuals. Feinberg is jailed for 3 nights and re-charged with a “gross misdemeanor” which carries with it a possible 1-year prison term plus a $1,000 fine. Mass pressure on the county attorney resulted in Feinberg’s release and the dropping of felony charges. Despite being in poor health Feinberg traveled to Minnesota to visit McDonald in jail prior to her sentencing, and again for McDonald’s June 4-sentencing.

2012: A group calling itself the “Queer Attack Squadron” claimed responsibility for throwing a Molotov cocktail through the window of a Wells Fargo bank in Portland Oregon in a gesture of solidarity with CeCe Mc Donald. Katie Burgess, executive director of the Trans Youth Support Network said the group had no connection to McDonald’s supporters in Minneapolis. The group releases this: “This action has been committed in solidarity with CeCe MC Donald, a trans woman of color who rightfully defended herself from assault and has been sentenced to 41 months in a men’s prison, despite her gender and valid safety concerns, as transgender women face high instances of physical and sexual assault in men’s prisons. Wells Fargo stand as an easy target, funding the prison industrial complex along with the policing and judicial system which uphold the banking system and its profits. With such institutionalized corruption forcing beautiful queers like CeCe through such immense hardship, attacking these institutions directly is a small but necessary gesture. Just as the police attack our comrades to reify their position of power we queers, and dissenters attack back to assert just the opposite that police and state control is illusionary.”

2012-2016: Pistols Drawn begins to post their Words Series pamphlets. The site is for nihilist anarchy and introduces a series of pamphlets exploring language in the interest of destroying it. On their site they say, “The radical left has too long attempted to define the terms of what it means to resist the existing order, from the French Revolution to the Occupation Movement.” The pamphlet series includes such titles as, Anarchy, Society, Attack, and Queer. Each pamphlet will include words defining a form of our hostility towards the existing order. Some of the other titles in their series are: A History of Russian Nihilism, When all dictionaries are burned, will we start over? What is left? Nihilism vrs. Socialism, Nihilism as Strategy, Now is the time, yet we wait, Consequences on Revolutionary despair.

2013: Lesbian Activists Patrisse Cullors and Alicia Garza, along with Opal Tometi form Black Lives Matter after George Zimmerman who murdered Trayvon Martin is acquitted. The activist group spread across the U.S. protesting police brutality and the murdering of Black & Brown women and men by the police.

2013: Queers Without Borders organized a call out for groups to gather in support of Chelsea Manning in front of Hartford’s Federal Building. A loud group of whistles blowing people from various organizations gathers at the start of the Manning trial at Fort Mead. A booklet for public education was created and passed out in the street about Manning. After the rally an event was held at the Hartford Public Library where a video about Chelsea Manning was shown. Stephen Durham out gay candidate for president running on Freedom Socialist Party ticket in the U.S. 2012 general election joins the group.

2013: Invited to NYC Pride by the committee to free Chelsea Manning Queers Without Borders sends a delegation and proudly helps to carry the lead banner down 5th Ave.

2013: Gay Shame SF re-emerges in San Francisco describing themselves as a virus in the system. When any member of the group speaks to the press they identify as ‘Mary’ so no one is seen as a leader. The group believes is consensus based, everyone is fully informed of the actions the group will take and when they are going to occur. Gay Shame was founded in 1998 in New York with writer and Trans activist Mattilda Berstein Sycamore, as a key organizer and she describe it as, “An attempt to build something transformative, deviant, and dangerous out of alienation and desperation.” Gay Shame was created as protest of the over commercialization of the gay pride events and attacked what they perceived as “Queer assimilation” into oppressive societal structures.

2013: Untorelli Press publishes Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries; Survival, Revolt, and Queer Antagonist Struggle, a collection of historical documents, interviews and critical analyses relating to STAR.

2013: Groups seeking justice for undocumented immigrants, and the LGBT community marched in the streets of Greensboro to bring recognition to their collective causes. Members of El Cambio, Southerners on New Ground, Queer People of Color Collective and other immigration and LGBT organizations organized the Love In The Streets parade to coincide with the 100th day after the November elections. A statement was read from an undocumented immigrant stating: We demand the freedom to move based on our love and desire.” “We move so we can be free to be our own people.” The statement also called for the freedom to stay, saying immigrants have found jobs and set down roots in the South. The statement called for the freedom to push back against violence, racism, and people who disrespect the groups.

2014: Mike Brown is murdered by Ferguson Missouri police officer Darren Wilson. After watching the people of Ferguson being brutalized by law enforcement, tear gassed and pepper sprayed night after night, Patrisse Cullors and Darnell Moore organized a national ride during Labor Day weekend heading towards the occupied territory to support our brothers and sisters. Over 600 people gathered. After leaving Ferguson people went home and formed chapters of Black Lives Matter.

2014: Black Lives Matter becomes a global network with the creating of Black Lives Matter Global Network. It is adaptive and decentralized with a set of guiding principles. The goal is to support the development of new Black leaders, as well as create a network where Black people feel empowered to determine their own destinies in their own communities. Elle Hearns one of the founding organizers of the global network is a transgender woman. A statement by Black Lives Matters says, “We foster a queer affirming network. When we gather, we do so with the intention of freeing ourselves from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking, or rather, the belief that all in the world are heterosexual. We are guided by the fact that all Black Lives matter, regardless of actual or perceived sexual identity, gender identity, gender expression, economic status, ability, disability, religious beliefs or disbeliefs, immigration status or location.”

2014: Gay Shame and Lesbians and Gay Insurrection of San Francisco organizes a protest against a “prison-themed pride party hosted by Kink.com. In an open letter con-signed by queer abolition leaders Miss Major and Angela Davis Gay Shame demanded that Kink.com change the party’s theme and “not use themes of arrest and incarceration. in promoting your event.” Six Queer activists are arrested protesting the event. Promoters of the party invited guests to “get arrested” and enjoy “solitary confinement, showers, jailbreak, love and lust, freedom and confinement at the San Francisco Armory. The protesters argued that the party was an insensitive event that profited off of the brutality suffered by trans women and gender nonconforming people of color who are so often funneled into the prison industrial complex. After protesting activists marched back to the Bart Plaza to regroup and within ten minutes police cars stormed the area. Protesters were clubbed, tackled, bloodied and beaten and randomly arrested. Charges included misdemeanor assault and resisting arrest. Two were charged with “lynching” a prisoner which is attempting to pull away a protester whom the cops had already detained. Banners at the march read, “The Police State Ain’t Sexy,” and “There are no prisons in a Queer Paradise.”

2014: News of a 16-year-old Trans girl being held in an adult prison for men without being charged with a crime begins to circulate amongst the radical communities. Jane Doe as she is referred to is in the custody of DCF. Justice 4 Jane a group is formed to fight for her release. Members of the Party for Socialism and Liberation take a lead role in the coalition.

2014: Queers Without Borders joins with other social justice groups in a campaign to free Jane Doe.

2014: CeCe Mc Donald is released after serving 19 months and will remain under the supervision of the Minnesota department of Corrections through her 41-month sentence. Attorney Chase Strangio of the American Civil Liberties Union said, “This is a day to celebrate, and to honor CeCe for all she’s done from the day of her arrest to draw attention to the systemic violence women of color and particularly LGBT women of color face every day. Her message from the start was not to sensationalize the story but to bring attention to the issue.”

2014: A rally called for by the Justice for Jane Coalition is held at the DCF headquarters in Hartford calling for the release of Jane Doe. Over 60 people march from DCF headquarters to the State Capitol. Queers Without Borders joins this rally and march. The campaign begins to become a national campaign.

2014: Queers Without Borders co-sponsored along with the Middle-East Crisis Committee, Council on American Islamic Relations-Ct, ANSWER CT, Socialist Action, People of Faith and other groups a march and rally called by We Refuse To Be Enemies. The March was from the Hartford Federal Building to Rep. John Larson’s office to protest continuing violence in Gaza and Larson’s co-sponsorship of AIPAC resolution that blames Hamas and justifies the Israeli government’s massacre in Gaza. We Refuse To Be Enemies is a locally based coalitions of Jews, Muslims, and Christians working for peace and justice in the Middle East.

2014: May 28th marks the 50th day of prison for Jane Doe. No criminal charges have yet to be filed. Support for Jane Doe comes in from all over the country. Janet Mock, Laverne Cox, Chase Strangio and Reina Gossett all leaders in the movement for Transgender Rights take up the cause of Jane Doe. Supporters around the country hold teach-ins, rallies and demonstrations in support of Jane Doe. According to people close to Jane she is being forced to wear male clothing, denied her gender expression and the staff at the prison is referring to her by her male name and by male pronouns.

2014: In September a large rally is held in support of Jane Doe and groups from throughout New England demand justice. A march is held to the State Capitol in Hartford.

2014: In October students at Yale and community members confront DCF Commissioner Joette Katz when she is speaking at Yale. Rallies continue to be held at DCF headquarters in Hartford along with telephone blitzes to the governor, letter writing to newspapers. Editorial expressing concern and support for Jane Doe appear in many newspapers and blogs around the country. Over 20,000 people sign a petition to release Jane Doe.

2014: Queers Without Borders joins with other activists’ groups from through-out New England for an all-day conference, Spotlight On Anarchism. A panel discussion presented outlined Queer Politics and the necessity of queer organization and support for other movements. Members of Queers Without Borders hold a panel discussion, Queering Anarchism which spoke to the history of support for Anarchist causes by Queers and their supporters through-out history.

2014: Leslie Feinberg dies. Feinberg’s last words are, “Remember me as a revolutionary communist.” Feinberg has a large and diverse political agenda fighting for workers rights, working against racism, protesting against the Klan and fighting for Abortion rights. Feinberg was a member of the Workers World Party and a fierce Transgender Warrior.

Leslie Feinberg Presente’

2015: Queers Without Borders joins Peoples Bail Out Connecticut, Bail Out The People Not The Banks in a march and rally at banks in downtown Hartford.

2015: The state of Connecticut’s 2nd highest court rules in favor of Jane Doe. The court finds that Jane Doe’s rights have been violated when she was transferred from the state’s child welfare agency to an adult prison. Jan is removed from prison and goes back into DCF system.

2015: In Hartford Ct. dozens of protesters took the Black Lives Matter movement to the grounds of the new baseball stadium. The protesters were there in support of the Minority Construction Council to condemn the lack of enforcement in affirmative action rules. Claiming that only 6 percent of the stadium jobs are set aside for minority contractors they block the street leading to the site disrupting the heavy equipment in route to work. Five people were arrested including social activist city councilor Larry Deutsch.

2015: Ct. TransAdvocacy working in coalition with other groups worked to pass the change in Birth Certificate law to allow the gender marker to be changed without surgery.

2015: Raquel Willis African American writer, editor, and Transgender activist designs a Black Transgender Pride Flag. It has a black stripe in the middle instead of the white stripe as in the original flag. Willis stated that she created the flag to represent the higher levels of discrimination, violence, and murder that the black trans community face in contrast to the larger transgender movement. It was used on August 2015 by Black Trans activists throughout the U.S as a part of the first Black Trans Liberation Tuesday, and was held in conjunction with Black Lives Matter, for the Black Transgender Women murdered throughout the year.

2015: Jennicet Gutierrez one of the founders of Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement interrupts President Obama’s speech at the White House Pride event. Ms. Gutierrez called out, “President Obama, release all LGBTQ immigrants from detention and stop al deportations.” The president responded, “Hey, listen, You’re in my house,” he said as the crowd cheered him, “It’s not respectful when you get invited to somebodies home and interrupted me like this. Shame on you, you shouldn’t be doing this.” She was shushed and booed by the white cis members of the L and G community and removed from the room to the applause of the crowd. When a community values politeness more than Speaking Truth To Power, we can be certain that our quest for liberation has failed.

2016: QueerToday.com releases a statement to Hillary Clinton in response to reports that the gunman who killed dozens of LGBTQ people, mostly young Latinx in Orlando claimed allegiance to ISIS, she called for “Ramping up the air-campaign” in Syria. The statement said, “During this time of grief, we call for peace not bombs. We do not want our leaders to rally for more bombs in the name of our community.”

2016: Woody Guthrie’s un-published song “Old Man Trump” is brought back out after Nora Guthrie and Ryan Harvey re-work some it the song. The song was written in the 1950’s when Guthrie was a tenant in one of the Brooklyn apartment buildings managed by Fred Trump father of the current president. Guthrie’s writings focus on the racial segregation within the housing complex. The songs lyrics adapted directly form Guthrie’s notebooks read, “I suppose/Old Man Trump knows/ Just how much / Racial Hate / he stirred up / In the bloodpot of human hearts / When he drawed / That color line / Here at his / Eighteen hundred family project.” Ryan Harvey teamed up with Tom Morello, and Ani Di Franco to record the song. The music video location was in Sandtown Baltimore.

2017: Jane Doe ages out of the DCF system and has an established support network, a job and an apartment. The Justice for Jane Campaign continues to work on other issues confronting Transgender youth.

2017: Connecticut governor Dannel P. Malloy signs HB 6695 banning the use of conversion therapy to alter sexual orientation or gender identity on LGBT youth.

2017: Animal Rights and LGBT Activists join together to protest the opening of Chick-fil-A in West Hartford Ct. The group hoped to educate potential customers on both LGBT rights and animal rights. Senator Beth Bye and Council woman Beth Kerrigan both Lesbians spoke out in support of Chick-fil-A both saying that they believed that the ultra-right-wing owner Dan Cathy who stated that the company had changed their anti-gay policy on marriage. No word on if Mr. Cathy has changed his Ultra-right views. According to the IRS the company has given over $1 million in profits to stop marriage equality and in 2010 spent $25,000 to lobby Congress to not condemn Uganda’s “Kill the Gays” bill. (enough that should make anyone forever against this company) The Human Rights Campaign’s Buyer Guide gives Chick-fil-A a O-rating for 2018. So, the tax filing and the Buyers Guide tell a much different story than the story that the West Hartford reps. would like us to believe. The West Hartford protest was spearheaded by LGBT Rights Activists Peter C. Frank and Frank O’Gorman and was supported by Ct. Latinas/os Achieving Rights and Opportunities, True Colors Inc., People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, (PETA), Everything Transgender NYC and members of the LGBT community and other groups.

2017: A white nationalist group, The Proud Boys gathers on the New Haven Green to deliver a message of support for Donald Trump, against immigrants and for a white nation. Counter protesters came on in record numbers, chanting “Run Nazi Run”, No Trump No KKK NO Fascist USA and Get The Fuck Out Of Here Nazi.” The counter demonstrators pursued the Proud Boys to the edge of the New Haven Green. As the clashes grew between the two groups the police stepped in and arrested on misdemeanor charges four of the counter demonstrators. The Rainbow Flag, The Trans Flag and the Hammer and Sickle Flag were flow during the demonstrations.

2017: Transphobic bigots were expected to arrive in New Haven aboard what is termed the HATE BUS. In an act of solidarity with the Transgender community activists from Queer, Trans, Social Justice groups. A fifty-foot banner was erected with Lourdes Ashley Hunter’s quote, “Every Breath a trans person takes is an act of revolution.” Anti-fascists spray painted “Trans Lib” on the highway by the anti-LGBT Knights of Columbus Headquarters. The bus was a no show in New Haven, so activists held a dance party.

2017: 100 activists from the Queer and Trans immigrants’ rights activists groups block the route of the Phoenix Pride Parade. They carried a large banner that read, “No Justice, No Pride” The activists then got in behind the police department and blocked the newly elected sheriff from marching. He jumped in his car and drove away. The marchers were able to march down the whole parade route to loud booing from spectators. The protesters spoke against the presence of law enforcement and corporate sponsor Bank of America one of the banks that have been leaders in funding private prison companies that operate immigrate detention centers. It is reported via video of the protest one women yelling, “This is not your day, go do this at the park, you’re ruining our parade,” and “Shame, Shame, Shame.”

2017: In front of the Stonewall Inn protesters slipped past the barriers and chained their hands together in a lockdown to prevent members of the GAY Officers League (GOAL) from finishing the march. “Chanting Racist, Sexist Anti-Gay NYPD, KKK” and “Fuck The Police”. Twelve protesters were arrested after a brief delay and removed from the area. The Justice No Pride group in NYC describes itself as, “A local condition of Queer and Trans people working to end the LGBT’s movement complicity with the systems that oppress us.” The group carried a large banner that stated, “There are no friendly cops;” and marched down 5th Avenue right in front of the Police Marching Band.

2017: The Black Pride 4 are arrested in Columbus Ohio for blocking the route of the Pride Parade to draw attention to both the pervious day acquittal of the Minnesota police officer who murdered Philando Castile and the widespread violence against transgender women of color. They also are protesting the “violence against and the erasure of black and brown queer and trans people of color at pride festivals. The Police attacks the Black Pride 4 with mace, pushing them with bikes and tackling them to the ground. In a statement they noted, “We refuse to the LGBT mainstream movement that leaves the vulnerable behind. The Columbus Pride Organization refused to meet with the protesters to discuss the issues they have, and the board chair of the Stonewall Columbus testified against the Black Pride 4 during their trial.

2017: No Justice No Pride blocks the Capital Pride Parade in Washington DC. Calling attention to Capital Prides refusal to agree to their demands that D.C cops be banned from participating in the parade and that certain corporate sponsor of the Pride festivities be dropped. The protesters carried a large banner that read, “What side are you on my people” What side are you on” No Justice No Pride. A statement that the group passed out stated, “Capital Pride has consistently demonstrated that it is more interested in accommodating he interests of Metropolitan police and of corporate sponsors than it is in support the very communities it supposedly represents. Capital pride is a sham, corporate scum don’t give a damn. These institutions the police and corporations marginalize minorities including immigrants, queers and trans communities people of color and those living in poverty. During the same march members of the indigenous, trans and two spirit communities block the Well Fargo float by linking themselves with chains and sitting down in the street. Their sign reads, Wells Fargo = Native Genocide. Rather than arrest the protesters the parade was rerouted, and no arrests were made.

2017: Immigrant rights activists in Santa Ana, CA, were instrumental in creating the conditions that made immigration officials declare this month that it’s no longer viable to keep a local detention facility open. A coalition of immigration rights groups held countless protests over the last three years to close down the facility including what became an annual demonstration where activist would chain themselves tighter and block an intersection near the jail. Hunger strikes, civil complaints, and pressure on the city council to limit the number of jail beds all created conditions for ICE to cancel its services. All thought victory was declared Jennicet Gutierrez an immigrant rights activist declared, “This is not the end, we know there is a lot more work to do and it’s going to be difficult work.” Santa Anna is just one city, but it has shown that it is possible to get ICE out of our communities but organizing is not over,” stated Hairo Cortes an organizer with Orange County Immigrant Youth United. Added Ms. Gutierrez, “As a trans women I know and understand that no detention center is safe for us.”

2017: The Queer Insurrection and Liberation Army (TQILA), a Queer anarchist group within the International Revolutionary People’s Guerrilla Forces is formed and announced from Raqqa City. The purpose of its formation is the systematic persecution of LGBT people by the Daesh. TQILA is the first LGBT unit to fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the first LGBT militia in the Middle East. A photo of the group along with a banner that read, “These faggots kill fascists along with two flags. One flag from the group and the other the Rainbow Flag. One of the groups testimonial photo’s features Heval Mahir commander of the International Freedom Battalion and the Marxist-Leninist guerrilla groups, TKP/ML TIKKO holding the Rainbow flag.

2017: Governor Dannel Malloy signs an executive order to ensure that the rights of Transgender students are not interrupted by recent policies of the Trump administration to roll back federal guidance regarding the application of Title IX to transgender students. Malloy in his letter to Ct. school superintendents stated: “The State of Connecticut is committed to ensuring that every student has access to high-quality education in a safe, supportive and welcoming school environment.”

2018: Emma Gonzalez a bisexual and leader of the Marjory Stoneman Douglass High School’s Gay and Straight Alliance and survivor of the mass shooting at her high school becomes a founder of the gun control group “Never Again MSD.” Gonzalez gives a major violence and proclaims, “We call B.S on the lack of action by politicians funded by the NRA. She helps to organize the March for Our Lives demonstration in Washington D.C where she is a major speaker. Gonzalez and other spoke at an internationally televised town hall hosted by CNN in late February where she criticized the NRA as well as politicians who accept money from it, as being complicit in the shootings, and stated that “you’re either funding the killers, or you’re standing with children. This statement was made to a spokesperson for the NRA at the meeting, “The people in government who are voted into power are lying to us…And us kids seem to be the only ones who notice and are prepared to call B.S. During the town hall she confronted Dana Loesch representative of the NRA when she was given a run a round over a question she asked.

2018: Marielle Franco of the Party of Socialism and Freedom and her driver Anderson Gomes are assassinated in Brazil. Marielle a Black, Lesbian Socialist activist worked for the rights of women, Blacks, inhabitants of the favelas and the LGBT community. She devoted her life to speaking out against police and paramilitary repression and focused on describing how state violence attains levels of ethnic and social cleansing. Th same types of bullets used to kill Franco and Gomes are used by the Federal Police and investigation indicate that the bullets belong to a lot of ammunition acquired by the police in December of 2006.

Marielle Franco and Anderson Gomes Presente!

2018: A Franklin County, Ohio Court Judge sentenced three LGBT protesters to two years of probation, community service totaling 188 hours, and fines totaling $450.00 plus court costs, following their conviction by a jury last month on several misdemeanor charges related to blocking the path of the Columbus Pride parade in June 2017.

2018: The 20th annual Dyke March in Boston steps off from the Common. The march which is very inclusive is seen as more radically activist then the Gay Pride Parade. The Dykes in charge say, “This is a march, it is not a parade.!” The march is completely grassroots, it’s non-commercial an it’s radical. We are interested in intersections. We are not a simple march. Sexism, racism, classism, homophobia. We are about the intersections of oppression.” In 2000 the march became all inclusive and began to welcome men stating anyone who is interested in social justice is welcomed.”

2018: Nationally known advocate for gay rights and the environment dies in April in a fiery suicide. David Buckel’s self-immolation meant as a wake-up call to save the planet. Buckel an attorney an attorney for Lambda Legal left this note: “I am David Buckel and I just killed myself by fire as a protest suicide. I apologize to you for the mess. My early death by fossil fuel reflects what we are doing to ourselves,” he wrote, “a lifetime of service may best be preserved by giving a life. Honorable purpose in life invites honorable purchase in death, I hope that it is an honorable death that might serve others.”

David Buckel Presente!

2018: Roxana Hernandez dies while in ICE custody. Ms. Hernandez had shown symptoms of pneumonia, dehydration and complications associated with HIV before dying of cardiac arrest. She is the 6th detainee to die in ICE custody this year. Ms. Hernandez had been a part of the “refugee caravan” who travelled to the U.S. The Transgender Law Center said, “her death highlights the need for action in stopping ICE from holding “Transgender immigrants in deplorable and inhumane detention conditions.” It has been repeatedly reported that asylum seekers at the border are held in freezing holding cells (often referred to as “hieleras or coolers) for days,” later suggesting that Hernandez symptoms of pneumonia could have been related to the conditions she was held in. Reports were later released that Ms. Hernandez’s body was marked by “deep bruises” and “contusions” consistent with “blows and / or kicks and possible strikes with a blunt object. The autopsy shows that Hernandez “endured physical assault and abuse while in custody. Activist groups plan to file a wrongful death lawsuit against ICE and other federal immigration agencies on behalf of Hernandez’s family.

Roxana Hernadez Presente’

2018: Ct. Rally to Abolish ICE: Free Our Future is held at the Federal Court on Main Street Hartford Ct. The call out statement read: As Connecticut organizations that fight for freedom for immigrants, we call on our allies to join us to Free Our Future and Abolish ICE. In recent weeks the caging and separation of child migrants from their parents has inspired justifiable outrage from all people of conscience. How ever it is not enough to demand to keep families together. That allow for indefinite detention of families in cages and internment camps. To stop child separation, we must stop criminalizing and sending their parents to prison. We Demand:
1. Abolish ICE
2. End Immigration detention
3. Stop criminal prosecutions and End Sessions “Zero-Tolerance” policy.
4. End Operation Streamline
5. Divest from the Prison-Military-Industrial Complex
6. Break the prison to deportation pipeline in Connecticut. Pass legislation to stop deporting CT. Immigrants for a single misdemeanor
7. Make your town a sanctuary city that spends no resources caging people for ICE
8. Pass the Dream Act
9. Change US foreign policies that are forcing people to migrate.
The rally was held on July 2nd at 450 Main Street, Hartford Ct. and sponsored by many immigrant rights groups working in Connecticut.

2018: Cuba’s National Assembly approved the draft of a new constitution that would legalize same-sex marriage. The article in the new constitution defines marriage as a consensual union between two people. A senior official explained that after the constitution is ratified by the people that lawmakers will have a year to modify aspects of the Civil and Family code that stem from this change. The new constitution will take in all forms of human issues and bring social justice to build a better political system for our people and to build unity the Minister of International Affairs reported.

2018: A coalition of Connecticut groups work to pass S.B. 13 An Act Concerning fair Treatment of Incarcerated Women, that protects the safety and dignity of incarcerated women. The bill which is passed prevents the state from shackling incarcerated women during pregnancy or labor, requires the state to provide incarcerated women with sufficient menstrual supplies, creates a family-centric visitation policy, ensures incarcerated women are able to shower and perform other bodily functions without non-medical staff of the opposite sex viewing their bodies, establish prenatal and postpartum support, including lactations policies, for pregnant and postpartum incarcerated women, enhance requirements for gender-specific and trauma-related trainings for staff at correctional facilities and requires the Department of Corrections to develop and implement a policy regarding incarcerated people who are transgender.

2018: Connecticut becomes the first state to pass a law that protects the safety and dignity of transgender people who are incarcerated by acknowledging a person by their gender identity, providing services, clothing, commissary items, programming and educational materials that are consistent with their gender identity. People will also have the right to be searched by a correctional staff member of the same gender identity and will be placed in a correctional institution which is consistent with their gender identity.

2018: Nikki Janell Enriquez is murdered by Juan Ortiz a border patrol supervisor in Laredo Texas along with three other women. She becomes the 21st Trans woman murdered in the U.S this year. It is reported that Ortiz picked his victims because they were vulnerable and defenseless due to their profession as sex workers. At first the Webb County Sheriff’s Office dead named Ms. Enriquez as is done in so many cases.

Nikki Janell Enriquez Presente!

2018: As of November, of this year 25 Transgender people have been murdered in the U.S. We say their name and say NO MORE!
Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien, Viccky Gutierrez, Zakaria Fry, Celine Walker Tonya Harvey, Phylicia Mitchell, Sash Wall, Amia Tyrae Berryman, Carla Patricia Flores-Pavon, Nino Fortson,
Gigi Pierce, Antash’a-English, Diamond Stephens, Catalina Christina James, Keisha Wells, Sasha Garden, Dejanay Stanton, Vontashia Bell, Roxana Hernadez Shantee Tucker, London Moore, Nikki Enriquez, Ciara Minaj Carter Frazier, Tydie, Kenna Mattel, Kelly Stough PRESENTE!

2018: The Trump administration continues its war on Transgender people with its intention to redefine ‘sex’ to intentionally exclude Transgender people from non-discrimination protections. Since Trump took office his administration has revoked guidelines at the Department of Education that extended anti-discrimination protections to transgender students; reversed a policy at the Bureau of Prisons on consideration of gender identity in housing decisions; issued a memo at the Department of Justice that Title VII does not protect transgender workers from discrimination; and sought to prevent transgender people from serving in the military.

2018: Rallies, marches, and press conferences are held across the U.S. in support of Transgender people. We Will Not Be Erased is one of the rallying cries. A Rally and Speak Out is held in New Haven Ct. in support of Transgender people. The rally and speak out is called by the Party for Socialism and Liberation. Rallies and speak outs are held through-out the state.

2018: In November 80 LGBTQ asylum seekers are the first of the migrant caravan to reach the U.S. and Mexico border. This splinter group left the main caravan due to harassment and discrimination from other travelers. “We were discriminated against, even in the caravan. People wouldn’t let us into trucks, made us get in the back of the line for showers, and call us ugly names. Eric Dubon. According to other asylum seekers at every stopping point the LGBT community was the last to be taken into account in every way. The goal of the splinter groups were to change that and be first. Most of the LGBTQ asylum seekers plan to use their status as members of a persecuted class to request asylum in the U.S vowing that if they deport us, we will be back.

2018: ICE revokes the permanent residency status and orders Wayzaro Walton a Queer person of color living in Hartford Ct. with her wife and daughter to leave the U.S. on December 14, 2018. Wayzaro plead guilty to conspiracy to commit larceny in the 3rd degree and agreed to a sentence of 365 days in 2006 when she was nineteen years old. Walton had permanent residence status for over 25 years. She applied for an Absolute Pardon and has cooperated with ICE by buying a plane ticket and checking in. Demonstrations in Hartford are held on December 11 called by Hartford Deportation Defense, True Colors, Moral Monday, Ct. Bail Fund, Ct. Core, New Sanctuary, Ct. Students for a Dream, ACLU of Ct., Unidad Latina En Accion, CCAG. The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force issues a statement in support of Walton. (1)

2018: A day before being deported the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York ruled a stay from deportation for Wayzaro Walton. The court ordered the deportation to stop and has power over ICE. Ms. Walton vowed to continue the fight to stay in this country with her wife and daughter. Part of a statement issued by Hartford Deportation Defense said, “Wayzaro’s case is one that highlights the intersectionality of immigration issues. We stand with our Black and Queer immigrant community members and recognize the additional systemic burdens they bear.”

NOTES

On Transgender Rights

An early fight for Trans rights began in 1975/76 when Ivan Valentin’s Leading Ladies of New York was closed down by Ct. State Liquor Authority. At that time Connecticut state law prohibited males from dressing in female clothing and women in men’s clothing and performing in bars. On December 10, 1975 Ivan and his show performed at Finnochios a gay bar in West Hartford Ct. and the show was closed down by the Liquor authorities with a threat to the owner that he would lose his liquor license if the show continued. A complaint had been made to the authorities by another gay bar. According to an article in The Hartford Courant of March 1976 a hearing by the State Liquor Commission was held on Monday March 29th at the State Office Building in Hartford. The proposed regulations would eliminate the ban on male and female impersonators, but they would leave intact a rule barring live entertainment including impersonations without prior approval of the Commission. Joseph Inturri owner of Helton’s Restaurant on New Park Ave. in Hartford has a challenge to the commissions existing regulations, pending in U.S District Court in Hartford.

Challenging and Changing America the fight for Transgender rights in Connecticut began in May of 1998 when Jeri Marie Liesegang (the mother of the Ct. Transgender movement) attended Gender PAC Lobby Days at the U.S Capital. There she met Jessica Xavier who was founder of IT’s Time America a grass roots Transgender Advocacy organization. Liesegang then began to focus on a state level to educate, legislate and advocate for Trans rights in Ct. It’s Time Ct. was founded at this time. By June the first ITCT Brochure was issued. The mission statement was as such, To make Ct. a safer, and tolerant place for the Transgender community through social and political action. Dedicated to achieving acceptance of diversity in gender expression. The group was to document discrimination, research existing laws, educate society, lawmakers and administrators lobby in Ct. and Washington, communicate within and outside our community. We pick up the fight for Transgender rights in the state of Connecticut from here.

Marriage and Love Makes A Family

Love Makes A Family Ct. was founded in 1999 as a social reformist one issue coalition and individuals working for equal marriage rights for same-sex couples. The group used community education, grassroots organizing and legislative advocacy and lobbying. The group began by working to pass a co-parent adoption law which succeeded in 2000 and also helped to defeat a “Defense of Marriage Act. In November 2009 the group dissolved and donated its records to the Yale University Library. Here is a rundown of what the group accomplished in their decade of existence.
2001: The Judiciary Committee of the Connecticut Legislature held an informal hearing on civil unions. No action was taken.
2002: The Legislature approved a bill extending limited rights to same-sex couples.
2003: The Judiciary Committee rejected a bill to extend essentially all state rights, benefits and obligations of marriage to same-sex couples. After nearly three hours of debate, the bill was voted down by a vote of 26 to 16.
2004, Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD) representing eight same-sex couples from Connecticut filed a lawsuit in state court, challenging what they described as the state’s discriminatory exclusion of same-sex couples from the right to marry.
2005: The Judiciary Committee passed a civil union bill by a vote of 25 to 13.
2005: In April the Legislature approved a bill which would give full state rights to same-sex couples. The bill returned to the Senate to harmonize the Senate and House versions of the bill.
2005: In April Governor M. Jodi Rell (R) signed the bill into law. It gives same-sex couples many of the same rights, privileges and obligations that opposite-sex couples receive when they marry. It would allow them to obtain a marriage license. It would not grant them any of the more than 1,000 federal benefits of marriage. Connecticut becomes the first state to do this without judicial intervention.
2005: On October 1 Civil Unions first became available in Connecticut.
2006: A superior Court judge rules against plaintiffs seeking the right to marry in Connecticut. The judge found that: Civil Union and marriage in Connecticut now share the same benefits, protections and responsibilities under law. She concluded that denying same-sex couples the right to marry did not violate Connecticut’s Constitution.
2007: The Connecticut State Supreme Court hears a lawsuit brought by eight same-sex couples seeking equal access to marriage.
2008: On October 10, the court released an opinion guaranteeing marriage rights to same-sex couples. The court ruled 4-3 that denying same-sex couples the right to marry violated the equality and liberty rules in the Connecticut Constitution. The court also held that it would be unconstitutional to relegate same-sex couples to a status less than full marriage by enacting legislation treating same-sex unions as civil unions rather than marriage. Connecticut recognizes all marriages, civil unions, and domestic partnerships from other state which provide substantially similar benefits to marriage and clarifies the status of civil unions merging them with marriages after October 2010.
2008: The first marriage licenses are issued to same-sex couples in Connecticut.
2015: The United State Supreme Court rules in Obergefell vs. Hodges that it was unconstitutional to deny same-sex couples the right to marry. The court ruled in a 5-4 decision that all states must recognize same-sex marriages under federal law.
2018: A ten-year anniversary celebration was held to celebrate marriage equality in the state of Connecticut.

Notes and Quotes. Some important statements.

“There is no such thing as a single-issue movement as we do not lead a single-issue life.” Audre Lorde

As queer radicals today, we face a dilemma. Should we try to steer the mainstream GLBT movement in a more progressive direction, or work with other progressive activists in groups that are not LGBT?
18 states and the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico offer protections against discrimination based on gender identity and or expression to private-sector employees. A number of cities, including some in states that do not have any statewide prohibitions against such bias, have enacted their own ordinances.
“In 2015 when the Supreme Court deemed gay marriage as constitutional, Many people who were active in queer liberation were finally able to get married and they just bounced. And that was never many of our goals. I don’t want to be one of those people who has finally got his and fuck all of you.”

“The only way that Transgender folks are going to be safe in prisons is for incarceration of people to end.” Katie Burgess

Sylvia Rivera had this to say: You screw with the transgender community and the organization Street Transgender Action Revolutionaries [STAR] will be on your doorstep. Just like we trashed the HRC [Human Rights Campaign] for not endorsing the Amanda Milan actions, and then when they threw us a piece of trash, we refused to accept it. How dare you question the validity of a transgender group asking for your support, when this transgender woman was murdered? No. The trans community has allowed, we have allowed the gay and lesbian community to speak for us. Times are changing. Our armies are rising, and we are getting stronger. And when we come a knocking (that includes from here to Albany to Washington) they’re going to know that you don’t f— with the transgender community.

Mainstreaming, normality, being normal. I understand how much everybody likes to fit into the mainstream gay and lesbian community. You know, it use to be a wonderful thing to be avant-garde, to be different from the world. I see us reverting into a so-called liberated closet because we, not we, yours of this mainstream community, wish to be married, wish for this status. That’s all fine. But you are forgetting your grassroots, you are forgetting your own individual identity. I mean, you can never be like them. Yes, we can adopt children, all well and good, that’s fine. I would love to have children. I would love to marry my lover over there, Julia Murray, but for political reasons, I will not do it because I don’t feel that I have to fit in that closet of normal, straight society which the mainstream is going towards. This is why they don’t want the transgender people to have rights. This is why they always tell us, “Oh let us get ours, and then we’ll help you get yours.” If I hear that one more time, I think I’ll jump off the Empire State building. But I’m sure a lot of people would like that, especially the old-timers, because I have actually mellowed down through the years, I use to be a bitch on wheels. Sylvia Rivera speaking at the Latino Gay Men of New York in June 2001. A special permit had to be given to allow Sylvia to enter the Gay and Lesbian Community Center from which she was banned. In July 2001 the center changed its name to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center.

BASH BACK! LET YOURSELF BE ANGRY. Being queer is not about a right to privacy: it is about the freedom to be public…It is not about the mainstream profit-margins, patriotism, patriarchy or being assimilated…Being queer is “grass roots” because we know that every one of us, everybody, every cunt, every heart and ass and dick is a world of pleasure waiting to be explored. Everyone of us is a world of infinite possibilities.”
“What is sad about the Castro, and similar gay ghettos across the country and the world, and indicative of what gay people do with even a little bit of power, is that these same smiling gay men have failed to build community for queers (or anyone) outside their social group. Many gay men (even n the Castro) still remain on the fringes, either by choice or lack of opportunity. But as the most “successful’ gays (and their allies) have moved from outsider status to insider clout they have consistently fought, misogynist, racist, classist and ageist battles to ensure that their neighborhood remain a community only for the rich, male, and white (or at least those who pass). They’ve succeeded in clamping down on the defiance, anger, flamboyance, and subversion, once thriving in gay subcultures, in order o promote a vapid consume-or-die, we’re just like you mentality” … Mattilda Berstein Sycamore.

“Gay marriage apes hetero privilege and allows everyone to forget that marriage ought not to be the guarantor of rights like health care. In their constant invoking of the “right” to gay marriage mainstream gays and lesbians express a confused tangle or wishes and desires. They claim to contest the Right’s conservative ideology yet insist that they are more moral and hence more deserving than sluts like us. They claim that they simply want the famous 1000+ benefits but all of these, like the right claim protection in cased of domestic violence, can be made available to non-marital relationships. We wish the Gay Marriage crowd would simply cop to it: Their vision of marriage is the same as that of the Right and far from creating FULL EQUALITY NOW! As so many insist (in all caps and exclamation marks no less) gay marriage increases economic inequality by perpetuating a system which deems married beings more worth of the basics like health care and economic rights”…Against Equality

“Some will read “queer” as synonymous with “gay and lesbian” or ‘LGBT.’ This reading falls short. While those who would fit within the constructions of L,G,B,T or I could fall within the discursive limits of queer, queer is not a stable area to inhabit. Queer is not merely another identity that can be tacked onto a list of neat social categories, nor the quantitative sum of your identities. Rather, it is the qualitative position of opposition to presentation of stability and identity that problematizes the manageable limits of identity. Queer is a territory of tension, defined against the dominate narrative of white hetero monogamous—patriarchy, but also by an affinity with all who are marginalized, otherized and oppressed. Queer is the abnormal, the strange, the dangerous. Queer involves our sexuality and our gender, but so much more. It is our desire and fantasies and more still. Queer is the cohesion of everything in conflict with the heterosexual capitalist world. Queer is a total rejection of the regime of the Normal.” Fay Baroque, Queer Ultraviolet, from Pistols Drawn.

And this statement that Fay Barouque also spoke:

“Many believe Bash Back! went too far in alienating progressive allies in the struggle for liberation. In reality Bash Back! Did not go far enough. The “better world” liberals and radical academics speak of is impossible for queer and trans people. The progressive, liberal and academic establishments are religious capitalists. They profit off our oppression and our resistance to oppression. Progressives and reformists closed the bath houses, gentrified our neighborhoods and welcomed straights into our strongholds. Radical academics make tens of thousands of dollars a year yet claim to speak for the queer proletariat while simultaneously labeling the queer proletariat as oppressive. It becomes clear when viewing civilization and society through this lens that everything “better” is actually in one way or another a heterosocial construct aimed at annihilating trans and queer criminal counter-cultures. As long as academia, the Church, the State, capitalism, and civilization exist there can be no truly better world. To that end, everything must be destroyed.” To this we must say, Yes!

“The struggle for civil rights within the context of this society can, at best, result in second class status and toleration by a wretched straight society. The struggle for democratic or civil rights assumes that the system is basically okay, and that its flaws an be corrected through legal reform. We demand the right of all lesbians and gay men, and children to live in the manner we choose.”-Gay Liberation, Not Just Gay Rights!” LAGAI, Lavender Left (Los Angeles) and Lesbian and Gay Liberation and Solidarity Committee (New York,1987

The case of Wayzaro Walton

( 1) Wayzaro Walton arrived in the United States in 1987, at the age of four. She spent 25 years as a Legal Permanent Resident. Her wife Tamika is a U.S. Citizen. Her 15-year-old daughter Azaiyah has a stable, secure, supportive, and positive future here in Connecticut. Her dream is to play basketball at the University of Connecticut. She has her dreams and goals planned out and Wayzaro wants to make sure she achieves those goals. If Wayzaro is deported all of those dreams are gone.
ICE has ordered her to leave her home on December 14th. They’ve revoked her Permanent Residency and are forcing her to leave her family behind for a country that she’s never even visited, where she has nobody. WE WILL NOT ALLOW IT!
In 2006 at the age of nineteen, Wayzaro plead guilty to conspiracy to commit larceny in the 3rd degree and agreed to a sentence of 365 days. If her sentence had been 1 DAY LESS, she would not be in the situation she is in today.
Wayzaro was ordered removed in June 2012, without having an immigration attorney present and without the ability to make a legal argument about her case. Since that time she has diligently fought and challenged the immigration court’s decision through appeals, however each attempt was denied. Right now Wayzaro has a request with ICE to let her stay for several reasons:
First, she seeks a brief extension of her deportation date until after the holidays. She was not provided ample time to prepare for her deportation although she has cooperated with the directive by ISAP regarding the purchase of her plane ticket and continued checking-in as required. At the very least, Wayzaro seeks a sixty (60) day reprieve so that she can have enough time to plan ahead.
Wayzaro has also been a victim of a crime and currently has a pending victim visa with immigration. Wayzaro demands to be allowed to stay in the U.S. until she gets a decision on that case. If that case is approved she can once again have her permanent residency restored. Ms. Walton should be granted a stay until the adjudication of her victim Visa.
Additionally, Wayzaro has sole custody of her 15 year old U.S. Citizen daughter. Her daughter cannot leave the U.S. or Connecticut because that would thoroughly jeopardize her potential future successes in her pursuit of a basketball scholarship to college in the U.S.
Ms. Walton is actively pursuing a Motion to Reopen her removal order with the Board of Immigration Appeals based upon a change of case law which would recategorize her convictions as non-deportable offenses.
Deportation is a punishment that is out of balance with pleading guilty to one extra day for something done as a 19 year old.

Thoughts to add to our discussion.

A social movement is a collective, organized sustained, and non-institutional challenge to authorities, power holders, or cultural beliefs and practices.
A revolutionary movement is a social movement that seeks at the minimum, to overthrow the government or state, and perhaps to change the economy and key institutions of the entire society.
There have been many social movements throughout history and in the present day, in the U.S and globally: However, only a few combined resistance and creating alternative institutions with winning power and taking over the big institutions, for revolutionary change. We must fully revision our future beyond resistance and struggle to build powerful united coalitions that can shock the system and then move out from under these crisis and make real effective change. Hyung Kyu Nam, From Social Movements to Revolutionary Movements: Why We Need Both HERE.

Author Notes

This timeline 2000-2018 is certainly only some of the important events that have happened in the first 18 years of this century. I only offer this from my perspective and know very well that others have their own. This timeline is Connecticut based but also includes national and international movements and actions that also have bearings in Ct. This timeline is from our Queer perspective which many having read this see that Queer is far different that LGBT.
As 2019 unfolds we will continue adding to this timeline. This timeline is dedicated to my dear friend and comrade Jeri Marie Liesegang who together we have been involved in so many good fights for justice, liberation and peace. Bouncing ideas off one another, and just having a all around good time together we accomplished a great deal. Jeri Thank You for all of the years.