A free Photo Shooting for Black, Indigenous and PoC Queers. Weiterlesen …
GLADT is an organization of black and PoC lesbians, gays, bisexuals, Trans*, Inter* and queers in Berlin. We are involved on different levels against racism, sexism, trans*- and homophobia, ableism, and other forms of discrimination. A special focus of our work is on the topics of multiple discrimination and intersectionality, meaning the overlap and interactions of different forms of discrimination and their specific resulting experiences.
Originally written on Trans Day of Visibility 2015
1) “Trans” “Visibility” is an oxymoron. Trans is who we are, not what we we look like. We shouldn’t have to look like anything in particular in order to be believed for who we are. Visibility often is a form of (nonconsensual) labor that we have to in order to make our experiences coherent to others.
2) Trans Visibility is a cis framework. Who are we becoming visible for? Why do we have to become visible in order to be taken seriously? Non-trans people will congratulate themselves for our visibility but will not mention how they are the ones were responsible for erasing us in the first place. The trans movement isn’t about trans people moving forward, it’s about cis people catching up with us.
3) Invisibility is not the problem, transmisogyny is the problem. Trans people are harassed precisely because we ARE visible. Mandating visibility increases violence against the most vulnerable among us. The same system that will require trans people to be visible will not give institutional support to us when we are harassed precisely because we are visible.
4) Visibility often means incorporation. Often the only way we are respected as “legitimately” trans is if we appeal to dominant norms of beauty, gender, race, and establishment politics. Trans people should not have to be patriotic, change what we wear, undergo medical or legal transition, really should not have to do anything in order to be respected. We were and already are enough.
5) Visibility is easy. Organizing is hard. Sharing photos of trans people and calling us “resilient” and “beautiful” does little to address the persecution so many of us face. We cannot love ourselves out of structural oppression alone. How come media visibility of trans people has not resulted in the funding and support of our organizations, campaigns, and struggles?
Let’s push harder and demand more.
shuffling between family dinners & queer parties, disparate spaces & paradigms, where often it feels like all the indian people are cis & all the queer people are white. the collapse of history & language & memory that engenders this moment. the relentless & exhaustive ritual of asserting that we have always been — to the white queers who call their genders new, and the indians who call heteronormativity home. but i know my gender is my race is my gender is my family is my queers is my soiled makeup wipes in the car on the way to my mother is my lipstick, fecund, ready to bloom on the way back.
Queer youth of color can face challenging, isolating and dangerous living realities. On the one hand they face the same discrimination that straight people of color do, such as racial profiling, racism in educational systems or being perceived as a constant threat on the street. At the same time, they also experience homophobia and transphobia and seemingly safe spaces such as queer scenes and subcultures that don’t always provide them with what they need because of their own codes and prejudices. The intersections between racism and homo- and/or transphobia are complex and require many queer people of color to be careful in situations that are ordinary for others in order to stay alive. In this workshop we will therefore focus on self-care, self-love and empowerment for queer youth of color specifically. Besides sharing our functional and dis-functional individual survival strategies we will also focus on benefits and dangers of networks and alliances with the goal of generating more tools to get by.
When: Thursday 12.12.2019
Time: 4pm – 8pm
Language: the main language of the training will be German. The Trainer also speaks English. Translators in different languages can be organized if requested in advance.
For: Queer Youth of Color ONLY
(Age Limit 30 years)
There is no registration needed so feel free to just drop in. We are looking forward to see you there 🙂
This training is organized by GLADT e.V. and Jugendnetzwerk Lambda Berlin und Brandenburg e.V..
FREITAG 30 AUGUST 2019 18:30 – 20:30
A Writing workshop with Allia E. Sadeghipour Weiterlesen …
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