09 de marzo de 2019

Wall Of Shame

Eine Stellungnahme von Gladt e.V. zu einer Dauerinstallation des Schwulen Museums*

In einer Dauerinstallation setzt sich das Schwule Museum* in Berlin mit der Verfolgung von Schwulen und Lesben weltweit auseinander. Hierzu wurde eine Wand gestaltet, die sich im ersten Raum des Museums befindet. Sie nimmt mehrere Quadratmeter ein und dominiert den Raum. Circa 70 (außereuropäische) Ländernamen sind dort abgedruckt. Hinter jedem Namen steht die Strafe, die in dem jeweiligen Land im Gesetzbuch für Homosexualität vorgesehen ist. „Pakistan: Lebenslänglich, nur Männer“, „Nigeria: 14 Jahre Haft, nur Männer oder Steinigung“, „Malawi: 14 Jahre Haft für Männer, 5 Jahre Haft für Frauen“.

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08 de marzo de 2019

Recht auf Stadt queer aneignen

Diskussion/Vortrag

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27 de enero de 2019

They Extract From Us To Become Themselves

from ALOK

2019: https://www.alokvmenon.com/blog/2019/1/27/they-extract-from-us-to-become-themselves

for the past week i have been receiving non-stop rape threats, death threats, been ridiculed & demeaned, called a monkey & monster, told i have a disorder & need to be exterminated…simply for posting a photo of myself in a swim suit.

several memes have been made out of my image: there is something so degrading about an empowering image of yourself getting repurposed to humiliate you. it’s like getting spat on in your favorite outfit: the extremities of joy & the enormity of pain.

this harassment is coming from both men & women, many of whom are south asian like me. they tag each other to make fun of each other: this is your boyfriend, this is your girlfriend, this is you. essentially: they use me to become. become desirable, become straight, become humorous, become men & become women.

i am familiar with this encounter: being extracted from to create the norm and then subsequently being disavowed from it. being foundational to everything & then being erased from it. in times like these i want to disappear – delete the social media accounts that profit off of me but do not protect me, protect my art & my image & my creativity from a world which punishes me for it.

but then i remember that is precisely what they want me to do: erase myself so they can maintain the fiction not only of their relevance, but themselves.

it’s another unremarkable remarkable day of enduring the vitriol of transmisogyny. it is spectacularly ordinary & ordinarily spectacular. today i am here to tell the story of it, to say “this happens to people like me every day.” to ask: “what are you doing to stop it?” and perhaps: “how are you engendering it?”