Queer the night
By Queer the Night Collective
9th June 2011 - 12:06 pm
Queer the Night is a march taking place at
7:00pm, on Thursday 9 June at Waitangi Park in Wellington. The march is a
response to recent violent attacks on members of the queer community.
Attacks based on an individual's
perceived sexuality or gender are an attack on us all. The intention is to rein
in our various identities and orientations, to keep us off the streets and in
the closets. Its intent is to make queer and trans-people live in fear. We do
not intend to help maintain this order. The only real way to battle community
violence is through community action.
Queer activist Kassie Hartendorp says the
march is not just about fear of being attacked on the street, but also the
institutionalised homophobia and transphobia in our society. This march is
about the fear of bullying in our schools. The discrimination trans-people face
in the workplace. The fear of being shunned by our friends and rejected by our
families. To varying degrees, these issues affect us all on a day to day basis.
Everyone has the right to express and
explore their queerness without barriers whether
religious upbringing, economic or legal restriction, or fists and bottles on
Our message to the queer community and our
allies is that before we can make progress against homophobia we need to get
organised. It was only through collective action that we achieved homosexual
law reform and these reforms did not go nearly far enough.
Kassie Hartendorp went on to say the only
way to eliminate homophobia and transphobia is to organise for struggle. If we
want equality and a society where we live without fear, we have to be prepared
to fight for it.
To this end, a public meeting discussing homophobia,
transphobia and how we respond is being held a week after the march, at 7:00pm
on Thursday 16 June at Trades Hall (126 Vivian St). This meeting is open to all
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