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News :: DNC : Gender : Human Rights : Organizing
Radical Queers at the DNC
22 Jul 2004
Information on the Radical Queer event Monday nite, daily convergence space, and where you can find our contingent at various demonstrations.
******* The Radical Queer DNC: Dance, Network, Converse! *******

Monday, July 26th at the Church of the Covenant
Doors open at 7pm, events begins at 7:30pm
[67 Newbury St, at the corner of Berkeley St, near the Arlington T Station & wheelchair accessible]

Come hear speakers on the war & occupations, political prisoner work, budget cuts, violence in the community, and discussions on various topics. Featuring: Gunner Scott of The Network/La Red; Debbie Richards of the Prison Book Program; Imani Henry, activist, writer & performer and more!

Music and dance party with DJ D’hana begins at 9:30pm! Info on DNC week activities and local organizations, and light refreshments available.

All ages, no alcohol please, $0-10 sliding scale donation helps us cover costs - no one turned away.

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Visit and spread the word about our daily convergence space during the DNC week:
Sat, July 24th – Thurs, July 29th from 5-7pm
at the Lucy Parsons Center, 549 Columbus Ave, in the South End.

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Join the Radical Queer Contingent throughout the week!

Look for the Radical Queer patches or pink articles of clothing to find and join the contingent at these events:

Sunday, July 25 – March at 12pm starting from the Boston Common to bring the troops home now!
Sunday, July 25 – Jamaica Plain People’s Party from 4-10pm across from the Stony Brook T Station (Orange Line).

Monday, July 26 – Rally against the occupation of Palestine from 5-7pm at the “Designated Protest Zone”.

Tuesday, July 27 – Vigil from 7:30-9pm at Copley Square.

Wednesday, July 28 – Rally and march against the proposed bio-terror lab in the South End/Roxbury from 3-8pm. Start at Blackstone Park in the South End (Washington & Brookline St).

Thursday, July 29 – Critical Mass bike ride, starts at 8am at Copley Square.
Thursday, July 29 – Rally from 5-8pm near the Fleet Center.

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We are a network of queer, lesbian, transgender, bisexual, gay, and ally (qltbga) individuals and organizations advocating for and incorporating voices and visibility of qltbga issues/concerns into the multi-issue social justice presence at political events, demonstrations, and rallies during the Democratic National Convention. With an anti-oppression analysis, we hope to use the DNC as an opportunity to build energy, community and visibility for the radical queer community in Boston and around the country, as well as support struggles by other Boston communities that will be highlighted during the DNC.

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Email queersatthednc-subscribe (at) lists.riseup.net to join the list, and check out our website, bulletin board and housing board at www.butchdykeboy.com/radicalqueers.htm
See also:
http://www.butchdykeboy.com/radicalqueers.htm

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Thanks for providing the media with footage
22 Jul 2004
to show the midwest... look at those wacko protesters- you don't want to be associated with them do you?

perhaps some of the people here really think its great to dress in drag and protests, or maybe just chaps... and this is what the media will show again and again- wake up! don't be stooges for the corps.

maybe you could tell the press it's a big drag event, then have everyone show up looking like a regular american.... what? shirts and jeans, suits, whatever... that'd throw middle america for a loop- and prevent the media from dissing protesters as nut jobs. (nothing personal ;-)

cointel pro is alive and well, and all they need is a few good images for CNN and Fox, and they misrepresent the whole event- preventative measures would be desirable

peace
Re: Radical Queers at the DNC
22 Jul 2004
Thanks, but I'm not going to stop being fabulously queer just so I can convince a bunch of people in the midwest to vote for kerry or join the movement or whatever other liberal bullshit.
Re: Radical Queers at the DNC
23 Jul 2004
Actually Mary, it has little to do with the midwest or being fabulously queer

Your politics aside, it has to do with being butt ugly, my dear.
Re: Radical Queers at the DNC
23 Jul 2004
We have drag queens in the midwest!
Re: Radical Queers at the DNC
23 Jul 2004
who are you, the queer fashion police?

as radical queers we will converge during the week of the dnc to show everyone that we are a multi-issue movement. we are not "regular americans" and we will not assimilate into conservative or straight culture to appear like we are. while the state and the police consistently repress our relationships and bodies, we will celebrate them.

we are well aware of cointelpro and how the corporate media misrepresents various movements. queers have been a part of all revolutionary movements. our history is deep, and no, we don't need you to tell us how to dress or look while we organize.

in addition, we reject transphobia and genderphobia. drag subverts dominant gender norms. we subvert the gender binary system that invades our personal lives and bodies by requiring that all people must stereotypically represent the sex they were assigned at birth.

if you need information about gender and sexuality, or about radical queer movements, please do the work of educating yourself. do not condescent or patronize us by telling us how to dress or express our genders. by doing this you are working for the conservatives.

also, if you are afraid that you will be "dissed as a nut job" because queer and transgender people may be protesting war, capitalism, globalization, environmental racism, police aggression, etc as well (that IS a personal and offensive statement, by the way), then you are not in solidarity with us.

maybe it's time for indymedia to seriously consider highlighting information for the movement on gender identity and sexuality. we are not a single-issue movement. we are not all about marriage - we are a broad movement that includes many who will not benefit from marriage, and who do not see it as a tool of liberation. we are fighting for food, homes and jobs, an end to war, police aggression, the prison industrial complex, profiling, budget cuts, disappearing civil liberties...
Re: Radical Queers at the DNC
23 Jul 2004
Just a little note from an IMC editor. If you want us to feature something on radical queer activism at the DNC, we're perfectly willing. We just need someone to write the article. If one of the folks in the Radical Queer group at the DNC wants to do this, please go right ahead. We get most of our feature stories from people who are not members of the Boston IMC Collective and often from people involved with the very groups they are reporting on. Just remember, we're looking for articles that talk in-depth about the issues, not just narrate the events, although you should certainly also tell us what happened or what's happening. You can do a news article, a commentary or mix the two. We just ask that commentaries have some factual grounding and not be pure opinion. We're not trying to hand off responsibility to you on writing this article because we're lazy. There's a small number of us, this is a subject none of us (unfortunately) know much about, and we're overwhlemed with everything else we have to do for the DNC.

Also, when the Mass. Supreme Court handed down its decision legalizing same-sex marriage, in addition to featuring a story on that, we also featured a commentary critiquing marriage from a radical queer perspective. There is currently a link to that commentary in the Background Articles for the DNC page we have, amidst all the links to stories on same-sex marriage.
don't let your ego get in the way
23 Jul 2004
it's not being fashion police to suggest you're playing into the hands of big brother.
fuck kerry- eeeew that's not a pretty thought

it's about reclaiming our country, and during every protest they single out a few choice shots to show the masses (like my mom) that ' oh i don't want to be like one of them- i don't want to go to the protest'

please, i beg of you to put your ego aside, and for the good of your own cause (a kucinich win would be worth it, no?) please- no big rubber dildos eh?