A SHOUTOUT TO TRANS/QUEER DESIS

TBH EVERY TIME I MEET A NEW TRANS/QUEER DESI I’M LIKE, “OMG I CAN DO THAT TO MY HAIR TOO!?” I SEE Y’ALL ‪#‎OUTTHERE‬ MAKING ‘US’ POSSIBLE THRU EVERY INTENTIONAL STROKE OF A COMB, TWIRL OF A MUSTACHE, STRATEGIC RE-DEPLOYMENT OF A PATTERN. FINDING WAYS TO NAVIGATE, TRAVERSE, & BLEND BETWEEN TWO SEEMINGLY DISPARATE WORLDS OF BROWN RESPECTABILITY AND QUEER ‘TRANSGRESSION.’ LITERALLY CREATING AN AESTHETIC OF OUR OWN OUTSIDE OF THE GENDER BINARIES WE WERE SHOVED INTO. ONE PHOTO CAN COMMUNICATE A LEGACY OF RESISTANCE. THE WAYS WE ARE CONTINUALLY RE-IMAGINING THE FIXED BOUNDARIES OF WHITE SUPREMACY, COLONIALISM, PATRIARCHY, DIASPORA, IMPERIALISM, HETERONORMATIVITY, TRANSMISOGYNY WITH INTIMATE AND EVERY DAY ACTS OF DEFIANCE. THE WAYS OUR BODIES ARE TESTAMENTS TO THE INSTABILITY OF THE LIES THEY HAVE MAPPED OUR ‘BROWN’ OUR ‘HAIR’ OUR ‘BODY’ WITH — HOW THEY CAN ERASE US FROM THE ARCHIVE BUT WE WILL INSCRIBE OURSELVES BACK OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN.

#NoHindutva

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We wanted to take a moment today, on the heels of India Day (‘Indian Independence Day’ on August 15) to acknowledge the violent and often glossed over history at the foundation of the Indian nation-state and continues to pervade India’s politics. The rise of Hindu Nationalist power over the past several decades has been fully contingent on the maintenance of caste-based violence, Islamophobia, and patriarchy. India today has become one of the world’s largest military powers, and complicit in the occupation of Kashmiri land as well as the channeling of military & financial power to the Israeli occupation of Palestine. This, again, is related to India’s Islamophobic positioning as a ‘safe’ alternative to a ‘dangerous’ (read: Muslim) Pakistan. Viewing Gandhi and other figures central to India’s founding as ‘nonviolent’ totally erases histories and present-day realities of caste.

Indians in diaspora cannot understand our participation in oppression without an understanding of caste, and a subsequent commitment to challenging the normalization of casteism and Hindu Nationalism (Hindutva). Upper-caste Hindus in particular cannot narrate our histories as only ones of being ‘colonized’ people without understanding caste, religious violence, and militarism. 

DarkMatter (@DarkMatterRage)

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‘We Were Never Meant to Survive’:
A Statement on Police Violence, Hate Violence, and Anti-Black Racism
August 19, 2014

By TransJustice and the Safe OUTside the System Collective 
of The Audre Lorde Project 

“and when we speak we are afraid
our words will not be heard
nor welcomed
but when we are silent
we are still afraid
So it is better to speak
remembering
we were never meant to survive”

- Audre Lorde 

In the past two months, we have been outraged and deeply saddened by the murders and brutalization of Trans women of color Tiffany Edwards, Zoraida Reyes, Mia Henderson, Kandy Hall, and Yaz’Min Shancez; the violence targeting cisgender (non-trans) women of color Renisha McBride, Ersula Ore, Stephanie Maldonado, Kathryn Johnston, and Marlene Pinnock;and the violent murders of cisgender Black men and men of color including Mike Brown and Eric Garner, and Trayvon Martin,to name only a few in a long list of hateful deaths that continues to grow.We are also deeply upset by the recent attack, and subsequent viral YouTube video, of a Black Trans Woman at the Franklin Avenue subway platform while countless people, including an MTA employee, refused to intervene and stop the violence.

What makes this even more infuriating is the fact that we know that we cannot even begin to name or know all of the people who have been victims to police, hate, racist and anti-black violence.

We send our love and support to all of the communities who are surviving and healing through these racist, transphobic and sexist attacks, and we are with you in spirit as we continue the struggle for justice. 

In light of all of these recent occurrences we especially want to acknowledge and commemorate the one year anniversary of the death of Islan Nettles, who was brutally beaten by community members across the street from a police precinct in Harlem, on August 17, 2013. We recognize that in the wake of all this violence it is a critical moment to move beyond political/racial/gender borders and consider how to build collective safety for all of our communities.  As the Audre Lorde Project, an organizing center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans and Gender Non-Conforming (LGBTSTGNC) People of Color (POC) we believe all bodies are valuable and that no one is expendable.  We believe that in order to build safety we must transform the root causes and conditions that contribute to and justify the senseless police violence, hate violence, racist, anti-immigrant and anti-black violence that persists against our communities. 

We are outraged that the accountability and justice that our communities deserve for these, and countless other instances of hate and police violence, have been consistently and without fail denied to our communities. We also want to name that the majority of the people who experience this hate and police violence are predominantly Black and Latin@ which is directly connected to heightened anti-Black and anti-Immigrant violence targeting our communities.  Hate violence and police violence are deeply rooted in a historical legacy of systemic racism, population control, homophobia, xenophobia (fear of all people of color and indigenous communities, particularly immigrants), and transphobia.  We believe police violence and hate violence are an extension of all systems of exploitation and slavery that have been used to criminalize our communities and police our right to gender/self determination, agency, and survival.   

As an organizing center for LGBTSTGNC POC in New York City, and in our greater movements for racial and economic freedom, we feel it is our responsibility and duty to make the connections between the murders of Black and Latin@ Trans women, the arrests and violations against LGBTQ youth of color, and the violent sexual and physical attacks against Trans men and women of color are an extension of the same conditions and systemic oppression.

These violent attacks lead to the brutalizing violence of (Non-Trans) men andwomen of color, and the detentions and deportations of immigrants of color. These systems were created and built under the false pretense of ‘protect and serve’ but instead are used to control and target our livelihood based on our race, physical ability, ethnicity, sexuality, gender identity, economic status and citizenship.    

The solutions to these acts of violence cannot be found within the very systems that are brutalizing and murdering our people. As Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans, and Gender Non Conforming People of color, we are very aware that these systems were built to tear us down.  We are committed to and continue to heal, lift up, and organize against all forms of hate, communal and police violence, and genocide.  We know that we have the power, the resilience, and the strength to transform this culture of violence which regards our communities expendable, invisible, and dangerous.   

In the words of Audre Lorde, ‘We were never meant to survive.’  Our survival, our continued resilience, our continued efforts for social justice are direct threats and challenges to systemic oppressions. We must, at all costs, do whatever we can to lift up and protect one another in our interconnected struggles for liberation.

Please Join us on Saturday, August 23rd from 11:00am until 3:00pm in the LGBTQ Contingent for the ‘We Will Not go Back March and Rally’,which is being organized by the National Action Network and Eric Garner’s family. For more information, please check out the facebook page and the website below or contact Lee at FIERCE Lee@fiercenyc.org.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1512923178942814/ 

http://nationalactionnetwork.net/wewillnotgoback/

Also, join us for the 4th Annual Bed-Stuy Pride!

https://www.facebook.com/events/666641756739391/

On September 7th, 2014 the Safe OUTside the System collective of the Audre Lorde Project will hold the 4th Annual Bed-Stuy Pride to honor the history and resilience of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans, and Gender Non-Conforming (LGBTSTGNC) people of color communities in Central Brooklyn. We call on all LGBTSTGNC people of color and allies in Central Brooklyn to join us in visioning a safe Bed-Stuy rooted in community accountability 

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Audre Lorde Project in solidarity with #Not1More march!

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By Morgan M Page (Odofemi)

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Making the rounds on your Facebook feed, Tumblr dash, or Twitter moment are hundreds of Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaigns asking for cash to fund art projects. I’m hard pressed to think of any that are nearly as exciting and groundbreaking as Reina Gossett and…

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Support Trans Women of Color Collective

TWOCC was established almost one year ago after the brutal murder of Islan Nettles, a black trans woman in New York City. Since then we have brought visibility to this case and uplifted the narratives of struggle and resilience from our communities. From our multiple appearances at conferences, to our various talks, and our numerous accountability sessions we have created a new space for trans women of color leadership in the movement.

We are an organizing collective, NOT a registered non-profit. We rely on grassroots fundraising to sustain the work. Trans women of color have historically — and continue to — put our bodies on the line for justice. The amount of unpaid emotional, physical, and psychological labor we do for our movements is astronomical. We are tired of the lip service that our allies give to trans women of color issues. We believe that the role of allies in our movement is to fund us so that we can do the work for ourselves! This is a fundraising campaign lead by allies to support our work. We need YOUR change, to make our own!

As an ally to the Trans Women of Color Collective I am helping this important group fundraise! They are a little over 50% of the way to their goal. Please join me in making a donation! As Lourdes Hunter one of the co-founders of the Trans Women of Color collective reminds us, “The revolution is not a reshare, it’s redistribution!”

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@DarkMatterRage #TwitterPoetry: LOST IN (TRANS)LATIONI went home to my family of origin this past week and found every interaction seasoned with politics. I decided to write some short #TwitterPoetry to capture those every day moments of intimacy that often go unnoticed but mean so much for us as queers going home. For more poetry and politics follow us on twitter  @DarkMatterRage #TwitterPoetry: LOST IN (TRANS)LATIONI went home to my family of origin this past week and found every interaction seasoned with politics. I decided to write some short #TwitterPoetry to capture those every day moments of intimacy that often go unnoticed but mean so much for us as queers going home. For more poetry and politics follow us on twitter  @DarkMatterRage #TwitterPoetry: LOST IN (TRANS)LATIONI went home to my family of origin this past week and found every interaction seasoned with politics. I decided to write some short #TwitterPoetry to capture those every day moments of intimacy that often go unnoticed but mean so much for us as queers going home. For more poetry and politics follow us on twitter  @DarkMatterRage #TwitterPoetry: LOST IN (TRANS)LATIONI went home to my family of origin this past week and found every interaction seasoned with politics. I decided to write some short #TwitterPoetry to capture those every day moments of intimacy that often go unnoticed but mean so much for us as queers going home. For more poetry and politics follow us on twitter  @DarkMatterRage #TwitterPoetry: LOST IN (TRANS)LATIONI went home to my family of origin this past week and found every interaction seasoned with politics. I decided to write some short #TwitterPoetry to capture those every day moments of intimacy that often go unnoticed but mean so much for us as queers going home. For more poetry and politics follow us on twitter  @DarkMatterRage #TwitterPoetry: LOST IN (TRANS)LATIONI went home to my family of origin this past week and found every interaction seasoned with politics. I decided to write some short #TwitterPoetry to capture those every day moments of intimacy that often go unnoticed but mean so much for us as queers going home. For more poetry and politics follow us on twitter  @DarkMatterRage #TwitterPoetry: LOST IN (TRANS)LATIONI went home to my family of origin this past week and found every interaction seasoned with politics. I decided to write some short #TwitterPoetry to capture those every day moments of intimacy that often go unnoticed but mean so much for us as queers going home. For more poetry and politics follow us on twitter  @DarkMatterRage #TwitterPoetry: LOST IN (TRANS)LATIONI went home to my family of origin this past week and found every interaction seasoned with politics. I decided to write some short #TwitterPoetry to capture those every day moments of intimacy that often go unnoticed but mean so much for us as queers going home. For more poetry and politics follow us on twitter  @DarkMatterRage #TwitterPoetry: LOST IN (TRANS)LATIONI went home to my family of origin this past week and found every interaction seasoned with politics. I decided to write some short #TwitterPoetry to capture those every day moments of intimacy that often go unnoticed but mean so much for us as queers going home. For more poetry and politics follow us on twitter  @DarkMatterRage #TwitterPoetry: LOST IN (TRANS)LATIONI went home to my family of origin this past week and found every interaction seasoned with politics. I decided to write some short #TwitterPoetry to capture those every day moments of intimacy that often go unnoticed but mean so much for us as queers going home. For more poetry and politics follow us on twitter 

@DarkMatterRage #TwitterPoetry: LOST IN (TRANS)LATION

I went home to my family of origin this past week and found every interaction seasoned with politics. I decided to write some short #TwitterPoetry to capture those every day moments of intimacy that often go unnoticed but mean so much for us as queers going home.

For more poetry and politics follow us on twitter 

Call for Submissions: New South Asian Queer Anthology

Spread the word! 

Calling all Queer and Trans* South Asians/Desis! The last anthology that shared our stories is over 20 years old. It’s time to bring our stories of love and laughter, pain and struggles, survival and existence to the forefront. 

SUBMIT! Visit southasianqueeranthology.wordpress.com. 
DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 15