The Collective Queerschlag calls out for Demonstration on June 29th 2019!

 

Fifty years ago, end of June 1969, the police undertook a raid at the Stonewall Inn in Christopher Street, New York. The attending audience, mostly Drag-Queens of Color from the working class struggled against their violence. Their resistance grew into a

riot that spread to the entire Christopher Street.

Though queer people did not fight against governmental repression [1] for the first time, the extent of the struggle and the attention it attracted changed the queer selfunderstanding, how they were perceived and their strategies in the US to tackle

anti-queer oppression. Previously, queer activism would mostly happen in concealment; Stonewall gave way

to a more public strategy. Stonewall was also part of the change from assimilation [2] to open resistance - no

longer "we are normal, too", but rather "we are different and that’s good" became the motto of queer activism. Up until today, many queer events refer to the Stonewall riots (e.g. the CSD Berlin).

But often it’s forgotten that this was a political, anti-authoritarian struggle of multi-marginalized [3] people, in which queer individuals resisted the governmental violence. For example at many Prides, where the goal is rather to party, consume

and purchase, than to be involved in politics. It seems people are just pretending that everything is fine already; a need for change does not get through. And while banks are not only unsafe places for queer people, workers, POC [4] and

sex workers, they also actively worsen their living conditions. By sponsoring Prides, they can wash their names in the pretence of queer activism. So, while Stonewall fought off attacks on the freedom of queer workers and sex workers of color and pursued anti-racist, anti-capitalist and revolutionary queer goals, the Zurich Pride, for example, plays along in the capitalist profit seeking and

promotes it under the guise of activism. This is not an isolated phenomenon: Queer activism and queer lives become

increasingly appropriated by neoliberal ideologies and profit motives. But just because queer people are now addressed as consumers, does not mean that queer oppression does not coexist at the same time. We will no longer be fooled over our own oppression!

The diversity of queer people and their realities of life is simultaneously downplayed and reduced to homosexual, white cis-men. This increases power structures and exclusions within queer groups, which impairs the power of queer struggles and

reproduces the logic of domination and repression currently accepted as ‘normal socail order’. We do not want to distract from the effects that the oppression and exclusion of queer people have on us by throwing a party. Rather we want to look closely in order to identify the problems and face them to change them.

We stand up for our way of live and our identities and fight for the changes that allow us to live a free life.

This is what we strive to commemorate of the Stonewall Riots with our demonstration, as well as their impact on the queer community and what moved and changed through them. The struggle against repressive cis-heteronormative structures is far from over.

We stand up for a society free from any exclusion. That’s why this demonstration recognizes and reflects on the fact, that forms of discrimination overlap and must be combated at the same time.

According to the radicality of the Stonewall Riots, we want to take to the streets together creatively and transformatively [5], without any logos of commercial or party-political nature, without advertising and without sponsoring.

For translations see: www.queerschlag.com

 

[1] repression: (violent) oppression of critique, resistance, political movements,

individual expression and needs (by the state)

[2] assimilation: to adapt behaviour, culture and/or religion to the dominant social

norm

[3] marginalized: (socially) pushed to the edge/made invisible

[4] POC: People of Color

[5] transformatively: to bring about profound and complete change