Tag Archives: queer

Why Repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell?!?!

18 Dec

There is something seriously, seriously wrong with the mainstream gay movement. That so many lqbtq and allies are excited about the repeal of DADT makes me want to puke. Why the FUCK would you want to be cannon fodder for capitalist assholes? If the fight for equality is just a fight for equality as lived as a brainless consumer in a fascist capitalist society- FUCK IT!

Join the Queer Army- not the US Army. If you aren’t struggling for all those who are oppressed then you are doing it wrong. Repealling DADT isn’t a win, its a fucking pitiful excuse for reform. It is a step backwords.

Assimilationist gay movements SUCK. Up the Queers, fuck the military.

Cuddle Puddles and Hot Pants #5= Available for Download

25 Nov

Cuddle Puddles and Hot Pants # 5- An Anarchist Zine from Richmond, VIrignia is now available for download here:

http://zinelibrary.info/cuddle-puddles-and-hot-pants-5-anarchist-zine-richmond-va

Cuddle Puddles and Hot Pants #5 (CPHP5) is a zine by Mo Karnage with other contributors including Kayla Dean (also of the Wingnut Anarchist Collective) and Autumn Springs! Topics include; gentrification, queerness, gay marriage, vegan recipes, accounability, copwatch, the campaign to keep Monroe Park Open, and more about the Wingnut Anarchist Collective.
All pdfs here are parts of the zine. we are behind the times technologically.
xveganarchistrvax@gmail.com
www.anarchymo.wordpress.com
PO Box 6025
Richmond, VA 23222

Making Banners

22 Nov

If anyone in the Richmond area has an interest in helping to make banners for Food not Bombs or about the Monroe Campaign please let me know. If you have paint or banner material you want to donate to the cause that would be rad too.

I also want to work on the Wingnut’s collection of banners. We are trying to make a bunch that work for a variety of situations that way we are prepared for last minute protests etc.

Topics we are thinking about making multiuse banners for include:

Jail solidarity

Police Brutality

Anti-Death Penalty

Housing Justice

Gentrification

Environment

Worker Sollidarity

Indigenous Solidarity

Queer

Anti-War

Did we miss any big anarchist topics?

If you have ideas for any banners or want to help email me! xveganarchistrvax@gmail.com

Anarchist Vegan Straightedgers (Queer?)

22 Nov

I am, as usual, lacking in vegan straightedge friends. Part of this is definitely because a large number of vegan straightedge kids are not queer and are not anarchist. Other parts of it have to do with historic bullshit, gossip, and stylistic differences. If anyone in Richmond is XVX and wants to hang out let me know.

I’m listening to XtruenatureX and hanging out in my room. Something I haven’t done in a long time. Too long? But its hard to listen to xvx stuff by myself without anyone around who ‘gets it’.

I guess I’m just sayin I could use some support, preferably in person, from other xvx people who either identify as anarchist or queer or don’t mind that I do.

Not So Trans Friendly Policy from TSA

29 Oct

A new policy from the TSA apparently requires anyone flying to report their name, birth date, and gender that correspond to a government ID. This just makes worse already difficult activities for trans, gender queer, and gender variant people. Not that flying is environmentally or in any other way a good method of travel. But increased ID demands, increased security, etc. are all things that will increase the ‘outing’ of people, which can make their lives much more dangerous. Getting one’s gender on an official ID altered varies in difficulty by state a region. But needless to say, it is not easy, and it is likely that people who’s gender presentation does not match up with their government ID will likely face harassment- either as ‘security risks’ or just out of transphobia and homophobia.

New TSA Pat-Downs Like Groping, Passengers Say

More aggressive pat-down being offered as an alternative to body scanners. Continue reading

This Is War- From Cuddle Puddles and Hot Pants #5

17 Oct

<!– @page { size: 8.5in 11in; margin: 0.79in } P { margin-bottom: 0.08in } –>This is an essay from the 5th issue of Cuddle Puddles and Hot Pants. If you want to get the whole zine you can mail me 2 bux to Mo Karnage P.O. Box 6025 Richmond, Va 23222

This is War

 

This is War. We exist in a state of war. I strongly suspect that stating “This Is War” is going to be taken by some as a declaration of war. It is not. This is an observation of war. This is an acknowledgment of war. Anarchists are at war. People of color are at war. The poor are at war. Women are at war. Queers are at war. Animals, the environment, differently abled folks, and the elderly are at war.

This war was declared on us. And I think it might have always been a factor, since the beginning of human history, at least for some of these groups. Capitalism is a major factor in the way that today’s situation is played out- it defines the format of the struggles/war.

Let me break it down some. War is defined as- 1- a state of usually open and declared armed hostile conflict between states or nations or -2- a state of hostility, conflict, or antagonism- a struggle or competition between opposing forces or for a particular end.

Without even stretching the definition of war it is clear that the capitalist/straight/white/rich/male powers that be are at war with the rest of us. The capitalist system, as well as the governing system in the United States of Amerikka, depend on hierarchy to exist. And hierarchy is maintained by keeping certain people down/oppressed.

Memes like the War on Terror and the War on Drugs make this situation even more explicit. The bottom line is that for centuries people have been enslaved, hurt, tortured, harassed, sexually assaulted, imprisoned, massacred, murdered, executed, assassinated, assaulted, and generally speaking really fucking oppressed. Our side is losing and it hurts.

Memes like the War on Terror and the War on Drugs are also important to understand as meaning more than simply fighting drugs and fighting terror. Because there are basically certain groups of people who are more effected by these concepts than others. The War on Drugs is basically a cover for a racist and classist war against people of color and poor people. The War on Terror is racist, colonial and Islamaphobic, as well as clearly an oppressive political tool.

Why does this matter? Might be the question running through your head. I strongly believe that we need to conceptualize this situation as war in order to understand fully the gravity of it, as well as in order to develop appropriate and effective tactics and strategies. Continue reading

Genderqueer

18 Aug

I think that there are many misconceptions about the concept of gender queer. It has not been a particularly mainstream idea for very long. Arguably, it still is not mainstream.

Genderqueer is essentially a rejection of the binary gender system (male or female, boy or girl, man or woman). Claiming gender queer is basically saying, fuck a binary gender system, these gender roles that exist are too confining/limiting/inaccurate/fucked up etc.

Claiming genderqueer is not the same thing as saying you are trans. There is definitely overlap. Many radical trans people will also identify as genderqueer because they see the gender binary system as inherently oppressive. Some genderqueer people choose that identity because they see more than 2 genders. Others, because they don’t feel comfortable as either of the 2 genders. There are many reasons people choose genderqueer. It is a fairly fluid concept, with the main point of unity being a rejection of the binary gender system.

Claiming genderqueer is not oppressive. Claiming genderqueer does not cancel out other privileges that one may have. It is not a way to deflect those privileges. If a male bodied person says they are genderqueer, but they frequently pass as male, they still ought to acknowledge the way that male privilege plays a role in their lives. If a white person is genderqueer, that does not in any way eliminate their white skin privilege. And I have never personally encountered anyone trying to use genderqueer as a way of avoiding accountability for their other privileges. Continue reading