Speaking at Social Centre meeting

•May 27, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Social Space Poster

This Sunday, A member of the Fierce n’ Fabulous krew will be talking at a discussion about why us queers, and others, need a social space in this city to meet up and organize out of. Come check out the talk, it will be followed by a discussion where people can share why they would be interested in a radical social space and find out how to support a project like this. Details below

What: Guelph Social Space Discussion

Where: Unitarian Congregation(corner of York Rd. & Harris St.)

When: Sunday, May 29th @ 7PM

FREE

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Queer Zombie Dance Party

•February 9, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Pop Music & Zombies & Queers,

Oh My!

Fierce & Fabulous Presents:

A Queer Zombie Dance Party in Kitchener

Friday, February 18th @ 9PM

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Trannies and Queers Will NEVER Be “Allies” With The Cops! An Update On The Ottawa Trans Day Of Remembrance.

•November 23, 2010 • Leave a Comment
–UPDATE ON OTTAWA TRANS DAY OF REMEMBRANCE —-
On this year’s Trans Day of Remembrance (TDOR) a group of about 15 folks walked over to the overpass facing the cop shop, where a “Remember Stonewall?” banner was hung. This banner was hung as a reminder that the Trans Day of Remembrance is about commemorating and celebrating the lives of our friends, families, and lovers. This includes trannies, genderqueers, gender-neutral folks, crossdressers, two-spirited folks, and anyone who’s gender presentation threatens the state, who have resisted to submit to targeted ID checks, arrests, and police brutality, and who have lost their freedom and their lives for doing so. Our Trans Day of Remembrance includes people like Duanna Johnson, who, after resisting police harassment, was brutally beaten by Memphis police. She had been publicly considering suing the cops when she was shot in the head, execution-style, in her own apartment. This trans persyn’s murder, like too many others, is suspicious and remains unsolved.
We want to remember and celebrate all the “gender deviants” who have been forced through the prison-industrial complex, those who’ve survived and those who haven’t. We want to remember and celebrate all the sex workers who have had to confront, and continue to confront, systematic repression on the part of the state and its police, all the while trying to survive in a society that seeks to erase them in one way or another.
We want to remember Stonewall, a few drag queens of colour sparked a general riot of queers and trannies against New York City’s bigoted police. We remember Sex Garage in Montreal. We remember the Compton Cafeteria riots, the people in the streets after Harvey Milk’s murder, and every other explosion of queer rage this society has done its best to forget. We want to remember that any improvement in living conditions we see in our communities today are, at least in part, the result of violent confrontations like these. We want to remember and celebrate the lives of ALL trans folks, including those brutalized, arrested, sexually assaulted, raped, and killed by cops. This includes those who fought back and those who continue to fight back. We want to remember and celebrate the stories of the thousands upon thousands of trannies who have gone unnamed and undocumented, who have survived and fought back against sexual harassment, rape, brutality, and murder – in their streets or in their homes, or while locked up in prisons or holding cells.
Let’s celebrate an unedited theirstory; let’s stop erasing lives.
As was demonstrated by the events at TDOR, the cops are not our friends. Specifically, the Ottawa cops have a recent history of targeted violence and sexual assault against women of colour (police brutality link) and insensitivity to queer-specific issues.
—COURT UPDATE—
The two folks who were arrested at the TDOR have been released, and they are now in their respective homes. They were released with a variety of conditions, including a non-association with each other, which is a particularly emotionally trying and damaging condition for the state to impose on people who love each other.
When they were arrested, the cops justified it by claiming they were assessing the individuals’ mental health, that they were protecting these individuals by putting them in handcuffs, yanking them around violently, throwing them into the back of an police vehicle… At no time during their arrest, nor while they were being processed, were either of the individuals asked how they identified or what body-type they would prefer to be searched by. One individual was asked to take off their pants in a room with 5 or 6 cops, who were both male- and female-bodied.
Their next court date is December 20th, 2010, at 8:30 am, at 161 Elgin St. Come fill the courtroom and express your disgust with these charges!
We are encouraging folks to put pressure on the cops to drop the charges! Please call 613-236-1222, and express that you want to see the charges against the two individuals arrested at the Trans Day of Remembrance to be dropped.
The two folks arrested would also like to thank everyone (BIG TIME!!!) who came to the police station to protest their arrests, as well as those who were unable to make it but acted in solidarity in other ways. Without this, their arrests would have likely gone unnoticed. This is a strong community. Let’s continue strengthening connections, acting in solidarity with each other, and supporting one another.

York Regional Pigs Raid Massage Parlour In Markham.

•October 19, 2010 • Leave a Comment

The pigs launch raid on Delux Club in Markham & charge 27 people.

Just before midnight Friday, the York Regional Police’s drugs and vice enforcement unit executed a search warrant at Delux Club on Denison St. in Markham. The pigs say their investigation revealed that sexual acts were being performed in exchange for money.

After the raid, four other residences — one in Aurora and three in Toronto — were searched by the pigs. They seized cash and documents connected to the Delux Club operation.

Included in the 27 arrests were five bawdy house keepers, 15 workers and seven other people found inside. Charges include exercising control, keeping a common bawdy house, living on the avails of prostitution, possession of the proceeds of crime and being an inmate of a common bawdy house

The raid is believed to be the largest in the province since an Ontario Superior Court judge struck down canada’s prostitution laws last month, ruling provisions meant to protect women and residential neighbourhoods are endangering sex workers’ lives.

The judge suspended her ruling from taking effect for 30 days to give governments time to respond. The federal and provincial governments are appealing the ruling.

York Regional Police say they are still laying prostitution-related charges despite the ruling. “We’re under an obligation to enforce the current laws,’’ said Const. Rebecca Boyd, a spokesperson for the force.

 

Decriminalization Of Sex Work

•September 29, 2010 • Leave a Comment

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Status on our Constitutional Challenge for Decriminalization


From: Sex Professionals of CanadaRe: Ontario Superior Court decision

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Sex Professionals of Canada is delighted by Justice Susan Himel’s decision to acknowledge our right to legally practice our chosen profession. This important victory gives us hope that sex work will one day be fully regarded as the legitimate occupation it is.

The invalidation of Section 210 of the Criminal Code, which prohibits bawdy houses, will mean that we can ensure our safety by working together indoors. We can now report abuses of anyone in our occupation to the appropriate authorities, without fear of arrest. Ontario sex workers will no longer be vulnerable to eviction or arrest on our business premises. Continue reading ‘Decriminalization Of Sex Work’

NO QUEERS IN UNIFORM!! (Fuck The Police!)

•September 9, 2010 • 3 Comments

PUBLIC PINK BLOC DEMONSTRATION OUTSIDE THE 519!!


Time: September, 18th, 2010  12:00PM- 2:00PM

Location: Outside the 519 Community Centre- 519 Church Street. Toronto, ON.


Call-Out for Queers and Community Members to participate in a “NO QUEERS IN UNIFORM” pink bloc rally on September 18th!

Resist OPP efforts to pink-wash police at their “Serving with Pride in Policing” symposium (see detailed information below).
…Saturday, September 18th
Rally Outside the 519, 12 pm (noon)
519 Church St. Community Centre

A public demonstration will be held outside the 519 on September 18th to draw public attention to our resistance to the OPP recruitment symposium occurring inside (info below). Demonstrators are encouraged to dress as pink bloc or glam bloc. Wear your best magenta bandanas, your salmon t-shirts, your hot pink sequins, your fuchsia feather boas, and your rose stilettos and combat boots. Wear your sparkly hats, your leopard print spandex, your shiny hot pants! Coat yourself in glitter or spray paint yourself gold!

We invite you to bring noisemakers, musical instruments, boom boxes and loud speakers. Write your messages for the police on signs or on your bodies. Most importantly, bring your voices of resistance!

No queers in uniform!

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Queer Prison Resistance: August 10th is Prisoner Justice Day

•August 13, 2010 • Leave a Comment

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“Black and Pink Art Woman” by Roelio M. Still for sale

For Prisoner Justice Day, August 10th, 2010, Earful of Queer, Our local queer radio program on CFRU 93.3fM interviewed Jason Lydon, of http://www.blackandpink.org. The interview talks about queer and trans folk in prison and the support work we, as queers on the outside, need to be doing to support our community on the inside. Check out this synopsis and check out the interview linked above and below.

Today we are speaking with Jason Lydon, who writes and maintains the website http://www.blackandpink.org. Black and Pink focuses on prioviding support to Queer and Trans prisoners in the United States, as well as, maintaining a monthly newsletter, a blog and an online store, http://www.blackandpinkart.org, which sells Queer and Trans prisoners artwork to folks on the outside. We will be speaking with Jason on the eve of Prisoner Justice Day about what Black and Pink does to support Queer and Trans prisoners, issues they face inside the prison walls and what queer resistance to the Prison Industrial Complex looks like today and in the future.


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Queering Prison Resistance Part 1 (00:12:04)

Queering Prison Resistance Part 2 (00:12:54)