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This hands-on workshop will teach participants how to efficiently use the digital archives that AAHP has been assembling from across Canada, and Montreal in particular. Participants will also have the opportunity to help us create indexes for Montreal oral history transcripts as well as help us digitize and upload Montreal-based AIDS activist ephemer a housed at AGQ to our online archive. Workshop space is limited to 12 participants so please RSVP in advance by emailing the organizers directly at aidsactivisthistory gmail.
This workshop will primarily be in English. You can check out the facebook event page for more details here! Cet atelier sera en anglais principalement. The police have been a major vehicle for enforcing heterosexual hegemony and the two-gender binary system. Since then, the origin of Pride marches have been largely forgotten with the transformation of Pride in larger urban centres into spectator-centred Parades, with commercialization, corporate and government sponsorships, and what I call the emergence of the white middle-class neoliberal queer who is accommodated with capitalist and racist social relations.
This has distanced Pride celebrations from their radical getting to the roots political beginnings. This inspiring action reminded all of us of the activist roots of Pride. Returning to the top, we see the depiction of the Montréal resistance to the Olympic police repression in and to the raid on the Truxx bar in It was these revolts in the streets that led to Québec enacting sexual orientation protection in late This resistance continued in Toronto with the mass response to the bath raids which at that point were the largest mass arrests since the War Measures Act in It was this resistance that provided the context for the celebration of Lesbian and Gay Pride Day to mark the Stonewall riot in June in Toronto which has continued to today.
Black Lives Matter Toronto with its many queer and trans members continues and extends this tradition of organizing. Silence did literally mean death and direct action meant life. The image of the police arrest is from a demonstration against the police arrests at Sex Garage a queer warehouse party in that catalyzed queer organizing in Montréal. QuAIA built on the spirit of anti-apartheid organizing against the separation and subordination policies of the former South African racist government but this time in opposition to the polices of the Israeli state against Palestinians.
It is very fitting, as mentioned above, that the powerful Black Lives Matter protest ends the poster if you read it from top to bottom that is. This poster provokes actively remembering our histories while providing hope for a future where we can make socially transformative and liberationist queer and trans movements.