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Queer Justice, Liberation, and Intersection
June 22nd, 2017
On Sunday, June 18th a black pregnant woman named Charleena Lyles was shot and killed by Seattle police after she had called for help. News articles later reported that she had also been struggling with mental health issues. That same day, Dorian Taylor, a black gender non-conforming wheelchair user was attacked by a white able-bodied man on Capitol Hill for defending a friend who was being sexually harassed by the man as bystanders looked on without intervening. Taylor is emphatically refusing to involve police -- in part due to the patterned violence that police end up enacting on black, queer, and disabled people who have already had their safety violated. This is the same patterned violence that resulted in the murder of Charleena Lyles and her unborn child.  

Although Pride is a time where awareness and celebration is heightened for LGBTQ communities, LGBTQ Allyship recognizes the need to reiterate that #BlackLivesMatter and address racism (specifically anti-black racism) and ableism as fundamental parts of queer liberation and justice, which includes condemning police brutality.
 
The rise of violence in Capitol Hill has been documented and shown to disproportionately target the LGBTQ community, in particular trans women and trans women of color. It is not an accident that as neighborhoods experience an influx of white, affluent renters and homeowners, marginalized people with intersecting identities are harmed through displacement and this rapid change deteriorates the social atmosphere of the neighborhood. When queer and trans people of color get priced out, networks developed to support each other within community get harder to access when people get displaced.
 
LGBTQ Allyship recognizes that housing justice is vital to ending violence against the LGBTQ community. Having a stable place to live, develop connections, and create spaces and solutions to serve our community helps keep people safe.  Communities can keep support each other and keep each other safe by knowing how to de-escalate a situation, how to step in and intervene when violence is happening, how to support, uplift, and center black and brown queers and queers with disabilities. All these skills are necessary to develop and keep our communities safe not relying on police as a protective force especially when they carry out violence against people of color.
The same forces that are responsible for working to deprive trans people of the right to use the bathroom are also connected to the forces that result in the murder of black and brown queer people. The community at large needs to reflect on ways they are complicit with these systems and how to disrupt them.  
 
As Pride celebrations commence, LGBTQ Allyship urges LGBTQ communities and communities at large to show up for each other locally by addressing racism and ableism, and condemning police violence. From Stonewall to Pulse, our communities have always been engaged in a struggle to fight violence and hatred to be seen as human and granted basic dignity. As long as violence is happening across racial lines and in the context of ableism, none of us are free until all of us are.
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Our upcoming Pride Events include: 
  • Trans Pride - June 23
  • Queer Youth Pride - June 24
  • Dyke March - June 24
For more information, please contact our Community Facilitator, Laurie Rocello Torres at laurie@allyship.org 
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Announcements
Allyship is Hosting Our First Queer & Trans Candidate Forum!
On July 19th from 6pm to 9pm at Southside Commons,  3518 S Edmunds Street, Seattle, WA 98118.

We will be hosting candidates from the Mayoral race, Position 9 and Position 8. 

How well will Seattle's next Mayor and City Council Members represent the LGBTQ community? Learn more!
Queeropoly BBQ - July 6th
6pm to 9pm
Cal Anderson Park
In addition to learning about and using your democracy vouchers (and encouraging your friends to do so!), please mark your calendars for the following LGBTQ Allyship Queering Politics events: 

 

July 6th from 6-9 for our Queeropoly BBQ: How money impacts Queer Politics at Cal Anderson Park.

 

If you're interested in getting more deeply involved in efforts to queer politics, contact our Housing & Democracy Justice Organizer at  kelsen@allyship.org.   
 206-428-1986
1105 23rd Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122