An autonomous, self-organized group of more than twenty-five raucous queer and trans activists took to the streets during Montreal's annual Pride Parade to voice their opposition to business as usual in Quebec, Canada, and the world.
Playing off Pride's futuristic year 3011 theme, this rag-tag, post-apocalyptic girl gang angrily proclaimed there is "no future in capitalism" while tearing up Viagra/Pfizer advertisements along the parade route, chanting "No One Is Illegal!" / "Harper You Suck, But Do You Swallow?!?", and leafleting the crowd. The sassy flyer outlines how the current economic, political and social climate, as well as shifts in global capitalism, compounded by heterosexism, patriarchy, and racism, are endangering queer and trans communities as well as those of people throughout the world.
More photos and details from the leaflet after the jump.
From Harper to Charest, the austerity measures affect us all:
- Social safety nets are being dismantled. The public health care system is under attack. University tuition is being doubled.
- Canadian companies act with impunity overseas, plundering natural resources and violating human rights. Meanwhile we occupy a foreign nation and continue to sign more "free" trade agreements that privilege corporate interests over working people.
- Political dissent is being criminalized. Prisons are expanding. And the government responds to social problems with more and longer sentences.
- Lands are being drilled for oil and shale gas, threatening our ecosystems and rural communities. Le Plan Nord speeds up the colonization and exploitation of indigenous people and lands.
- The organizations that are the front-line defense for marginalized communities, be they feminist, legal, or cultural, are being defunded in a thinly veiled attempt reverse fifty years of advancing economic, cultural and social rights.
As queer and trans folks we should know better than most the importance of community resistance in the face of government attacks and corporate opportunism. We know the damage that results from negligence and lack of social programs. We know the importance of getting out into the streets protesting, speaking with our neighbors, getting involved in our communities, and becoming conscientious objectors in sequins and binders, in high heels and leather boots.
Montreal's Pride Parade started as a response to police violence and impunity. As a collective voice of a community who had had enough bashing, homophobia, marginalization and criminalization. Who were taking a stand to defend their way of life that was under attack. And it can be again. C'mon Mary. Once more with feeling!