Queers for Social Justice: Putting Activism into Pride

A lot of the Dyke March crew is also part of Queers for Social Justice. QfSJ are planning some amazing events for Pride, including three Die-Ins, a Night March, and joining our post-March picnic for a sign-making and a discussion on activism in Toronto. QfSJ still need people to participate and help run all of the happenings, so here’s more about them so that you can get involved.

Who We Are
Queers for Social Justice is a coalition of queer community groups, organizations and causes. The group was formed at a community town hall meeting for queers on May 27, 2012. We have come together to bring a unified message of social justice and politics to Pride 2012.

Queers for Social Justice aims to draw attention to the struggles that affect queers both in Canada and abroad: homophobia, transphobia, bullying, the criminalization of HIV, refugee Bill C-31, homonationalism (e.g., focusing on “gay rights” to the exclusion of the broader concept of social justice) and the cuts to services at all levels of government.

The group would like to reintroduce a space for politics in Pride and to have our voices heard. Our goal is to celebrate, demonstrate and agitate.

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Ways to be involved:

1) Carry a Queers for Social Justice sign in the Trans March, Dyke March, and/or Pride Parade. Put on of the QfSJ stickers on your group’s banner or on your sign. Signs and stickers will be available via following:

  • the Dykeversity Fair on Saturday, June 23 at The 519 from 2:30-5:30pm
  • the post-Dyke March Picnic in Allan Gardens on Saturday, June 30 from 3:00-5:00pm.
  • the Glad Day Bookshop, 598 Yonge Street. (stickers and a sample of placards)
  • by email request to qfsjatpride12@gmail.com

2) Marshal or Participate. QfSJ needs marshals for all three Die-Ins and for the Night March. They also needs lots of people to come out and be a part of both actions.

Die-Ins

  1. Monday, June 25, 11:30am, Toronto City Hall during the Pride flag-raising
  2. Thursday, June 28, 6:00pm, Church and Wellesley
  3. Saturday, June 30, 12:00am, Yonge and Wellesley during the Dyke March

A theatrical demonstration that highlights the violence done to the most marginalized of our queer communities. Check out one of the Facebook pages for more information.

Night March

Monday, June 25, 8:30pm meet at Nathan Phillips Square

The Night March was started to celebrate and demonstrate our rights and diverse voices. Given the violence experienced by our communities – often at night – the need for Night March is all the more appropriate. Check out the Facebook page for more information.

3) Spread the word! Follow on twitter @queers4socjus. Join the open group on Facebook Queers for Social Justice. Email for more information:

Jordan Bond-Gorr: jordanbg1980@gmail.com

Tony Souza: souzaatwork@primus.ca

 

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About Dyke March Toronto

Mission: The 2015 Toronto Dyke March works to create dyke-centred spaces because we need — and demand — more visibility within the Pride Toronto Festival. Goals: Our goal is to organize a political and celebratory march, created by and for dykes across the spectrum. We need to create our own space to be political and visible. Dyke visibility is important because we are not fully represented in the Pride movement or in mainstream society. The Dyke March celebrates our diversity and demonstrates the power of our communities. We hope the Dyke March leaves you with the energy to take action, a sense of community, and an appreciation for your own unique dyke glory! Values: The Dyke March values collective organizing to give dykes who are historically oppressed a platform. These include, but are not limited to, trans folks, Indigenous folks, folks of colour and folks with disabilities. We see this as necessary to create social change.
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