Posts Tagged ‘queer’

Episode 58: Homonationalism and Pinkwashing

This episode features presentations from the recent Homonationalism and Pinkwashing Conference in NYC! Homonationalism describes when sub-sectors of specific gay communities achieve legal parity with heterosexuals and then embrace racial and religious supremacy ideologies. Homonationalism is increasingly present in Nationalist ideologies across the globe, as secular right-wing forces increasingly leave anti-gay politics to organized religion. The other focus of the conference was on “Pinkwashing,” a practice by which a government or corporation points to or exaggerates gay rights in order to present itself as progressive or mask its own crimes – an example is Israel’s promotion of sexual rights to obscure its occupation of Palestine.

We hear talks from Bashar Makhay about his work organizing LGBTQ Middle Easterners in Detroit and NYC, and from Dean Spade about anti-pinkwashing campaigns and prison abolition politics. Plus news and music!

Episode 58

Episode 54: Black and Pink and Hollaback Baltimore


Original air date: February 26 2013

This episode features interviews with Jason Lydon, founder of anti-prison queer organization Black and Pink,  and Shawna Potter, coordinator of Hollaback Baltimore.

Black & Pink is an open family of LGBTQ prisoners and “free world” allies who support each other. Their work toward the abolition of the prison industrial complex is rooted in the experience of currently and formerly incarcerated people. They are outraged by the specific violence of the prison industrial complex against LGBTQ people, and respond through advocacy, education, direct service, and organizing.

Hollaback is a movement to end street harassment powered by a network of local activists around the world.  They work together to better understand street harassment, to ignite public conversations, and to develop innovative strategies to ensure equal access to public spaces. One of their major strategies is the use of smartphones to document, map, and share incidents of street harassment.

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Episode 42: Dean Spade

Co-hosts Zaq and Dan share action news updates from around the world, including updates on the police repression of NATO protests in Chicago, and the upsurge of vigilante fascist-bashings from Italy to Illinois. Zaq and guest interviewer Nico also talk to Dean Spade, founder of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project and Assistant Professor at Seattle University School of Law, where he teaches Administrative Law, Poverty Law, Law and Social Movements and Critical Perspectives on Transgender Law. Dean discusses his latest book, Normal Life, and touches on topics ranging from the inadequacy of legal reform movements in securing queer/trans liberation, to the relationship between monogamy and state violence. This show also features some classic tracks from The Cure and Bad Brains. Original air-date: 5-22-12.

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Episode 40: Bash Back – Queer Ultraviolence

On this very special 40th episode of the Horizontal Power Hour, your hosts Xaq and Meggi present the usual bi-weekly dose of action news from around the world, with a focus on the student manifestations happening in Montreal. We feature a recording of a talk given on the Wesleyan campus by Tegan Eanelli, co-author of the new anthology about the militant queer anarchist tendency Bash Back, entitled Queer Ultraviolence. Tegan introduces us to the controversial idea that animated the existence of Bash Back: that queer and trans folks have a right and an obligation to use any means necessary to resist and avenge the violence of the heteropatriarchal white supremacist social order. In addition to sharing stories and communiques from the book that illustrate Bash Back’s short-lived but powerful existence, Tegan reflects on what Bash Back can show us about organization, identity, and politics. We also feature some of the best tunes of the homohop genre. Original air-date: 4-24-12.

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Tegan’s Entire Talk

Episode 9: Queer Sexual Politics and Anarchism

J. Kehaulani Kauanui hosts an episode of “Horizontal Power Hour” that focus on queer sexual politics and anarchism. The first guest is Terence Kissack who discusses his book, Free Comrades: Anarchism and Homosexuality in the United States, 1895 to 1917. The second guest is Jeriemarie Liesegang, founder and Executive Director of the Connecticut TransAdvocacy Coalition, and founding member of Queers Without Borders, a CT-based grouping of radical trans, queer and allied folk, come together to build cross-movement alliances. The program also features the Indy Media Round-up segment and music by Au Pairs.  Original air-date: 1-11-11.

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