Queer tales of queer pride
There is a transition in the way nation-states are portraying queer people: from figures of death from AIDS to posterboys for the freedom and modernity of the ‘progressive’ West. But is such pinkwashing co-opting queers into the politics of racism, asks Oishik Sircar as queer communities gear up for the Pride Marches
Queer racism and homonationalism
June is celebrated as Gay Pride Month across most of the world. The reason: June 28, 1969 is the day when the Stonewall Inn riots took place at Greenwich Village in New York. Many Indian cities host Pride Parades commemorating this historic moment of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) resistance against police brutality. In many European countries it is called the Christopher Street Day. Christopher Street is the name of the road on which the bar called Stonewall Inn was located.
In June 2010, I was in Berlin to attend a conference, and participated in the ‘mainstream’ Christopher Street Day (CSD) Parade on June 19. Yes, Berlin has two CSD parades: the ‘mainstream’ one is larger, heavily sponsored by corporate brands, and has parted ways with the radical origins of queer prides, and has in recent times been accused of many de-politicizing practices. The ‘alternative’ CSD does not accept corporate sponsorship, is community-funded, and is committed to a radical politics of transformation that connects questions around queer marginalization to issues of poverty and migration. Continued