Queer Liberation and Class Struggle at Decolonize/Occupy Seattle


My friend RGB and I are organizing a series called “Queer Liberation and Class Struggle” at Decolonize/Occupy Seattle. The upcoming session is Tues on Nov 1st at 4pm. We will be selected sections from Marx’s Alienated Labor and discussing it in relation to queer liberation.

Queer oppression and class oppression cannot be separated from one another, and the history of the Stonewall Rebellion and the Compton Cafe rebellions attest to that. It is important to envision queer liberation as a struggle of the working class, including those who are employed and unemployed.

For the first session, we drew from a piece that I wrote a few years ago, entitled Queer Liberation is Class Struggle. I have since revised some of the ideas there. RGB and I use a Marxist method to discuss how a communist vision of the world, where from each according to disability, to each according to need, is a desirable vision for queer liberation.

Please join us on Tues Nov 1st, at 4pm if you can, at Westlake in Seattle.

In the meantime, check out Susan Stryker’s documentary on Compton Cafe riots, “Screaming Queens” here (Part 1), here (Part 2), here (Part 3)

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3 Responses to Queer Liberation and Class Struggle at Decolonize/Occupy Seattle

  1. Please network with https://www.facebook.com/groups/occupyequality where we are connecting LGBTQ Occupy activists from the streets to the net, city-to-city, state-to-state, coast-to-coast, north-to-south, country-to-country, continent-to-continent. We meet nightly at 6 pm PT (9 pm ET) http://www.stickam.com/group/occupyequality & you are welcome to use that page to connect Occupy Queer Seattle from the street to the net, and globally at any time. Thanks – Jessica Naomi

  2. OccupyEquality now has a Washington chapter and you are invited to join and invite all LGBTQ Seattle activists http://www.facebook.com/groups/OccupyEqualityWashington/

  3. Nelson H. says:

    Comrades, thanks for the on-going theoretical developments on this important question. So refreshing to read work that correctly situates struggles for queer liberation where they belong (that being under the heading: motive forces and not simply allies). The slogan at the end of your piece, nearly two years out, still rings with the same veracity: Power to queers, and therefore to the class!

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