Queering Racial Justice - National LGBTQ Task Force

Queering Racial Justice

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Queering Racial Justice

QTPOC Leadership + Resistance

October 10, 2020
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Join the National LGBTQ Task Force and Creating Change for a day of exploring how queer and trans people of color activism is leading the resistance to state-sanctioned violence. Build your skills, broaden your understanding, and invest in community organizing strategies for collective liberation.  

Schedule at a Glance:

Noon ET / 9:00 am PT
Welcome and Land Acknowledgment

12:15 pm ET / 9:15 am PT
Panel: Resisting/No More State Sanctioned Violence 

1:30 pm ET / 10:30 am PT
Caucus Spaces

3:00 pm ET / Noon PT
Breakout Sessions
White Queer Colonizers
Organizing Towards Queer Racial Justice
Decolonizing Gender
What are You Fighting For?
Organizing from the Street to the Legislature
Growing from Movement to Movement

This event was healing for me because sometimes dealing with the pain of being an LGBTQ person of color, on my own, is too much. Being in communion with others was medicinal.

Participant , QRJ Philadelphia 2018

Session Descriptions

The last 4 years have brought us more state sanctioned violence and militarization of the police than ever witnessed before. While colonialism and structural racism have been the building blocks of our economy for centuries, the current violent military force and imprisonment against BIPOC and queer communities has given rise to queer and people of color led resistance. Join us for a powerful and engaging plenary to hear from three tremendously courageous and strategic leaders. From Seattle to South Dakota, Nebraska and DC – these leaders are working towards collective liberation for us all.
Imani Yasin will facilitate a Black caucus that serves as a safe and affirming space to discuss the challenges of experiencing anti-Blackness and how those experiences can manifest in LGBTQ+ communities. Elif Cadoux will facilitate a white caucus focusing on accountability to BIPOC LGBTQ people. Kareen Coyoca will facilitate an Asian-American caucus that will center on solidarity against anti-Blackness as well as celebrate queer experiences and triumphs. We will also have Indigenous/Two Spirit and Latinx caucus spaces.
Presented by Elif Cadoux. Queer Colonizers looks at the specific toxic ways that white queer womxn and gender expansive people uphold white supremacy. We will follow colonial logics and histories into modern day queer culture, address common dynamics, and reflect upon the impacts of white queer racism.
This 2-hour session offers a tool to analyze LGBTQ+ issues from a racial justice lens. We will take up relational organizing principles and tactics with which to apply the lens and mobilize for broader racial justice in LGBTQ+ spaces and issues. This session will be facilitated by Kareen Coyoca, non-binary Filipinx who uses they/them/theirs pronouns.
Presented by Malcolm Shanks. The first recorded act of transphobic violence in the modern world was inflicted by a Spanish conquistador in Panama in 1513 on unarmed Indigenous people. Since that attack, parks, cities, and monuments have been built in that conqueror’s honor, while transgender and gender non-conforming people continue to be targeted by the regime of violence that he and others like him brought to our world. Have you ever wondered why mainstream society reduces the full diversity of humanity to "two genders"? The answer has more to do with white supremacy and colonialism than you might think. This workshop is an introduction to the past and present connections between race, colonialism, and the gender binary. Through a race-explicit lens, participants will learn and discuss: how racial hierarchies have evolved over time through gender violence, the stories of transgender and gender non-conforming African/Indigenous people who resisted colonialism and gender binary, beginning at least 400 years before the Stonewall riots, educating and agitating to dismantle these systems through a Black queer feminist lens.
This summer, the Black Lives Matter Movement has hit a tipping point in public opinion. More than ever, people are heading to the polls knowing dignity, justice, and racial equity are on the ballot. This two-hour workshop will highlight the key policy solutions advocates are pushing lawmakers to pass to cement into law police accountability measures. We will also teach and sharpen online and in person organizing skills including training on how to mobilize protesters to stay involved through achieving our goals. In order to create change, we must reclaim our power. Black LGBTQ people have long been leaders in the BLM movement, all of us have a duty to join in the fight. Learn how with the staff of the National LGBTQ Task Force, Shanequa Davis, Fausto Cardenas, and Victoria York
Led by Imani Yasin. After a day full of learning, accountability, truth-sharing, and healing, we will close the conference with a song circle. This will serve as an open space for artists to join and share their creativity - using music, poetry, or any other form of artistic expression. Imani Yasin will close out the song circle with Baltimore based producer and artist, Mateyo - performing a preview of her upcoming project entitled "Too Soon.”


Candi Brings Plenty

Dominique Morgan

Montserrat Padilla

Special thanks to our partner, Both-And.org

Black Feminism & the Movement for Black Lives


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