12/27/2011 Queer/LGBTIQA2Z @ OWS Caucus Minutes

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12/27/2011 Queer/LGBTIQA2Z @ OWS Caucus Minutes

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Agenda

- Announcements
- WOW statement of solidarity with women in Egypt
- GSA (Gay Straight Alliance) day statement
- Journal submissions
- Blog
- Jan 15th Action
- Storage
- Media outreach
- Manning trial, use of gender identity disorder as a defense

Annoucements
- People Of Color Caucus is having a gender and sexuality workshop.

WOW statement of solidarity with women in Egypt
- Women Occupying Wall St. has reached consensus on a statement reading recent violence toward women by the Egyptian military.
- Statement is up at http://occupywallst.org/article/WOW-statement/
- Anyone whom would like to repost or lend their support to this statement may do so.
- WOW sees the process for this statement as a model for creation and distribution of statements by OWS working groups.
- Strong concerns were raised that the statement makes no mention of trans persons, whom are also targets of military violence. Because, as stated on nycga.net, “WOW exists to create a safe space for the empowerment of female-bodied and/or female-identified individuals” this oversight is especially troubling. The Queer Caucus will work with WOW on including trans in this statement, and recognition of trans issues in future statements.

GSA (Gay Straight Alliance) day statement
- National GSA day is January 25th.
- Mica and Tif are working on a statement in support of this day, to be brought of consensus at a future meeting. Please contact them if you would like to contribute.
- We are also looking for information relevant to queer youth, especially in high school, and support and information regarding queer youth organizations in NYC, such as GLSEN, Ali Forney, Hendrick Martin, Fierce.

Journal Submissions
- http://www.facebook.com/groups/292346130795236/permalink/329094443787071/
- A request was made via Facebook for writings and media relating to the Queer experience at Occupy Wall St.
- We are interested to hear if anyone is planning on contributing anything, or is interested in collaborating on contributions.
- From the post:

I’m interested in missives from queers involved in Occupy/Decolonize movements, as well as from those veering between skeptical and inspired. I would love to hear about queer challenges within Occupy encampments large and small, across the country and around the world. Bring me your explosive analysis, your rants, your manifestoes, your journal entries, your rage and rigor and hope and heartbreak. In addition to written nonfiction work, I’m also interested in art, photography, posters, flyers, and other forms of visual documentation queering the Occupy movement – its goals and aspirations, its impact, its perils and possibilities.

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore is the editor of five nonfiction anthologies, most recently Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots?: Flaming Challenges to Masculinity, Objectification, and the Desire to Conform (AK Press 2012), and the author of two novels, most recently So Many Ways to Sleep Badly (City Lights 2008). More info on Mattilda at mattildabernsteinsycamore.com.

Please send essays or written materials of up to 5000 words, as Word or text file attachments only, to nobodypasses@gmail.com. Include a brief bio. Please send a query before submitting visual work. The deadline is March 20, 2012, although the earlier the better. Any questions, send them my way!

Blog
- http://queerows.wordpress.com/
- Please contact Joe Annino via facebook or at joeaguy at joeaguy.com if you would like access to contribute.
- We would like this to be a repository of essays, stories, photos, video, design, and resources related to the Queer Caucus.

Media outreach
- Who are looking for people who would be interested in contacting media regarding our caucus.
- We are also looking for anyone interested in writing, doing photos or video.
- We need to prepare something for explaining our group to media, such as solidifying a mission statement. Sean has offered to work on something for a later proposal.

Manning trial, use of gender identity disorder as a defense
- There is concern and confusion over the potential use of gender identity disorder as a defense in the Manning military leak trial.
- We need to do research and gain greater understanding of the potential impact and perceptions this line of defense may entail, and if our caucus should take a position on this issue.

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