Saturday, February 21, 2009

Noted (approvingly) in passing...



February 21, 2009, 7:57 pm

"Last night at a minute to midnight, a ragtag group of queers and allies, trans folks and brass band friends, some decked out in their most scandalous (over thermals, of course), danced through the streets of Providence, Rhode Island, stopping to flirt with and provoke our local gay bars. Queers decry a heteronormative consumerist holiday!

We are sick of the majority of queer spaces in our city revolving around consumerism and intoxication. We are sick of ‘queer’ meaning ‘assimilated white gay men’ when there are a whole lot of us who don’t fit with that identity. We are sick of monogamous relationships being the accepted norm. We are sick of feeling like we have to prove our love to our partners by showering them with unnecessary mass-produced crap. We are sick of feeling like crap for being single. Instead of sitting around and complaining, we decided to throw our own party!

On Valentine’s day at midnight, we took to the street, to create a free, all-ages, festive queer space that for once, didn’t revolve around alcohol. We danced to brass provided by a few members of the what cheer! brigade and had signs with slogans such as, ‘i have straight friends,’ ‘we recruit,’ and ‘break up with patriarchy.’"

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