In 2016 one of what is now the Working Class Queeroes made a video documenting Dublin Pride, highlighting just how intense the corporate and party take-over has become, as well as discussing two radical blocs on the day.
The video transcript is shown below.
Below is one of two leaflets distributed by the Working Class Queeroes to hundreds at Dublin Pride 2017. The other was a general leaflet about the Working Class Queeroes “Fucking Dregs” bloc and what we stand for.
Pinkwashing is not about furthering the cause of LGBT rights – it is the cynical use of LGBT rights to distract from and normalise the settler colonial and apartheid reality that the State of Israel has established in Palestine. It is designed to cover up these violations with a façade of progressiveness and equality.
It provides an ideological cover and explicit support for Israeli militarism and occupation and apartheid – including a military surveillance unit whose job it is to discover closeted LGBTQ Palestinians and blackmail them into becoming informers by threatening to out them.
Pinkwashing perpetuates racism by portraying Israel as a haven for lgbt people while it conducts ethnic cleansing and demonises surrounding Arab and Muslim countries and societies, painting them as barbaric, uncivilised and brutal. Continue reading
Below is one of two leaflets the Working Class Queeroes distributed to hundreds at Dublin Pride 2017. The other was a leaflet against Israeli pinkwashing.
YOU ONLY GAVE US RIGHTS
‘COS WE GAVE YOU RIOTS!
Pride is more than a parade; it’s a protest. Until we can truly be ourselves without a hint of fear, until there is true liberation for all people, we have a bone to pick and if we are going to be liberated, we can’t allow the corporate sponsors call the shots.
Remember that Pride began because of the five-day Stonewall Riots in 1969, involving volleys of bricks, bottles, and cobblestones launched at police. Pride is a gasp for freedom by the gutter people, a fist raised in defiance of a social order which has forced pink triangles on our bodies and inside our own minds.
That’s why we, the Working Class Queeroes bloc, are marching today with our banner “You Only Gave Us Rights ‘Cos We Gave You Riots” and why we’ve marched here for several years. We care about Pride and want to bring it back to what it was about all along. Sadly Pride has been commercialised. Instead of promoting queer liberation, LGB(T)’s are marching to promote corporations. But real progress means no corporations, and not being used by them for profit because we’re convenient now. Continue reading
This article is as it appears in the July 2017 edition of GCN Magazine (Gay Community News Ireland) with a few additions. Find it on the GCN website here (page 61).
We also received a shout out in this excellent Daily Edge article and on Rabble’s blog.
In the 34 years since a small group of queer people first marched through the streets of Dublin to celebrate their pride in the face of an establishment that had tacitly endorsed the murder of a gay man in Fairview Park, the Dublin Pride celebrations have changed beyond all recognition. For years LGBT+ organising has pushed in a reformist direction, seeking to accommodate us within the framework of the capitalist state. Inevitably Pride has become politically sanitised and intensely commercial.
The members of the Working Class Queeroes believe that our struggle against oppression must be based upon building the strongest possible movement. This requires bringing our various activist groups together in common struggle. There needs to be a resurgence of LGBT+ liberation politics which can challenge cis heteronormativity, commercialisation, and capitalism itself.
WORKING CLASS QUEEROES
Last year, we brought together various different groups of activists to march together. As recently as 2010, Sex Workers were banned from participating in Dublin Pride. Last year, however, Sex Workers’ Alliance Ireland (SWAI) carried a ‘Queers for Sex Workers’ Rights’ banner to the front and we are happy to be joined by them again this year to continue that pro-decriminalisation message. Continue reading