QSU 28/08: Queer nihilism

This week, finally, queer nihilism!

What is queer nihilism? No idea – let’s find out together! We’ll read and discuss bits and pieces from Baedan, a queer nihilist journal. Come join us on Friday 28/08, 19.00 at Beatrijsstraat 12, The Hague.

Format

The session will open with a short presentation, during which we will define key terms and outline the main issues in queer nihilism. We will also have visual support for this part of the conversation.

After a short break we’ll split up in smaller groups and read excerpts from Baedan which we will discuss in these small groups (guiding questions will be provided which you may use or not).

Some links if you want to read a bit before hand:

Main text
Baedan (Link)

More stuff

Towards the Queerest Insurrection (https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/mary-nardini-gang-toward-the-queerest-insurrection )

This text is also in Queer Ultraviolence – Bash Back (https://libcom.org/library/queer-ultraviolence-bash-back-anthology) some bits might be relevant as well.

Some action group influenced by queer nihilism, for inspiration:

Everything is going to shit anyways – Fag Mob

https://downandoutdistro.noblogs.org/files/2019/02/fmob3.pdf

!COVID19 safety measures!

We will be meeting in the gym this week to make sure we can be safely distanced. Enter through the bookstore and we will direct you further. Please take your own face mask for safety. (if you forgot or still decide to come, we have some at the bookstore as well). We’ll do our best to facilitate it as covid19 and machosafe as possible.

Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible through the restaurant (there is also a suitable toilet). If you need anything special event- or location related during or before or after the event, let us know.

Next tram station is Anna Bijnslaan. Parking is difficult but possible in the area.

For Allergics: 2 cats live in De Samenscholing. Let us know is we can make it any better for you.

!! To our non queer participants !!!:

This session will be a discussion by and for queers – meaning that priority will be given to queer people. People who do not identify as queer and who wish to participate nevertheless can send an email beforehand (queerspreekuur@riseup.net). We will let you know by Friday 14.00 if the situation allows for your presence or not.

QSU 21/08 – This week: Talking Round about Relationship Anarchy from a QueerFem Perspective

a purple header. in the middle are light blue freckles as a background for a text saying: relationship anachy from a queerfem perspectove. below is a short disclaimer in lgiht pink about cis-hets participation only with limited access. on the right upper corner there is an relationshipanarchysymbold that is queered. (it is a heart with an A in it, and there are the arrows of the transfeminismsymbol on it)
This week: Talking Round about Relationship Anarchy from a QueerFem perspective! (English)
 
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Foreword: !COVID19 safety measurements and restriction have changed!
Inside a restaurant max. 6 people are allowed. We ain’t a restaurant but our place is quite small – We hope for no rain, thus we can sit outside with appropriate distance. Please take your own mondkapje for safety. (if you forgot or still decide to come, we have some at the bookstore as well). We’ll do our best to facilitate it as covid19 and machosafe as possible.
 
Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible through the restaurant (there is also a suitable toilet). If you need anything special event- or locationrelated during or before or after the event, let us know.
Next Tramstation is Anna Bijnslaan. Adress is Beatrijsstraat 12! Parking is difficult but possible in the surroundings.
For Allergics: 2 cats live in De Samenscholing. Let us know is we can make it any better for you.
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This week we will talk about Relationship Anarchy.
 
What will it be about?
The content will be mainly related to a paper called ‘Thinking Relationship Anarchy from a Queer Feminist Approach’.
It is a text from 2018 by Roma De las Heras Gómez (you can find it under this link https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1360780418811965 or in this one ). She is a bi-lesbian feminist activist for non-conventional relationships and works on sex education and relationship anarchy.
 
The text is sociological research. We’re gonna make it more accessible in language. It is influenced by lesbian feminism and sexual theory.
 
Interesting to know: Relationship Anarchy is a philosophy of love but also a way of structuring affective bonds, breaking with norms and a political philosophy – we’ll go deeper into that last point on friday!
 
Which format will it take?
We will talk about the text, there will be a introduction and or small summary of it. We could also combine it with reading or findings of your own about this topic, so feel free to bring what you know and feel invited to read the text beforehand 🙂
 
 
 
!!! To our non queer participants !!!:
This session will be a discussion by and for queers – meaning that priority will be given to queer people. People who do not identify as queer and who wish to participate nevertheless can send an email beforehand (queerspreekuur@riseup.net). We will let you know by Friday 14.00 if the situation allows for your presence or not.
xoxo QSU
 
 
 

Queer Spreek Uur: QUEER BULLSHIT BINGO

This Friday 14 August, 19.00 at the Opstand, anarchistische boekenwinkel (Beatrijsstraat 12, The Hague).

Come to vent and rage on cis-hets, and laugh in the face of their bullshit. The evening will be hosted by our infamous dragqueers from the Queer Spreek Uur and the winner will be rewarded with a surprise present. The rules will be explained.

Mail us the bullshit comments&questions you’ve heard about your gender identity and/or sexual orientation by Thursday, so we can complete our list of bullshit 🙂 queerspreekuur@riseup.net

Queer Spreek Uur: queer resistance to gentrification.

LGBT communities have been blamed as a source of gentrification. However, queer neighbourhoods have also had to fight against it. We will be reading/watching/listening to media related to the ambivalent role of queers in the issue of gentrification.

The plan for the evening is:

1. Talk about how queers are being gentrified out of London, particularly in SoHo.
2. Discuss how queer oriented tourism in Amsterdam is gentrifying the city.
3. Have a discussion on queer resistance to gentrification.

Meeting is on Friday at 19.00 at the Opstand, Beatrijsstraat 12. Discussion starts around 20.00.

A reminder that the QSU people are recognizable by their big LGTBI-flag buttons and you can approach them every Friday from 19.00 onwards with any questions about queerness. Non queers are also welcome both to the questions and to the discussion.

Queer Spreek Uur: queering the border, a queer critique of borders.

This Friday at the Queer Spreek Uur: queering the border, a queer critique of borders.

We’ll be reading and discussing a short text by Paul B. Preciado (Identity in transit) and tying links from this text to excerpts from Gloria Anzaldua’s Borderlands and other queer manifestos. In a small presentation we’ll try to sketch the current situation of queer migrants in the Netherlands and continue the discussion based on this information.

Meeting is at 19.00 at the Opstand, Beatrijsstraat 12. You’re welcome to bring your own food/drinks, or to order at Water en Brood!

Feel free to email us with recommendations, comments or questions! queerspreekuur@riseup.net

A reminder that the QSU people are recognizable by their big LGTBI buttons and you can approach them every Friday from 19.00 onwards with any questions about queerness 🙂

Paul B. Preciado: Identity in transit

QSU 03/07/2020 Homonationalism in the Netherlands

a white text with slightly transparent and purple background saying 'queers against homonationalism and the far right!' is placed in the first half of the picture. the whole picturebackground is two portraits, one of pim fortuyn and one of geert wilders. their images are crossed out with a big purple X.*FOR ENGLISH SCROLL DOWN*

Deze week begint de Queer Spreek Uur om 19.00.

We gaan het hebben over HOMO-NATIONALISME, oftewel het gebruiken van een zogenaamde LHBT+ emancipatie voor een nationalistische agenda. Denk hierbij aan Pim Fortuyn, of Wilders bijvoorbeeld, wanneer zij homo-rechten gebruiken om islamofobische leuzen te uiten.

Samen gaan wij stukjes van Gloria Wekker’s “Over Homo-nostalgie en (post)kolonialiteit – Waar zijn alle kritische witte homomannen gebleven?” lezen. (uit haar boek “Witte Onschuld, Paradoxen van Kolonialisme en Ras”, 2006).

Als je geen zin hebt om te lezen, ben je alsnog welkom: een van ons geeft een korte samenvatting en zal homo-nationalisme in een bredere context zetten. Daarna gaan we een informeel discussie houden. Wij zullen samen met de deelnemers beslissen of we Engels of Nederlands, of een mix van beide, als voertaal zullen gebruiken. Vragen of verzoeken? Mail ons dan: queerspreekuur@riseup.net.

>>>!!!<<<< BELANGRIJK! >>>!!!<<<< QSU nodigt je uit morgen 02/07/2020 van 16 tot 18 uur naar de lange vijverberg (Den Haag) te komen voor de ‘Sekswerkers Rechten tijdens Corona’ Demonstratie. (Wij zullen er ook zijn, als je niet alleen wilt gaan kun je ons mailen of ter plekken bij ons aansluiten, we zullen regenboogvlag buttons hebben.) —- This week the Queer Spreek Uur will start at 19.00 We will talk about HOMO-NATIONALISM, meaning the use of a supposed lgbt+ emancipation to defend nationalistic ideas. Think for example of Pim Fortuyn, or Geert Wilders when they use gay-rights to justify islamophobic slurs. Together we will read excerpts from Gloria Wekker’s “On Homo-Nostalgia and (Post)-Coloniality – or, Where Did All the Critical White Gay Men Go?” (from her book “White Innocence, Paradoxes of Colonialism and Race”, 2006). If you don’t feel like reading, you are stille welcome: one of us will give a short outline of the chapter and will set homo-nationalism in a broader context. After that, we will have an informal discussion. Together with the participants, we will decide whether we will be speaking Dutch, English or a mixture of both. Any questions or requests? Mail us! queerspreekuur@riseup.net. >>>!!!<<< IMPORTANT >>>!!!<<<

QSU invites you all tomorrow 02/07/2020 from 16.00 to 18.00 at Lange vijverberg(Den Haag) for the protest ‘Sexworkers’ Rights During Corona’. (We will be there as well, if you don’t feel like going alone you can reach out to us by mail or join us there – we will be recognisable by our rainbowflag buttons).

Stonewall Riots!

This week at the Queer Spreek Uur: Stonewall Riots!

Schedule:

19.00 Open office hour – come in with all your questions, struggles and anger; we’re here to listen 🙂
The QSU team will be sitting in the Opstand and recognisable by their rainbow buttons. You can approach any and all of us with your questions.

20.00 Movie Screening – Happy Birthday, Masha! a short fiction movie about the hours that preceded Marsha P. Johnson’s death, followed by Before Stonewall a documentary that retraces LGBTI+ history prior to Stonewall.

21.30 Discussion round: What is so powerful about the myths like the Stonewall Riots, especially in constructing a queer resistance?

P.S.: we now hav17/queer-spreekuur-qsu/e an email address. Shoot us your questions, wishes and/or recommendations: queerspreekuur@riseup.net

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Deze week tijdens de Queer Spreek Uur: de Stonewall Rellen!

Programma:

19.00: Vrije Spreek Uur – kom binnen met al je vragen, dingen waar je mee worstelt of woede tegen het systeem, wij zijn hier om te luisteren. De QSU mensen zullen in de Opstand zitten, en herkenbaar zijn aan hun regenboog buttons. Je kan ons benaderen voor al je vragen.

20.00 Film screening – Happy Birthday Marsha! een kort fictie film over de uren die de Stonewall rellen hebben voorgegaan en daarna Before Stonewall een documentaire dat LHBTI+ geschiedenis tot en met Stonewall naloopt.

21.30 discussie rondom de thema: wat is de kracht van mythes zoals de Stonewall Rellen in het opbouwen van queer verzet?

P.S.: wij hebben nu een email adres. Stuur ons je vragen, wensen en/of aanraders: queerspreekuur@riseup.net

Queer Spreekuur! QSU!

****UPDATE October 2020****
Events will take place biweekly (happy bi visibiliy!) and on a new location! check out contact page on how to get the infos. We also have RSVP (reservation sil vous plait therefore informal reserving a place via email) for our events because of several reasons.
if you want to subscribe to our mailinglist to get nieuws and updates every 2 weeks once about what were gonna do, contact us via our email 🙂

Evenementen gaan vanaf nu elke twee weken in plaats van elke week plaatsvinden! Ook hebben we een nieuwe locatie, en gaan vanwegen Covid19 op reservering (informeel, via email).
Als je evenement aankondigingen wilt ontvangen, kan je graag subscribe-en na onze mailinglijst.
Voor al die informatie kijk op onze contact pagina 🙂
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A flyer in portrait format, with jellyfish as background , in the front white font with information that si to be found in the text as well>>> Launch of the QueerSpreekUur, from now on every Friday in the Opstand ! <<<

Last Friday we launched the first of our queer evenings, with a documentary retracing the trajectories of queercore “how to punk a revolution”. Watching this documentary was another reminder of the importance of digging out our queer history and doing archival work to remember that we’ve existed through the ages and that we’ve resisted throughout time.
We’ve been systematically killed, hunted down and shamed, erased from history and overwritten by hegemonic culture. But don’t believe we’ve been sitting silently, waiting to appear only when capitalism would find a way to commodify our deviant bodies and desires. In the shadows of homophobia, misogyny and transphobia we’ve been making our own history. Working in the night, we’ve been crafting a language and a way of being that could escape the forces keeping us down, finding the words to yell our coming into being and shake down the reigning order.

Because, when your existence itself is at stake you have no choice but to fight. Our desires make us outcasts and fuel our anger.
We are queer, queer as in against the state and capitalism, queer as in against borders and racism/islamophobia, queer as in against pinkwashing and the use of our desires to justify horrendous and discriminatory politics.

Another thing to remember from this movie: the power of imagination and how our desires can shape the reality we live in. Unsatisfied with their surroundings, these punks pretended what they wanted already existed and made it happen. We’ll keep that in mind during the following queer nights and let ourselves be inspired by their actions.

Welcome to QueerSpreekUur, come along to queer anarchism together. Every Friday at 18.30 in the anarchist bookstore Beatrijsstraat 12. Any questions or requests? Mail us! queerspreekuur@riseup.net
Queer liberation is for everyone!