This September, OurSpace responds to the cis and white-washing of the queer liberation movement.
People of colour (POC) and trans people have been at the forefront of the LGBT movement since its beginnings. Despite this, our POC and trans community members are often removed from narratives that tell the history of this movement. Stonewall, a new movie based on one of the most significant moments in LGBT history, will be repeating these same offences when it premiers on September, 25th 2015 by telling the story of Stonewall from a cis and white-washed perspective.
In honour of the POC and trans community members who fought and continue to fight for justice and acceptance, OurSpace is hosting an alternative movie screening on the evening of the Stonewall premier.
We will be showing a series of film previews for yet to be released movies and documentaries that highlight the true histories and struggles of POC and trans people. This will be followed by a screening of Pay it No Mind: The Life and Times of Marsha P. Johnson.
Pay it No Mind “focuses on revolutionary trans-activist, Marsha “Pay it No Mind” Johnson who was a Stonewall instigator, Andy Warhol model, drag queen, sex worker, starving actress, and Saint. With her final interview from 1992, director Michael Kasino captures the legendary human rights activist as she recounts her life at the forefront of The Stonewall Riots in the 1960s”.
In order to keep this event as accessible as possible, the price of admission will be on a pay what you can (PWYC) donation. Please note that OurSpace operates with no funding and your donations will go towards paying off the space and event fees. Any donation amount that exceeds our space booking costs will go to a local trans service or collective.
OurSpace is a collective of young, gay/bi/queer, cis and trans guys working to create spaces where young gay/bi/queer guys can come together as a community. That said, we recognize the value the full diversity of the LGBTQ community and welcome event attendees from all queer and trans identities. Straight and cis allies are welcomed as well, however, we ask that straight and cis allies come with a trans or queer person who has requested you to come for emotional or social support. Depending on our location, space may be limited.
Furthermore, we would like to also acknowledge that we are hosting this event as allies ourselves. In an effort to be as transparent as possible, we are letting everyone know that their donations will be going directly to paying for the space fees. All additional profits made will be donated to a local trans collective or service.