Queer Perspectives

New forum on 'Queering antimilitarism'

Dear all,

we set up a new forum on the War Resisters' International website to discuss queer perspectives on nonviolence, antimilitarism, militarism, and related issues. The forum called 'Queering antimilitarism' is available at http://wri-irg.org/forum/436, and is also linked to an email list of the same name, to which you can subscribe if you prefer to participate in discussions by email.

We hope for some lively discussions.

We won’t fit in your binaries, so let go of your borders and armies

The Faq statement on the demilitarisation of Nicosia, Cyprus. Faq is a feminist anarchoqueer group based in Cyprus.

Queering Antimilitarism working group talking point: Militarism and militarization in lgbt*/queer movements

Militarism and militarization in lgbt*/queer movements, and challenges for queer antimilitarists and antimilitarist queers...

Download below a presentation that was used by WRI's Queering Antimilitarism working group in their conference call.

If you would be interested in being part of future conversations on queering antimilitarism, email info@wri-irg.org

The need for a queer perspective

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Cattis Laska and Hanns Molander

Militarism is not just a war, an army or a fighter jet. Militarism is a system, a logic and a set of norms that perpetuates and recreates our societies and our daily lives. Queer analysis of power is a political tool that can help us to challenge these norms, and thus, to also challenge militarism.

Quotes from WRI's Countering the Militarisation of Youth conference: Gender and sexuality

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The image of masculinity...the model men that go to war, that compete. - Jorge Veléz, Colombia

The Ministry of Women, for example, was created in 2006 and since then one of the main goals that the Minister for Women has proposed is to provide two million female members to the militia. She has already set in motion a first stage where she promised 150,000... - Rafael Uzcategui, Venezuela

Survey findings: Gender and sexuality

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Of the thirty-two countries surveyed, there is only an active attempt to recruit LGBT people in four. Eight countries don’t allow LGBT people to enlist at all, although of those, Kenya is the only one where homosexuality is actually illegal. In Turkey men can be exempted from military service if they can 'prove' (including by providing photos or video footage of them having sex with men) that they are homosexual. But in the majority of countries, sexuality is simply not a recruitment criterion.

Against Equality

This work would not have been possible without the work of Against Equality, an online archive, publishing, and arts collective focused on critiquing mainstream gay and lesbian politics. As queer thinkers, writers and artists, Against Equality is committed to dislodging the centrality of equality rhetoric and challenging the demand for inclusion in the institution of marriage, the US military, and the prison industrial complex via hate crimes legislation.

Against Equality want to reinvigorate the queer political imagination with fantastic possibility!


Unnatural Sexual Relation or Psycho-Sexual Deficiency: Is A Third Way Impossible?

Within Turkish society, which is dominated by a spiral of 'masculinity' and 'military service', sexism and homophobia are ever present. Militarist institutions humiliate and label homosexuals, they treat them carelessly and make their life miserable, especially when it comes to the 'military service'. Firstly, the army as an institution has been presented as a gift that remains out of reach if one is gay.

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