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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.

Why resistance to war is a central and important part of a 
queer struggle

Miles Rutendo Tanhira

Steve Biko, militant anti-apartheid, a dit que les opprimés aspirent à devenir oppresseurs. C’est vrai quand cela porte sur les effets de la guerre sur des minorités comme les LGBTI (Lesbiennes, homosexuels, bisexuels, transgenre et intersexuels). Par exemple, dans la plupart des pays africains, le problème de l’homosexualité a été utilisé par des politiciens aux dents longues pour tromper les gens en désignant les homos comme cause de leur misère.

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.

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