International Anarchist Declaration for the 52nd Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots
On June 28, 1969, cops arrived at the Stonewall Inn in New York. This bar is renowned in the gay, lesbian, bi and trans communities for welcoming even the most marginalized. As often, it is the arrival of the police that spoils the party.
But the answer was not long in coming: several thousand people, gays, lesbians, trans, transvestites and other drags confront the police all night long. It is a whole community which raises its head, for five nights, in the face of injustice and police cruelty. Pride marches, or “Prides,” which take place in cities around the world every June, commemorate these “Stonewall riots” and serve to defend the rights of all people who do not fit into the city. restricted framework of heterosexuality that the reactionaries would like to impose as a universal norm.
Unfortunately, this year we are also commemorating the 5 years of the Orlando attack, a mass homophobic, transphobic and racist crime that claimed the lives of 49 people and left 59 injured in the United States. The fight is far from over and violence against LGBTI people continues to increase year after year. To fight against LGBTIphobias is to fight against mass violence. It is a necessity !
Homophobia, the backbone of fascism
In the best of cases, governments pretend to put in place preventive measures against this violence. In others, such as Russia, Hungary and elsewhere, they are voluntarily stepping up legal repression against LGBTI people. In Turkey, the fascist power of Erdoğan banned all actions planned by the LGBTI movement. A small picnic was savagely attacked by the cops.
In other countries, far-right activists and hooligans do the dirty work for them. In France for example, nearly 80 fascists attacked the Dyke’s March in Lyon, gathered for lesbian pride and the right to assisted reproduction. At the same time, in Brazil, Bolsonaro and his supporters were verbally attacking LGBTI people and promoting assaults against them. In this country which holds the sad record of murders of trans people, the president embraces and encourages this homophobic and transphobic violence. Again in June, a 40-year-old trans woman was burned to death in Recife, an example of hate crime as the country experiences every day. These attacks are just examples among others of the multiple acts of homophobic ideology, a veritable stepping stone of nationalism and fascism.
Poor LGBTI people are the most affected
While homophobia, transphobia and hate crimes affect the entire LGBTI community, we must stress that it is dissidents in the poorest sectors who are in the worst situation. In this sense, we can underline that the discrimination and exclusion that results from it still generate many difficulties to access education, health care and good working conditions. Likewise, the brutality of gender-based violence has an impact on a large number of transfeminicides and on homophobic and transphobic violence in general. If we look closely at the statistics, especially in Latin America, we see that most victims of hate crimes belong to the poorest sectors of society, more exposed to prostitution, drug addiction, police persecution, informal work, etc. We can also see that racist discrimination plays an important role. Homosexuals from black, indigenous and colored communities experience even more oppression on a daily basis. They are also often forced into exile and double clandestinity in the societies where they subsequently settle.
The fight against LGBTI-phobias is an integral part of the anarchist struggle
We defend the right for LGBTI people as for everyone else to move freely and to settle where they want. As international coordination, we also wish to recall that effectively combating homophobia, biphobia, lesbophobia and transphobia cannot be limited to a few statements of support; it is above all a long day-to-day work of struggle for equal rights and against all acts, remarks and homophobic and transphobic behavior. It is especially important to continue the fight against the systemic oppression that LGBTI people experience in the education system, the health system and in many other spaces. More broadly, we must fight against all oppressions,
☆ Alternativa Libertaria / Federazione dei Comunisti Anarchici (AL / FdCA) – Italy
☆ Αναρχική Ομοσπονδία – Anarchist Federation – Greece
☆ Aotearoa Workers Solidarity Movement (AWSM) – Aotearoa / New Zealand
Anarrimista Anarrimista Federasyon – Turkey
☆ Die Plattform – Anarchakommunistische Organization – Germany
☆ Embat – Organització Llibertària de Catalunya – Catalonia
☆ Federación Anarquista de Rosario (FAR) – Argentina
☆ Federación Anarquista Uruguaya (FAU) – Uruguay
☆ Grupt☆ Libertion Vía Libre Switzerland
☆ Melbourne Anarchist Communist Group (MACG) – Australia
☆ Organization Socialiste Libertaire – Switzerland
☆ Organización Anarquista de Córdoba (OAC) – Argentina
☆ Organización Anarquista de Tucumán (OAT) – Argentina
☆ Roja y Negra – Organización Política Anarquista – Argentina
☆ Tekoşina Anarşist – Rojava
– France Union & Communiste
☆ Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front (ZACF) – South Africa