CW: police brutality, racism
Happy LGBTQIA+ Pride Month from Out For Blood! All folk reading this – take some time to remember the Stonewall Uprising, which was led by transgender activists of colour like Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera 51 years ago. This very first Pride was an act of resistance against police brutality towards queer folk.
The resistance continues. Systemic racism and police brutality continue to harm and kill people of colour. We cannot celebrate Pride without recognising its beginning. We cannot celebrate Pride without supporting the black communities that are protesting for their rights, their freedom, and their safety.
Queerness doesn’t end after Pride month – and neither does the fight to demand justice and equality.
Out For Blood stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. The Out For Blood organisers are white queer folk, and we are listening and educating ourselves on how we can be better allies. We are committed to developing our anti-racist practice – we recognise that we may make mistakes, and if we do, we will learn from them. Any spaces we hold our festival in are safe spaces for people of colour. As part of our festival line-ups, we aim to share and celebrate films created by and including LGBTQ+ people of colour.
BAME filmmakers can submit films to Out For Blood for free on our film freeway here: https://outforblood.net/submit/
White folk – what else we can do to support: Follow, share, and donate (if you can) to organisations and charities run by QTIPOC (Queer, Trans, Intersex People of Colour) in the UK. Here’s a list of organisations to support (we know there are more out there too, so we can continue to add to this list):
UK Black Pride – an event to celebrate LGBTQIA folks of colour. The group run other events throughout the year and promote and advocate for the spiritual, emotional, and intellectual health and wellbeing of the communities they represent.
NAZ (London) – A BAME led sexual health agency that works to address sexual heal inequalities in BAME communities. NAZ was formed in the early 1990’s by the late HIV and gay rights activist Shivananda Khan.
Purple Rain Collective – A collective for queer, trans and intersex people of colour in the UK to organise and mobilise. Purple Rain Collective is building a community space of resistance and liberation for QTIPOC and prioritises care, safety and wellbeing.
African Rainbow Family (London, Leeds, Manchester, and Birmingham) – a non-for-profit charitable organisation that support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender intersexual and queer (LGBTIQ) people of African heritage and the wider Black Asian Minority Ethnic groups.
Rainbow Noir (Manchester) – Rainbow Noir is a volunteer lead social, peer support and community action group, which celebrates and platforms people of colour who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, Queer and/or Intersex (LGBTQI+).