LesMigraS statement for solidarity and accountable communities
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In regard of this year’s International Day against Racism, we would like to address lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans* and inter* (LGBTI) communities and activists who face racism.
In our work, we notice that violent behaviour towards each other as well as a lack of solidarity take place in many communities on a regular basis. For instance, different experiences of discrimination are treated hierarchically, LGB people reproduce trans* discrimination in their feminist or queer groups and scenes, or people react with distrust, division and exclusion towards one another instead of patience and dialogue. These repeated and reproduced violent ways of dealing with each other are hurtful, lead to the isolation of individual activists and prevent us from having a common voice.
Racism has many forms and shapes. It appears and divides society on an overall basis. Structural racisms and violence as well as multiple discriminations affect us all. Oftentimes we reproduce them in the form of violent and discriminatory interactions in our communities. The struggle for liberating ways of living needs patience and compassion. Only if our own behaviour towards each other reflects a more respectful, accountable, open and regardful cooperation, we can transform structural discrimination and mechanisms of violence and oppression.
We want to ask our friends, allied activists, fellows and colleagues to actively promote a more receptive, open and respectful language in the most common and daily situations. We can only change mechanisms of oppression if we work with one another, not against one another.
Let us strengthen solidarity and accountable communities.
Each day, every day!