"If I was an athlete today, I wouldn’t be concerned about anything other than what’s right. You need to follow your conscience, follow your heart, follow your wisdom, and follow your education as to what the plight is. If you feel like you must do something, the only thing you will regret is doing nothing." - Former track & field Olympian John Carlos (right) on the Sochi Olympics being the prime moment for athletes to stand up for LGBT rights.
Queer Avengers stand with McDonald’s workers under homophobic attack from management. As negotiations with Unite Union have broken down, and workers are voting on whether to take industrial action, managers have recently used homophobia against workers. Sean Bailey, a worker at Quay Street in Auckland, was told “don’t act gay” by his manager and that he would face disciplinary action.
“Management is trying to use homophobia to control workers,” says Queer Avenger Ian Anderson. “But if we stand up and fight back together, we can overcome this tactic.” Anderson notes that McDonald’s is lagging behind other fast food chains in terms of conditions, and united action has worked to improve standards in other stores.
The Queer Avengers say they will support McDonald’s workers in any action they take against discrimination and exploitation.
I’m finding it really hard to feel celebratory about the passing of the second reading of the marriage equality bill. At the risk of overdramatising events; while people were out celebrating the win, and liberal parliamentarians were patting themselves on the back, a few of us spent the night tracking down a suicidal transgender youth who we were convinced had taken his life.
I’m glad the reading passed, it’s an important key reform. But as I’ve said before, this is not a quick fix to the deeply embedded roots of queerphobia. I sincerely hope that support services such as queer youth organisations continue to be funded (not that we get any government support now…) even if the bill passes, cause we’re still gonna be waiting at the bottom of that cliff for years to come after we’ve been given marriage. This is not the last frontier.
It’s International Women’s Day!
Pictured above: CeCe McDonald- a young Black trans woman who was charged with murder after being attacked. She was verbally and physically assulted. She’s currently being held in Stillwater Prison, Minnesota.
On International Women’s day, let’s make a point to remember those who society would rather us forget. The imprisoned, the impoverished, and the People of Color, who are sometimes a combination of the two.
Fingers crossed for CeCe’s safety.
Happy International Women’s Day today
and every day!
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