LGBTQIA+ Anti Racism Commitment Open Letter
COMMITMENT TO ANTI RACISM LETTER
This open letter outlines the need for us as LGBTQIA+ / Queer groups to stand up with black communities, and the Black Lives Matter movement and commit to Anti Racism in all of its forms. We call on all LGBTQIA+ organisations to sign this letter and be more active in dismantling racism. Sign the letter here.
We, the signatories of this letter, are writing to condemn systemic racial violence, white supremacy and violent enforcement of oppressive laws (including police brutality). As LGBTQIA+ organisations, groups and communities we want to make a long term and tangible commitment to Anti Racism.
We know that there would be no LGBTQIA+ liberation movement without black activists, from Stonewall and beyond. Black activists have been at the heart of queer liberation, and galvanised the fight for liberation and equality for all LGBTQIA+ people.
We also recognise that there is a significant overlap between queer and black communities, particularly within trans and bi communities, and that black queer people face an immensely large scale oppression due to the intersection of racism, anti-blackness, queerphobia, cisnormativity, intersexism, and misogynoir.
We want to make it clear that we cannot continue to fight for LGBTQIA+ people, without fighting for the liberation of all people, including our black siblings. We stand in solidarity with those in the US and in the UK risking their safety, fighting for justice for George Floyd, for Trayvon Martin, for Stephen Lawrence, for Belly Mujinga, for every black person who has been harmed by the racist systems that continue to use violence and force against our black friends.
We recognise that the UK is a deeply racist state, and it is by no means better than the US in any way. From the black essential workers disproportionately dying of COVID because of government incompetence to the black people starved by austerity, deliberately killed in police custody or deported to their deaths by the Home Office, black communities in the UK are still constantly fighting for justice and safety.
It is our duty as queer people to be actively Anti Racist and to constantly fight against Anti Blackness in all of its forms. Not only is it the right thing to do, but because these struggles impact us all. Our shared fight is rooted in British colonialism, white supremacy, cis supermacy and capitalism. We must strive to break down and dismantle the systems that hold us all back.
As Queer organisations, we make the following commitments to being Anti Racist and dismantling anti blackness:
(1) We will ensure each of our organisations has transparent, easy to access internal Anti Racism policies and that we challenge racism every step of the way, even when it is uncomfortable
(2) We will ensure that all members of our organisations take active and meaningful steps to Anti Racism education
(3) We will be active in politically supporting black liberation movements, communities, organisations, activists and initiatives regardless of whether they are LGBTQIA+ specific because we must fight for the liberation of all
(4) We will ensure that black professionals, creators and educators are meaningfully (as opposed to tokenistically) prioritised in any events that we host or have influence over
(5) We commit to the sharing, supporting and promoting the work of black communities, organisations and activists, including support with fundraising
(6) We promise to prioritise, whenever possible, the voices, labour, and hiring of black people, and to pay them for their work
We encourage everyone reading this letter to adopt these principles in their own organisations and do whatever else they can to fight against racism and to protect black lives. Join us in making this commitment, and sign this letter here by filling in the form below.
For those of us in the UK, we recommend working your way through this resource, provided by BLM, as a starting point:
Signed in solidarity,
Bi Survivors Network
London Bi Pandas
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