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Almost every queer person knows what it means to be watched. We are under a social heteronormative gaze every single day of our lives. This is true for everyone, but the further you are from the social norm of cis, white, straight, able-bodied, male, middle-class (etc.), the more you stick out—and the greater the target on your back is. For some, just walking out the front door is an invitation for harassment and abuse.
It’s a sad irony that queer folk need more visibility, when it’s often being visible that brings us harm. From glances and whispers as you walk by, to being called a f****t in the street, to having grossly drunk men telling you to kiss for their entertainment, to being grabbed at, to having bottles thrown at you, to being beat up, to being murdered: this is the result of being visibly queer in our intolerant society.
Queer people should not have to hide to feel safe. We need to change the attitude that society has towards us so that no one has to endure any level of harassment.
UniQ has some important events coming up:
- We are having a special meeting this Thursday (September 8) in SU219, from 6-8pm, to draft new clauses that incorporate the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi into the UniQ constitution. We will provide food!
- This Friday (September 9) is the International Day of Silence, a movement bringing attention to homo-, bi-, and transphobia in our communities. UniQ is holding an event at 12:30 in the Hub, see our Facebook page for details.
- Our AGM is coming up on Thursday, September 29, in KK203 from 6-8pm. We’ll be doing a wrap up of 2016, approving constitutional updates, electing new executive members, and making plans for 2017. As always, food will be provided!
We’re still having our weekly meet-ups—every Friday from 1-3pm in SU218—and we’ve got another movie night coming up on September 16 (Friday) at 5:30pm in KK202.
We hope to see you there!