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Screening: Pride Denied: Homonationalism & the Future of Queer Politics
September 12, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm| Free
Jasbir Puar defines homonationalism as the way in which, especially after 9/11, certain queer subjects have been accorded the rights and privileges of citizenship by the state at the expense and expulsion of others, mostly people of color. She also argues that it manifests in imperialist discourses in which certain nation states promote themselves as legitimate and progressive based on notions of their “tolerance” and “acceptance” of gays and lesbians, a barometer which is then in turn used to delegitimize and/or frame as backwards states and peoples that are deemed to fail to meet this standard.
Pride Denied asks: how have mainstream LGBT movements and organizing on issues such as marriage and the military benefited some LGBT people while largely ignoring others – especially people of color, transgender folks, people with disabilities, and non-citizens? How has the transformation of contemporary pride movements from activist, street-based roots to large, corporate-sponsored events, benefited the most privileged while marginalizing and excluding others, including sex workers and people who are homeless or underhoused (who, for example, were targeted by Toronto police in a street-cleanup campaign leading up to and during World Pride)?
Pride Denied addresses these questions and more though interviews, event footage, and archival research. Topics covered include: corporate influences on pride and LGBT politics, homonationalism and pinkwashing, border imperialism, histories (past and present) of police violence, and discourses of safety and security (at both the local and national/international level). Featuring: Monica Forrester, Christina Hanhardt, Natalie Kouri-Towe, Akio Maroon, Tim McCaskell, Kim Katrin Milan, Jasbir Puar, Anna Rekhviashvili, Dean Spade, Gein Wong, and more.
Kami Chisholm holds a PhD in History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz and has made more than a dozen films that have screened at festivals and events worldwide. Her films are currently held in more than 50 collections and are distributed by Wolfe Video, Frameline Distribution, and the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre. Chisholm’s work revels in assemblage critique of topics such as homonationalism, settler colonialism, racism, consumer capitalism, mental illness, and sexual violence. She is currently finishing an MFA in Film Production at York University.
For more information about the film and its director visit: http://www.altcinema.com/
For more information about the Nova Scotia Rainbow Action Project visit:http://nsrap.ca/