Our pride is political. Throughout the month, The Tower will be hosting a variety of events to celebrate radical queer resistance and resiliency. From workshops to film screenings, social events and even a play, there'll be something for everyone!
Schedule of Events:
Queer Resistance in Prison: The Story of Some Queers Who Fought Back
Thursday, June 8th @ 7pm
In the 70’s, there was a group of prisoners who successfully flipped the culture within Walla Walla prison where rape and ownership over
queer/trans prisoners went from being a power and status symbol to a reason to fear for your life. This group was called Men Against Sexism (MAS), who were made up of almost entirely queer and trans prisoners. Their work had a ripple effect to all the other prisons in the U.S. Northwest and 10 years later, according to MAS member Ed Mead, there were no more instances of rape within Walla Walla. This workshop will include a telling of the story of Men Against Sexism from their perspective and look at some of the ways they were able to challenge cultural norms which targeted Queer and Trans prisoners. Followed by a discussion of the methods and tactics they used to keep themselves safe, and how those concepts of self defense could be applied to our modern day struggles as Queer/Trans Communities.
*Trigger Warning: talks about prison rape, queer bashing, sex slavery and child abuse*
PRIDE Film Screening
Monday, June 12th @ 7pm
«Pride» tells the story of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners, and Lesbians Against Pit Closures, two groups who struggled to create solidarity between the LGBTQ movement and striking coal miners in Thatcher's Britain in 1984.
Queer and Trans Social Night
Wednesday, June 14th @ 6pm
For our next get-together we are going to host a 'Crafting and/or Chill' themed evening. Folks are invited to bring crafting projects if they would like, or to just come hang out and have great conversation with fellow queers.
Brixton Fairies: Made Possible By Squatting
Thursday, June 15th @ 7pm
Join us for a film screening of 'Brixton Fairies: Made Possible By Squatting'.
The short 30 minute film presents a series of interviews with South London Gay Liberation Front members, who squatted the first Gay Community centre in London along with many houses on Railton Road in 1970s. The film is intended to highlight the indebtedness of the LGBTQ movement to squatting and direct action.
The Faggots and Their Friends Between Revolution
Friday, June 15th @ 7pm
In celebration of the anniversary of the Stonewall Riot, The Tower will be hosting a dramatic reading of The Faggots and Their Friends Between Revolutions by Larry Mitchell. This hidden gem of out of print Queer fictions offers digestible wisdom, reflections and hopeful thoughts for all the queers, faggots, fairies and revolutionaries who find themselves in between revolutions. Written in 1977 and published in a small run by the now defunct Calamus Books, the insights and illustrations both speak to the time they are written and yet, have a certain timelessness. We will be hosting a cosy evening, and encourage people to dress elegantly as we share readings from this text. This event will be free but bring along a snack to share and your friends, lovers or the newest match on whichever dating site you prefer.