Lesbian Coalition (LBT) invites you to Equality Days 2006! (WARSAW)
(oops: sorry i didn't get this post up earlier – the Equality Days are now over, but there is info at the bottom of the post about the Lesbian Coalition and what their plans and aims are)
“Lesbians in the society, politics, LGBT organisations: half-way and what next?” – discussion panel
Participants: German member of the EU Parliament Lissy Groener, Izabela Jaruga-Nowacka, MP, Lech Uliasz (KPH), Michał Pawlęga (Lambda) i Dagmara Molga (Lesbian Coalition (LBT)).
during “Culture of Diversity” conference, Zielna 37
“LES, we are – we were. Finding the history of lesbians in Poland” – workshop; which is the beginning of collecting the souvenirs and testimonies in order to recreate the lesbian past of our country.
led by: Anna Górska (author of the "LES, we are in Poland" calendar) and Yga Kostrzewa.
“Feminoteka” Foundation (Warecka st. 8/91)
after the workshop join us for a walk around Warsaw, tracing the footsteps of women we would like to consider our predecessors (e.g. Narcyza Żmichowska, Maria Konopnicka, Paulina Kuczalska-Reinschmitt, Zofia Nałkowska) and to track down the places of great importance for Warsaw lesbians in the last several dozens of years.
led by: Agnieszka Weseli (historian)
during Equality Parade
Homophobia Disease Center – “Peace mission”
Due to the risk of aggression of those who suffer from homophobia, the participants, firmly believing that this grave disease can be cured, will wear violet flowered helmets, acting as the “Peace mission”.
VIOLET REVOLUTION GOES ON!
Some don’t want us here, but LES, we still are!
Grab a violet balloon or banner, wear a violet shirt or scarf and join us!
“What do lesbians want? Who wants lesbians?” – discussion; participants from political parties, LGBT, feminist and human rights foundations and organizations, psychologists, sociologists and philosophers, including: dr Katarzyna Kądziela, dr Bożena Umińska, Agata Engel-Bernatowicz (co-author of "Comin-out…"), Agata Teutsch, Monika Serkowska (Konsola, http://www.bezuprzedzen.org), Anna Dzierzgowska (Amnesty International), Agnieszka Grzybek, Bartek Lech (Zieloni 2004), Katarzyna Bratkowska (Women of 8th March Coalition), Ewa Tomaszewicz (KPH-„Replika”, http://www.Kobiety-Kobietom.com), Marzena Chińcz (Lorga Foundation), Marzena Lizurej (NTS Wrocław), Anna Laszuk (TOK FM).
Tomba Tomba (Brzozowa st. 37)
FIRST TIME IN POLAND!
Jet Moon and Sal Tomcat
“ęłęóBorderfuckers” begins with a short performance on the policing of border regimes in the context of an S/M scene. This is followed by a workshop/talk with the presenters dressed in high butch/femme attire… playing on ideas of performance/drag and also wanting to break up the academic sterility of “giving papers”, because what they talk about is their real lives. The audience is taken on a journey through several geographical and cultural spaces; stories from inside Britain’s detention centres, east-west transit in action, crossing borders of nations, gender and power. Negotiating the borders that some can’t avoid and others are oblivious to.
ęłęóJet Moon is a member of the London No Borders detainee support group, of radical Queer politics, the queer S/M scene and the anarchist network. She is also a member of the queer Beograd collective and travels to Serbia regularly to collaborate with this group. ęłęóSal is currently involved in London no borders activism, London Queer Mutiny, doing immigration detainee support work, writing, and collaborating with Jet Moon on upcoming performances.
tickets 10 PLN (or 12 PLN for those staying for the party)
the performance is in English with Polish written translation available
organization: the team of the queer festival Kvir Svera (it will be held for the first time in Warsaw, Wrocław and other cities autumn 2006), Emancypunx Records, Agniusza (“Rita Baum”) and Lesbian Coalition (LBT)
Tomba Tomba (Brzozowa st. 37)
“queerEqual gals – women on the Equality Days”
– every full hour vodka for 2 PLN
– Est and DJ Mode playing
– showing: DK (their first time!) and Barbie Girls: Absolutely Fabulous, Rude de Wredne, Morfeus and Suzi la Dolce
– karaoke, movies, competitions, surprises
– selection: women and TS only
entry fee before 21.00 – 5 PLN, after 21.00 – 10 PLN, with “Borderfuckers” ticket – 2 PLN
organisation: http://www.lesbijka.net and Lesbian Coalition (LBT)
Tomba Tomba (Brzozowa st. 37)
GREAT OPENING! First and unique series of tops, t-shirts, panties and badges made by homofeminist cream-team ULTRA-FIOLET will be available during Equality Days!
full program of the festival: www.paradarownosci.pl
Imagine a city such as Stockholm with a population of about 800.000 people. It is the number of lesbians in Poland. But many of those 800.000 do not come out in fear of discrimination and aggression. Our presence is frequently ignored as if we were invisible. We, the lesbians, do not truly exist in Polish society.
We have enough of this and want to change it.
We want to show that LES, we are!
Lesbian Coalition (LBT) – Porozumienie Lesbijek (LBT) – was founded at the end of the year 2004. It unites organizations, informal groups and individuals working for the sake of the LGBT community. The abbreviation LBT stands for: lesbians, bisexual women, transsexual and transgender people.
The main aims of Lesbian Coalition (LBT) are to:
· reinforce the presence, visibility and equal rights of the LBT community in social and political life (Violet Revolution of polish LBT)
· fight stereotypes and create social acceptance towards the LBT community
· strive for legal and actual equality regardless of gender, sexual identity/orientation, age, disability, ethnic origin, religion, social and economical status
· counter all forms of aggression because of gender and sexual identity/orientation
· help the LGBT community to develop feminist awareness; encourage integration and co-operation between the LBT movement and feminist activists
· accentuate the presence of the LBT community in the feminist and the LGBT movement
Do you feel like saying "LES, I am"? Join us!
What is Violet Revolution?
Lesbian Coalition (LBT) calls lesbians, bisexual women, transsexual and transgender people to come out and struggle for their rights. Violet is the symbolic color of our visibility and fight.
What do we do:
· we co-organise: Manifa (Warsaw), Tolerance March (Cracow), Equality Parade (Warsaw), “Les&Gay Friendly places” action (Cracow), “Resuscitation of democracy” equality rally in Warsaw
· we act: opening of Homophobia Disease Center/Stop Homophobia action on International Day Against Homophobia, movie-discussion project "Over the borders – over the barriers", discussion panel on "Lesbian communities building and LBT exclusion from public sphere", calendar of lesbian presence in polish culture, society and politics, "Facts against myths about lesbians and gays" brochure
· we support: Coming out book, antifascist Coalition Against All-Poland Youth, “Our Case” (fundraising for court fight against homophobia)
· we participate: international conferences ("Nash Mir", ILGA Europe, IGLYO, RFSL), Academy of Tolerance, "Lesbians, gays and friends" festival (Wroclaw), Days of Tolerance and Equality (Poznan), Ladyfest Warsaw.
What are our plans:
· In 2006 we will legalise FioLet foundation, which shall enable us to raise funds to continue our current activities and carry out such projects, as queer movies festival or feminist-lesbian magazine).
· We want to organise work meeting and training for LGBT activists (on countering LBT discrimination within the movement).
· We will continue our open meetings in polish cities and towns.