Sunday, June 25 from 11 AM – 3 PM

This year, previously apolitical LGBTQ Pride Parades around the country, under pressure from grassroots activists outraged by the Trump regime’s oppressive policies, have reluctantly become Resistance Marches. The Out-FM collective covered:

•    Pride March resistance contingents here in New York and elsewhere
•    Trans Day of Action
•    Gays Against Guns
•    CUNY Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies
•    LGBT people in Indonesia
•    New queer music
•    and more.
PLUS excerpts of the June 18 conference:
30 Years of ACT UP, Hidden Histories and Voices, Lessons Learned

Below find the segments played on hours 1 & 2 of the special.

You'll find the segments from the ACT UP at 30 Panel on Drug Users & Needle Exchange/Harm Reduction further down the page in a separate box.

 You can play the link below if you have flash enabled or from a HTML5 device. Click the green arrow to download the mp3

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KEN KIDD - RESISTANCE CONTINGENT (Track 01)
Ken Kidd was active in negotiating with the Heritage of Pride Committee in persuading them to have a Resistance Contingent lead the 2017 NYC Pride March. Naomi Brussel spoke to him on June 12 about how that process was accomplished.

JOHN GRAUWILER - GAYS AGAINST GUNS (Track 02)
Naomi attended the lively Gays Against Guns meeting at the Manhattan LGBT Center, shortly after their successful rally and memorial for those killed in the massacre at the Pulse dance club in Orlando, Florida on June 12, 2016. The memorial had been held near the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village on June 12, 2017. The group was extremely enthusiastic as it prepared for the Pride march set for two weeks later.

RASHIMA KWATRA  - GAY MEN IN INDONESIA (Track 03)

Naomi Spoke to Rashima Kwatra about the recent persecution of Gay men in Indonesia. Why is this discrimination increasing now? Some factors need more investigation. Like other capitalist economies, Indonesia's had a downturn after the global capitalist crash of 2008, though not as much as in other developing countries. After the 1997-98 economic crash in Southeast Asia, the Indonesian dictatorship was overthrown. How economic factors affect the society at this point is not clear. According to the website Indonesian Investment, its level of poverty and near-poverty is around 25%. Also,  as Rashima points out, the influence of a more conservative form of Islam in the past few years is having an effect on social attitudes. Here's Naomi's interview with Rashima.

25th NYC DYKE MARCH (Tracks 04 & 05)
Naomi went to the march on June 24.  Here's a little of the sound of it.

 TRANS DAY OF ACTION

The Audre Lorde Project’s Trans Justice Program organized the 13th annual Trans Day of Action (TDOA) on June 23. Speakers at their rally focused on 11 Points of Unity:

1. full determination over our bodies
2. an end to harassment and brutality and police violence
3. justice for those who have been criminalized and brutalized
4. access to public and private spaces
5. full legalization of migrants and sanctuary for TGNC migrants
6. opposition to the prison-industrial complex and solidarity with TGNC people in prison
7. end of the "War on Terror"
8. the right to appropriate healthcare
9. respect for people on public assistance
10. equal access to employment
11. respectful and safe housing.

The first voices that Naomi Brussel brings from the event are Trans Justice members Terry Squires and Sapphire, who speak about housing issues and the homeless shelter system. Then you'll hear from other supporters and participants, including marchers from Services and Advocacy for Gay Elders (SAGE), the community group UPROSE (United Puerto Ricans of Sunset Park), the South Asian Group BAYAN, Outright Action International, and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project.

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Conference Excerpts: 30 Years of ACT UP, Hidden Histories and Voices,
Lessons Learned

March with ACT UP June 25, 2017

Below find the ACT UP at 30 Panels

You can play the link below if you have flash enabled or from a HTML5 device. Click the green arrow to download the mp3

(More at actupny.com)

On June 18, WBAI’s Out-FM program co-sponsored a daylong conference with ACT UP/New York, the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, titled “30 Years of ACT UP/NY: Hidden Histories and Voices, Lessons Learned.” Three decades after the founding of the iconic direct-action group, and the spread of its chapters around the world, corporate media have rewritten the movement’s history to elevate a small number of white people, almost all gay men, as the heroes who supposedly saved the world from the AIDS pandemic. Meanwhile, the vast army of activists who did the day-to-day work – including many lesbians, people of color, and current and former drug users – have been ignored, and many of ACT UP’s most important victories have been forgotten. So Out-FM wanted to play excerpts from that conference, which brought together a remarkable set of voices rarely heard in the corporate media.

BOB LEDERER - CORRECTING THE RECORD ON ACT UP/NY'S REMARKABLE ACHIEVEMENTS (Track 01)

This is the opening presentation by our own Bob Lederer, introduced by Out-FM producer Naomi Brussel, who herself participated in some of the ACT UP actions back in the 80s and 90s. Bob provides an overview of the skewed treatment of ACT UP by the corporate media, publishing and film industries, rebuts several common misconceptions and invisibilities about who made up ACT UP and what led to its successes, including the key role of lesbians and leftists, and covers some of the major victories won by the broader coalitions ACT UP formed, which are often ignored in mainstream accounts.

KATRINA HASLIP - FIGHTER FOR WOMEN WITH AIDS (Track 02)

An early key figure in the ACT UP Women's Caucus was Katrina Haslip, a straight African-American, Muslim woman who had AIDS. This track has a short excerpt from an upcoming film Nothing Without Us: The Women Who Will End AIDS, to be released in the Fall 2017. Several speakers in the ACT UP Women's Caucus Panel (Track 04) make reference to her work.

PEOPLE OF COLOR and LATINO/A CAUCUS PRESENTATIONS (Track 03)

We hear the conference panels on People of Color and the Latina/Latino Caucus, which are among the most under-reported parts of ACT UP, followed by a panel on youth. The panels will be introduced by ACT UP member Ken Bing and Out-FM producer Naomi Brussel.

WOMEN'S PANEL (Track 04)

We hear the women’s panel, which presented a variety of perspectives from five women who played key roles in ACT UP’s important work to expand attention, resources, research, and lifesaving benefits to women with AIDS, and to change sexist policies by the Centers for Disease Control, the National Institutes of Health, and the Food and Drug Administration – victories that have had ripple effects for women dealing with a wide range of illnesses. The panel is introduced by Amanda Lugg, a former ACT UP member and current board member of Health GAP or Global Access Project, which fights for treatment access in the Global South.