Against homophobia and trans*phobia! Against capitalism, imperialism, and colonialism!
The struggle against homophobia and trans*phobia is part of the struggle for socialism!
The Revolutionary Student Movement: Algonquin College Chapter (RSM), in light of the attack on the Queer Student Alliance (QSA) office, wishes to express our solidarity with the QSA and outrage against what is rightfully being called a hate crime. The RSM is totally in support of LGBTQ+ folks in their struggles for liberation and for basic democratic rights; we consider these struggles to be an important part of the broader fight against capitalism as a whole. As we say in our mandate, “We will end exploitation, alienation, and all oppressions by supporting struggles against institutional and individual oppressions in their various forms. We strive to support externally and maintain internally a strong anti-racist, anti-ableist, anti-homophobic, anti-trans*phobic, and proletarian feminist culture in both word and action.” We denounce the cowardly attack made against our LGBTQ+ comrades and wish to offer our support in any efforts to fight back against hate.
Why is support for LGBTQ+ struggles important for the RSM? Within this capitalist system, each and every person is no more than a cog in the machinery that uses humans to constantly produce wealth. Our relations to one another are meticulously pre-determined and plotted out by the ruling class, and our movement within this hierarchy is limited by unbreakable glass ceilings (with very, very few exceptions). Consequently, ‘traditional’ gender roles, including but not limited to sexual preferences and exterior presentation, were crafted to support this system; and strict, rigorous, and immutable social norms have, through blood, sweat, and tears, been enforced – and continue to be.
We maintain that the gender-binary is a pillar of social and class relations and capitalist oppression. The unpaid labour of women, in the form of domestic work, is necessary for capitalism to exist; if women were to be paid for this labour, it would undercut the ability for capitalists to profit. Therefore, if members of society cease to relate to each other through a rigid structure in one area, all areas are seen as under attack by the ruling class. By engaging in homosexual and trans*behaviors and ‘life-styles,’ some individuals fail to fulfill prescribed roles and functions (and to relate to one-another based on these artificial constructs); they fly in the face of this pre-determined mold. While being LGBTQ+ is not in-and-of-itself an act of resistance against capitalism, homophobia and trans*phobia certainly have their root in the attempt to enforce the strict gender roles necessary for capitalism to continue. And because of this, the RSM is proud to struggle against misogyny, homophobia, and trans*phobia alongside capitalism, imperialism, and colonialism; we see these struggles as necessarily bound together.
We call for this hate crime committed against the QSA center to be treated with the seriousness it deserves. We call for direct action showing our resolve as a campus to fight back against hateful attacks. Algonquin security and the police will not admit that these attacks were a hate crime against the LGBTQ+ community at Algonquin College; if the establishment will turn a blind eye to hate on campus, we will not. We call on all LGBTQ+ folks, and straight allies to come together next Friday, February 14 (Valentine’s Day 2014) at 14:00 in the second floor of the Student Commons for a rally against the hate attacks on the QSA. Let’s show the perpetrator that Algonquin students are watching. Let’s show strength in the face of cowardice. Let’s show solidarity with our queer comrades. And most of all, let’s make this a day to celebrate all forms of love, straight and queer.
“At the risk of seeming ridiculous, let me say that the true revolutionary is guided by a great feeling of love. It is impossible to think of a genuine revolutionary lacking this quality.” – Che Guevara