(Victoria, BC) It was the heatwave of June 28th, 2021. As bestowed by my own sense of adventure, I walked off to visit fellow friend and performer Ms. Monica Miles, only to stop by an interesting sign LGBTQIA+ March Against Poverty 2 PM Centennial Square "Resist to Exist" - I had to go. Stopped off at Ms. Monica Miles, gave that fabulous queen a hug, rehydrated and off down the yellow brick road I went.
Arriving at Centennial Square, a wave of relief rushing over upon seeing the rainbow flag. I approached, excited to be a part of whatever history would be made that day.
The event ended up commemorating the Stonewall Riots, a series of spontaneous demonstrations by members of the queer community in response to a police raid that began in the early morning hours of June 28th, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighbourhood of New York. "Today marked three days of riots when police tried to shut the bar down," explained Cecilia Lucy, event organizer. "That's why there will be a moment of silence during the event. Also, for the recently found graves of the residential school victims."
Protestors also gathered in opposition to the old-growth logging at Fairy Creek about 2000 hectares of old-growth forest. One activist skateboarded to Centennial Plan after the Fairy Creek injunction last March. "I started speaking for the trees and becoming an ally and protestor with indigenous communities," says Otter. "This is the summer of resistance, and great change is occurring." Another activist named TarFuckd does daily updates on the blockades. "Keep fighting for indigenous land sovereignty. Let's come together."
Cecilia came with a message about a rise in the blocking of legislation that protect trans-youth such as the regressive law in Tennessee for gender-neutral bathrooms. "We have to be aware that these things are happening and step up for our trans brothers and sisters around the world." This was Cecilia's first go at organizing an event. "It's a diverse group of people supporting the community in many different ways. Corinne is the facilitator for FTMNOW.COM (https://ftmnow.com)
A Lutheran pastor, Lyndon Sayers, came to show his support to help "build coalitions and dismantle systems of oppression." That was a very powerful message. "Together, I think, things are changing. I know the forces are stacked against us, but just like Stonewall, you never know when the tides can turn. If we build relationships, love can overflow, and we can change the world."
Thank you and get involved.
Dov Adelman is a nonbinary artist originally from Montreal. Working in property management, Dov is a self-made artist, videographer and chronicler of cultures.