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Toward a Queer Ecofeminist Perspective: Queering Environmental Justice and Greening Queer Rights

The relationship between EJ and Queer Rights
by Kiyan Williams on 9 June 2011

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Transcript of Toward a Queer Ecofeminist Perspective: Queering Environmental Justice and Greening Queer Rights

This queer ecofeminist perspective seeks to highlight the relationships between the devaluation of nature and the devaluation of women, lgbt people, and racial minorities. Demanded support for homeless
lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth-many of them black and latina/o... Are Environmental Justice and
Queer Activism Related? What is Environmental Justice? The facts are that: Low-income communities... with predominately latina/o and black residents... Are disproportionately filled with dumpsites... and disproportionately suffer from asthma, diabetes, and cancer as a result of environmental pollution Environmental Justice seeks
to redress these disparities Through activism by members of low-income communities of color Environmental Justice is a grass roots movement... that is based on inclusive politics-that means the movment understands the relationships between environmental, racial, and economic disparaties ... and calls for community members to be involved in policies that affect their neighborhoods... What are queer rights? In the 1970's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in New York City started grass roots movements for equal rights. They protested for
economic justice... Let's hear from Robert Bullard, prominent scholar/activist in the environmental justice movement And advocated for social,
economic, and political justice
for lgbt people, ethnic/racial
minorities, women, students,
and other marginalized groups... Not too far from Stanford, residents in East Palo Alto have been resisting the pollution of their community. In 2007 activist in EPA successfully shut down a hazardous waste dump site. In 1969 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender New Yorkers resisted police harassment in what is known as the Stonewall Riots. Sylvia Riviera (pictured left) is considered the queen "who threw the first heel." Queer Rights are founded on inclusive politics-they include issues that involve race, sexuality, gender, and class... are organized on a grass roots level... and calls for lgbt people to develop solutions
for issues that affect the lgbt community. Now back to our main question... inclusive politics grassroots organizations legal and social reform Queer
Rights Environmental Justice Let's think more about this... In Environmental Justice "the environment is everything: where we live, work, play, go to school, as well as the physical and natural world." -Robert Bullard Writer Cherríe Moraga expands on Bullard's definition, "But land is more than the rocks and trees, the animal and plant life...land is also the factories where we work, the water our children drink, and the housing project where we live. For women, lesbians, and gay men, land is that physical mass called our bodies." EPA is a predomately latina/o and black neighborhood 1) A Fierce Green Fire. "Robert Bullard - The Genesis of Environmental Justice." 14 April 2011. Online video clip. YouTube. http://www. youtube.com/watch?v=EL1FTRNPU08 Works Cited 2) "Environmental Health." Urban Habitat. Web. 02 June 2009 3) Cole, Luke W., and Sheila R. Foster. "Transformative Politics." From the Ground Up: Environmental Racism and the Rise of the Environmental Justice Movement. New York: New York UP, 2001. 159-60. Print. 4) Wickman, Jan. "Activism informed and inspired by queer theory." Queer Activism: What Might That Be?. Trikster. Nordic Queer Journal. Web. <http://trikster.net/4/wickman/print.html>. 5) "Environmental Justice: An Interview with Robert Bullard." Interview by Errol Schweizer. 2 July 1999. Web. <http://www.ejnet.org/ej/bullard.html>. 6) Moraga, Cherríe. The Last Generation: Prose and Poetry. Boston, MA: South End, 1993. Print. 173 Images in Presentation 1) YUCA Photo Gallery. "Caption 18". http://www.youthunited.net/galleries/yuca/index.html 2) YUCA Photo Gallery. "Caption 6". http://www.youthunited.net/galleries
/yuca/index.html 3) YUCA Photo Gallery. "Caption 2". http://www.youthunited.net/galleries
/yuca/index.html 4) Davies, Diana. Gay Rights Demonstration, Albany, New York, 1971 [41]. 1971. Photograph. NYPL, New York. 5) Wendel, Richard. Sylvia Rivera of STAR (Street Transvestites Action Revolutionaries) at Bellevue Hospital Demonstration. 1970. Photograph. NYPL, New York. 6) Davies, Diana. Protestor at Weinstein Hall Demonstration for the Rights of Gay People on Campus. 1970. Photograph. NYPL, New York.
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