As of next Monday, the Radical Queer Week will start with a projection of the movie Children 404 at the Concordia’s campus downtown. The documentary presents people fighting for the LGBTQ youth in Putin’s Russia and directors Askold Kurov & Pavel Loparev will be present for a discussion after the screening. I think it would be a good opportunity to contextualise our discussion of week 6 on the heteronormativity of the streets or as an additional perspective on Gil Valentine’s approach.
The event is co-presented Queer Concordia, The Simone de Beauvoir Institute and the Concordia Documentary Centre. The venue is wheelchair accessible. Donation based.
In 2013, Russian President Vladimir Putin passed a bill forbidding the “promotion of nontraditional sexual relations to minors.” LGBT youth, now defenseless against insults and intimidation under this “gay propaganda” law, are considered sick, sinful and abnormal. Psychologists, teachers and even parents can be fined or imprisoned for supporting them. Forty-five Russian teens and tweens share their stories through anonymous interviews and video diaries. They detail their humiliations and discriminations, as well as their courageous stands against bullies. Their testimonies are collected online as the Children 404 project, named after the common “error 404 – page not found” web message. The support group’s founder struggles within the system to bring public attention and empathy to the victims of this government-endorsed hate, while activist Pasha decides he must leave his homeland altogether if he hopes to find a boyfriend and lead a normal life. Has a new Stone Age arrived in Russia?
More info on the Radical Queer Semaine? http://radicalqueersemaine.com/category/archives/2013/safer-space-policy