Bash Back, a radical transfolk/queer group, has had two recent actions in Pittsburgh. One involved an evangelical church that promises to cure homosexuality. The other involved our favorite bakery, Peace Love and Little Donuts. You recall a recent favorable review published in Cue Pittsburgh? Here's the response from people who care about these things.
In the May issue of Cue Magazine- a local mainstream GLBT magazine- a favorable article was printed about PLLD and Razete’s business. The author of the magazine apologized profusely when contacted and said he had no idea about the shop’s owner- showing that more visibility is needed. He plans to write a follow-up article that will show more truths about Razette’s character. But for local queers, this was another conniving move by Razette to use queer communities to obtain more capital.
In response, queers revisited his shop in May 2010. His locks were glued and “QUEERS BASH BACK (A)” was painted in large letters covering the front of his shop. Businesses run by queer bashers will continue to be exposed in our city, especially when they use queer communities here to further their capitalist agenda.
Now, I am not in favor of vandalism. I don't think its constructive, but I also think the mainstream community's refusal to explore the underlying anger and engage the participants is equally not constructive. We just go round and round.
The unknown factor at this point is whether Cue Pittsburgh will print the retraction or the promised follow up article. It did not appear in the June issue.
Do the readers of Cue care enough to raise their own ruckus? More to the point, do they care enough to stop buying the damn donuts?
Speaking of caring, I am searching for info on the promised meeting with City Council regarding the gay bashing incidents in Bloomfield. I've been encouraging elected officials to get off Grant Street and meet queer folks out in the community to ensure they have information (and solutions?) from diverse points of view. I'm hoping they respond soon.