I'm not about to start another revolution nor another party brand. I don't have anymore energy in me to try convince people to attend a protest because another lesbian has been murdered (I'll go toi-toi with the willing few) nor do I have any reliable contacts up my sleeve that will help me find a liquor and energy drink sponsor for a celebration where a good number of attendants have no clue what is being celebrated in the first place.
Instead, I'm going to propose something that just has a resonate effect, well hopefully. PINK POWER EFFECT, I have been inspired by the Black Power Movement that was in the U.S.A. The movement managed to achieve a lot though they had a more active aggressive go, but they also had quite a resonate affect which was more underground. We have have organisations that hold it down on the active aggressive fort and they are doing a pretty good job, LulekiSizwe being one that has taken massive strides of late. More power to ya!!!
Back to the Pink Power Effect... It's one thing coming out of the closet. Another being openly gay. And then being openly gay, proud and being aware of what is going on in the queer world locally and globally. Here in South Africa, on paper we have the best deal on the planet, even in reality, for the guys mainly (and I term this "male privilege", a fact I won't deny; I'm fortunate to be a man), especially in Cape Town where hopefully by the end of 2012 we'll still have a pink district: Pink Town a.k.a De Waterkant. If Pink Town goes, the Mayan calender might as well be fulfilled. But yeah we are fortunate guys, my fellow males and females (who are in safe zones). BUT do we realise how blessed we are?
Now, by virtue of being a blogger on this site, I am pretty much aware of things going on in the queer arena, whether it's a party or another brutality against humanity. My worry is, are we all aware of it, from social functions (not only duff duff parties) to hate crimes? I'm perplexed by how much is taken for granted of what we have and how much of what we have is not taken advantage of. Yeah, all of us have issues to deal with in our own lives, but sometimes maybe instead of escaping into a Kelly Rowland dance anthem whilst jugging vodka and Cintron, maybe just take one day in the year and have a sit down with friends... Discuss what's going on, firstly here in South Africa. Hear how many black lesbians have been brutally murdered or raped to cure them of their sexuliaty. Take time to know what our fellows in Latvia, Moscow, Harare and Kampala are going through. Take time to appreciate how fortunate we are to be in a safe zone (and if you aren't in a safe zone make plans baby!!!). Take time to know what's up or let a friend know what the deal is!
That's me on Pink Power Effect.
Much pink love,