Advancing all queer lives through film, education and dialogue

At the 28th Vancouver Queer Film Festival, Out On Screen partnered with Black Lives Matter Vancouver, curating a spotlight of three films that centered the lives and stories of Black queer and trans people.

This spotlight and our continued partnership with BLM-V are important to us because it represents our mission in action: illuminating, celebrating and advancing queer lives through film, education, and dialogue. It also aligns with our organizational values of intersectionality and equitable inclusivity.

Valuing intersectionality means recognizing that each of us embodies rich and complex intersecting identities. It means recognizing that we experience privilege, oppressions and barriers based upon how social systems and institutions value our identities.

Equitable inclusion means working to reduce and remove barriers to full participation, representation, and inclusion of all LGBT2Q+ people in society and the LGBT2Q+ community in particular. Our commitment to intersectional values requires us to recognize that the path to equitable inclusivity is not the same for all queer and trans folks, and so our efforts must necessarily include dismantling additional barriers faced by the QTBIPOC community; including Black queer, Indigenous, Two-Spirit and Trans people, who experience disproportionate violence from institutions, systems, and individuals.

Out On Screen serves our communities beyond the eleven festival days and continue to make informed decisions on when and how to act in solidarity with extended and multifaceted queer, trans, and two-spirit communities. For example, we supported a post-Pulse nightclub shooting fundraiser; wrote a letter of support for students in Richmond seeking an LGBT2Q+ policy in their school district; publicly condemned Trump’s revocation of protections for trans students; and support Vancouver’s Pride Parade as a space for all LGBT2Q+ communities to feel celebrated, heard and visible. We acknowledge that the parade began as a space of activism and affirmation and it is in that spirit that we now also support BLM-V’s call for the removal of uniformed police participation in the Pride Parade.

Our mission at Out On Screen has always been and remains the advancement of all queer community members. We recognize our liberation is bound together.

 

This statement is in regards to this Joint Open Letter to Vancouver Pride Society