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July 31, 2010 cassidyke

Ok, this blog is not very active but since the idea was to visibilize some feminist stuff we do in France or in Lille, let’s start with the “reclaim the night” march which took place last 29th of may.

Well, actually it wasn’t really a “Reclaim the night”, I’m roughly translating, it was “MANIF DE NUIT FEMINISTE NON-MIXTE FEMMES, LESBIENNES, GOUINES, BISEXUELLES, ASEXUELLES, HETEROSEXUELLES, PANSEXUELLES (QUE NOUS SOYONS TRANS OU CISGENRES)“, which would basically translate as “Feminist night demonstration, only for women, lesbians, dykes, bisexual/asexual/heterosexual/pansexual female (whether we’re trans or cis)”

We were quite a number of feminists to organize it and I found it really cool that there was an effort on inclusivity and linking with other oppressions : lesbophobia, transphobia, racism, discrimination against sex workers…

The demonstration took place the 29th of may, around 10pm and we started walking in the Vieux Lille, shooting slogans and with really cool signs. There were numerous macho men who shouted at us but we shouted back and it was quite powerful to see that in group we were not forced to shut up.

Unfortunately we were quickly surrounded by policemen (and one policewoman) who blocked us and prevented us from going further, which was very frustating, particularly as we had to endure the sexist/lesbophobic/transphobic comment of said policemen.

We were forced to “dissolve” the demonstration and to stop it here, but we met back at the LGBT center “J’en Suis J’y Reste” for a great end of evening.

So, well, it was really pretty cool. This was my first demonstration without men and it was pretty great to organize and to participate. Thankfully, we should organize another soon 🙂

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