QTI Coalition of Colour celebrates, represents and amplifies the uniqueness and diversity that our community brings to society by sheer being. It facilitates the expansion of differently queer presences in Cambridge where each meeting is a reminder that inter-cultural exchanges can be based on mutual trust and acceptance, and where each participant brings in a different pathway to imagine queer joy in Cambridge.
It offers a space with the capacity to build political work, a platform for meetings and activities with the objective of building a community in which we talk about our experiences of marginalisation and racialisation, reflect upon oppressive behaviours and imagine individual and collective strategies to make our lives more livable in Cambridge.
We welcome anyone who self-identifies as:
Queer, Trans, Intersex by which we mean:
Queer, Transgender, Transsexual, Intersex, Bisexual, Pansexual, Lesbian, Gay, Gender-Queer, Non-binary, Gender non-conforming, Femme, Butch, Stud, Asexual, Agender, Two-Spirit, Questioning
and Black, Indigenous, Person of Colour, Minority Ethnic:
Members of and/or descended from anywhere in Africa, Asia, SWANA region, Indigenous people of Aotearoa, so-called Australia, the Americas, the Caribbean, Indian Pacific, Sámi lands, and Roma, Sinti (and) Travellers and people of mixed ancestry/origin. **
We resolutely reject deliberate acts of anti-Blackness, misogyny, Islamophobia, and any other violence, however small, that targets a person’s race, ethnicity, gender expressions/identities, sexual identities, faith, cognitive/ability variations, serological status, occupation, age or body shape. We do not tolerate acts which invalidate a person’s humanity.
We recognise that Cambridge is an unequal city in terms of housing, shelter, education, healthcare, distribution of wealth and access to safer spaces. We object to the gentrification in the aftermath of the neoliberal austerity, accumulated wealth from slave-trade, profits of colonialism and exploitation which has made Cambridge the town it is today. As residents, we are concerned when we experience normalised inequality and we aim to raise awareness about these inequalities and address them in our activities.
We work towards recognising dynamics of power and privilege that exist within society and which have historically oppressed our communities. We believe that these same dynamics and tensions exist within our own communities and we are working continuously towards addressing these tensions and creating supportive spaces.
Our aim is to make our spaces safer guided by an ethic of care – where each one of us has a responsibility to take care of the welfare of others, and educating ourselves and each other, developing analysis or reflections about our experiences in the interlocking of activism, art, academia, popular pedagogy and recreation. We try to create spaces where we are not merely just tolerated, or even just accepted, but where our queerness and our ethnic/racial identities are nourished without any self-censorship. Spaces where we are encouraged to be who we are and are otherwise not allowed to be. A place of safety, but also an organisation for expanding that safety into the world.
QTI Coalition of Colour is a tool for creating a future elevated by social and environmental justice. A future where we acknowledge that mechanism of oppression and exploitation of humans and nature must be ceased and resisted.
We understand that building a community centred around growth inherently means both that mistakes will be made and amended, for growth requires risk-taking and some of those will fail. We know that QTI Coalition of Colour serves a purpose within a certain context. And because the Journey is as important as the Destination, we recognise that for changes to be allowed, QTI Coalition of Colour too must change and finally be dismantled for the struggle to be picked up in other forms and other forums.
** This part where we define who is welcome as a member is inspired by a Cutie.BIPOC festival.