Good Night Out Vancouver just released a zine about nightlife and safety from the perspective of Black, Indigenous and other People of Colour. It’s a big wonderful collection of anecdotes and images, poetry, essays, thoughts, ideas.
Fellow WOOP alumnae Diana Muertos was the curator, and her experiences, both in Turtle Island (North America) and in the Belly of the Beast (UK), resonate a lot with mine – and probably with a lot of yours:
Growing up in the punk scene was kinda magic, there was a lot of unity and looking out for each other. But it wasn’t perfect, it also reflected what mainstream society was like, it still had a lot of sexism and misogyny. And as much “anti-racist” sloganering on everyone’s t-shirts and patches there was, there wasn’t really room to speak about experiencing racism, the nuances and the complexities, never mind space to speak out against it happening.
One of my poems was published on this zine. It’s called “Ottoman”, and it’s a true story about how a drunk dude came to sit with my friends and I and we just trolled him to bits so he wouldn’t harrass us. It’s a bit of a comedy poem, but it could’ve had a bad ending. So this is for all the survivors and victims who cannot party with us anymore once things with the virus get relatively safer. We dance and connect in your honour. If anyone messes with you again, we’ve got your back. ;)
The rest of the zine is amazing too, of course. Stories of survival and recovery, Selena, Moana blessings, hookups, saudade, advice, resonance, skinheads, cyberpunk and creating new worlds.
Safe, love & robots, cheap liquor & tacos, from The What? Gallery to Pxssypalace, and some spaces of softness; Stories from BIPOC nightlife is available on digital and print formats on Good Night Out Vancouver’s website. Prices are sliding scale, and full profits go to Vancouver Black Therapy and Advocacy Foundation and Western Aboriginal Harm Reduction Society.
Good Night Out is the safer nightlife campaign par excellence. They offer trainings on advocacy, inclusivity and accountability in entertainment spaces for licensed premises, students’ unions, event organisers, festivals and other people in and out of the industry. They have different chapters around the world, and if they don’t have one near your area, you could train and open a new one like the folks in Vancouver did.