Growing up, we learn at school that history begins when people started writing, archiving, saving their experiences. Unfortunately, when it comes to the LGBTQIA+ community, people have been censored and archives have been carefully destroyed in a puritan effort to marginalize queer people and their experiences that persists until today.
How can we use queer collective memory as political action and reclaim our power as a community? How can we share our stories, be visible and present, to counter the violence of homophobia, transphobia and bigotry?
During the 2023 edition of Listen festival, I was invited to moderate an afternoon dedicated to Queer Archives, featuring keynotes and discussions with Mia Melvaer, Adam Zmith and Amelia Abraham.