Saturday, 31 January 2015

Against Equality - Visit

In late February, early March Ryan Conrad from Against Equality will be visiting the country. Currently events are planned in Auckland, Wellington and Dunedin. Details of events are on Aotearoa Indymedia. If you would like him to visit your town, send us an email and we will see what can be arranged.

Against Equality
Against Equality (AE) is an online archive, publishing, and arts collective focused on critiquing mainstream gay and lesbian politics. AE are "committed to dislodging the centrality of equality rhetoric and challenging the demand for inclusion in the institution of marriage, the US military, and the prison industrial complex via hate crimes legislation."

In March 2014 many of the resources and pamphlets were put together into one book - Against Equality. Ryan has described it as "the culmination of many years of collective work that challenges the celebratory discourse around gay marriage, gays in the military, and LGBTQ inclusive hate crime legislation within broader queer and trans communities." He says that, "AE’s work has played a critical role in opening up space to question the logic of equality and inclusion that has recently become more common in the mainstream press, academic publishing, and activist rhetoric."

Read a chapter from Against Equality: Queer Critiques of Gay Marriage.

Read the introduction to Against Equality.

Ryan Conrad
Ryan Conrad describes himself as an outlaw artist, terrorist academic, and petty thief from a mill town in central Maine, USA. Along with Yasmin Nair, he is a co-founder of the Against Equality archives and continues his involvement in the project as a member of the editorial collective. His work as a visual and performing artist has exhibited internationally in Europe, Asia, and across the United States and Canada. He continues to write for both academic and non-academic presses as well as present his written and visual work at academic and activist conferences. All his work is archived on along with his record of work as a community activist and organizer. Conrad is currently a Sexuality Studies PhD candidate at Concordia University in Montréal and holds an MFA from the Maine College of Art.


Monday, 26 January 2015

AARGH! Issue 3 online

Issue 3 of the Aotearoa Anarchist Review (for Good Housekeeping) is available online here.