imMEDIAte Justice hopes for more cats (and less catcalls) in video series inclusive of WOC

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Street harassment is a daily reality for many women and LGBTQ individuals, however it skyrocketed to the spotlight earlier this year when a video commissioned by group Hollaback claimed to document over a hundred separate instances of street harassment as experienced by a woman as she walked the streets of New York City for ten hours while being recorded by hidden camera. That video sparked a national conversation on street harassment — what it is and why it is damaging — but the video was also criticized for its clumsy treatment of race: the woman in the video appears visibly White while nearly every documented harassment is committed by a man of colour. Hollaback has been accused of subtly reinforcing anti-Black stereotypes through shoddy methodology and selective editing: most of the examples ultimately included in the video were recorded in Harlem. Hollaback responded:

Hollaback! understands that harassment is a broad problem committed by a broad spectrum of individuals across lines of race, location and class. We know from the 8,000 stories we’ve collected on ihollaback.org that there is no single profile for a harasser, and harassment comes in many different forms. We are deeply invested in a movement that is multiracial, gender inclusive and incorporates place-based leadership specific to each locale.

But, to paraphrase Ta-Nehisi Coates, do we really want people of colour rendered by the same hand that failed to see the problematic racial dynamics of the initial video? “Invisibility is bad,” Coates says, “caricature is worse.”

That’s why I fully support this project by imMEDIAte Justice (@imMEDIAteFilms), a WOC-run organization that hopes to specifically empower WOC and LGBTQ individuals to tell our own stories regarding street harassment.

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The Dari Project to share the voices of LGBTQ Korean Americans needs your help

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The Dari Project aims to document and share the life stories of LGBTQ Korean Americans, in an effort to help provide a resource for queer Asian American youth. Launched in 2006, they hope to create a printed resource bilingual resource that will raise awareness about LGBTQ issues and identity in the Asian American community, and help promote cultural acceptance of gay Asian Americans. Here’s the skinny:

Dari Project is a volunteer-led, grassroots organization that develops resources to increase awareness and acceptance in Korean American communities of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people of Korean descent. By documenting and sharing the life stories of LGBTQ Koreans, we seek to build bridges among Korean American families, social  networks, institutions and faith communities.

Since its inception in 2006, the Dari Project leadership has dreamed of publishing the first collection of personal narratives of LGBTQ Koreans as a bilingual resource for LGBTQ Koreans and their friends and families, and we’re so close to making this dream a reality!

We’ve solicited 27 stories from members of our community, which represent multiple experiences, including homo/bi/transphobia in Korean American communities, coming out as an LGBTQ person, building relationships with family, and membership in faith communities.

Thanks to some friends and supporters we’ve been able to get started but we need your help to publish this collection as a bilingual print resource for our community. Your generous contributions will help edit, translate, design, and print our stories this summer.  If we can make our goal of $7000, it will help make this book available for FREE to your friends, families, communities, and people you care about.

Like us and keep up to date with Dari Project on Facebook or our website.

Head over to the Dari Project’s Crowdrise page to help them reach their fundraising goal of $7000, which will go towards funding the following services for the Dari Project:

  • Full Korean and English translation services
  • Editing Korean and English Stories
  • Publication Design
  • Publication Printing
  • Dari Project Marketing

But most importantly, providing your friends, family members and allies with FREE copies of the publication to share.