23/12/2021 | Writer: Selma Koçak
We talked to Yasin from Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University LGBTİQA+ Community Queer AYBU: ’We are coming with many events including 1001 Queer(ed) Tales in which we are going to tell queer tales in company with mulled wine and the rest in the new year.”
“What kind of discrimination or phobia we are exposed to at campus? What are our tools for solidarity against them? What is queer solidarity and what / who does it include, what is the aim of it?”
Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University LGBTİQA+ Community Queer AYBU, organized a Solidarity Practices workshop in order to answer these questions and the rest.
University students also discussed the current situation at their campuses and the future of the community at the workshop organized on December 18, Saturday.
Taking advantage of this activity we talked to Queer AYBU, which started off this year and put a different complexion on Yıldırım Beyazıt University as soon as taking the road, about their activities and the current situation at the campus.
“We discussed ways of adapting/transforming our campuses into environments in harmony with the queer safe spaces policies”
Yasin, from the community, told that Queer Solidarity workshop was an activity in which the current situation at the campus from the point of the queers and the road map for future in respect to solidarity was discussed, following the establishment, organization and enlargement actions and visibility activities. Yasin continued as follows:
“We made a safe space assessment on the basis of current experience sharing of the queers who met together at this activity from the campuses all around the city and unaware of each other. How much the phobia and discrimination levels between blocks containing particular departments and faculties in Esenboğa, the central campus, could change was an interesting result we have obtained from this experience sharing. We discussed ways of adapting/transforming our campuses into environments in harmony with the queer safe space policies and discoursed the practicability and changeability of these methods for queer or non-queer peers, academic staff and the administration.”
1001 Queer(ed) Tales will be along!
Well what will be the next activity of Queer AYBU? Yasin, heralded 1001 Queer(ed) Tales to KaosGL.org, without spoiling the surprise:
“We talked about activity/workshop plans and new activity suggestions which are parts of solidarity practices, at the second session of the workshop. Many of our friends reflected their new activity ideas excitedly. Although we do not want to spoil the surprise 1001 Queer(ed) Tales, on which we cannot stop talking because we are looking forward to making it real, will be accessible to all queers. We are coming with many activities including a kind of night event 1001 Queer(ed) Tales in which we are going to tell the current tales in a queer way or our own queer tales in company with mulled wine and the rest in the new year.