Look out Straight Bars: GQB is coming for you!
After similar events in Boston, Washington, and other cities, it will be Montréal’s turn to experience the mayhem of QGB on Sept. 22nd. No, we’re not talking about a tropical disease, but rather the DIY homo phenomenon of Queer Guerilla Bar, a US-based movement for LGBT people who are frustrated with the divisions between gay and straight night spots in their cities, and want to break out!
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Compared to the American experience, the story of the movement is slightly different for the Montréal faction, led by two anglo Canadians, Erika Jahn and Tyrone Smith, founders of the queer news blog The Gaily. The local reality here required a somewhat different approach. For them, the activist side of the equation is somewhat secondary to the party component, and above all, the notion of getting outside the Village.
GQB is not to be confused with the anonymous American feminist collective Guerilla Girls, famous for their gorilla-masked interventions in museums and art galleries. Rather, GQB is a group of “non-heterosexuals” as Montreal Gazette writer Mike Boone calls them, who band together to invade a straight bar without warning, and take it over by storm.
The New Queer Order
First of all, you can see how this kind of approach overturns the established order of segregating the world into “gays here, straights there.” As they write in their Guerilla Manifesto, it is tiring to be restricted to the same few places for going out. As for the GQB formula, the idea is to actively make a change of scene, mix things up, and make the LGBT more visible by come out together and having a good time.
For those who are interested, the first thing to do is to “Like” their Facebook page in order to get, just in time, the orders from your “guerilla sergeants” for Mission 001. That’s the only way to know the location for their intervention, which is released 24 hrs in advance and not before. One thing is certain, comrades, you’ll want to fall in line at 6pm on Thursday, Sept 22.
For more info: www.gqbmontreal.org