Category Archives: Police
This scene, from Ana Kokkinos’s brilliant (1998) film Head On, astutely demonstrates how the drug search has emerged as a key technology for the instatement of white heteromasculinist sovereignty. But before watching, please be warned it’s disturbingly violent and depicts police brutality against vulnerably sexualised, gendered and racialised bodies.
“This room is so white!!!”
From the underpants inspections that NSW police used to conduct to harass cross-dressers and transgender people over the 1950s and 1960s in Sydney, to the NSW police use of sniffer dogs that continues to this day, stripping people bare – down to the bios of bare life – has a long history of use as a strategy of coercion, humiliation and violence, deployed most often against queers, blacks, immigrants and women in bids to assert particular forms of sovereignty and abjection.
To me, Kokkinos’s take on the intersections of nationalism, policing, ethnicity, sexuality and gender in this scene is incredibly incisive. It eloquently demonstrates why the police use of drug and other laws to intimate and harass people they don’t like the look of (with sniffer dogs for example) must be brought to an end now …..and why it requires an urgent counter-response from anyone concerned with the violent operations of racism, homophobia and transphobia in present day Australia
On my recent trip to Chicago, I met the wonderful young scholar and performer Ivan Bujan, who introduced me to @openengagement @pansyguild‘s project ABUNDANCE: Ancestral crops as performance, research and healing.
@pansyguild describes themselves as a group of indigenous and black queers who grow things, based in Chicago, and ABUNDANCE is a seed bomb project spreading the word that queers are abundant, rooted and thriving.
Ivan gave me a seed bomb from the Abundance project and asked me to plant it somewhere significant back home (N.B this involved breaching Australian customs regulations….but for this cause I was quite happy to transgress the law…)
This weekend we had plans to catch up with a bunch friends at St Mark’s Park, which is a beautiful spot just south of Bondi Beach, where our dogs all hung out to do doggy things, play and frolic.
St Mark’s Park is located in the ancestral lands of the Eora people. You can read about the far-reaching and extraordinary indigenous history of this area here
After white invasion and the British colonisation and settlement of Australia, this secluded park on the precipice of a cliff just south of Bondi Beach became a popular spot for men looking to hook up with other men for sex, fun and whatever else. It was one of my favourite spots to cruise over the 1990s and early 2000s, and I had quite a few hot times there myself.
I was unaware that over the 1970s, 80s and 90s, dozens of men were assaulted, beaten, and numerous men have been found dead at the bottom of the cliffs below the park. It has since emerged that these men were the subject of brutal homophobic violence and murders carried out by local youths – murders which were neglected (and in some instances allegedly perpetrated) by officers of the NSW Police force, recent investigations have revealed.
Australia’s Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) produced an excellent and very disturbing documentary on the topic last year, which you can access here to find out more about this horrific and violent history of homophobic violence, official neglect and police corruption.
So, as we headed out to the park this morning, I thought this would be the perfect spot to SEED BOMB with queer abundance. I got my friend Brent Mackie to film the occasion. Check it out lovers! xx
Click here to access the safer dancing guidelines developed by rave researcher Newcombe, way back when….
Click here access our analysis of the G care principles we extracted from our research with the ACON Rovers
My critique of Chemsex discourse: chemsex, a case for gay analysis – where i attempt to reframe the chemsex problem so that it recognises the agency of drug user (image courtesy of local artist Leon Fernandes ❤ )