Create Space, the project that supports LGBTQIA+ rights activism around the world

AND the place where the famous Stonewall riots started in 1969 and today Stonewall Inn continues to play a key role in the fight against discrimination thanks to SIGBI – The Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative, a non-profit foundation committed to providing educational, strategic and financial support to LGBTQIA+ communities around the world. Now also in Italy

When it comes to the rights of LGBQTIA+ communitywe cannot forget the riots, led by trans women and black and Latina lesbians, that broke out on June 28, 1969 against police brutality in Stonewall Inn from New York. It was the beginning of an unstoppable wave of protests and the first step in the long and very tumultuous process of recognizing the rights of the LGBTQIA+ community.

The Story of Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson, Godmothers of the Stonewall Riots


The Story of Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson, Godmothers of the Stonewall Riots

It was reopened in 2007 by an activist Stacey Lentz who manages it with me Kurt Kellytoday the Stonewall Inn continues to represent an important landmark for the community through the foundation SIGBIwhich together with the brewery Brooklyn Brewery supports LGBTQIA+ struggles around the world with the platform Create space. A platform that has now also arrived in Italy, bringing with it initiatives to support organizations fighting against discrimination.

Create Space, the project that supports LGBTQIA+ activism

A platform of visibility and support for LGBTQIA+ activism in the world, Create Space has over time provided support to organizations that help discriminated and marginalized people, such as My Sista’s housea Memphis-based association that provides emergency shelter and legal assistance to black transgender and gender non-conforming people, or IraQueer, the first Iraqi LGBTQ+ organization and more The Gamut Projecta collective of trans and non-binary people from Hong Kong.

But not only that: Create Space is doing important work to create safer spaces in companies, facilities and public facilities, through a certification program aimed at neutralizing the actions of rainbow wash and provides, in addition to training all staff, ongoing donations to LGBTQIA+ non-profit organizations, internal codes of conduct for LGBTQIA+ respectful behavior, gender-neutral bathrooms, attention to the use of pronouns that respect the identities of all people, the exclusion of homolesmovometatransphobic partners and suppliers and not funding parties that implement anti-community policies. Features that must be recertified every year.

Stacy Lentz and Kurt Kelly
Stacy Lentz and Kurt Kelly

“Because of the little progress that has been made on the long journey towards equality, our community has suffered strong backlash in recent years. – commented Stacey Lentz. – Governments are trying to pass laws to stop the progress of our community. Hate crimes against LGBTQIA+ people are on the rise around the world as some leaders spread hate against our community to win elections and stay in power. Loving who you want to love and being able to express yourself, openly and freely, should not be a political issue or a reason to demonize people. It was very important to be able to help create a space for the queer community on an international scale. Thanks to Create Space we are able to unite in the fight against the common problems we face and those with greater geographical privileges can help those without in places where it is still very difficult and even dangerous to be LGBTQIA+ in 2023. The LGBTQIA+ community The today was born out of what happened at the Stonewall Inn in 1969 and we have a responsibility to continue to fight for equality around the world. We strive to use our platform to help those in need, and Create Space’s project with Brooklyn Brewery is a great example of a company standing up for human rights around the world.”

The initiatives supported by Create Space in Italy

Launched in Italy on October 27 at Berberé Pizzeria, which recently became a partner of Brooklyn Brewery, Create Space sponsored the publication of issue 1 of Clamorosaprint magazine of the newspaper Fallacreated by the Cassero LGBTQIA+ Center activist in Bologna, a historical reality of the Italian LGBTQIA+ movement.

During the meeting, the project entitled (S)definizioni: how to make houses with words was presented.

Opposing a history of erasure, abuse, and replacement by cis and heterosexual society, the journal proposes the construction of a “community initial,” partial and temporary but solid, for the invention of a new conceptual map of language.

For the launch of the Create Space project in Italy on social media and the Create Space platform, the requests of the Cassero LGBTQIA+ Center association are expressed through the words of its president Camila Ranauro.

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