Friends of Dorothy Zine (Call for Submissions)

Friends of Dorothy (FOD) calls for submissions for a new radical queer zine focusing on gentrification tentatively titled “Hey Girl Get Out, or Why Housing is a Queer Issue”.  FOD is an autonomous group of radical queers in Columbus, Ohio dedicated to fighting the consequences of global capitalism and imperialism by working in solidarity with low/no income multi-racial communities struggling for collective liberation. Currently we are joining up with Columbus Housing Justice to challenge the ongoing gentrification happening in our city – creating this zine is our first step in providing our community (locally and more broadly) a tangible resource for building our collective Resilience, Resistance, and ability to Re-imagine.

It’s no surprise to us that the assimilationist, consumer-driven mainstream gay community has played and continues to play a large role in the displacement of low-income and working class communities and communities of color – including members of the LGBT community. This is certainly the case here in Columbus as highlighted in the 2003 documentary “Flag Wars”.

We’re currently looking for essays, articles, news, poems, art, stories, and interviews that highlight our major themes for this zine which include: The history of gay-driven gentrification in the U.S., queer struggles for economic / housing justice, community centered alternatives to gentrification, and success stories highlighting queer & multi-racial working class organizing efforts. That said, If you have other ideas for topics, please don’t let this hold you back!!! Ultimately we want to create a zine that uses the issue of gentrification as a means to support the queer community in developing a deeper anti-racist, anti-capitalist, and queer liberationist praxis for economic and housing justice. Our submission deadline is February 28th – the zine is scheduled to be out in by April. Submissions my be sent to organizeCBUS@gmail.com

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2 Responses

  1. That is interesting. It’s something i’ve been giving some thought to – how, in my newly-housed state, am i contributing to the gentrification of my neighborhood (because it being accidental doesn’t affect anything), and where is the middle ground (because i am always going to be interested in improving my house, but hopefully in a less intrusive way). and, of course, everyone wants their neighborhood to be safe, but i have noticed recently that people use the idea of safety as a cover for things they simply don’t like.

  2. I was born in Columbus and lived there off and on most of my life. My grandparents owned a house in German Village on Mohawk a half-block from Schiller Park. It was a modest house with a nice hard and iron rain fence. When I returned to Columbus in the late 1970s and drove by to see that house and German Village, I was shocked by the difference. What had once been a melting pot community was gentrified and the house my grandparents owned very much different. The same happened to Italian Village and the Short North area as grand old Victorians were bought and gentrified, another community changed and the diversity fast disappearing. I had a close-up view of the gentrification because I managed Freshwater House Clinic owned by Carol Manchester and Tess Bonin. I loved the way everything was updated and renewed, but I have to say I wasn’t pleased by what happened to the freewheeling polyglot community that become more and more exclusionist. Granted, to walk through those areas at night before gentrification was dicey, but gentrification is like organized religion, more about excluding people than including people.

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