Queering the City: A LGBTQ+ Perspective on Safety and Mobility

Queering the City: A LGBTQ+ Perspective on Safety and Mobility

A webinar series in 2022 organized by KTH Safeplaces network and RFSL – The Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex Rights

in cooperation with

 

A sustainable city is a safe place, one that allows movement without fear of crime, victimization, or harassment, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity (UN-Habitat, 2019; Swedish Government, 2021). Current dominant approaches to public safety and feminist urban planning have not yet been fully employed to accommodate the safety needs of LGBTQ+ individuals. The involvement of LGBTQ+ communities in public safety conversations to influence planners and decision-makers towards more inclusive public safety is essential to the process of achieving 2030’s sustainable development goals. This seminar series invites you to reflect upon what happens in public places in terms of incidences of discrimination and crime and why planning theory and practices are failing to ensure the safety needs of LGBTQ+ individuals. We delve into the meaning of places of vulnerability and victimization but more importantly, of places that represent an individual’s resistance, activism, and empowerment. We wish to unravel forms of resistance that manifest against structures of power in everyday queer lives in the rural-urban continuum. We hope to create an arena for an interdisciplinary discussion about the safety needs of LGBTQ+ individuals by engaging practitioners and researchers as well as groups representing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex rights.

*Queer is an umbrella term for the LGBTQ+: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning.

 

Hosts

 

 

Prof. Vania Ceccato – KTH Royal Institute of Technology

 

 

 

 

Mikael Jonsson – RFSL – The Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex Rights

 

 

Webinar 1 – Cities and Queer spaces: Learning from the past – 3 March

Webinar 2 – Queer Victimization and Resistance through Intersectional Lens – 12 May

Webinar 3 –  Queer Rights and Safety Planning Perspectives and Practices – 15th September

Webinar 4 – Queering the City: Beyond current planning theory and practice – 17 November

 

Speakers

 

Stina Flink – museum educator, Upplandsmuseet

Stina  works as a museum educator at Upplandsmuseet, the county museum in Uppsala. Focus of interest are ethnology, 19th century and contemporary history, human rights, accessibility, national minorities, and LGBTQ history. She has also been an on- and off bi-activist for 25 years, on both a local and national level.

 

 

 

Alexander Volk – The Most Colorful Guide in Stockholm,  proprietor of Flaming Viking Tours

Alexander is The Most Colorful Guide in Stockholm and the proprietor of Flaming Viking Tours. He specializes in LGBTQ History, Vikings and prostitution tours. He studies Nordic Languages at Stockholm and Uppsala Universities and is a researcher in Onomastics. In 2021, he was a recipient of an Uppsala Toponymy Society grant for his thesis on nicknames and epithets for homosexuals used by the Stockholm Constabulary 1880-1920.

 

 

Signe Bremer Gagnesjö – PhD in ethnology, Researcher in gender studies at the Department of Gender Studies, Lund University

Signe´s background is in ethnographic research on trans experiences of urban spaces and gender-affirming health care. The dissertation “Body Lines” (2011) concerns trans experiences of Swedish gender-affirming health care. Recent research concerns transactivism in the 1960s and how trans people created space for activism within the framework of pornographic press.

 

 

 

Maria Tillquist – Case Worker at RFSL Support Service, part of the The Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex Rights.

Maria has a bachelor in Social Work and a long experience working for RFSL as Case Worker for LGBTQI people who experience violence and abuse. She is specialized in counselling for victims of hate crime, intimate partner violence, honour-related violence and sexual violence.

 

 

*more speakers to be announced soon!

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