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This month, we’re handing the Byte Me reigns over to Grlzwave for a takeover! Enjoy (:

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Grlzwave is a feminist multimedia belvedere from Georgia, created by three friends: Atina, Sopho, and me, Tekla (I’m TNW’s former video ambassador — you might bethink me from my Big Spam takeover on 90’s Georgian music). We fight adjoin stereotypes, dogmas, and inequality.

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Grlzwave is all about getting young people to aspire to civic change so they can live in a world free of stereotypes. We’re mostly active on Facebook and Instagram, where we create and share videos, historical photo series, illustrations, graffiti, and other projects, most of which are in Georgian.

Our mission is to brainwash people on social issues, sexuality, homophobia and transphobia, mental health, and sexism by creating a safe space abnormally for young women and queer individuals.

This month, we’re ablution a attack that aims to push the government to create a apartment for queer individuals, as there currently aren’t any in Georgia. The communicable really apparent the urgent need for shelters; many associates of the LGBTQ association are homeless, as they’re often alone by their families and kicked out.

For International Day Adjoin Homophobia, Transphobia, & Biphobia (IDAHOT) we filmed a video profiling a same-sex couple called “Love is Love.” Surprisingly most comments were positive, but there were a few calumniating ones as well, which were deleted.

We expect calumniating comments because generally, Georgia is quite a homophobic country. The first clearly accustomed anti-homophobic demonstration held in Georgia in 2013 was abounding by bags of anti-gay protestors, who were accustomed to break through a police cordon and berserk chase, beat, and throw stones at LGBTQ activists. In 2014, the Georgian Orthodox Church appear May 17th was clearly the Day of Family Sanctity — to accompany with and undermine IDAHOT.

In 2019, the first Georgian queer film  came out, pun intended. Levan Akin’s film portrays a love story amid two men in Georgia’s civic dance ensemble. It was a appointee for a Queer Palm Award, and also won several awards at European film festivals. But it also sparked agitated homophobic protests when it premiered in Georgia. During the three days of screenings, halls were full and aegis at the cinema was tight.

You apparently accepted a fun newsletter adulatory pride today, but it’s not all rainbows in Georgia. However, there’s hope — the nightlife and techno scene is acting as a safe space for the LGBTQ community. We accept in the coming years we’ll also be able to bless Pride more openly, and with the help of Grlzwave, change the civic way of cerebration and increase accepting of queer individuals.

Read on for the bloody news, co-curated by Grlzwave and Byte Me!

the bloody news

  • Success, the only queer bar in Georgia and a safe space for LGBTQ individuals, is on the verge of bankruptcy. There’s a GoFundMe live right now that’s trying to save it — you can help by donating and administration here!
  • Why laws can’t assure this woman from her agenda stalker
  • The newly-appointed Black in Fashion board will authorize an adequation index score for companies across the industry. (Vogue)
  • Pink News: A trans woman set herself on fire in Georgia’s basic in April to beef the country’s abominable apathy during coronavirus.
  • Cosmopolitan published a “no BS” guide to the Gender Recognition Act reforms in the UK.
  • Raven Smith wrote about J.K. Rowling’s transphobic tweets and the abrasion of the franchise for Vogue.
  • Vogue interviewed queer Georgian artist David Aphakidze on using Tarot to admire the bright characters of Tbilisi’s Fashion Scene.

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  • Announced last month: Samira Nasr is the first woman of color to run Harper’s Bazaar. (The Cut)
  • After waving a bubble flag, Sarah Hegazi was answerable with “inciting debauchery,” jailed, and tortured. She has since taken her own life. (The New York Times)
  • i-D interviewed Levan Gelbakhiani, the Georgian star of “2020’s most arguable queer film,” 
  • The Public Defender of Georgia issued a General Proposal on Trans Persons’ Health, application them rights. You can read about it in WISG here, and watch Grlzwaves’ video on this topic (in Georgian).
  • Our very own Rachel Kaser wrote about sexual predators on Twitch, and why, like in the case of Harvey Weinstein, “we all knew.”
  • It was afresh the 4 year ceremony of Horoom nights, a queer party series held in the better techno club of Georgia, Bassiani. It was more of an online celebration, for accessible reasons.
  • Our very own Tristan Greene took over today’s Big Spam to talk about his acquaintance coming out online, and how tech is allowance the LGBTQ community.
  • Spotify’s Pride Classics playlist is as good as it sounds.

that’s what she said

Georgina: Grlzwave is a artistic belvedere to get young people to be more advanced and self-accepting — do you think this is the better issue when it comes to allyship? That people aren’t advanced enough, or compassionate enough, or is it a lack of knowledge?

Grlzwave: Well it’s a bit of both. There is absolutely a lack of knowledge, which we try to face by creating educational agreeable in relatable and easy-to-understand language. On the other hand, affinity is a botheration because LGBTQ associates are also “othered” by society, and many stay in the closet their whole lives. Lack of affinity and broad-mindedness comes from a lack of knowledge. We accept that ability is the power to change the world for the better.

Georgina: And how do you admeasurement the success of Grlzwave? Is it about starting conversations, or alteration policy?

Grlzwave: For us the most important thing is assurance and comments/messages that come from our audience. We often get admiring messages, which is the better action for us to do better and grow. Other than this, starting conversations about issues and absorption from other organizations to coact with us are also ways to admeasurement our performance.

Georgina: So based on this, what are some things people who want to be an ally to the association should start doing now? And where do beeline people most often get it wrong?

Grlzwave: That’s a hard one. There is no apprenticeship manual on how to be an ally, but we think the best way is for people to brainwash themselves around the topic, and ask a queer person in your ambiance for advice. Every association in altered environments face a altered set of issues in their accustomed lives — it’s very important to start advocating for LGBTQ rights alfresco of your own “bubble.” Start a chat with people who are on the verge of being homophobic.

One thing that beeline allies often get wrong is that they talk about LGBTQ issues from their angle on behalf of people from the community. For accepting and visibility, it’s very important to create a belvedere for associates of the association to share their adventures themselves.

the best and the worst

This week, Grlzwave shared their advice with us on how to make a change in your community!

The best?

“You can be an NGO and find a abnormal method to create a civic change. You have to speak the accent of the audience, not too formal with a baptize of humor.”The worst?
“Don’t work on the issues that cause assailment from society. Don’t acknowledgment feminism or LGBTQ community, or you will lose followers.”

tweets of the month

word of the month: shemomedjama

Next up:

You know that activity when you open a pack of accolade and end up eating the whole batch in one go? That’s what Georgians call “shemomedjama.” Pronounced as 

Literally it means: “I accidentally ate the whole thing.” But, according to Tekla, the word can be used in other ways, too. You can “shemomedjama” anything that wants to bring you down, anyone who tries to ascendancy you.

You want to eat that whole bag of chips? (Or a khachapuri, its Georgian version, a huge loaf of bread filled with cheese with butter and eggs on top) Your body, your choice. Shemomedjama that accomplice who says you really need to lose five pounds. Shemomedjama that cute bikini that doesn’t come in sizes over XS.

You want to hold hands with your adherent in public? Shemomedjama anybody giving you the stink eye, acting like you don’t belong there. Shemomedjama your country’s laws that treat you abnormally than other people.

You want to become the first woman on the Moon? — yes, men have been going there for over 50 years and we have yet to put the first woman there — shemomedjama agents who claim math isn’t for girls. Shemomedjama men who accept women are too affecting to become astronauts.

Shemomedjama all-male panels at conferences. Shemomedjama not giving out free tampons in US prisons. Shemomedjama bigots, misogynists, and racists. Shemomedjama hate. Shemomedjama the patriarchy.

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