Voices 4, at its core, aims to use the relative privileges we have to uplift and support both local and global LGBTQI+ activism.
Voices 4, based in New York, was created three years ago to form a community-centred response to combat LGBTQI+ inequality, as a direct reaction to the massacres in Chechnya. There has been international inaction with regards to the infringement of the human rights of queer people and the world has failed to respond adequately to this injustice. There are now two further international chapters of Voices 4 – Voices 4 Berlin and Voices 4 London.
Voices 4 London exists to aid protests, to share knowledge and skills amongst other organisations and to create a safe queer family and space for vulnerable people. Whilst helping other direct action groups, we also have our own goals. We want to deliver active education campaigns in order to help the wider world and community to understand and hear the struggles that LGBTQI+ people go through on a far-too-regular basis, to create legitimate, legislative social change, and to contribute effectively to the team of LGBTQI+ activist networks currently active in the UK.
Voices 4 London intends to take part in activism that acknowledges the intersections in queer identity by being safe, inclusive and accessible. True liberation for the queer community can only be achieved when queer people all over the world can freely and safely exist without being in danger or fearing for their lives. As part of the wider community, we have a responsibility for those who are at risk because oppression that affects one part of the community affects all of us. We also aim to elevate the voices of those who are already taking action. Voices 4 London further aims to centre and advocate for LGBTQI+ people who are experiencing mental illness, addiction, unstable living/immigration situations and other welfare-related problems.