‘No hate. No bigotry. Fight white supremacy!’: A case study of Nørrebro Pride and collective organising in the face of ongoing apocalypse

Thomas Burø*, Jannick Friis Christensen*, Bontu Lucie Guschke*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The apocalypse is often imagined to be an event about to happen and to be an act of revelation. Yet, while the apocalypse for some lurks in the future, for others it is lived reality already. In this article, we focus on QTIBIPoC (queer, trans, intersex, Black, indigenous, people of colour) who participated in Nørrebro Pride 2021 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Data from immersive, participatory and non–participatory, ethnographic fieldwork is analysed and situated in the historical context of LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual) organising and Pride in Denmark, as well as the particularities of QTIBIPoC experiences in Denmark. We claim that Nørrebro Pride performs a dual act: it reveals the true nature of what QTIBIPoC must endure and it creates a temporary safe territory for QTIBIPoC to assemble and celebrate as an enduring, proud community. We contribute to research literature on apocalypse and organisation by demonstrating how a solidary community organises in response to a present apocalypse, in contrast to the solitary prepping for the end to come.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEphemera: Theory & Politics in Organization
ISSN1473-2866
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2024

Keywords

  • Apocalypse
  • Pride
  • Collective organising
  • QTBIPoC
  • LGBTQIA+

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