Well, well, well. As if as an answer to my previous post about the legal basis for raids and where I encouraged you to learn your rights, Ang Ladlad, the LGBT party list organization of Danton Remoto; Rainbow Rights Project, a group of queer lawyers and legal activists; and Radar Pridewear, a line of lesbian apparel, is holding a dialogue entitled "Know Your Rights!" with the lawyers of the Rainbow Rights Project. This will be held at the roofdeck of the FBR Building along Katipunan Avenue in Quezon City this Saturday, May 17 from 1 to 4 in the afternoon. (The FBR Building is in front of the Ateneo and is the one which has a Yellow Cab outlet.)
You’re in a bar and the police come in and announce a raid, what will you do?
On your way home late at night, police patrols stop you and charge you with vagrancy, how will you react?
After the movie house you went to has been suddenly raided, you’re brought to the police station and the cops start asking you for money, what should your response be?
Basing on the event's teaser questions above, the answers are exactly what many of us need to learn in order to best defend ourselves from police harrassment. The problem is, many discreet guys would likely shy away from attending such an "out" event. As I said in my very first post, the Internet is a boon for discreet gay people and the organizers of the event should have taken advantage of the technology to reach out to more discreet guys. They should do a live streaming of the event, open up a chat room to get questions from web surfers, and maybe even record the dialogue and publish it as a podcast or vlog (video log) so that others who missed the event can learn and review at their own pace.
Nevertheless, I think this event is very much worth attending if you have the guts to show up. Hehehe.