QAS is an interactive art-life project by and for queer folks that seeks to provide tools for survival through many apocalypse scenarios. We recognize that some of us are already living in apocalypses due to the violence inflicted against various identity and life circumstances pertaining to: race, gender, class, geographical location, nationality, immigration status, dis/ability, etc. We do not intend to make light of the apocalypses happening in our present moment: the Syrian refugee crisis, the political and aid crisis in Venezuela, the detentions at the U.S.-Mexico Border, individuals targeted by the prison-industrial complex and many more. Nor do we intend to dismiss historical and on-going apocalypses like the extinction of dinosaurs and other species, the genocides of indigenous peoples, pandemics like the Black death and the AIDS crisis, among countless others.
Some tools provided by QAS may be directly useful; some are creatively constructed; some are for developing alternative narratives about how we live our lives; some may provide comic relief if nothing else. Do not forget that queer people are often more well-equipped to face ends of the world than other members of the cis-hetero-patriarchy. Throughout generations and across the world, we have faced colonization, legal prosecution, cultural death, and various forms of mis-/dis-idenitifications. Furthermore, as translators who live between cultures, we are also the targets of a number of apocalypses.
In queer communities near and far, we are all different in unique and dazzling ways. The goal of Q.A.S. is to embrace our many degrees of difference and develop plans of survival specific to your needs by aggregating tools that we develop with already existing resources across virtual and physical worlds. We identify your particular realms of vulnerability in order to develop individualized solutions to implement in your daily life—no matter what apocalypse rests on your shoulders.