QTEAM is a radical queer collective that organizes around the intersections of oppressions and strives to consciously unsubscribe from the corporate versions of queerness that devalue our realities. Qteam has been a working group of QPIRG Mcgill and QPIRG Concordia for the past four years. Qteam began in 2007 and was originally an initiative of members of the Anti-Capitalist Ass Pirates. Qteam does queer, anti-racist, anti-oppressive programming and solidarity work with other struggles throughout Montreal and beyond.
The collective organizes free or pay-what-you-can queer community and social events, with a focus on radical queer politics. Programming includes film screenings, lectures by academic and non-academic notable queers, community art events, bookfairs, and fundraisers/ dance parties. Additionally, Qteam has created and distributed poster series, zines, brochures, and flyers. It is also one of the founding groups of the alternative pride event series Pervers/cité. Qteam has organized and participated in actions and pink-blocs against the corporatization and co-option of queer identities, in particular at mainstream pride events and against gay-washing campaigns by the Israeli state and the Canadian military.
Central to Qteam’s organizing is the forging of links between radical queer organizing and other local activist endeavours. This entails working and organizing in solidarity with groups and communities in the city such as migrant justice, anti–police brutality, and Palestine solidarity collectives, building personal relationships in order to engage meaningfully with each other in discussion, and strengthening the concrete links that exist between our struggles.