The Fully Functional Cabaret is, at its heart, a love letter to trans womanhood. Take a step back, and you will see a familiar story of people seeking healing by shining a light all up in society’s dark places. Come for the camp, glitter, song, dance, shadow puppets, inflatable genitalia, a barbershop quartet, and hilarious good time and stay for the surprise profundity, magic, healing, and human connection we all crave.

You might remember me encouraging you to fund this show via indiegogo or encouraging you to go see this show but even if you did neither you are in luck, because the whole of this wonderful show’s opening night has been recorded and put online so far-away-from-SF peoples like you and I can watch it. And we should. Watch it and share it! I can’t say enough good things about it.

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San Francisco/Bay Area! Come see PrettyQueer managing editor, Red Durkin, in the Fully Functional Cabaret!!

Written by collaborative process of its all-trans woman cast, Fully Functional was divined by taking our unheard, inappropriate, and deeply true stories and slathering them in a glittery coat of raw-hearted wit. We are women, whole and complete, and our lives are long obscured by the hideous apparitions of the medical industry, the mass media, and even some feminists! Fully Functional takes these unfortunate mantles and runs with them, shouting “NO SOB STORIES!” 

Starring: Bryn Kelly, Red Durkin, Ryka Aoki, Shawna Virago, Star Amerasu, and Annie Danger!

$12-$20 sliding, No One Turned Away for Lack of Funds

Made possible by the National Queer Arts Festival, Queer Cultural Center, and SF Arts Commission.


Bertolt and Character Development

Bertolt is a character who has been defined by his lack of will, initiative, and drive. He tends to leave things to others, unless there is no other choice or option for action. In Chapter 77, this has finally begun to change.

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I just finished editing together Issue 10! This issue is some how the longest one yet, with just over 200 pages. I don’t think I ever thought I would get to the point where I’d be publishing a 10th issue of this magazine when I first started making it just over 3 years ago. I’m glad I can still feel so happy with each of the 10 individual Issues I’ve put out so far, and all of the artists who’ve been included in each of them. Finishing this issue was certainly not easy, with all of the different things I’ve been taking on recently, but I’m so glad I was able to get through it and have the chance to work with all the artists who are in it! There are some people in this issue who I’ve wanted to include for years, and I still can’t believe how much incredible work is collected and documented in this one!


Issue 10: GROWTH includes submissions by Lizzie Klein, Meredith Wilson, G.W. Duncanson, Hunter Schafer, Annika White, Elise Rigollet, Clark Jackson, Adam Parker, Ivonna Buenrostro, Camille De Cussac, and Irina Skornyakova. This issue also includes interviews with illustrator Ginette Laplame, Koyama Press founder, Annie Koyama, illustrator and comic writer, Tyler Boss, Danger Collective Records founder, Reed Kanter, and singer songwriter, Emily Yacina. This issue also features the FORGE. Fall Review, documenting several concerts and events taking place in New York during fall 2015.

As you all know Gerard is on tour right now. I wanted to ask if anyone going to any of his shows and planning to stay and meet him after the show, would be willing to do me a huge favor. My 16th birthday was last week and I was supposed to go to one of his shows as a birthday present. I couldn’t go because it was too expensive for me. Anyway, if someone who is going to one of his shows, could be kind enough to ask him to say happy birthday to me. I totally understand that you’re excited to meet him and take pictures and his him sign stuff, but please, it wouldn’t take more than 30 seconds to ask him to say “Happy birthday Annie” and it would mean so much to me. Gerard means so much to me and it kills me that I’m not able to meet him and tell him this myself. So please, if you would be kind enough to ask him to say happy birthday to me, that would be so amazing. Thank you

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Better Off Read: The Literary Work of Trans Women Writers

Tuesday, June 10, 7-10pm
The Invisible Dog Art Center
51 Bergen St, Brooklyn, NY

FREE (optional donation of $5 - supports the Red Umbrella Project Writing Program)
Red Durkin hosts this reading celebrating trans women writers and their work.

Authors who will be reading their work include: Casey Plett, Imogen Binnie, Sybil Lamb, Pauline Park, Ceyenne Doroshow, Rita Rachaels, Emma Caterine, Audrey Zee Whitesides, Bahar Akyurtlu, merritt kopas, Morgan M. Page, Vaughn Cartwright, Annie Danger, Margeaux Benton, Alyssa Harley, Andreia Blue, and many, many more!

**If you are a self-identified trans woman who would like to join the reading, there are still spots available! Email to get added to the roster.**

Presented by:
The Helix Queer Performance Network, The Red Umbrella Project, and Topside Press 

The Helix Queer Performance Network is a collaboration between La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, The Hemispheric Institute of Performance & Politics, and BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, seeking to empower queer performers, unite diverse communities and celebrate the lineage and legacy of queer performance in New York


   When it comes to fear, Annie’s concerns always seem to be a bit
   misplaced. Feeling as though they are a monster themself and their
   general loving nature leads to them trusting and persistently trying to
   befriend monsters or otherwise dangerous beings. Most of this comes 
   from the fact that they have succeeded in befriending monsters and
   easing the violent tendencies of others. When put in emminint danger,
   they will flee and they can most certainly take the hint if a violent
   outburst happens more than once. They will extend their kindness
   when they can, but they are not foolish enough to cling to a dangerous
   creature which has expressed explicit distaste for their company.

   Because their perception is a bit warped, they are not initially scared
   of seemingly terrifying beings but their fear can be won.