DJing the gay bar this Friday. The September edition went so so well. Not surprising that there was a ton of diversity with the mainstream gays than what we get at the academic-centric or arts-centric events we usually do. And I say that with full acknowledgement of privilege, my privilege, that I can navigate those worlds… what it takes to do so.
So, yeah, big hip hop jams and stuff.
Also, October is a busy month for the DJ stuff. I bet people will get sick of me but I hope being tired of my face might encourage others to step up and be a mediocre DJ too.
Call for Facilitators: Intersections of Queer Symposium
A Collaboration between the Alberta Public Interest Research Group, the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services and the Edmonton Pride Festival Society
Arts Based Research Studio, University of Alberta
March 5 & 6, 2014
Deadline for submissions February 5, 2014
None of us are solely gay, straight, lesbian, bisexual, queer or transgender. We all occupy a multitude of social positions in the world, and this complexity informs and transforms our experiences of gender and sexuality. In seeking to build communities, spaces and places for LGBTQ* people, it is these places of intersection, of transformative complexity, that must guide our practices, our explorations and our learning.
With this intention, the Intersections of QueerSymposium is an attempt to create spaces for critical engagement with the complexities of LGBTQ* experiences, bodies, identities and communities. Based on a structural engagement with the intersections of queer identity, our goal is to support a series of workshops, discussions and facilitated spaces that share knowledge and facilitate collaborative learning around issues of race, class, ability, gender, mental health, spirituality, ethnicity, indigeneity, and citizenship in relation to queerness.
We are actively seeking individuals who are interested in facilitating sessions around these intersections of LGBTQ*. Importantly, we encourage creative approaches to learning and connecting including popular education models, arts-based practices (dance, theatre, visual arts, spoken word, and poetry) and facilitated discussions that value the experiences and knowledges of all participants. Honouraria will be provided to session facilitators.
Possible areas of engagement for workshops:
How do we build communities that create spaces for the complexity of each of our experiences beyond simply LGBTQ*?
Who are marginalized within dominant LGBTQ* communities and conversations and what are the implications of these exclusions?
What would LGBTQ* organizing and activism look like if it was to move towards a meaningful engagement with intersections?
What dominant forms of oppression operate within LGBTQ* communities? How might we go about recognizing them in meaningful and active ways?
What is the role of creativity, joy, play and desire in intersectional, complex LGBTQ* communities?
What are useful tools and practices for exposing, examining and changing inequalities within LGBTQ* communities?
If you are interested in facilitating a workshop/discussion/space during this two-day symposium (Workshops will be held March 5th – 6th, 2:30 - 8:30pm) please contact daley (outreach coordinator at APIRG) at firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
Name and contact information (email & phone)
Type of workshop/space/discussion you are wanting to facilitate
How your workshop relates to the topic of intersections of LGBTQ and the goals of the Intersections of Queer Symposium [Approximately 150 – 200 words]
Any support/resources/supplies you will need
The length of your workshop/space
Any accessibility needs/wants that you have
Please indicate your availability during March 5th and March 6th
Please be in contact by February 5, 2014.
Any further questions or concerns feel free to contact daley at 780-492-0614.
APIRG is located on Indigenous Territories and explicitly acknowledges that as we work towards identifying, challenging, and addressing intersections of oppression, it is critical to confront the ongoing practices of colonization of indigenous peoples and the land on which we live.
Not only did they speak about the importance of the event and a few of its goals, but Anna also mentioned that the fest is still looking for the following: ASL interpreters to donate their time and skills; vendors to sell either their goods or services; financial donations/support; and folks who are interested in running booths, workshops or skill shares. You can check out the Facebook event(s) for more details and contact info :)
So I’m DJing the gay bar. Mainstream, right downtown. With shirtless dude servers.
The gay bar where girls pop their collars and Lady GaGa never stops.
The gay bar where you felt so fucking brown. The gay bar where you felt so fucking fat and brown.
The gay bar: the reason you said “fuck the gay bar” and thew your own parties and taught yourself to be a somewhat believable DJ.
That was something like 4 years ago and Edmonton has changed. So many friends have moved away and carrying 100lb speakers back and forth is just not that appealing anymore. That’s something we needed to do at the time, that I needed to do.
And it sounds like I’m making excuses. And maybe I am. All I know is that a new generation is excited to do their own thing and have access to a whole bar and want me to be involved. So who am I to say No? If this is the future or well, the present, why would I be unsupportive?
But seriously, that sound system won’t know what hit it.