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  1. The Pop-Up Museum of Queer History Announces Pop-Up Bloomington

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    For Immediate Release: The Pop-Up Museum of Queer History Announces Pop-Up Bloomington
    12 – 5pm, October 17th – 23rd
    Bloomington, Indiana

    http://www.queermuseum.com/home/nextpopup/

    The Pop-Up Museum of Queer History is excited to announce Pop-Up Bloomington, a co-sponsored event between the Pop-Up Museum of Queer History, Indiana University’s GLBT Student Support Services Office, and the Kinsey Institute. The show will include works by over a dozen artists, on topics ranging from wimmin’s separatist land to the life of Billy Strayhorn.

    This exhibition is part of a larger Indiana University exploration of queer history through a number of different mediums, centered around the first collegiate production of Aaron Loeb’s play Abraham Lincoln’s Big, Gay Dance Party. ALBGDP will be a jumping off point into social, academic, artistic and political discourses that surround queer American history. Other events include an academic panel on doing queer history, artist talks, and a dance party. A full schedule of events is included at the end of this press release.

    Dr. Rachel Mattson, a board member of the Pop-Up Museum, will also be offering her workshop “Teaching Queer Histories: A Workshop for K-12 Educators.” If you are interested in attending, please email her atrachmattsom@gmail.com.

    The Pop-Up Museum will be open daily from noon to 5:00pm, October 17th – 23rd at:

    GLBT Student Support Services Office
    Indiana University
    705 E. 7th Street
    Bloomington, IN 47408-3809

    For more information about the show, please contact: biggayabe@gmail.com.

    For more information about the Pop-Up Museum of Queer History, please contact: info@queermuseum.com.

    List of exhibit makers: Sarah Jenny Bleviss, Samantha Box, Rodney Evans, Ariel Federow, Brian Ferrari, Avram Finkelstein, Alexis Handwerker/The Hear Me Roar Project, Amber Hollibaugh, Kate Huh, I’m From Driftwood, Jonathan Ned Katz, The Lesbian Herstory Archives, Emily North, Tavia Nyong’o, The Old Lesbian Oral History Project, Kate Redburn, Sarah G. Sharp, Michelle Temple


    A WEEKEND FULL OF QUEER HISTORY

    The creative team of Abraham Lincoln’s Big, Gay Dance Party is excited to announce the following events in Bloomington, Indiana this October:

    Friday, October 21

    4.30p Academic panel titled “Queer History in ‘Real America’; Subjugated Knowledges in 21st Century Education” (John Waldron Auditorium)
5.30p Artist’s talk by Len Prince and a gallery opening immediately following (Kinsey Institute)
8.00p ALBGDP opens (John Waldron Auditorium)

    Saturday, October 22

    12-1.30p Forum Theatre Session (Rachael’s Cafe)
2-6.00p Rachel Mattson presents: “Teaching Queer Histories: A Workshop for K-12 Educators” (IU’s campus – e-mail rallivin@indiana.edu to reserve a spot)
8.00p ALBGDP (John Waldron Auditorium)
11.00p A Big, Gay Dance Party (Rachael’s Cafe)

    Sunday, October 23

    11.00a Talkback with Cast and Creative Team (Kirkwood)
2.00p ALBGDP (John Waldron Auditorium)

    October 17-23

    Everyday Noon-5.00p The Pop-Up Museum of Queer History featuring art exhibits from around the nation, the Kinsey Institute, artists from Indiana, a timeline of local queer history and other pieces (IU GLBT Center)

    Looking for more information? Shoot a message to biggayabe@gmail.com, like us on facebook, follow us on twitter and hit our page up on tumblr.

    Looking for somewhere to stay for the weekend? Check out VisitBloomington for deals.

  2. In Memoriam to be featured at Vent Festival 2011

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    In Memoriam, a mixed media quilt honoring and remembering the lives of sex workers murdered around the globe, will be featured at the 2011 Vent Festival in Brooklyn, New York. The piece was created in collaboration with artist Michelle Temple who is also based in Brooklyn, New York. In Memoriam was recently shown a the Pop-up Museum of Queer History at the Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation in New York, New York and will be shown at a gallery in Indiana later this fall.

    Brooklyn’s own performance festival! Prepare to Rant, Vent, eat, drink, learn and think. September 24 & 25th at the Gowanus Studio Space. For more information, please visit: http://www.ventfestival.com/

    VENT 2011 Press Release

    VENT 2011: Performance Festival

    Saturday September 24th – Sunday September 25th

    Gowanus Studio Space, 166 7th Street, Brooklyn, NY

    $FREE (*except for the workshop, which has a nominal $3 entrance fee)

    See www.ventfestival.com/calendar for exact schedule

    Press Contact: Maya Suess / 347.401.4101 / ventatsoapbox@gmail.com

    New Brooklyn Performance Art Festival at The Gowanus Studio Space

    The second annual VENT Festival features artists exploring personal and cultural histories through performative gesture, story telling and food.

    Participating artists:

    Damali Abrams

    Danielle Abrams

    Rob Andrews

    Nurit Bar-Shai

    Sarah Jenny Blevis & Michelle Temple

    Atom Cianfarani

    Aisha Cousins

    Damien D’luxe

    Jason Gasper

    Coral Short

    Rant Van

     

  3. August 6, 2011 – Opening Reception for the The Pop-Up Museum of Queer History

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    Michelle Temple and I have a piece in the show entitled In Memoriam. Please join us!

    The Pop-Up Museum of Queer History is here (and queer)!

    Please celebrate with us!

    Opening Reception
    6:30 – 9:30pm on Saturday, August 6th, 2011
    The Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation (26 Wooster Street, New York, NY)
    http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=178656272199648

    See more than twenty exhibits designed by more than forty artists, academics, and activists, on subjects ranging from wimmin’s separatist land, to Argentina’s same-sex marriage debate, to late 1800s responses to transgender identity. The show will be open Tuesdays – Saturday, 12-6pm. For more information on the exhibits and events, please visit www.queermuseum.org.

    And after the reception, please come to our “gay cave rave” after party, hosted by the fabulous downtown queer party, Judy!

    GAY CAVE RAVE: Judy at “the Hose”
    Saturday August 6th 10-4
    225 Avenue B – 2nd floor (btwn 13th/14th)
    Free B4 11, $5 after

    Pop-Up Soho is co-sponsored by the Center for Lesbian And Gay Studies at CUNY University, and has financial sponsorship through MIX NYC. It could not have been made possible without the time, money, and creativity of dozens of generous individuals. Please join us in celebrating all their hard work.

    Exhibit Makers: Heather Acs, Ivette Ale, Elvis Bakaitis, Stephen Barker, Al Benkin, Jason Bishop, Campbell X, Sarah Jenny Bleviss, Samantha Box and Alexis Handwerker/The Hear Me ROAR! Project, Anna Campbell, Danny Coeyman, Davina Cohen, Vaginal Davis, Rodney Evans, Daniel Farr, Ariel “Speedwagon” Federow, Brian Ferrari, Avram Finkelstein, Dan Fishback, Robert Giard,Crystal Gonzalez, Lauren Gutterman, Tobi Haberstroh, Jesse Harold, Morgan Hart, Kate Huh, I’m From Driftwood, Jonathan Ned Katz, Lauren Lehman, daniel lang/levitsky, Lesbian Herstory Archives, Kestryl Lowrey, Rachel Mattson, Tim McMath, Jeremy “Dingles” Mikush, Christopher Mitchell, Paul Moreno, Henry Narvaez, Emily North, Tavia Nyong’o, Old Lesbians Organizing for Change, Marissa Paternoster, Mariette Pathy-Allen, Daniel Pillis, Tara Polansky, Sunita Prasad, Kate Redburn, LJ Roberts, Eric-Michael Rodriguez, Daniel Sander, Carmine Santaniello, Nogga Schwartz, Sarah G. Sharp, Michelle Temple, Bernadette Torres, Boris Torres, Daniel Vilchis, Hugo Vilchis, Luis Vilchis, Lydia Warren, Sasha Wortzel

  4. Second Annual Sex Worker Cabaret

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    Join us for the Second Annual Sex Worker Cabaret on Sunday, June 12, 2011!

    Sex workers take the stage to tell their diverse stories through performance, narrative, puppetry, burlesque, comedy and more. This event starts with a curated selection of video works about sex work around the globe, and then features an all-star lineup of eleven performers.

    Producers Sarah Jenny and Damien Luxe are proud to present this Sunday evening cabaret showcasing some of the most vibrant creative talent in the sex worker community. The cabaret is in homage to Annie Oakley’s Sex Workers Art Show (1997-2009) and takes place during LGBTQ Pride month, a time to reflect on the importance of community. Come listen to tales of self-determination, and bear witness to survival and celebration as sex workers eloquently — and at times raunchily — speak their truths.

    With MCs Sarah Jenny and Damien Luxe and DJ Sirlinda!

    WHEN: Sunday, June 12, 2011
    TIME: DOORS @ 7:30PM, VIDEOS @ 8PM SHOW @ 8:30PM
    TICKETS: $12 in adv. or $15 at the door (Click here to purchase tickets online.)
    WHERE: Public Assembly, 70 N. 6th St., Brooklyn, NY

    For more information, please visit www.sexworkercabaret.com

  5. Sex Worker Zine Project – Call for Submissions

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    The Sex Worker Zine Project seeks to create a zine showcasing the diversity of sex workers’ experiences of all genders, sexualities, ages, abilities, nationalities, immigration statuses, races, and ethnic backgrounds. International submissions encouraged! This yet to be titled zine will be printed in full cover and will be available for sale with profits supporting the work of SWOP-NYC. All accepted contributors will receive a free copy of the completed zine. This zine is intended to be informal, informational, and accessible.

    How to Contribute

    Are you a current or former sex worker or someone who has experienced trading sex for money, food, housing, drugs, hormones, and/or other survival needs? We want to hear from you! Please submit your work on a sheet of paper 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ (ex. half a sheet of letter size paper) with quarter inch margins, full color (or black and white, high contract) page to our zine project. Please do not fold the paper if possible. Include on a separate page (either attached with a paper clip or leave unattached) your name (does not need to be your legal name), age, email address and/or phone number, and a mailing address should you wish to receive a copy if your page is makes it in the final project. Please state how, if at all, you wish to be credited for your work. (ex. Sparkley Stacey, John Doe, Anonymous in India, etc.) Be creative! Use pens, markers, collage, glitter, what ever way you wish to express yourself! You can use text or images alone or together. You can submit up to five pages but we will probably only be able to print one page per person. Your original materials will not be returned to you.

    Your submission must be postmarked by May 1, 2011.

    Can allies contribute?

    We will consider submissions by allies! If you are an ally, friend, family member, child, parent, or partner of a sex worker, your story and advice is also valuable! Please consider submitting a page to the zine and please note if you are an ally with your submission.

    Submissions by E-Mail

    You can submit your piece by email if you are able (for example, created in PhotoShop or if it is scanned) at 300dpi resolution. Please email to: sarahjenny(at)gmail(dot)com.

    Submissions by Mail

    Mail your submission to:

    Sarah Jenny
    721 Broadway
    4th Floor, ITP
    New York, NY 10003 USA

    Contribute In Person!

    We will be providing supplies to make your own contribution at the International Day for Sex Workers’ Rights Potluck on Tuesday, March 1st in New York City. More information coming soon!

    Prompts & Ideas for Submissions

    • Your techniques for self-care, ex. bubble bath, cooking a good meal, playing with your dog, etc.
    • Techniques for harm reduction, ex. getting tested regularly, tips for screening clients, strategies for staying safe, etc.
    • How To Be An Ally To Sex Workers
    • Tips for Partners of Sex Workers – how to be supportive, how to decide whether or not to come out to a partner, etc.
    • Illustrate your favorite work outfit
    • Illustrate your favorite outfit in general!
    • What does a bad day at work feel like? How do you cope? What would you like to see change?
    • Illustrate and write about what sex work is like in your city, region, or country.
    • Illustrate and write about what you imagine ideal working conditions to be like — ex. decriminalization, health care, etc.
    • Tell us about your sex worker community!
    • Parenting and sex work
    • How to create cross-movement solidarity within social justice movements
    • A list of your favorite support resources, books, magazines, and organizations
    • Anything else you wish to add!

     

  6. Collective Storytelling Assignment

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    What makes you feel powerful or empowered? Then take fifteen minutes to make something either on a computer or by hand (and scan it) — visual or writing or both.

    Kat

    Kat

     

    Jenna

    Jenna

    Najva

    Najva

  7. Panel Discussion on International Solidarity with India’s Sex Workers’ Rights Movement

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    Wednesday, April 13
    5-7pm
    The Brecht Forum, 451 West St. (West Side Highway), betw. Bank and Bethune
    Click here for directions

    Free and open to the public!

    Dr. Smarajit Jana, one of the founders of the DMSC (Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee) in Calcutta, India, and his colleague, a member of DMSC’s organizing committee, are visiting the US in April, and will be speaking at the Brecht Forum on Wednesday, April 13, 5-7pm.

    The DMSC is a collective forum of 65,000 sex workers and serves as a model of labor organizing within the sex worker rights community.  DMSC has been extremely successful in securing support for their work from the communist-led government of the Indian state of West Bengal, making the organization unique in the kinds of allies it has made in the course of doing its work.  However, opportunities for sex workers from the Global South to meet with fellow activists, like-minded scholars and allies in the Global North are few and far between, unlike the opportunities for networking among anti-human-trafficking activists, which abound, due to governmental support for the abolition of prostitution.  This exciting event will bring together sex workers’ and labor rights activists in New York with activists from India in a rich discussion on what’s happening, and what the way forward might be.

    This event is sponsored by: the Sex Workers’ Outreach Project (SWOP)-NYC, The Brecht Forum, South Asia Solidarity Initiative, the Barnard Center for Research on Women, the Department of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and a coalition of sex workers’ rights advocates in New York City.