When: Today, March 5th, at 7:30pm (doors open at 7:00pm)
Where: Whole Music Club, Coffman Union, 300 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis
CeCe McDonald was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, where she repeatedly faced discrimination and violence. She moved to Minnesota to (try) to change her life and further her transition. After more than seven years she has completely turned her life around. In June of 2011, CeCe and some friends became involved in a verbal and physical altercation with a group of white, cis/hetero people who used homo/transphobic and racially charged language. This led to a group melee in which one of CeCe’s attackers was killed. She was charged with second-degree murder, which she later pled to second-degree manslaughter in self-defense. CeCe received a prison sentence of 41 months. These events and CeCe’s community activism have brought attention to the ongoing issue of violence and hate crimes against the GLBTQI community, particularly African American (trans) women.
Venessa Fuentes writes, dreams, and believes in poems. She holds an undergraduate degree in Women’s and Gender Studies from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is a SASE/Jerome Award recipient and some of her poems appear in two anthologies dedicated to Latino voices. Venessa is the Assistant Editor for the online journal The Acentos Review, which showcases Latino writing and visual art. In January she began a three-year fellowship created by the Minnesota Council on Foundations and the Bush Foundation that is designed to develop emerging philanthropic leaders of color. Venessa lives in south Minneapolis with her partner, their son, and their dog.
An occasional drag performer and dancer, James DeWitt is also a research assistant at the University of Minnesota in the Program in Human Sexuality. Having recently acquired a Bachelor Degree in Health Arts and Sciences at Goddard College in Montpelier, Vermont, James is spending the winter making zines and comics, nannying for cute babies, and spending time with their dog Gordon. He’s also completing a sex educator certificate program through Planned Parenthood of the Greater Northwest. Sex education is one of their passions, informing the volunteer work they do with Family Tree Clinic in St Paul, Minnesota, RECLAIM LGBT counseling center in Minneapolis, the Gaia Democratic Free School in Minneapolis, and Queer Rock Camp in Olympia, Washington.
Kenneth (aka Ken Ken) Revlon is a performer trained in multiple dance styles. He is also a member of the “Infamous T” group, featured in director Melissa Koch’s documentary film, “The Infamous T”. Kenneth focuses on jazz, hip hop, and contemporary dance, entertaining audiences through creative and intricate movement.
Margot Bassett (Karyn) is a vocalist and performance-maker who recently relocated to Minnesota after five years in Brooklyn, New York. She received her MFA in Contemporary Performance from Naropa University, and has studied at the Juilliard School and the European American Musical Alliance in Paris.
Molly Van Avery
Molly Van Avery (Sharyn) is a queer performance artist, poet, organizer, and arts advocate. Her work has been shown in venues throughout the Twin Cities, including Bedlam Theatre, the Walker Art Center, and Open Eye Figure Theatre. Molly’s creative work is built around the belief that the deeply personal territory of our lives is essential for making evocative, transformational art. She is an Artist Organizer for Springboard for the Arts, Director of Naked Stages at Pillsbury House Theatre, and Instructor with HECUA.
MC - Sol Raz Assanti
Native Minnesotan Sol Raz Assanti is a community organizer and spoken word artist. She works with transgender, straight, and gender nonconforming people discussing race, gender, sexual justice, African spirituality, sexual liberation, and art.
Panel Moderator – Jason Jackson
Jason Jackson serves as the assistant Director for the GLBTA Programs Office at the University of Minnesota. Jason received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota and is currently a graduate student in Higher Education. Jason co-founded Tongues Untied, a program for LGBT People of Color at the U of M, and was formerly active in The Twin Cities Ball Scene & Twin Cities Black Pride. Jason is a recipient of the Breaking the Silence Award and PFund’s Haynes-Hettinga African American Award.
Ummmm, yeah. Kinda new-ish to tumblr.
I’m 26, and don’t usually follow the club crowd, but don’t completely fit in with nerds, jocks, bears…anything like that. I dunno. Is this blog dead?
thecolorsky asked: do you have any recommendations for places in the twin cities that can cut asian hair, and preferably also can do queer/dyke-y hairstyles?
Such a great question! Unfortunately, I only trust 2 places at the moment but it really is hard to find hair stylists that you can trust with Asian hair, nevermind being a queer person who wants a certain type of hairstyle with that hair texture.
(Tip: Look for pictures of hairstyles you like. If you’re getting your hair colored as well, bring in pictures of the color you’re looking for. References will help immensely in being able to communicate to the stylist what you want! Try to find pictures of people with similar hair texture as you. If not, ask the stylist if the style you want will work with your hair, what compromises you can make, or how you can use products to make it look that way. Telling them how low/high-maintenance you are with your hair will help too.)
Unsurprisingly, all these hair stylists are people of color. I’ve first recommended stylists who I’ve gone to and then suggested another from the same salon that I see also being a good fit.
Intelligent Nutrients / Horst And Friends Salon - 983 East Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
Who to go to? Saeri has been cutting/coloring/perming my mom’s hair for a while now. My mom has stick straight, black hair which she’s been styling as a curly, red-tinted pixie cut for years. Saeri also cut/colored my hair when it was that purple bob with straight-across bangs. My mom and I just both love her. She works with Asian hair quite a lot and understands what you want and makes it happen. (Pricing: Her haircuts are $60, 90 minutes.)
I’d also recommend Tracy. I’ve seen him in action and his clients are all super trendy with edgy and alternative haircuts. He seems like a cool guy and a great hairstylist. (Pricing: His haircuts are $60, 60 minutes.)
Head To Toe Salon - 2445 Nicollet Ave S Minneapolis, MN
Who to go to? Mahogany is amaaaaazing. She’s hilarious, super easy to talk to, and knows what she’s doing. She has worked with all kinds of textures and loves to do it. She’s the one responsible for my short hair! And I think she’s got the queer haircuts down. A lot of her other clients have queercuts. (Pricing: Haircuts are $45+, but your first visit is 50% off!)
Unfortunately, I don’t know any of the other stylists at this particular salon so I can’t recommend anyone else. I’ll for sure let you know if I find anyone else in the cities!
Hope this helps! <3
Hey I’m Murph I’m from Minneapolis and I’m a genderfluid lesbian. Hit me up at victim-to-villain.tumblr.com
saturday, december 14th, 9:30pm @ nomad world pub (minneapolis)
cheers QUEERS….it’s time to be merry and gay!! come heat up the dance floor december 14th @ GRRRL SCOUT! girl named jane is back, leading our troops through another night filled with tinsel & tunes. the first 30 people will receive a special holiday treat from the smitten kitten and 3 lucky winners will be chosen for an extra special GRRRL SCOUT surprise courtesy of rodeoh, smitten kitten and suzy tie maker!!!
GRRRL SCOUTS are always prepared!! drink responsibly and ride safe. use your Uber GRRRLSCOUT promo code if you haven’t yet. It expires 12.31.13. travel light if you can but the nomad will be offering a coat check for $3.
no more waiting at the bar, because we have a beer tub folks!! with a selection of delicious PBR, mich golden and strongbow. jeep in mind this is cash only.
the nomad world pub
501 cedar ave, minneapolis, MN 55454
time: 9:30 pm-2 am
cover: $6/ 21+
drink specials: thin mint/girlscout cookie shot
smitten kitten: https://www.smittenkittenonline.com/
suzy tie maker: http://www.etsy.com/shop/SuzyTieMaker
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