A Conversation to Break Down Barriers: Queer is Community @ Center On Halsted On MAY 27

This was reblogged with permission from In Our Words Blog, click here for the original post.

We’re creating a space to open a dialogue around racism, transphobia, homophobia, sexism, ableism, violence and any other limitations to community-building and to inspire positive change.

Queer is Community is an upcoming event at the Center on Halsted. On Sunday, May 27, Queer is Community will bring together performers, activists, students, nonprofits and folks from across Chicago to dialogue about community building in Chicago and the need for building inclusive, affirming spaces in our community. That evening we will create a space for a discussion on racism, sexism, transphobia and other pitfalls of our community that divide us, rather than unite us.

We will begin with a small vigil/speak out from 6:00 to 6:45 outside of the Center, followed by a 15-minute period to allow our vigil attendees and general attendees to file into the center. We will request a $5 suggest donation at the door, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. The donations will be split with the Center on Halsted, to cover the cost of the space, and The Crib.

Hosted by Adam Guerino, the moderator of last year’s We Are Halsted event, Queer is Community will begin with an hour of performances, from personalities across the spectrum of the community. These performers will speak to their own experiences with these issues, and they include:

Jamie Royce of Stuff Queer People Need to Know
Tony Soto of The Qu
ellie navidson of Genderqueer Chicago and No Boys Allowed
Precious Davis of the Center on Halsted
Yasmin Nair of Gender JUST and Against Equality
Brian Turner of TaskForce Prevention & Community Services
Zachary Stafford of the Huffington Post
Trans educator Rebecca Kling
Queer performer Jacquelyn Carmen Guerrero (aka. Vajaqueque Brown)

Afterward, we will break for a 15-minute intermission, and conclude the evening with an hour-long discussion by this diverse panel of community members on including intersecting identities and inspiring change.

WHEN/WHERE:

Rally and Speakout:
Sunday May 27th, 2012
6:00 PM
Halsted and Waveland
Chicago, IL 60613

Performance:
Sunday May 27th, 2012
7:00 P.M.
Center on Halsted, 3rd floor
3656 N. Halsted Ave
Chicago, IL 60613

$5 suggested donation

MEDIA PARTNERS:

The Qu:
www.thequ.co // facebook.com/The-Qu

SocialScope:
www.50faggots.com

Stuff Queer People Need to Know: http://stuffqueerpeopleneedtoknow.wordpress.com/ // http://www.facebook.com/SQPNTK

The Civil Rights Agenda:
www.jointcra.org // facebook.com/jointcra

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