queer events

TransVisible! Dance! Be Cute! Design Africa! Opentoe Peepshow!

April 03, 2014

Queer artists bare all at the Opentoe Peepshow. The “Be Cute” party will be très adorbs. “The Messiah Complex” play might just be the salvation of theatre. These are just three of the events going down in town this weekend. You might wanna clone yourself so that you don’t miss anything, just sayin’. Enjoy this exquisitely event-full weekend!

Thursday, April 3rd


TransVisible:Bamby Salcedo’s Story = La Historia de Bamby Salcedo
by:Dante Alencastre

6pm – 8pm
Lation Commision on AIDS
24 West 25th Street 10th Floor
New York City

A documentary on the life of renowned Los Angeles ­based Trans Latina Activist and leader, Bamby Salcedo. Turning her daunting personal challenges and barriers into the very basis of her activism, the film follows her unlikely and transcendent rise into becoming the effective social advocate and role model that she is today. Her work is shown giving voice and visibilty to not only the Transgender community, but also to the multiple, overlapping communities her life has touched (Latina, immigrant, HIV+, youth, and LGBT communities).

Relata la vida de la conocida Trans Latina activista y lider, Bamby Salcedo. Vemos como sus enormes retos personales y barreras se han convertido en el fuego de su activismo, la pelicula sigue su poco probable y trascendente ascendencia como defensora social eficaz y un modelo a seguir. Su trabajo y entrega social da voz y visibilidad, no solo para la comunidad transgenero, sino tambien a las multiples comunidades superpuestas que su vida ha tocado ( Latinas, jovenes trans, comunidades de inmigrantes y personas viviendo con VIH).

Linda Simpson, PAGES

Linda Simpson’s, PAGES
6pm – 8pm
521-531 W. 25th St., Ground Floor
New York City

Opening of Linda Simpson’s photo exhibit at ClampArt Gallery on Thursday, April 3rd, from 6–8pm, followed by an after-party nearby. (The featured photographer is Marc Yankus; Simpson’s work is in the gallery’s smaller room.) The exhibit continues through May 17th. Book available at Peradam.info and at the gallery.

Edie Fake: Memory Palaces

Edie Fake: Memory Palaces at the Bureau
Bureau of General Services-Queer Division
83A Hester Street
New York City

Chicago comics artist Edie Fake and Brooklyn publishers Secret Acres are pleased to debut a monograph of Edie’s recent gallery exhibition, Memory Palaces. Edie will present his drawings and discuss the origins and specifics of his project, a radical reimagining of queer spaces in Chicago

Riot Chica Presents: No Rock n' Roll Fun!

Riot Chica Presents: No Rock n’ Roll Fun!
10:00pm – 4:00am
Don Pedro Bar Lounge
90 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, NY

Riot Chica is a queer/punk/riot grrrl party in Brooklyn brought to you byDJ Shomi Noise to celebrate feminism, social justice, and DIY culture. It focuses on sharing empowering music made by ladies and queers from the past and the present in English and in Spanish.

April is Shomi Noise’s Birthday month! To celebrate we are having a Sleater-Kinney themed party, since this is Shomi’s favorite band ever (she even has two tattoos to prove it). This is also a send off party, since she’ll be going on tour a week later as part of the magical Heels On Wheels crew. Please come celebrate with us!

Cover: $5

Friday, April 4th

GLOBE Supports Low Wage Worker's Airport Rally


GLOBE supports Low Wage Worker’s Airport Rally
8:15am – 11:00am
GLOBE – The LGBTQ Justice Organization of Make the Road NY
301 Grove St.
Brooklyn, NY 11237

On MLK Day we rallied with 500 workers to fight for fair wages, specifically in NYC airport — demanding a pay increase and a good faith step declaring MLK Day a paid holiday for all airport workers.

THE RESULT? The Port Authority agreed to make MLK Day a paid holiday for workers and wrote a letter to all major airlines demanding that wages immediately go up to meet the federal standard that President Obama is trying to institute: $10.10 per hour! So far, American Airlines and Delta Airlines have agreed to comply with the letter but both JetBlue and United Airways have been silent.

So airport workers will take action again on April 4th, 2014 and we will head out to join them with 200 Make the Road New York members. Help us support all the LGBTQ workers who make our city run!

Breakfast will be served at 8:15am and we will go together to JFK in buses at 9am, and we will wrap up at 11am!

Intimate Partner Violence in LGBTQ Communities Workshop at GLOBE

Intimate Partner Violence in LGBTQ Communities Workshop at GLOBE
6:30pm – 9:00pm
GLOBE – The LGBTQ Justice Organization of Make the Road NY
301 Grove St.
Brooklyn, NY 11237

Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), sometimes called domestic abuse or family/dating violence, affects LGBTQ communities as much as it affects heterosexual and cisgender communities. But what does it look like for us? If we know it’s happening to us or someone we love, what can we do and who can we go to?

These questions and more will be answered in an interactive workshop (not lecture!) presented by Tashita Amezcua representing the New York City Anti-Violence Project!

GLOBE loves to have fun, socialize, and increase our political education but we also know we must make time to have difficult and potentially life-saving discussions. Please join us at our office (301 Grove St, Brooklyln) for (free) dinner at 6:30pm, and the workshop – you’ll get to move around and talk! – will begin at 7pm.


Stage 48
605 West 48th St
New York City

Monthly Party Main Floor
Hookahs & Exotic GoGo Dancers All Night

Cherry Bomb - Fridays

10:00pm – 4:00am
The Flat
308 Hopper St
Brooklyn, NY

Cherrybomb NYC #cuntmafia X CUNTMAFIA



FAB Fridays at Bartini

FAB Fridays at Bartini
Bartini Ultra Lounge
642 Tenth Ave.,
New York, NY

Come join us at this newly renovated, newly managed and STATE OF THE ART – BARTINI ULTRA LOUNGE!

HOUSE TRIBUTE to Frankie Knuckles

80s NIGHT!! Celebrating the releases of Cyndi Lauper, Berlin – Official Band & Boy George!

DJ Danny Echi

Saturday, April 5th

Design Africa Conference

Design Africa Conference
10:00am – 5:00pm
Wollman Hall, Eugene Lang College
65 West 11th Street, Room B500
New York, NY

The New School is the preeminent university where design and social research drive approaches to studying issues of our time, such as democracy, urbanization, technological change, economic empowerment, sustainability, migration, and globalization. This spring, Project Africa presents Design Africa, an innovative conference showcasing new perspectives on communication, infrastructure, technology, fashion, and transdisciplinary design in Africa. Through this one-day conference, we aim to spotlight design products and approaches from Africa’s emerging design communities. We also seek to explore a number of questions, such as:

– How is design perceived as a tool for problem solving by the larger population?

– What role does design play in Africa, in promoting critical thinking and awareness about scalar systemic change?

– What messages are being pushed across the continent by African designers?

– How can different forms of design be combined to catalyze system change in Africa?

– Are designers in the diaspora participating in innovation processes and capacity building?

– How are initiatives like Design Indaba in Africa or diaspora design organizations influencing developmental interventions?

10:00-10:15 a.m.–Welcome Remarks
10:20-11:50 a.m.–Concurrent Panel Session
11:50–12:50 p.m.–Lunch
12:50–2:20 p.m.– Spotlight Hour
2:30–4:00 p.m.–Group-Think Session/Workshop
4:15–4:30 p.m.–Closing Remarks
4:30– 5:30 p.m.–Reception

This conference is free, but reservations are required by clicking on the top right regsiter button.
Queer MoCCA at BGSQD

Queer MoCCA at BGSQD
Bureau of General Services-Queer Division
83A Hester Street
New York City

Coinciding with the MoCCA Arts Fest in New York, Northwest Press and the Bureau of General Services-Queer Division are hosting a fun LGBT comics event for everyone! Come on down and have a beverage, meet other LGBT readers and artists, and maybe win a door prize!

Gay Geeks of NY outing to see Captain America

Gay Geeks of NY’s Official Outing to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier!!
Bowtie Chelsea Cinema
260 W. 23 street
New York, NY

Join GAY GEEKS OF NY as we make an official outing to see one of the hottest movies kicking off the summer!! We will be seeing CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER en masse on SATURDAY, APRIL 5th!!

Here is the lowdown!

1) We will be seeing it at:
Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas
260 West 23rd Street
New York NY 10011
This theater is right in the heart of Chelsea and easy walking distance to any local bar post-movie.

2) We will be seeing the 3D show. The 3D version has a better show time!

3) We will be seeing the 8PM 3D showing of Captain America The Winter Soldier!
You absolutely MUST purchase your ticket ahead of time. This is opening weekend for a major movie, and it’s expected to sell out VERY quickly.
Buy your ticket here:

4) Opening weekend for a huge superhero movie?
Meet up time will be 645pm in the lobby of the theater. We will wait until 7pm (or when they will let us in). After that you can find us on line outside the auditorium or inside already seated. PLEASE do NOT expect people to hold places in line for you. This is a huge movie and there will be a big line. We are getting there early to get in front of the line and allow ourselves freedom to get good seats!

5) After the movie, we will be walking to the closest bar or lounge to hang out and completely have geekasms over the awesomeness that will be Captain America.

If you’re not coming to the movie, join us at the bar afterwards to hang out with your fellow geeks!! (the bar will be posted on this event page once it is chosen!)

That’s it my fellow geeks!
The info is there! (https://www.facebook.com/events/731563383550213/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming)
Wear your best GGNY or Captain America tshirts if you got them!!
See you guys there!!

The Messiah Complex by Nia Witherspoon

The Messiah Complex
by Nia Witherspoon
145 6th Ave
New York, NY

DJ Messiah’s got no time for the past. Music is her escape into the future. But her ghosts catch up, unearthing the queer secrets buried in Black city life. And ghosts have got all the time in the world http://www.here.org/shows/detail/1421/ A part of the Downtown Urban Theater Festival (DUTF)


10:00pm – 4:00am
One Last Shag
348 Franklin Avenue
Brooklyn, NY


Amber Valentine (pat/scissor sunday/misster)
Jessamess (dragnet / white diamond’s)
MERKIN MUFFLEY (cheap date/ scarlet evnvy )

PERFORMANCE BY – Untitled Queen (bushwig/ tri·fect·a )

HOSTED : BY Emily Hall Smith ( hot rabbit )
David John Sokolowski ( hot fruit )
DOOR – Merrie Cherry ( bushwig/ tri·fect·a / dragnet )

Pepper Cambeiro
Kemba Bloodworth

Colin McKinnon
Haruka Salt – you taught me WAS UP !!!!
ADd Di


Sunday, April 6th

Opentoe Peepshow Salon #15

Opentoe Peepshow Salon # 15:
Mars Dixon, Bryn Kelly, Ro Garrido, Lettie Laughter, Afrodeezee & Hannah Morrow
7:30pm – 10:00pm
Doors 7p, show 7.30p — we sell out so come early! //
The Branded Saloon @ the corner of Bergen St,
603 Vanderbilt Ave
Brooklyn, NY

Opentoe Peepshow #15 on Sunday April 6th

Featuring: Mars Dixon, Bryn Kelly, Ro Garrido, Lettie Laughter, Afrodeezee, and Hannah Morrow!

*To provide a more fragrance-aware event, we request that all attendees please refrain from wearing perfume, cologne, or other scented or chemical products to the event.*

$3-$10, no one turned away for lack of funds

Artist Details:

Mars Dixon is a mixed queer originally from Arkansas. He is the singer/guitarist of Aye Nako and the father of Broccolini.

Hannah Morrow is a multi-disciplinary feminist performing artist living in Montreal. Using solo and collective processes, Hannah digs for truths about feminism and femininity. She presents her findings in durational performance art, cabaret performances, political satire, and immersive nights of installation and performance. Her Meta-Drag Queen alter ego, Lilac Poussez, is the newest incarnation of Hannah’s use of live performance to present triumphant, lavish feminine beauty while simultaneously confronting her audiences with notions of feminine experience that disturb any sense of complacency within it, and point to new ways of conceptualizing gendered life.

Bryn Kelly is a performing artist, and has made theater ranging from Shakespeare and Greek tragedy to new plays and devised work, with transgender ensembles. These productions have appeared in New York at the Brecht Forum, The LaMama Experimental Theatre Club, Dixon Place Experimental Theater Lab, and The Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe; in San Francisco at the African American Art and Culture Complex; and at Portland State University, Swarthmore College, Barnard College, Smith College, the University of Pennsylvania, and Yale University; and many many scuzzier places. She was a founding member of Theater Transgression, a New York-based transgender multimedia performance collective, and a co-creator of the Fully Functional Cabaret, a thunderous touring theatrical love letter to trans women. brynkelly.com

Ro Garrido is a Queens based artist born in Lima, Peru. Ro is a self-taught, interdisciplinary artist whose work grapples with themes of memory, intimacy, and identity. Through collage, mixed media, sculpture, photography, writing, and performance, Ro seeks to build a creative practice that is able to untangle and transform in various ways. Ro’s work has been featured at the Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, Goddard College, Jack Studios, and Brooklyn Arts Exchange. Ro is currently finishing their BA in Interdisciplinary Studies at Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont. To see more of Ro’s work: rogarrido.tumblr.com or http://malospasos.tumblr.com/about

Lettie Laughter is an indigenous cis femme, with a Cancer sun, Gemini moon, & Aquarius rising. Also, lots of Pluto influence. This means being grounded is often challenging, they have lots of feelings & like to talk about them, & are really good at helping die what needs to die. Their time is currently spent learning how to bring joy back to their body, how to relax & play, & how to claim their place in the femmeiverse as a healer. Lettie dreams of someday (soon) being surrounded by chosen-fam, all the babies, & all the stories! Poet through & through (& playwriting flirt), they work to peel the archived pages from their body & the memory of their Ancestors. All in all, Lettie is wooing a life that loves them back!

Afrodeezee is a multi-faceted QTPOC musician and poet who hails from Kansas. When he is not busy trying to make rent as a cute barista, Afrodeezee occupies his time with FIERCE, Audre Lorde Project’s TransJustice Community School, dancing alone in his room, playing video games, and being as queer as humanly possible.

Heels on Wheels is a group of interdisciplinary performing artists who create performance-based cultural works and community events that have a feminist and radical agenda, are produced from sites of femme/inine-positive queer embodiment, and reveal the power in under-represented communities.

Our events use theatre to incite wonder, joy, critique, and dialogue; to bring visibility and complexity to diverse experiences; and to strengthen LGBTQ cultural communities in NYC and beyond.

We are a multiracial & working-class led queer organization committed to anti-oppression and activism as art, as well as in our art.

More about the event, the artists, and Heels on Wheels here: http://www.heelsonwheelsroadshow.com/

Cover: $5