March 29, 2018

7:00 pm

+ Making and Claiming LGBTQ Space as Artists and Performers +

What does visibility and making space mean for the community after the Pulse Night Club Shootings in Orlando on June 12, 2016? How are we honoring our past and moving our creative energies into the future? A night of poetry, burlesque, and drag, performances followed by a panel discussion with honored guests from the Pulse Orlando community and activist responses to the events in Orlando. Sponsored by the Sylvia Rivera House Living and Learning Community of SUNY New Paltz.

Poet Venus Di’Khadijah Selenite (based in Washington D.C.), burlesque and drag performer C’etait BonTemps, (based in NYC, formerly Orlando), and Venus Envy (based in Orlando) perform and celebrate our space and creative visions for the future of LGBTQ art and activism. Moderated and organized by Lydia Willoughby (based in Rosendale, NY), librarian at SUNY New Paltz.

Funded by a grant from the SUNY Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Venus Di’Khadijah Selenite is a Black queer genderfluid trans woman stationed on the Internet. A poet, writer, performance artist, sex worker, editor, teacher, and advocate, xe is a Bettering American Poetry nominee, a 2017 Pink Door fellow, and the author of trigger and The Fire Been Here.

C’etait BonTemps performs burlesque, drag, and go-go in and around Brooklyn, NY. Trans-Masc. Femme edge. Witch breed. Queer Art.

Venus Envy is a drag queen who lives in Orlando, Florida. She has been doing drag for about two and half years, after years of working in the clubs and supporting local drag. She used to help other queens get in drag, and then realized that she could do it herself.