Friday April 12- Sunday April 14, 2013

Key Note: Mia Mingus

Mia Mingus is a queer physically disabled woman of color, korean transracial and transnational adoptee writer and organizer.  Through her work on disability justice and transformative justice to end child sexual abuse, she recognizes the urgency and barriers for oppressed communities to work together and build solidarity for liberation.  She works for community, interdependency and home for all of us.  Over the years, her activism has included work addressing reproductive justice, queer liberation, cross-movement building, feminism, transracial and transnational adoptees, radical women of color racial justice, disability justice, transformative justice, child sexual abuse, challenging privilege and anti-oppression and community building.  She also has a passion for community fundraising and communication skills.

Saturday Evening Plenary: Mia McKenzie

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Mia McKenzie is an award-winning writer and the creator of Black Girl Dangerous. She’s a smart, scrappy Philadelphian with a deep love of fake fur collars and people of color. She’s a black feminist and a freaking queer. She studied writing at the University of Pittsburgh. She is the winner of the Astraea Foundation’s Writers Fund Award (’09) and the Leeway Foundation’s Transformation Award (’12). You can find her short stories in The Kenyon Review and make/shift. Her debut novel, The Summer We Got Free, is a finalist for the 2013 Lambda Literary Award and has been described by author and critic Jewelle Gomez as “a brilliant tapestry filled with exuberance and anxiety.” Her recent live performances include Queer Rebels of the Harlem Renaissance, Mangos With Chili Presents: WHIPPED! QTPOC Recipes For Love, Sex & Disaster, and Black Girl Dangerous: Mia McKenzie on Being A Queer Black Femme Nerd In A Ridiculous World, the last of those being a signature reading of her diverse works, performed at universities across the country. Her work has been quoted on The Melissa Harris Perry Show and  recommended by The Root, Colorlines, Feministing, Angry Asian Man, and Crunk Feminist Collective, among others. She lives in Oakland.

Sunday Plenary: Vivek Shraya

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Vivek Shraya is a Toronto-based multimedia artist, working in the mediums of music, performance, literature and film. Vivek also creates and delivers workshops and guest lectures about writing, art, gender, sexuality and homophobia, and currently facilitates the Supporting Our Youth Pink Ink writing program for queer, transgender, Two-Spirit and questioning youth writers. His first collection of short stories, God Loves Hair, was a 2011 Lambda Literary Award finalist, won the Applied Arts Award for Illustration in 2010, and is currently being used as a textbook at several post-secondary institutions. Vivek was nominated for LGBTQ Person of the Year in the 2012 INSPIRE Awards, and was #1 on Nightlife’s list of “Reasons 2011 was a Queer Year”. He is currently adapting What I LOVE about being QUEER into an art book, and working on his next writing project. His new short film, What I LOVE about being QUEER, premièred in Toronto in June and will be making its Pacific NW debut at QSoCC.


DJ Monika MHz

Technical proficency and trickery to be rivaled only by a mad scientist, Monika MHz uses the full arsenal features and glitches of whatever equipment she’s up against with unmatched creative and technical expertise to build something fresh and fun. Well regarded as “one of the most technically knowledgable DJs this side of the continent,” she plays only the best house. That counts for exclusive, original tracks, and remixes — from Miss Palmer to Tegan & Sara — that have been blowing up dance floors around the world.

An accomplished producer and remixer, her crafts bleed into each other blurring the line between DJ set and live PA. From the impending release of her new single to the slew of new remixes to hit the Serato queues everywhere Monika shows no signs of slowing down.

With a high energy performance that would make a 5 year-old on a sugar rush look shy, this loud redheaded Latina brings a show that shakes dance floors to their knees. And she has no intention of stopping anytime soon.

Featured Exhibit: The (Un)heard Project: TransMasculine People of Color Speak

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(Un)heard:Transmasculine People of Color Speak! is an audio/visual ethnographic project about the lives and experiences of transmasculine people of color. By sharing first-person accounts and positive images, this exhibit seeks to challenge damaging myths and stereotypes about transgender people and people of color, and to educate people about a marginalized, and often invisible, group. The exhibit explores many aspects of gender identity and gender variance, and shares these important, ground-breaking stories with the general public, who might not be knowledgeable about people who are transgender, as well as with members of queer/trans communities, who might be equally unfamiliar with the experiences of transmasculine people of color.  The exhibit celebrates a range of views, opinions, and experiences that are unique and empowering to transgender people everywhere.

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