Archive for May, 2008

Femme2008: The Architecture of Femme

Posted in Events on May 31, 2008 by skyeviewtraveler


Femme2008: The Architecture of Femme
August 15-17, 2008
Chicago Wyndham O’Hare

Mission Statement
Femme Collective is committed to creating conferences by Femmes, about Femmes, and for Femmes and their allies. We understand that Femme is more complex than just being a queer person who is feminine; it is a part of how we interact with and shape our world as queer academics, activists, artists, homemakers, parents, professionals, students, teachers, etc.

Our conferences seek to explore, discuss, dissect, and support Queer Femme* as a transgressive, gender-queer, stand-alone, and empowered identity and provide a space for organizing and activism within Queer communities. We hope to attract people of all genders who are interested in a deeper understanding of Femme identity, culture, and history as well as Femmes interested in learning, teaching, connecting, and building community geared towards social change. Recognizing that queer Femme gender can be constructed independent of and/or intimately connected to biological sex, this conference will build coalition among queer Femmes of every stripe. Taking into consideration the various ways in which Femmes across the country and the world construct Femme based on region, class, race, ethnicity, access and ability, the Femme Collective will strive to create a safe place for open dialogue among a plethora of Femme-identified persons and their allies.

We are dedicated to: creating a Femme-positive environment; selecting programming to honor differences in ethnicities, physical abilities and gender expressions; and highlighting the intersection of queer Femme identity with issues of race, class, age, and body. We hope that together we can create a space to explore many of the complexities of Femme identity, including (but not limited to) questions of privilege, invisibility, intersecting identities, class mobility, aging, and the differences between femininity and Femme identity. We hope to contribute to giving voice to queer Femme identity, and to building unity, coalition, and solidarity in and among genderqueer communities.

*We recognize that for many lesbians and same-gender-loving Femmes ‘queer’ is not a term that works and that it can often feel alienating and unwelcoming. We want to recognize that language is always imperfect, and make it clear that we use the term as an umbrella to include all of us who identify as Femme within LGBTQIA/SGL and genderphile communities. We are using this term to specifically and intentionally include lesbians and same-gender-loving women as well as genderqueers, transwomen, and folks of every sex and gender who identify as Femme and see themselves as part of LGBTQIA/SGL and genderphile communities.

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Femme2008: The Architecture of Femme

Posted in Culture, Resources on May 31, 2008 by skyeviewtraveler


Femme2008: The Architecture of Femme
August 15-17, 2008
Chicago Wyndham O’Hare

Mission Statement
Femme Collective is committed to creating conferences by Femmes, about Femmes, and for Femmes and their allies. We understand that Femme is more complex than just being a queer person who is feminine; it is a part of how we interact with and shape our world as queer academics, activists, artists, homemakers, parents, professionals, students, teachers, etc.

Our conferences seek to explore, discuss, dissect, and support Queer Femme* as a transgressive, gender-queer, stand-alone, and empowered identity and provide a space for organizing and activism within Queer communities. We hope to attract people of all genders who are interested in a deeper understanding of Femme identity, culture, and history as well as Femmes interested in learning, teaching, connecting, and building community geared towards social change. Recognizing that queer Femme gender can be constructed independent of and/or intimately connected to biological sex, this conference will build coalition among queer Femmes of every stripe. Taking into consideration the various ways in which Femmes across the country and the world construct Femme based on region, class, race, ethnicity, access and ability, the Femme Collective will strive to create a safe place for open dialogue among a plethora of Femme-identified persons and their allies.

We are dedicated to: creating a Femme-positive environment; selecting programming to honor differences in ethnicities, physical abilities and gender expressions; and highlighting the intersection of queer Femme identity with issues of race, class, age, and body. We hope that together we can create a space to explore many of the complexities of Femme identity, including (but not limited to) questions of privilege, invisibility, intersecting identities, class mobility, aging, and the differences between femininity and Femme identity. We hope to contribute to giving voice to queer Femme identity, and to building unity, coalition, and solidarity in and among genderqueer communities.

*We recognize that for many lesbians and same-gender-loving Femmes ‘queer’ is not a term that works and that it can often feel alienating and unwelcoming. We want to recognize that language is always imperfect, and make it clear that we use the term as an umbrella to include all of us who identify as Femme within LGBTQIA/SGL and genderphile communities. We are using this term to specifically and intentionally include lesbians and same-gender-loving women as well as genderqueers, transwomen, and folks of every sex and gender who identify as Femme and see themselves as part of LGBTQIA/SGL and genderphile communities.

Fete, Feista, Feier, Celebrazione, Bacchanalia!

Posted in Culture, Dispatches on May 28, 2008 by skyeviewtraveler

No matter how you say it DC Black Pride was ON! The full program included workshops, educational forums, networking opportunities, community resource exchanges, health education and the like. But I’m not going to front and write that I participated in any of those activities. I happened to be in town for business and I attended DC Black Pride for the PARTIES, the legendary house music and the outdoor festival.

 

Lawd have mercy the LGBT family up inna “Chocolate City” sure know how to gather the tribe, welcome visitors and host a very nice celebration of Black queer life. I even managed to meet up with long-time sistahfriends from outside of the DC area including a couple of former Bay Area residents. Luckily my buddy and author Dorothy Randall Gray was in town to conduct a series of writing workshops for DC Black Pride. She quickly brought me up to speed on where to find mature sistahs including the Saturday evening Old School Vocal House Music party at the host hotel and the Sunday evening Sister-2-Sister soiree.


Skyediver and writer Dorothy Randall-Gray

Sister-2-Sister Party

Big up former Oakland resident Papaya Mann for co-hosting this fun party at the stately Blair Mansion Inn that featured three dance floors, multiple bars, outdoor patio and a slew of elegant and handsome women.  Yum!!!

Washington, DC Photo Albums

Paris Is My Mistress, Amsterdam Is My Lovah…

Posted in Culture, Resources on May 7, 2008 by skyeviewtraveler

The Amsterdam Roots Festival is an ideal travel destination especially for a short 3-4 day trip. Europe bound travelers should definitely consider this festival as a way to stretch your travel dollar and enjoy the excitement of summer fun on the continent!

Budget Traveler Tip
To offset the weak US dollar consider prepaying lodging and ground transportation expenses. Take particular note of the FREE open-air festival at the Oosterpark in the forwarded announcement below. Come on you can do it!

 

Amsterdam Roots Festival 2008
June 14-21, 2008

African stars Baaba Maal and Oumou Sangare at 11th edition

11th edition of Amsterdam Roots Festival
The Amsterdam Roots Festival has been one of the leading international music festivals for ten years now. The festival presents pioneering developments within world music for a large and varied audience. The mix of ethnic backgrounds, music styles and the contact between the different population groups has become essential for the festival.

From Saturday 14 through Saturday 21 June 2008 the 11th edition brings around 60 concerts at the Concertgebouw, Tropentheater, Melkweg and Paradiso and a large-scale free open air festival at the Oosterpark: Roots Open Air. In addition there is a supporting programme (films and photo exhibition) and an Off-Roots programme. In 2007 the festival attracted 65,000 visitors; 58,000 of which for Roots Open Air.

Skyeview: Bang For The Buck Women’s Play Party and AIDS Lifecycle Fundraiser

Posted in Culture, For Fun on May 2, 2008 by skyeviewtraveler

The goods were delivered last night at the SF Citadel! The much anticipated annual fundraiser event would haven been an excellent subject for research on sex positive women’s space, particularly as it relates to the visibility of lesbians of color in this type of environment. Kinky colored gurls were in the da haus. The majority I identified was of African descent, East Asian descent, South Asian, and some Latinas.

 I didn’t get the impression there were many wallflowers in attendance. Novice and seasoned kinsters alike were sociable, flirtatious and many appeared to be excited about attending the de facto spring/summer kick off event for the Bay Area women’s play party scene.

The event was skillfully and expertly produced. The MC’s Indigo Blue and
Midori demonstrated their many years experience in producing this type of event. They kept everyone on a slow but steady simmer. A ton of money was raised, the event sponsors donated LOADS of first rate and high quality raffle prizes, the Selector played an excellent set during the
erotic dance performances that got everybody in the mood for sump’ting.
Delicious eye candy on both levels of the very well equipped safer sex space.

There appeared to be a range of sexual expressions amongst the folks but clearly FEMME TOPS in DELICIOUS and SEXY attire dominated (pun intended) the play space at least during the couple of hours I was there–which is just fine with me because noting melts this switch butta more than the undivided attention of a hot femme top. Yum!

Big Up SF Citadel for maintaining a safe and fabulous space for kinsters.

 

 

 

 

I LOVE the bay area.

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