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No Industry Without US: Meet the Artists!

Our illustrious comedian turned Emcee

EMCEE — Monisa Brown – A Tacoma Washington native Monisa Brown will take you on a comedic roller coaster with an off-beat, absurdity sure to split your sides with laughter. Combining her life experiences as a queer, black woman and a special deadpan touch, Monisa serves up comedy that toys with and deconstructs your social perceptions. Monisa has contributed her distinctive stylings in the standup and sketch comedy communities.

Monisa Brown is creator and head producer of QTPOC Is Not A Rapper, a Queer Trans and POC focused curated comedy open-mic and showcase. Monisa is a co-producer of the Comedy Nest and has appeared in the PNW Black Comedy Festival, and Seattle’s Bumbershoot Festival.

roguepinay – rogue pinay/ katrina pestaño is a force to be reckoned with, causing all types of ruckus as an emcee, cultural worker and community organizer. with a deep love of hiphop discovered as an immigrant youth, rogue pinay wrote verses as a way to reconnect with their roots and claim space as a queer filipina with a lot on their mind. since 2006, rogue pinay has been inciting love and rage with incisive rhymes and raw delivery. Their full bio can be found here. 

Jade Dynasty – I am a Queer Trans Womxn Of Color, I do a combination of Drag, Burlesque, Vogue, Contemporary, and choreographed dance. I am also a trained musician and singer. I built the ballroom scene in seattle, I am one of 3 Trans femme Seattle performers, I am a beacon for gender non-conforming femmes, Trans womxn, and Queer people in Seattle. I am the seattle queer community.

Christian Brown — Currently the reigning Queen of Hearts of the Imperial Sovereign Court of Seattle, I use my art to uplift worker issues in the work force by telling the world we are different but we matter. As a drag artist I perform to represent the STRENGTH of those in this community.

 

 

 

La Espiritista — is a Latinx American Seattle based artist originally from New Jersey. They are a multi-talented artist that expresses their creative nature through many forms of rhythm some including Spoken Word Art, Creative Writing, Colorful Sketches, Singing, and Wooden Instruments. La Espiritista uses their energy to create messages that focus on life lessons such as the art of healing, faith, love, and transformation by sharing a unique blend of their own personal story of containing multiple marginalized identities along with the universal truths of nature. Much of their art is a manifestation of their exploration of queer spirituality and sexuality. It is the purest connection to the healing rhythms embedded in all forms of life universally. They believe that one of the most revolutionary acts in this world is to “simply be, to allow oneself to be fully presente and to slow down into the moment. Their full bio can be found here. 

Smitty Buckler — Smitty Buckler is an amalgamation of grey area politicized identities. They express themselves through the intersections of being an artist, organizer, writer, performer, dancer, coder, researcher, healer, and advocate. Smitty is passionate about ending the HIV epidemic in the trans community by advocating for empowerment of trans individuals in HIV activism which includes anti-stigma work based in trauma informed care. Moreover they are deeply invested in increasing access to testing services and recruitment in HIV research. Their full bio can be found here

Queerbigan — Queerbigan is a 22 year old aquarius double leo trans nonbinary queer Filipinx named H.U.T. (but for anything art-related I usually go by Queerbigan, which is Queer + Kaibigan aka “friend” in Tagalog). Their current dream is to develop a museum exhibit dedicated to indigenous and diasporic gender identities for Asian and Pacific Islanders. Their lifelong dream is to find the best mac and cheese in the world.  

 

To support these fabulous vanguards of the queernaissance, be sure to get your tickets now!

Save the date! September 16, 2017


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Candidates Commit to Queering Politics at 1st Annual Allyship Candidate Forum

On Wednesday, July 19th, 2017, LGBTQ Allyship hosted our first ever Queering Politics Candidate Forum. During the forum, while donning costume attire ranging from feather boas to unicorn horns to bumblebee wings and antennae, candidates spoke to how they plan to show up for queer and trans communities if elected, with a particular focus on safety, housing, economic justice, protecting and expanding LGBTQ rights, and accountability.

Mayoral candidates Oliver and Moon pledge yes to increasing LGBTQ community-owned housing for low-income people in Seattle.

During the lightning pledge round, every single candidate in attendance except Alex Tsimermanincluding mayoral candidates Cary Moon, Nikkita Oliver, Jenny Durkan, Jessyn Farrell, and Mike McGinn, City Council Position #8 Candidates Hisam Goueli, Jon Grant, Teresa Mosqueda, Charlene Strong, Sara Nelson, Rudy Pantoja, Mac McGregor, and City Council Position #9 Candidates Pat Murakami, Ty Pethe– made the following pledges:

 

I will work with LGBTQ Allyship and broader LGBTQ communities to:

 

  • Safety: Identify and support community-based solutions to safety that extend beyond the Safe Place program & policing as the answers.
  • Economic: Work toward a living wage standard in Seattle.
  • Economic:  Work across government entities to support implementation of the Family Medical Leave Act in Seattle.
  • Housing: Create enforceable standards for low-income housing developers and staff to be LGBTQ culturally competent and welcoming.
  • Housing: Ensure that all new members of the Renters Commission will receive an LGBTQ housing and racial justice training.
  • Housing: Increase LGBTQ community-owned housing for low-income people in Seattle.
  • Housing: Allocate significant resources toward low-income and people of color LGBTQ seniors and youth, with a specific focus on housing.
  • Housing: Ensure low-income LGBTQ renters are aware of available low-income and affordable housing opportunities.
  • Housing: Influence Sound Transit to use Sound Transit 3 lands for equitable development, which would include LGBTQ affirming low-income housing.
  • Protecting/ Advancing Rights: Ensure data is collected about sexual orientation and gender identity for all city services.
  • Protecting / Advancing Rights: Ensure that the rights that have been won by the LGBTQ community and our allies are not retracted.
  • Protecting / Advancing Rights: Support a statewide effort to add a nonbinary gender marker to Washington State Identifications.
  • Accountability: Center perspectives and decision making power of diverse LGBTQ community members throughout government institutions and policy-making processes.

While these are exciting commitments — we know it is our job to work together to ensure that we build and exercise the power that is necessary to hold whomever is elected accountable to these pledges. Contact Kelsen at kelsen@allyship.org if there are particular issues listed above on which you’d like to work!


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Transcend: Trans Advocate Program

Category : Programs

Transcend, LGBTQ Allyship’s Trans Advocate Program is designed for trans and gender-nonconforming workers to support and advocate other trans and gender-nonconforming workers who face discrimination, hardship, and labor violations in their workplace…Read more here


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