30 May 2009

Future of the Past: Reviving the Queer Archives Opens in One Week @ MECA

Grand Opening: June 5th, 5 - 8pm
June 5th – July 3rd
First Floor, Front and Back Lobby
@ the Maine College of Art
522 Congress Street
Portland ME 04101

The exhibition features nearly one hundred photographs by Annette Dragon documenting the brilliant and varied queer activism that flourished in Maine over the last two decades of the 20th century. This exhibition seeks to revive and reexamine the histories depicted in her photographs in order to better understand the present and re-imagine our most fantastic queer futures.

Susie R. Bock, Director of the Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine at USM explains, “These photographs can reach across the decades to tell the story to generations not yet born. They are an invaluable resource for LGBT history in Maine.”

In addition to the exhibition, an intergenerational panel discussion on queer/trans activism in Maine will take place during Southern Maine Pride week in lecture hall 305 at MECA on Thursday the 18th of June at 6pm. Exhibition catalogs featuring all of the exhibition photographs as well as new writing by Susie Bock, Erica Rand and Ryan Conrad will be available at MECA and online.

More information about the panel discussion and exhibition catalog is available elsewhere on this website.

This exhibition has been made possible by the generous support of the Maine Community Foundation’s Equity Fund, Naughty North!, Resources for Organizing and Social Change, Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine at the University of Southern Maine, Moth Press, and the Maine College of Art Graduate Studies Program.

25 May 2009

check out this year's dyke march in portland! info on their website!

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The mission of the Portland, Maine Dyke March is to create an empowering movement that fosters community and celebration for dykes and the people who love them. The Portland Dyke March seeks to be positive, feminist, diverse and community-driven in all of its endeavors. We welcome anyone with a past or present connection to the dyke community.

24 May 2009

Montreal Workshop a Huge Success!

Over 125 people packed into our workshop for a dialog about language barriers, inter-generational organizing, rural/urban divides, and the US/Canada border. We had great conversations that tended to focus most on inter-generational organizing and rural/urban divides, but all four topics were covered by presenters and participants. Once a few folks from the workshops have some time to collect the notes and put together a report back we will send it out! We also had the workshop recorded, so these notes will be detailed!

Till then, hold tight!

15 May 2009

Strategizing Queer Insurgency! @ the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair

Montreal Anarchist Bookfair

details about the workshop some NN! folks are helping present:

Sunday, MAY 17, 2009
3pm – Room 119 @ CEDA
Strategizing queer insurgency!: Re-centering marginalized queer issues from an anarchist perspective (eng.)

40 years after the Stonewall riots, who has been left on the margins of the radical queer movement? Join us for a strategy session around how we as anarchist queer organizers deal with obstacles such as language barriers, intergenerationality, rural/urban divides, and the US/Canada border. In the face of growing assimilationist capitalist gay and lesbian mainstream representation, how do we maintain queer as a subversive terrain upon which to resist? Everyone welcome!

This workshop is a co-presentation by members of Q-Team (Montreal), the Prisoner Correspondence Project (Montreal), and Naughty North (Maine).