drop the mic 3February 9, 2016


The Handsome Daughter (61 Sherbrook St.)

Presented by QPOC Winnipeg during Genderfest Winnipeg!
Organized by Christina Hajjar & Uzoma Chioma.
Hosted by Alexa Joy Potashnik.

Everyone is welcome to attend this open mic night dedicated to hearing from queer and trans people of colour on the mic.

Entry is a $5 sliding scale donation/ pay what you can.

Check out this wicked lineup of performers!:
Tasha Spillett
Victoria Perrie
Autumn Crossman
Seigred Cortez
Like That
Urban Indigenous Theatre Co. (Siigwan Ferland, Brenda Pollok, & Victoria Perrie)

Other queer and trans people of colour are welcome to sign up on the spot for a 5 minute slot to share storytelling, poetry, spoken word, comedy, music, dancing, instrumentals, and more. There will also be a guitar available for use.
We encourage people of all levels and all kinds of talent to participate.

The venue is wheelchair accessible with a ramp but no power doors.
The washrooms are multi-stall and normally gendered but there will be signs on the washroom so that they are gender-inclusive & we will work to check up on these signs throughout the evening.
The venue is 18+ and there is alcohol sold at the venue.

We want to create a positive, open environment, free from oppressive comments and behaviour. Please be respectful of those who attend and perform.
We will not tolerate any sexism, racism, transphobia, homophobia, biphobia, fatphobia, ableism, or sexual harrassment. The basis of a welcoming environment is mutual respect.
Please report any problematic behaviour to Christina Hajjar or Uzoma Chioma or let us know what we can do to create a better environment before or after the event has passed @ (hajjarchristina@gmail.com OR qpoc204@gmail.com).

What do we mean by “QT-”?
“Queer” and “trans” encompass a wide range of identities including but not limited to: lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, two-spirit, queer, intersex, asexual, genderqueer, gender-variant, genderfluid, genderless, and non-binary.

What do we mean by “-POC”?
People who self identify as a person of colour. We hope to see a diversity of people of colour represented at this event.

Drop the Mic serves as an opportunity for queer and trans people of colour to take up space, be heard, and share parts of themselves. Recognizing the marginalization QTPOC face for both their race and their sexuality, this is a celebration of identity and a resistance to oppression.
We view structural inequality as not only abstractly caused by higher levels of power, but also as upheld and perpetuated by our very own POC, feminist, and queer(/lgbt) circles everyday.
Drop the Mic merges queer pride and racial pride and is an opportunity to broaden our perspectives, learn from each other, care for each other, listen with intent, and build solidarity. Getting on stage is a willingness to be vulnerable, a trust in co-created space, and a generous gift of expression that we are so lucky to take part in.

This event is partly sponsored by the University of Winnipeg’s Institute for Women’s and Gender Studies