June 4, 2017
The Good Will (625 Portage Ave.)
QPOC Winnipeg presents: QTPOC Drop the Mic #6!
Celebrating queer and trans artists/writers/performers of colour during Winnipeg Pride. ♥
$10 (/no one turned away)
Organizers: Uzoma Chioma and Christina Hajjar.
Host: Hazim Ismail.
Performers: Kev aka SlayTana, Kari Labun, Queentite, Jacq Pelland, Rampage, Autumn Crossman, Len, Devon Delorme, Mariana Cañadas, and more!
Stick around for QPOC’s Colour Me Queer dance party in the same venue! Your DTM cover is valid for the dance party!
QPOC merch for sale.
Thank you to the University of Winnipeg Institute for Women’s and Gender Studies, Winnipeg Film Group, Pride Winnipeg, and Assiniboine Credit Union for supporting this event!
Queer, trans, and two-spirit BIPOCs 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 of experience and all kinds of talent to participate.
Please consider whether it might be helpful to provide a Trigger Warning/Content Warning before your performance. Msg us if you have q’s!
We will have a photographer at the event. If you don’t want your picture on social media please let us know.
See below for more info on the acronyms QT & POC/BIPOC.
The venue is wheelchair accessible.
There are single-stall gender-inclusive washrooms.
The venue is 18+ and there is alcohol sold at the venue.
Unfortunately we were unable to secure ASL for this event.
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 on stage, from our guests, or from venue staff.
Please report any problematic behaviour to Christina Hajjar or Uzoma Chioma or let us know what we can do to create a more welcoming environment @ firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
What we mean by “QT-”
“Queer” and “trans” encompass a wide range of identities including but not limited to: queer, trans, two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex, asexual, genderqueer, non-binary, gender-variant, genderfluid, and genderless.
What we mean by “-POC and -BIPOC”
People who identify as black, Indigenous, and/or a person of colour. While the acronym “POC” for us has always encompassed Black and Indigenous folks, the extension of the acronym acknowledges legacies/ongoing histories of colonization, genocide, and slavery, which implicate other POC (& white ppl).
Drop the Mic happens twice a year, coinciding with Genderfest Winnipeg and Winnipeg Pride. The event involves a fabulous lineup of performers as well as open slots for signing up!
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 their multiple oppressions (namely race, sexuality and/or gender), 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. Let us be conscious of how a decolonizing antiracist intersectional feminist lens can broaden our perspectives, allow us to learn from each other, care for each other, listen, and build solidarity. Let us fill the room with power, resistance, vulnerability, generosity, and mutual respect.