October 20, 2017
The Good Will (625 Portage Ave.)
QPOC Winnipeg presents: QTPOC Drop the Mic #7, Call to Conversation (C2C) Edition.
Drop the Mic celebrates queer and trans artists/writers/performers of colour.
More on C2C: Two-Spirit and QPOC Call to Conversation Conference: https://www.facebook.com/events/530858170638353/?ti=cl
$10 cover (or pay what you can)
Free entrance for conference registrants
Organizers: Uzoma Chioma and Christina Hajjar
Host: Chimwemwe Undi
Featuring: Very special guests, Joshua Whitehead and Hiromi Goto! Local performers include Len David, Victoria Inglis, Malaikah Rang’inya, User Unknown, and WOKE comedy hour’s Elissa Black Wolf Kixen, Sasha Mark, and Danielle Kayahara!
Stick around for the DTM After Party feat DJ Syrus Marcus Ware and QPOC Winnipeg DJs!
QPOC merch for sale.
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.
We are working on securing ASL for the 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 usually 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.
Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/events/121937505180824/