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February 11, 2015


The Handsome Daughter (61 Sherbrook St.)

Presented by U of W’s Institute for Women’s and Gender Studies and QPOC- Winnipeg during Genderfest Winnipeg.

This is an open mic night dedicated to hearing from queer and trans people of colour on the mic.
Everyone is welcome to attend.
There is no cover charge.

We have several planned performers including:
Rosanna Deerchild
Chimwemwe Undi
Kitty Kittie
Tavis Walker
Scarlet Gray
Olivia Onuk
Trish Salah

The rest of the evening will be open to those who sign up upon arrival. They will be given 5 minutes, with an option to return to the mic, time permitting.

Ways to participate: You don’t have to be a professional writer, performer, or speaker. We encourage people of all levels and all kinds of talent to participate. Suggestions include reading something you have written, reading something another QTPOC has written (with permission unless it is published), spoken word, storytelling, comedy, singing, dancing, instrumentals, and more. There will be a guitar available for use.

What do we mean by “QT-”? Queer and trans individuals are invited to participate in the open mic, though we realize some people may not identify with these terms. We are using using “queer” and “trans” as umbrella terms and invite anyone who is self-identified as any of the following to speak at the mic: lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, two-spirit, queer, intersex, asexual, genderqueer, gender-variant, genderfluid, genderless, or non-binary.

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

Accessibility: The venue is wheelchair accessible; there is a ramp to enter the building but there are no power doors.
– Please email iwgs@uwinnipeg.ca if you require assistance.
– ASL interpretation will be provided.
– There will be signs on washroom doors to make them gender-inclusive. We will make sure these signs stay up throughout the night but please let one of the hosts know if they are removed.
– There will be free bus tickets available and some snacks served.

Safer space: 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. Please report any problematic behaviour to Christina Hajjar or Uzoma Chioma.

Please also note that the venue is for individuals 18+ and there will be alcohol for sale. Anyone who is too intoxicated will not be served.