That's why today's Friday Friends are my friends from all week (and year!) round, Community United Against Violence (CUAV).
In three short weeks, the organization will be putting on the second annual Safetyfest, a festival of events meant to build safety, community and power for queer and trans folks in the Bay Area. All of the events are totally free, and they include workshops, celebrations and performances, with topics ranging from self-defense to BDSM to, you guessed it, writing.
At last year's Safetyfest, I facilitated "Let Our Words Be Heard," a writing workshop and open mic that exceeded even my wildest expectations of how inspiring and empowering it can be to share stories with others in LGBTQ communities.
So I'm really excited to return this year with "Notes from Our Underground," a writing workshop based on transformative, liberatory approaches to writing. You'll have two chances to participate this time, once on Friday, April 15 at 1:30 pm, co-facilitated by the fabulous Jen Cross, and again at 10:30 am on Saturday, April 16, co-facilitated by my favorite Sam Sax. All levels of writing experience are welcome.
I absolutely cannot wait.
Want more information?
- Visit the Safetyfest website for a full calendar of events, including locations, and all of your Safetyfest needs.
- My words can't begin to grasp the wonder that was Safetyfest 2010, so I'll let this video glimpse of what happened speak for itself. It includes a peek at some of last year's events, with clips of Jen Cross and I reading at "Let Our Words Be Heard."
- And here's another great video to get you excited for Safetyfest 2011, with some sneak peaks of what makes this year's event so special and how you can be a part of it.
- And speaking of your part in this, besides bringing your beautiful self to Safetyfest, here's another way you can be a part of it and support the important work of CUAV. Visit the Safetyfest Indiegogo page, where you can learn about how to donate, how to claim some wonderful perks in exchange for your donation, and how your donation will help -- namely, by ensuring that Safetyfest can be FREE for all participants, so that any money raised during the events can go directly to supporting queer and trans survivors of violence.