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Trystan Reese in Conversation With Andrew Solomon

When Trystan Reese was just a year into his relationship with Biff (now his husband), the couple learned that Biff’s niece and nephew were about to be removed from their home by Child Protective Services. Immediately, Trystan and Biff took in one-year-old Hailey and three-year-old Lucas, becoming caregivers overnight to two tiny survivors of abuse and neglect. From this surprising start, Trystan and Biff built a loving marriage and happy home — learning to parent on the job. They adopted Hailey and Lucas, and soon decided to grow their family biologically with a child that Trystan, who is transgender, would carry. Trystan’s groundbreaking pregnancy attracted media fanfare, and the family welcomed baby Leo in 2017. In How We Do Family: From Adoption to Trans Pregnancy,…

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Queer Bodies/Queer Forms: Leaving Behind the Retrograde w/ Cooper Lee Bombardier

Queer Bodies/Queer Forms: Leaving Behind the Retrograde A 6-week online workshop STARTS: May 23rd, 2021 COST: $350 (scholarships available – priority to queer/trans POC writers – click here to apply) Cooper Lee Bombardier says: “To me, queer is expansive, queer is hybrid, queer is taking what works and leaves behind the retrograde.” Yes, for many queer is also an identity but you don’t have to identify as queer to benefit from a look at queer forms, or attempting to queer your own work. We’ll look at work that might be considered queer in content as well as form, and will embark on multiple generative writing “experiments” where we try on the forms and constraints studied, enter into conversation with them, become inspired by them, apply them to our…

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Aiden Thomas in Conversation With Adam Silvera

In Aiden Thomas’s #OwnVoices LGBT paranormal YA novel, Cemetery Boys (Swoon Reads), a trans boy determined to prove his gender to his family summons a ghost who refuses to leave. Yadriel has summoned a ghost, and now he can’t get rid of him. When his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his true gender, Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend, Maritza, he performs the ritual himself, and then sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set it free. However, the ghost he summons is actually Julian Diaz, the school’s resident bad boy, and Julian is not about to go quietly into death. He’s determined to find out what happened…

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Heaux Stories: Part Deux at Polaris Hall

We invite you to attend what some people anticipate to be the “steamiest night of the year”- Heaux Stories:Part Deux. This show is the sequel to sold-out storytelling showcase Heaux Stories. Heaux Stories is a production that was created as a space for women of color and femmes to gather and share their most intimate sexual truths through the art of storytelling. This event was born with the intention of being as a sex-positive safe space that will foster intimacy within community by centering femmes of color through the empowering act of authentic vulnerability. Due to the overwhelming lack of diverse perspectives in Portland’s local storytelling art scene, this show is a production created out of necessity by renowned storyteller and The Moth Storyhour producer…

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Queer Writing w Wayne Gregory

How does being queer shape the stories we write and the way we write them? Does character, plot, or theme make a narrative queer or is it something in the way a queer writer sees the world that colors a narrative? This class will invite writers to explore and express their identity and how it informs what they write and the way they write it.  Whether you are writing fiction or non-fiction, or just writing for yourself this class will help you make connections between who you are becoming and what you are imagining through your writing. Writers with little or a lot of experience are welcome to this workshop-style class. Bring something you’re already working on or start from scratch, but either way our…

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Gabby Rivera in Conversation With Tehlor Kay Mejia

Juliet Milagros Palante is a self-proclaimed closeted Puerto Rican baby dyke from the Bronx. Only, she’s not so closeted anymore. Not after coming out to her family the night before flying to Portland, Oregon, to intern with her favorite feminist writer – what’s sure to be a life-changing experience. And when Juliet’s coming-out crashes and burns, she’s not sure her mom will ever speak to her again. In a summer bursting with queer brown dance parties, a sexy fling with a motorcycling librarian, and intense explorations of race and identity, Juliet learns what it means to come out – to the world, to her family, to herself. Juliet Takes a Breath (Dial) is Gabby Rivera’s gutsy coming-of-age story for teens. Rivera will be joined in…

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The Unseen

The Unseen is a curated exhibition showcasing marginalized artists in their personal work to freedom and self expression. We are looking for female, non-binary, and LGBTQ artists willing to share their personal journey’s as the Unseen, those who have been shut out or quieted by the greater artistic establishment. Here we may give voice to ourselves. We are looking for visual artists, acoustic performers, spoken word artists, or performance based works. The event will be open to the public and will include a private showing of the first scene of the Quiet Crowd. Have tacos, desert, and listen to La Vie En Rose with us in the dining room.

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The Unseen: Open for Submissions

The Quiet Crowd is having a huge art show and we are open for submissions! The Unseen is a curated exhibition showcasing marginalized artists in their personal work to freedom and self expression. We are looking for female, non-binary, and LGBTQ artists willing to share their personal journey’s as the Unseen, those who have been shut out or quieted by the greater artistic establishment. Here we may give voice to ourselves. We are looking for visual artists, acoustic performers, spoken word artists, or performance based works. The event will be open to the public and will include a private showing of the first scene of the Quiet Crowd. Have wine, food, and listen to La Vie En Rose with us in the garden. To submit…

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Queer Open Mic (presented by the Bigfoot Regional)

The Bigfoot Regional Poetry Slam, in partnership with the Multnomah County Library, presents a poetry open mic for LGBTQIA+ poets to come share their experiences. Straight Allies are welcome to come watch. Event hosted by Garfield Hilson. This event is free and open to the public as part of the Bigfoot Regional Poetry Slam, a two-day poetry festival and competition happening in Downtown Portland.

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