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Queer & Trans people of Color Festival

Monday, May 8, 2017 @ 8:00 am - Friday, May 12, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

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The Second Annual QTPOC (Queer and Trans People of Color) Festival will commence at UCI on Monday, May 8, 2017 with support from the Office of Inclusive Excellence, the Schools of the Arts, Humanities, Medicine, Social Ecology, and Education, as well as Illuminations, The LGBT Resource Center, Cross-Cultural Center, and Graduate Division. To make this event a success, we need your support. Please help us spread the word, offer your students extra credit, and visit our website www.qtpocfestuci.com As you’ll see from the event schedule below, our pedagogical approach is an innovative and dynamic one inclusive of all learning types, and most events involve meaningful audience participation and discussion to achieve highest educational success. Intersections of gender, race, religion/ spirituality, sexuality, disability, immigration, and class are explored in our festival programming across varying disciplines. We are collaborating with the School of Medicine, Center for Student Wellness and Health Promotion, Counseling Center and the School of Education toward greater efficacy in educating and healing the campus community.

A queer of color approach to education and wellness (in body, mind, and spirit) is more important now that it ever has been. Queer of color theory emerged out of intersectionality, demanding a more integrated approach to disease and dis-ease. For instance, racism is a social disease but is intertwined with sexism, classism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, AIDSphobia, etc. and should be addressed within this matrix of oppression. These social toxins manifest in psychological and physical diseases such as depression, anxiety, alcoholism, drug addiction, and violence for both victims and perpetrators of these hateful and fearful ideologies. Yet, if these diseases are interconnected then it follows that healing and support for them are likewise interconnected. Thus, the methodology of the festival is intercultural and interdisciplinary and the project is ultimately a pedagogical one. The QTPOC festival broadens awareness and educates the greater UCI community on the unique challenges that those who identify as QTPOC face: fear of deportation; a history of pathology for queer, trans, and differently abled bodies; HIV & AIDS; greater incarceration rates; greater suicide rates; likeliness of mental illness.

Aims & Significance of the Festival

The principle aim of the festival is to both empower the QTPOC community at UCI while opening up space for resisting injustice, engaging in dialogue, creatively expressing and healing for QTPOC students as well as for the greater campus community.

The QTPOC (Queer and Trans People of Color) Festival will:

increase visibility for a particularly invisible population of our campus community;

celebrate the achievements of queer of color artists and scholars;

engender greater awareness around the particularities of experience specific to queer/ queer of color identities;

and will provide a safe space to foster new understanding;

thereby healing divides and enriching the greater campus community.

The festival will demonstrate and encourage the development of practical tools of healing and self-care in a series of workshops and lectures.

Members of the QTPOC community on campus will also have the opportunity to be empowered through workshops and performances by inspiring QTPOC role models.

With the theme of resisting, rising up, and healing, participants will have a chance to engage in workshops, discussions, and concrete problem-solving with the facilitation of faculty, staff, and counselors to explore how we can heal ourselves and our communities while engaging in social justice.

Furthermore, we aim to use this festival as a platform to build and further develop supportive networks for the QTPOC community on campus, including raising awareness and increasing involvement with existing resources on and off campus such as the counseling center, the Center for Integrative Medicine, the Office of Inclusive Excellence, the Center for Engaged Instruction, the LGBT Resource Center, the Center for Equal Opportunity and Diversity, and the Cross-Cultural Center.

Schedule of Events

Monday, May 8  – Curses & “Cures”

10am – 12:30pm

Film: Remington and the Curse of the Zombadings (director Jade Castro)

Screened at the McCormick Theatre in Film & Media Studies

Q&A with Dr. Bliss Lim, Moderated by PhD student, Finley Freibert


Panel: Rising up and Healing Then and Now: Looking Historically at Medical and Cultural Attitudes Toward Queerness and Blackness within our Current Social/Political Climate

Moderated by Kat Cosby, graduate student in History Department

CAC (Contemporary Arts Center) Colloquium Room 3rd floor

Lunch served; RSVP requested


Breakout Caucus Groups (2 closed spaces- QTPOC identified and non-QTPOC identified spaces for practicing anti-racism and allyship) at the LGBT Resource Center

4pm- 5pm Truevolution: HIV & AIDS awareness and outreach at the LGBT Resource Center


Dramatic Reading of “bonded” by Donald Jolly (a play about two male slaves who fall in love)

Nixon Theatre

Snacks served on patio before the show; RSVP required


Tuesday, May 9 – Intergenerational Queerness, Queer Science, & Indigenous Healing

10:00am-11:20 pm Workshop: Queer Spirituality, Queer Ancestors: Indigenous healing led by Marina Eskander

LGBT Resource Center

11:30-12:20pm Breakout caucus groups – LGBT RC

12:30-1:50pm Guest Artist with UCI Alum perform traditional Tae Kwon Do drum and dance

A dance with live music illuminating the threats that aggressive masculinity plays on the psyche, and learning to love the mature masculine within. Q&A moderated by Dr. Daphne Lei, Drama Dept.

White Room – CCC


2:00pm-3:30pm Workshop – Virtually Queer: Queering the boundary between real and imagined: Explores questions of reality in virtual spaces while strategizing how to be safe as well as how to cope with cyber-bullying.

CCC – Ring Room

3:30-3:45pm coffee and snacks in the Ring Room

3:45pm-5pm Workshop: A discussion on engaging in positive change in the SWANA (Southwest Asian & North Afrikan) region.

CCC – Ring Room

5:00pm-6:50pm A Queer Brain: two-part workshop on the intersection of science and queerness

The first hour will explore the relationship between queerness and neuroscience, and the second half will explore gay-ming culture and QTPOC avatars.

CCC – Ring Room

Refreshments served; RSVP requested

Wednesday, May 10 – Decolonizing Borders: Faith, Nationhood, and Action

10am-11:30am Workshop: Theatre of the Oppressed storytelling / rehearsing the revolution

Nixon Theatre

12pm-1:30pm Faculty Lecture: Dr. Bryan Sykes, Criminology department- Incarceration, immigration, and the undocuqueer movement

HG 3341

With lunch; RSVP requested


Film Screening: Major! (documentary about the life of trans activist Miss Major)

Introduced by Deejay Brown

McCormick Theatre

4:30-5:50pm Faculty and Student Roundtable: Performing the Resistance:

How do we fight transphobia, homophobia, Islamophobia, Xenophobia within an administration that bolsters, and even sanctions it?

HG 3341

6:00-6:45 Breakout Caucus Groups – CAC 3100B and CAC Conference Room (first floor)

With Pizza/ drinks

7pm-9pm Undocuqueer Performance/ Reading

Performed narratives of undocumented queer folx

Nixon Theatre

Thursday, May 11 – Queer Futures & Utopias

10am – 11:20am Staff-Led Workshop: Queer Families and Transparenting – Choice, Adoption, Biology with Dr. Lynn Hunt who specializes in transgender healthcare

HG 3341

11:30 pm- 12:50pm Panel: Queer Worldmaking, Utopia Visions: a panel in honor of José Estaban Muñoz moderated by Dr. Christine Balance, Asian American Studies

HG 3341

Lunch served; RSVP

1:00pm-2:00pm Radical Self and Community Care: A Workshop on Queering Wellness and Cultivating Balance

CCC White Room

2:15-3:15pm Breakout Caucus Groups- LGBTRC

3:30-5pm Don’t you feel it too? By marcus young.

A behavioral flash mob: Try this new form of participatory art, mind-body awareness,

activism, and physical exercise. Participants feel stress relief,

confidence, joy, and liberation.

From Ring Road to Science and Engineering Buildings

6pm – 8:00pm Performance of Living Mythologies followed by Q&A

Living Mythologies shares the stories of queer, trans, and intersex people of color (QTIPOC) through mythology, reclaiming our stories within reimagined old/new mythological beings. 

Robert Cohen Theatre, School of the Arts

RSVP required

Friday, May 12 – Medicine for our Survival

11-2pm Family, Food, and Fellowship: Join us for a closing conversation on the week’s events over lunch—what inspired you? Challenged you? What ideas do you have for next year?

CAC Outreach Room

Lunch served, RSVP required



Monday, May 8, 2017 @ 8:00 am
Friday, May 12, 2017 @ 5:00 pm