Join us for this event filled week we are titling, Queer Realities: Intersecting Identities!

From January 28th to February 1st, the UW will be host to a week long series of events high-lighting folks who identify with multiple identities. The week will feature the awesome undocuqueer  artists Julio Salgado and Yosimar Reyes, as well drag artists from the greater Seattle community, including a Drag 101 workshop with the fabulous Isabella de la Rosa. The week culminates with a big Queer Talent Show!, featuring UW students along side professional drag performers.
Often times people, including one’s self, will characterize one for one particular identity or reality that one may associate with and judge one respectively for it. Whether that one identity/reality be sex, gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, ability, sexual orientation, legal status and/or others,  through this week we look to acknowledge the reality of our humanity as comprising from a plethora of varying yet very much intersecting identities and experiences.
Brought to you in collaboration by Amnesty International UWBeyond HB1079,  Movimiento Estudiantil Chicana/o de Aztlan (MEChA) de UWThe Q CenterQueer Activist Coalition (QuAC)Queer People of Color Alliance (QPOCA)ASUW Queer Student Commission, and the ASUW Women’s Action Commission.
This week will comprise of interactive workshops, thought provoking discussion, and captivating entertainment with many wonderful guests coming to help us in appreciating our intersecting identities.
The Week’s Events are:

MONDAY January 28
Creative Resilience as Resistance: Inviting Communities of Marginalized People to Practice Creative Resilience as Resistance
4:00-5:30 PM in the Black Room at the Samuel E Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center
This workshop aims to collectively create art for and by communities that are not part of the dominant political, white, hetero/cis, upper class narrative. The art is intended as a way of revitalizing creative spirit in different communities, healing for those who need it, and a stamp of resilience against system that tell us that our voices do not matter. Depending on funds, we will have three canvases available for this workshop. People are invited to add to these canvases, which will be auction later in the week to supplement the scholarship money raised from the Queer Talent Show.
Art Talk and Poetry Night with Julio Salgado and Yosimar Reyes
From 6:00-9:00 PM at the Samuel E Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center in the Unity Room
Join us as we welcome two fabulous undocuqueer artists, Julio Salgado and Yosimar Reyes!
“Julio Salgado is the co-founder of His activist artwork has become a staple of the DREAM Act movement. His status as an undocumented, queer artivist has fueled the contents of his illustrations, which depict key individuals and moments of the DREAM Act movement. Undocumented students and allies across the country have used Salgado’s artwork to call attention to the youth-led movement.” —The Huffington Post
His work includes series such as I Am UndocuQueerUndocumented Apparel, and in collaboration with Yosimar Reyes,  Five Tips for Queer Boys.

Yosimar Reyes, “From the Mountains of Guerrero, Mexico comes Yosimar Reyes, a Two-Spirit Poet/Activist Based out of San Jose, CA. His style has been described as “a brave and vulnerable voice that shines light on the issues affecting Queer Immigrant Youth and the many disenfranchised communities in the U.S and throughout the world.” —
Samples of his work include, For Colored Boys Who Speak Softly, and in collaboration with Julio Salgado, The Legalities of Being.

Through this event we’ll have the opportunity to view and learn about these two great artists’ work.
We will also be kicking off the week long timeline project!

Throughout the week we invite you all to visit the Parnassus Cafe in the Art building to add your own history your own identities. What events have been important to you and how you view the world?!
TUESDAY January 29
Writing Workshop with Julio Salgado and Yosimar Reyes

From 2:30-4:00 PM at the Q Center in HUB 315
Come write your own poetry and get a chance to learn from Julio and Yosimar!
Voices of the Intersection: An Open Discussion about Identity, Human Rights, and What it Means to be at the Intersection of ‘Queer’ and ‘Undocumented in the US

From 6:30-8:00 PM in the Samuel E Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center Ballroom
Join artist and activist featured on the cover of Time Magazine, Julio Salgado, poet and activist, Yosimar Reyes, Amnesty International LGBTQ Thematic Specialist Jacque Larrainzar, and DREAMers Ray Corona and Maria Juarez-Lopez in a panel discussion on identity and human rights. This is the opportunity to hear valuable perspectives on the “UndocoQueer” movement. Letter writing actions demanding justice in education for undocumented youths will precede and follow the event.
WEDNESDAY January 30

Drag 101 led by Isabella de la Rosa 

From 5:00-7:00 PM in the Chicano room at the Ethnic Cultural Center

FRIDAY February 1

Queers Got Talent

From 6:00-8:30 PM in the Samuel E Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center Ballroom and Lounge

Come watch some of the UW and greater Seattle community queers and allies show their amazing skills! From drag to modern dance, you’ll see a lot! Not all, but A LOT! Bring friends and family. $7 suggested donation, all proceeds going to queer student scholarship.

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