“Our bodies are also occupied territories. Perhaps the ultimate goal of performance, especially if you are a woman, gay or a person ‘of color,’ is to decolonize our bodies and make these decolonizing mechanisms apparent to our audience in the hope that they will get inspired to do the same with their own.” -Guillermo Gómez-Peña

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Queer Artists of Color Showcase & Roundtable Discussion

Spotlight: Empowerment Through Art! QPOC Artist Showcase & Roundtable

Thursday, October 6 · 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Bluestockings Bookstore – 172 Allen St, New York, NY
$5 suggested, no one turned away for lack of funds!

How do we gain empowerment through art? How can the arts be a form of activism? In the space of performance, we have a chance to share our whole selves. Art allows us a voice, a platform to speak our truths. Strength is built on this. Communities are built on this.

Join Butters Papi and the Queer Commons for a queer artists of color showcase featuring Kit Yan, Una Aya Osato and Charan P. Morris. The performances will be followed by a discussion on the role of the arts in activism & community-building for queer people of color & queers in general. For details and updates, RSVP on Facebook here.


CHARAN P. MORRIS is a poet/educator transplanted from Chicago to New York. A LAMBDA Literary Foundation 2011 Emerging LGBT Voices Fellow, she has performed for audiences throughout the East Coast & Midwest, sharing a stage with artists such as Gill Scott-Heron, The Last Poets, Staceyann Chin, Kelly Tsai and others. Her work speaks out about colorism, homophobia and war, but sometimes it’s just about being human.

UNA AYA OSATO was born and raised in NYC, where she works as a performer, writer, and educator. Since graduating Wesleyan University, she has created several award winning one-woman shows: JapJAP, Recess, and Keep It Movin’. Una has performed nationally and internationally in theaters, classrooms, community organizations, prisons and universities. Her love for fully embodying her politics in her art has also led Una to Brown Girls Burlesque, where she is company member. For more info please visit:

KIT YAN was Featured in the HBO Documentary Asians Aloud. He tells stories through slam poetry from the lens of a queer and transgender Asian American from Hawaii who travels all over the world on tour, sharing touching love poems, coming out stories, and comedic tales of his childhood. Kit’s work has been taught at universities all over the world from Singapore to San Francisco State to Harvard. Kit is on Campus Pride’s Top 25 LGBT college campus speakers and artists hot list and is dedicated to creating positive social change. In 2010, Kit appeared in a census psa focusing on same-sex couples and people of color. Kit also spoke to over 200,000 from the stage of the 2009 National Equality March, performed on the 2009 San Francisco Pride main stage, and earned a top three spot at the 2010 National Queer Slam. Kit Yan is the first ever Mr. Transman 2010.

BUTTERS PAPI is a queer people of color (QPOC) production company that supports, promotes and increases the visibility of queer artists of color, including through MADHATTERS CABARET (MC), a QPOC cabaret. MC was created by founders Cristina Izaguirre and Zakiyyah Shabazz, affectionately called Papi and Butters. MC prides itself in bringing audiences performance art that subverts, enlightens and questions notions of gender, sexuality and race. For more information about MC, visit

THE QUEER COMMONS is a community-based organization dedicated to developing and supporting educational & community-building events by and for queer and LGBT folks, particularly people of color, noncitizens, trans, gender nonconforming, genderqueer and intersex people, and all those who exist outside of the gay mainstream. Our events, which include peer-led discussion groups, panels, participatory workshops and more, promote dialogue around social justice-based themes, support the health and well-being of the queer community, empower queer organizing, and encourage new leadership from within the queer community. For more information, visit

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*** SPRING 2018 EVENTS ***

CSGS spring 2018 calendar

Third Annual José E. Muñoz Memorial Lecture by JUDITH BUTLER

judith butler

a lecture on Susceptibility\Solidarity

February 12, Monday
6:30 to 8 pm

tickets required

Skirball Center
566 LaGuardia Place

The Next American Revolution: Publishing Protest with American Studies Now

next american revolution

a series launch with Lisa Duggan, Roderick Ferguson, Jack Halberstam, & LaMonda Horton-Stallings

February 15, Thursday
6 to 8 pm

285 Mercer Street, 4th Floor

The Extractive Zone: The Social Ecologies of Cecilia Vicuña

extracive zone

a Decolonizing Vision Speaker Series lecture by Macarena Gómez-Barris

February 22, Thursday
6 to 8 pm

285 Mercer Street, 4th Floor