WIG IN A BOX PROMOTIONS
WEDNESDAY 08 SEPT
@ 20:30 Bricks garden kino
As part of our feature showcase of Drag Kids, Wig in a Box Promotions, Bristol's drag collective will be sharing insights and themes related to the film through lived experiences experienced with performances.
Only cocktail Mx with a twistxd concoction of Non-Binary finery, ounces of Transness, and overlooked moves.
Thursday 09 Sept
@ 20:30 Bricks garden kino
Clare Lowe is a queer events organiser, activist and art trainee therapist with their own promotions company, Wig in a Box promotions.
Bristol’s Tim Burton Fashion Model, Jersey the Devil is a Local Bristol Queen consisting of creepy but yet glamourous looks.
Peta (She/her) is a co-founder of Kiki Bristol and a passionate community activist. Along side her regular job, Peta studies law and is a member of the inclusive anti-fascist Easton Cowgirls Football team. She was included on “The Bristol Pink List 2021” a list of influential LGBTQ+ in Bristol right now.
Maria (She/Her) currently works for Public Health England and recently completed a Masters in Women, Violence and Conflict. She hopes to complete a PhD in the next couple of years highlighting issues relating to gendered violence particularly for BAME groups.
Lara (she/her) is a PhD Chemistry student in the field of Aerosol Science. She is also the founder and CEO of Creative Tuition Collective, which provides free tuition in STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths] subjects, mentorship and mental health support to pupils from low-income families. Lara co-founded Kiki Bristol, She says, “Kiki is a place for Queer, Trans and Intersex People of Colour (QTIPOC) to meet where we can create our own community alongside our supportive allies with a collective and shared vision of inclusivity and safety.”
QUEER & INDECENT
SaturDAY 11 Sept SHOWCASE
@ 12:30 in Bricks relay project space
RAVE AS ACTIVISM: ORGANISNG AT THE PARTY
SunDAY 12 Sept SHOWCASE @ 17:00
QUEERED SCIENCE: BIOLOGY FOR THE GAYS
SaturDAY 11 Sept SHOWCASE @ 16:30
Being LGBTQ+ can often pose a barrier to travelling, but a pandemic summer staycation on TERF island isn't so appealing either. In the face of the increasing use of “bad science” by British conservatives to naturalise hierarchies, justify their rejection of our communities, and increasingly limit our access to vital healthcare, here our three brave gayfaring panelists don their white coats to revisit some classical questions whose answers are so often relied upon by those who seek to exclude queer and trans people: What is nature? What is sex? What do the rich tapestry of sexual desires have to do with biology, if anything?
Vix Williams (she/they/slug) is a Bristol based artist working with interactive installation, costume, and the visual arts. Taking inspiration from the Leopard Slug—a genderqueer dichotomy-challenging animal that owns both male/female genitalia, and stands as a perfect metaphor for understanding gender and sexuality—nature, science, and sci-fi amalgamate in Vix's artwork, exemplified by the evolution of their installation Slime Time over the last 6 years.
Vala Biggart (she/her) is an NHS Trainee Clinical Biochemist and LGBT activist based in London. From her critical position as an LGBT woman in STEM, Vala will be discussing the ongoing research into inequalities between genders in healthcare, and how sexism in healthcare and sexism in science interrelate.
Dani Wijesinghe (they/them) is an independent researcher and member of the International Neuropsychoanalytic Association, whose research focuses on the relationship between psychoanalysis and the life sciences. They have previously written on neuroplasticity, gender, sexuation, early years education, and autism.
I’m interested in archive film, and confronting the inaccuracies of film history. The potential of enabling dialogue with rippling positive impact is what drives me. My favourite queer film is unashamedly Carol by Todd Haynes, it helped me to realise myself and Cate Blanchett is just….
Cheryl Morgan is a co-chair of OutStories Bristol, a volunteer community history group gathering the stories of LGBT+ people living in or associated with Bristol and its surrounds. She is an expert on the history of trans people in the ancient world and has been published in a number of academic venues. Cheryl is a regular speaker on the LGBT History Month circuit, including hosted several events organised by OutStories Bristol in conjunction with M Shed Museum.
Cheryl underwent gender transition in the 1990s when the UK had no trans-specific civil rights laws. She currently works with The Diversity Trust to run a programme of trans awareness training for a range of clients from small charities to large corporations and government. This involves in depth knowledge of how social attitudes towards trans people, and the laws affecting them, have changed over the years.
Tom has been a practicing artist for 21 years, and produced over 60 projects, across many mediums, including - museum audio-tours, theatre & cabaret. Actively encouraging dialogue with participants, through socially engaged processes such as ‘Tea Parties’, allows me evocative glimpses into everyday life, letting me tell engaging, poetic & unpretentious stories. An overarching theme of my work is that of the outsider & their story, particularly regarding the LGBTQ+ experience, stories that been omitted through archival silence. His work includes Kings Cross (REMIX) exploring the Kings Cross area in London in the 1980's, Haunted Existence, telling a story of a young man excused of gross indecency in the 1950's and had recently researched and developed a new show called Jenny that shines a light on story of a working class Trans woman in the 1900's working with the Tyne and Wear archives and funded by arts council and Brigstowe institute.
This panel will discuss ways in which party spaces can be linked to active social practice, or, 'Rave as Activism'. The club can be a space of working class and queer social reproduction, and the invention of new forms of social organisation and relationships. Culture starts on the dance floor: getting wrecked with your mates and then ending up at a stranger's house can bring about intersections of previously unconnected ideas and create new ones. Communities are built, and through them these ideas gain powerful material bases which can fight for causes, defend themselves, and influence wider culture.
Underclass nonbinary transfemme Hari Newland (aka Candy HurtZz💞) is a co-founder of 𝖘𝖓𝖔𝖌, and over the last few years has programmed Bristol venue The Old E into a buzzing hub of talent and a hive-pool of scenes, supporting a truly unique wave of new artists to flourish. Hari is also joining this dialogue with a perspective from the front lines of direct action the UK, and with a vision of the revolutionary politics that have bubbled up through the mud.
Yaz Brien (they/them) accidentally became a DJ in the early 2000s, fusing Asian Underground and conscious lyrics with their love of all things bass. Less frequently behind the decks these days they can usually be found stage left by the speakers, and on the airwaves as a producer and presenter at Ujima Radio. Involved in grassroots organising and social movements for the last two decades, they bring a queer, anti-racist and feminist perspective to all that they do.
Harry Gay (real name) is a full-time homosexual based in London. By day an LGBTIQ+ housing advocate—most notably one of the original and long-standing crew members of The Outside Project—and by night a DJ, promoter, event producer, and party starter. Before coronavirus, Harry was part of Glamtifa and could be found jumping around London's queer venues to DJ and bring 10/10 vibes while also throwing huge fundraisers supporting marginalised and oppressed members of the LGBTIQ+ community. But during the first lockdown he set up Queer House Party, and he hasn’t slept since.