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Date

Time
Event
Location

Thursday, April 21

9:00 PM
Doria Roberts Conference Kickoff Party
Join us for the opening of the conference, with live music, a raffle, food, and mingling.
The 'Sco
 
9:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Registration/Information Table
The 'Sco

Friday, April 22

10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Registration/Information Table
Wilder Lobby
 

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Black Eyed Susans: Surviving Multiple Minority Status in the States / Doria Roberts
Doria Roberts will discuss her life experience as an African American lesbian, growing up poor, going to school with the wealthy, activism, and how to avoid life choices informed by society’s expectations.

Wilder 115

 

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Impacts of Surviving Physical and Sexual Abuse on Intimate Relationships / Barbara Thomas
Participants will be introduced to a model for understanding the impact of abuse survivorship on intimate relationships. Experiential exercises will be used to explore experiences of connection and disconnection in relationships.

Wilder 211

 

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

When Fitting in isn't an Option: The Marginalization of Gay and Gender Non-Conforming Black Male Students in an Urban High School / Lance McCready
Lance McCready will discuss the ways gender and sexuality compound the marginalization of Black gay male students in an inner-city high school.

West Lecture Hall

 

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Educational Film Screening and Discussion / Jason Tompkins
Participants will view and discuss a recent documentary.

Wilder 211

 

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Reading / Nalo Hopkinson
Author Nalo Hopkinson will read selections from her fiction.

Wilder 112

 

9:00 PM

Deep Dickollective Performance
Hip Hop artists D/DC will perform their original work.

Cat in the Cream

Saturday, April 23

9:00 AM - 6:30 PM

Registration/Information Table

Wilder Lobby

 

9:00 AM

Continental Breakfast

Wilder Lobby

 

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Workshop / BlackOut Unlimited
Members of BlackOut Unlimited, Cleveland's premiere Black LGBT organization, will present a workshop.

Wilder 211

 

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Intimacy and the Idea of Play in PoC Communities / Ingrid Rivera
What is intimacy, sex, BDSM, fantasy/roleplay, and fetish? Why does understanding them matter, especially if you are not practicing them? In this workshop we will discuss myths and realities of these forms of play/intimacy, what the terms mean to us individually, and why it's relevant to PoC communities.

Wilder 316

 

12:00 PM

All-Conference Lunch
Catered by House of Sauce; free to all conference participants.

Edmonia Lewis Center for Women and Transgender People

 

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Talking Gender: Community Definitions, Personal Identifications / Heather Griffin
This workshop features group discussions about how gender is distinct from other identities like sex, sexuality, race, class and more, but how gender is also connected to these identities. We will begin with a kind of gender 101 introducation. Participants might break into groups based on identity and familiarity with discussion topics. In particular, we will consider how race impacts perceptions of gender and why some non-gender-normative behavior and identity are more socially acceptable than others. Resource packets will be available.

Wilder 204

 

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

"Black Lesbians Do Not Exist:" A Poetic Biomythological Discussion / Leslye Huff
Or do they?

Wilder 310

 

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Finding Each and Other(s): A discussion of queer polyamorist experiences in the black freak diaspora / Nalo Hopkinson and Juba Kalamka
Oakland Poet/emcee Juba Kalamka met Canadian science fiction/fantasy author Nalo Hopkinson through email in 1999 following the publication of his coming out story in the bisexual magazine "Anything That Moves." Six years later, both have primary partners, yet have remained long distance friends and lovers in a relationship both would describe as "too complicated to explain" in a few sentences. What they can explain, however, is the nature of their attractions to non-traditional relationships and how that desire has complicated, enriched, and expanded their notions of self and connectedness within the African diasporic communities and beyond. Dialogue to be followed by audience Q and A.

Wilder 215

 

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Educational Film Screening and Discussion / Jason Tompkins
Participants will view and discuss a recent documentary.

Wilder 211

 

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

From Discussion to Action / Allison Curseen
A practical conversation with Allison Curseen, Campus/Community Collaboration Leader, on moving from thought to action in the service of queer communities of color. In this conversation, the group will actively explore challenges, possibilities, and strategies for bringing activism into the community as individuals and as a group.

Wilder 215

 

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Spirituality Discussion / Moderator TBA
Open discussion of faith, spirituality, and religion. How can out or closeted queer/LGBT/non-gender-normative, polyamorous and "non-traditional" individuals and families of African descent find and build spiritual communities that accept us wholly? What roles can allies play? What fundamental changes have been made and need to be made in spiritual communities to make them more truly open and affirming?

Wilder 315

 

8:00 PM

Open Mic / Ingrid Rivera, Host
An open mic, starting off with a performance by Ingrid Rivera, followed by an open opportunity for conference participants to share their work.

The 'Sco

 

10:00 PM - 1:00 AM

Conference Party
An informal opportunity to unwind with music and dancing.

The 'Sco

Sunday, April 24

9:00 AM

Continental Breakfast

Environmental Studies Center

 

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Closing Conversation
Where do we go from here? WOWH organizers will conclude the conference with closing thoughts and artists will share creative works.

Environmental Studies Center

 

12:00 PM

Closing Banquet
Catered by El Kefon; tickets $1-$5, sliding scale, available at the registration/information table.

Environmental Studies Center

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