Genderqueer Program

2014 Genderqueer Programming Track

Friday, August 15, 2014

Empowering Language for Beyond-the-Binary Gender Identities
Troy Armstrong
Genderqueer, gender-fluid, non-binary, nonconforming, bi-gender, pangender, third gender, agender, neutrois, androgyne . . . Do you use any of these words to describe yourself? Are there other words you prefer? Are you having trouble finding words that accurately reflect your gender identity and expression? This workshop will provide a space to brainstorm and discuss various terms for our genders beyond the binary categories. Participants are invited to share their views on what works for them and what doesn’t, and learn new terms and interpretations from each other. Although we differ in our personal preferences, the intent is to support each other in choosing words that affirm each individual’s identity. We will also explore ways to challenge some of the binarist language that we encounter in our daily lives.
Note: While this workshop focuses on English language terms, participants are welcome to offer examples from other languages that are part of their lived experiences.

Genderqueer: It’s Not Just a Phase
In-house programming
When it comes to gender-nonconforming people, we often hear: “It’s just a phase.” Old assumptions insist that gender transitions move seamlessly from point A to point B. Genderfluid identities are dismissed as being temporary placeholders while we look for our “real” identities. Lately, the rediscovery of androgyny in popular culture has opened the door to accusations that gender-benders are just trying to be hip. Either way, we’re not taken seriously! The truth is, genderqueer, by whatever name we call it, is a legitimate and meaningful personal identity. In this workshop, we’ll explore the multifaceted nature of gender and how our expressions of gender can change—even from day to day. How do you name, construct, and express your genderqueering? Let’s find out!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Genderqueer Adult in the Real World
Sam Davis
Gender nonconformity is becoming more accepted among queer youth communities, but what happens when we become “adults” and have to live in the “real world”? What exactly is a genderqueer “adult”? How can we confront the challenges society presents, and the pressure to conform to male or female norms? Have you found ways to maintain your authentic self as an adult? Looking for others who have been able to express their gender nonconformity beyond youth spaces? This workshop will provide examples for living as a genderqueer adult in society, aim to build sustainable connections with others, and promote a dialogue generating alternatives to either going “stealth” or becoming isolated.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Gender Revolutionaries: Non-binary Film Shorts

  • LITTLE ORPHAN GENDER REVOLUTIONARY ANNIE (Ezra Nepon, Kate Sorensen, Niknaz Tavakolian; 2012; US; 14 min.)
  • TOILET (Kerem Blumberg; 2012; Israel; 6 min.)
  • DOS ALMAS (Danielle Villegas; 2013; US; 16 min.)
  • GENDERFREAK (Rebecca Louisell; 2012; US; 19 min.)
  • QUEEN OF THE DESERT (Alex Kelly; 2012; Australia; 27 min.)

Total running time (82 min.)

From re-purposed Annie tunes to a real life Australian queen of the desert, these genderqueer shorts pack a revolutionary punch! In Little Orphan Gender Revolutionary Annie, Annie transforms a beloved classic by queering familiar tunes and challenging the gender binary in this DIY musical. In Toilet what’s a genderqueer to do when the usual restroom of choice is occupied? Dos Almas takes us back to 1860 when a mestiza woman, alone in the remote wilderness, poses as a man and opens up to another life. In Genderfreak will Rachel, an awkward, straight high school girl, and Sammy, the genderqueer transfer student, become rivals, band mates, or something more? Queen of the Desert introduces us to Starlady who each year brings her mobile hair salon to a remote village in the Australian outback, providing makeovers to the youth of the village and successfully bridging communities with hair dye and an endless supply of patience.

Gender Odyssey is delighted to offer three short films programs and two feature films curated by Sam Berliner, the Festival Director of Translations: the Seattle Transgender Film Festival, run each May by Three Dollar Bill Cinema. This event is free and open to the public thanks to the generosity of the City of Seattle and their Neighborhood Matching grant program. Thanks, City of Seattle!

Of Interest:

  • A Lifetime of Surveillance in Images: Gender and Fluidity
  • The “I” Is Not Invisible: Creating Intersex-Inclusive LGBTQIA Activism
  • A Different Take on Passing
  • Wanted: Your Stories
  • Employing and Empowering Trans People Now
  • Informed Consent
  • Creating a Lexicon
  • The Art of Gender
  • One Size Does Not Fit All
  • Rules of Attraction

For exact times, see the 2014 Schedule grid.