Gay City Arts presents To Exist Is To Resist @ Gay City: Seattle's LGBTQ Center, Seattle [from 11 to 21 January]

Gay City Arts presents To Exist Is To Resist

11 - 21
19:00 - 19:00

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Gay City: Seattle's LGBTQ Center
517 E Pike St, Seattle, Washington 98122
Gay City Arts Presents:
To Exist Is To Resist: Sick and Disabled QT/BIPOC Ancestors and Futures
a night of sick and disabled QT/BIPOC brilliance
co-curated by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha and billie rain

featuring life-altering new work created by:

January 11 and 12:
Ayom Ament
Tara Hardy
Emi Koyama
Naima Niambi Lowe
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

Livestream for this show:

January 20 and 21:
Fayza Bundalli
Lucia Leandro Gimeno
Stacey Milbern
Dorian Taylor
Syrus Marcus Ware
Nic Masangkay and Moonyeka
billie rain

Film! Music! Spoken Word! Ritual Performance! Ancestor slideshow!

Thursday and Friday January 11-12th and Saturday January 20th,
Doors at 6:30pm | Show at 7 pm

Sunday, January 21 Matinee
Doors at 4:30pm | Show at 5pm

General Admission $15-$20
Students, Seniors, Sick and Disabled People $12

What would Marsha P Johnson, Leslie Feinberg and our sick and disabled queer grandparents have to say about fighting to survive and win? Sick and disabled queer/ trans people have always resisted, from the first colonial invasions to nursing homes to freak shows to street based queer and trans activism. We are heroes, fighters and survivors and we have the medicine we need to survive Trump.

In this star-studded sick and disabled QT/POC show, curated by billie rain and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, come witness Seattle based disabled queer/ of color artists performing new work reflecting on the resistance wisdom of our disabled queer ancestors.

This performance is also part of a star studded ALL SICK AND DISABLED QTBIPOC ALL THE TIME DOUBLE WEEKEND! Come see us, and then check out Neve Andromeda Bianco Mazique's one femme show, Betcha Ungodly Things! Support all of us!

Come for this living altar of disabled QTBIPOC testimony, genius and love.

— Access Info:

wheelchair accessible! including the stage

has two single-stall all-gender restrooms! one is accessible to scooters and wheelchairs, one just to manual wheelchairs.


CART confirmed for the 12th and 21st

This event will be UStreamed, but we urge folks, especially sick and disabled QTBIPOC folks, to come out and create community with us if you can.

In order that beloved community members, staff and performers who have chemical disabilities be able to attend, this is a fragrance free event! Fragrance free is access is love. Many folks get sick when exposed to fragrance, for many reasons- we might have cancer or AIDS, have been exposed to pesticides or cleaning chemicals through our work, have Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Syndrome, asthma or a million other things. You can help create a comunity of love and solidarity by reducing or eliminating your use of products with chemical fragrance in them. this doesn't have to be expensive or hard, and it can mean that sick and disabled queer and trans Black and brown folks can come to this cultural event.
what this means:

*when you're picking out your cute outfit you're going to wear to the event, if it's been washed in fragranced fabric softener, detergent and/or something like Febreeze, get some frag-free detergent and baking soda and run it through the wash.

*in the days leading up to the event, leave off using perfume, cologne, essential oils and the like. plain coconut oil, cocoa butter, shea butter? those are great! stuff that says «perfume» or «natural essential oils» on the ingredients list- leave it off for the night.

if you smoke, wait 30 minutes before you enter the space, wash your hands and face, and put your jacket & overclothes in a closed plastic bag. we will have some at the show.

Need some product recommendations? Leah wrote this article: that has a ton of them, focusing on Black and brown skin and hair needs. (She is also in the process of updating the list bc the article is 5 years old):
here's another list with good recs as well:

if this is new to you, and you have questions, here's some articles about fragrance free stuff from a Black and Brown queer feminist perspective:

ProTactile and close vision interpreters available on request.

if you have access questions for us please get in touch!
[email protected]

Here's the official Gay City access info:

Official Gay City fragrance policy:

It is Gay City’s policy that smoking and use of fragrances are prohibited on Gay City Health Project premises, including all Gay City Health Project sponsored events and activities. The health of some of our staff, volunteers, and clients may be harmed by exposure to cologne, perfume, or other fragrances–which may cause difficulty breathing, migraine headaches, flu-like symptoms and more. These symptoms are not always readily apparent and sometimes show up hours later or persist for days after an exposure.

Coming to Gay City having used fragranced products on your body or your clothing means that those who are sensitive are faced with the choice to stay and get sick or leave and be unable to access important services or do their job. We ask your help in making Gay City accessible to all by coming to Gay City fragrance free.

*Sponsor Tickets: Gay City relies on the generosity of our patrons and supporters to help bring about programs like Gay City Arts. Spending a little more on your ticket will help keep our program running and our ticket prices low.

**Radical Hospitality Tickets are provided as a homage to a concept first pioneered by Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis, meant to “erase economic barriers in pursuit of building a truly inclusive” audience.

About Gay City Arts: Art is the voice, spirit and conscience of every community and is a vital tool for community reflection, dialogue and pride. Through Gay City Arts, Gay City collaborates with local LGBTQ artists to galvanize an audience for queer arts, foster the development of LGBTQ artists and works and facilitate artistic excellence that is accessible. Gay City Arts is committed to presenting challenging, dynamic and excellent queer art across a wide range of disciplines, including theater, music, dance, film, spoken word, literary and visual arts. Learn more:
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