Courageous Conversations is a free forum that brings together leading thinkers and doers from the arts, media and politics to offer strategies to queer people on how to navigate and thrive in the current political climate. The series receives generous support from the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.
LOLA FLASH & GONZALO CASALS
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12 | 7PM
Lola Flash's photography challenges stereotypes and she's said that because of the erasure of her femaile-centered, queer black person, "It is my task to speak up" and offer new ways of seeing that transcend and interrogate gender, sexual, and racial norms. Gonzalo Casals, a queer Latinx immigrant, and a fervent believer in cultural democracy, is the Director of the Leslie-Lohman Museum in NY and employs innovative cultural programming and authentic engagement strategies.
IVAN VELEZ JR. & JENNIFER CAMPER
TUESDAY, JULY 23 | 7PM
The first event of our 2019 revamp of our Courageous Conversations Series features both Ivan Velez Jr. and Jennifer Camper. Both barrier-breaking and award-winning cartoonists, these two artists have fostered change through their art, activism and professional practice.
MARIA BAUMAN & EVA YAA ASANTEWAA
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 | 6PM
Maria Bauman is the artistic director of MBDance whose work is based on physical and emotional power, desire for equity, and fascination with intimacy. Eva Yaa Asantewaa is Senior Curatorial Director of Gibney and a 2017 Bessie Award-winner for Outstanding Service to the Field of Dance as a veteran writer, curator and community educator.
JES TOM & HARMONICA SUNBEAM
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29 | 7PM
Jes Tom is a New York-based actor, writer, and weird queer stand-up comic, gleefully providing the nonbinary queer Asian American radical cyborg perspective that everyone never knew they wanted. They've shared the stage with Kate Bornstein and Rosie O'Donnell. Harmonica Sunbeam, the Queen of Comedy, has delighted audiences at nightclubs, cabarets & supermarkets openings across the U.S. and abroad for over 27 years.
COURAGEOUS CONVERSATIONS 2019
ROSE TROCHE & DAVID ANTONIO CRUZ
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17 | 6PM
Rose Troche is an award-winning, barrier-breaking TV/film writer, director, and producer, with a vast body of work from her classic film Go Fish (1994) to The L Word, Six Feet Under, Ugly Betty and more. David Antonio Cruz, a multidisciplinary artist and a Professor at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University, fuses painting and performance to explore the intersectionality of brown, black, and queer bodies.
LEON CURRY & VANESSA GERMAN
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15 | 7PM
**PLEASE NOTE THAT DARNELL MOORE IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE TO ATTEND THIS CONVERSATION**
Award-winning Pittsburgh-based poet, performer, photographer, and sculptor Vanessa German creates works that explore the power of transformation & healing.
Entrepreneur/AFROPUNK contributor, Leon Curry is the person behind the famed Trappy Hour that holds a Black, Queer space at Harlem Nights that keeps community groovin' & connected.
Gerard Minaya (he/they/them)
KING RA SUMA BA IFAGBEMI & DAISY DEJESUS
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 26 | 7PM
A graduate of Columbia ad Princeton Universities, Nesu-Bit Ra Suma Ba Ifagbemi is a writer and the world's first openly Gay Ifa Babalawo and Kemitic High Priest. Daisy DeJesus is an iconic Lesbian and Puerto Rican activist who was a leader in many groups including the Salsa Soul Sisters, Las Buenas Amigas and the Pa'Fuera, Pa'lante conference.
JACK WATERS & PETER CRAMER
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 | 7PM
Peter Cramer and Jack Waters are artists known for their cross disciplinary multimedia works that encompass experimental film, documentary, and diaristic approach. After the loss of friends and their own HIV seroconversion diagnosis, they reinvigorated investigation of AIDS, LGBTQ political struggles, sexual/radical identity and erotic subject in films, videos, performances, and installations.