- I am very proud to announce that I’m performing (for the second year in a row!) in Still Here on June 11th & 12th. I will be debuting BRAND NEW WORK. This show is incredibly special & important to me, and I am incredibly proud of the new work I’ve produced for this performance. You really, really, really do not want to miss this.
- I’m also teaching Sex Workers’ Writing Workshop this Saturday June 14th at Center for Sex & Culture.
Jump below the cut for more info about these events. Hope you’re all splendid!
<3 & happy Gay Stamina Season!
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Wednesday, June 11th & Thursday, June 12th
Curators: Cristina Mitra & Natalia Vigil
The San Francisco LGBT Center, 2nd floor
1800 Market Street (btwn Octavia & Laguna)
$12 - $20
Still Here is back after a sold-out debut at National Queer Arts Festival in 2013! With a fresh mix of new and returning artists, Still Here brings together queer/LGBTQI San Franciscans raised during the 1980s and 1990s — with the AIDS epidemic as a backdrop to their childhoods.
Gina de Vries
Kaira Portillo Espinoza
Three Sisters Belly Dance Company
We invite you to join us as we re-imagine, re-invent, and re-examine San Francisco’s (queer) history around AIDS, sexuality, and community in two very special nights of literary arts and multidisciplinary performance.
Still Here stakes a claim to this city, disrupting the assumption that everyone in San Francisco is from somewhere else, and exposes essential narratives about coming out, class and economic disparity, and the meaning of home and family in a “gay mecca.”
By sharing their San Francisco stories, these artists add their voices to discourse about San Francisco and remind us that they are steadily “Still Here.”
SEX WORKERS’ WRITING WORKSHOP
* JUNE SWWW: Saturday, June 14th, 2-4pm.
* Center for Sex & Culture, 1349 Mission Street at the corner of Grace Alley (between 10th and 9th Streets) in San Francisco. We’re close to both Civic Center BART & Van Ness MUNI, and are also accessible by the 9-San Bruno, 12-Folsom, 14-Mission, 19-Polk, 47-Van Ness, & 49-Mission/Van Ness MUNI bus lines, among others.
* Sliding scale $10-$20. (More if you can, less if you can’t, nobody turned away — if you’re broke you should still come write with us!)
* Workshop facilitated by Gina de Vries.
* TENTATIVE 2014 Schedule: The second Saturday of every month, 2pm-4pm. June 14th, July 12th, August 9th, September 13th, October 11th, November 8th, December 13th.
This is a writing workshop for current and former sex workers to share their writing and get honest, non-judgmental feedback. Workshop participants are not obligated to write exclusively about sex work, but writing about work in the sex industry (as well as writing about other topics) will be welcomed. This is a place where people can write and share about their sex work experiences without having to censor themselves or explain every detail. Beginning writers are encouraged to attend along with more seasoned wordsmiths.
Sex Workers’ Writing Workshop is all-genders. We define the term “sex worker” broadly, as people who have exchanged erotic labor for money/food/shelter/things that we need, including but not limited to:
+Street and Survival Sex Workers
+Escorts, Personal Companions, and Sugar Babies
+Sensual Massage and Sensual Body Work Providers
+BDSM workers; pro-dom/mes, subs, and switches
+Adult Film Actors; Porn Models and Performers; Nude Models; Cam Girls and Boys
+Exotic Dancers; Strippers; and Peep Show Workers
+Phone Sex Operators
+And many other Sex Workers and Adult Entertainers!
(If we’re forgetting your area of the industry in this definition, tell us!)
** Email questions, volunteer inquiries, etc, to Gina at email@example.com.
** Disability accessibility info in detail here.
** Speaking of accessibility: While we can’t 100% guarantee a scent-free space, we ask that all attendees please refrain from wearing scented products to ensure that workshop members with chemical sensitivities can attend.
** We ask that our non-sex worker friends, lovers, partners, allies, and clients respect that this space is FOR SEX WORKERS ONLY.
INSTRUCTOR BIO: Gina de Vries is a writer, cultural worker, queer cripple, genderqueer femme, Paisano strega, fat sex worker, and devout pervert born, raised, and currently living in San Francisco. Ze is founder & facilitator of Sex Workers’ Writing Workshop, founder & co-curator of the Girl Talk performance series, former head curator of San Francisco in Exile, a proud alumna of St. James Infirmary, and on the Advisory Board at The Center for Sex & Culture. Ze holds a Master’s in English and a Master of Fine Arts in Fiction Writing from San Francisco State University. Ze’s performed, taught, and lectured everywhere from chapels to leatherbar backrooms to the Ivy Leagues, and hir writing has appeared dozens of places, from the academic to the pornographic. Ze is currently at work on “How To Have A Body,” a book of experimental prose about the intersections of sexuality, gender, disability, and chronic illness. Find out more: ginadevries.com | queershoulder.tumblr.com | howtohaveabody.tumblr.com