Youth Speaks presents Queeriosity: Answering our Ancestors, June 18, 2016

Queeriosity 2016

Youth Speaks first presented Queeriosity in 1999, the brainchild of two young members of the organization. As part of our ongoing campaign to celebrate young people in the Bay Area, and to give a space for those who are too marginalized to speak, Queeriosity is a place for a diverse population of queer youth and their allies to come together and declare themselves present and unafraid.

The Queeriosity 2016 theme is Answering Our Ancestors. This year our intention is to pay our deep respects to 4 queer literary ancestors whose work and lives still make ripples in our present day queer intergenerational aesthetics. Queeriosity 2016 is an intimate conversation our youth and featured adult artists would like to have with these 4 ancestors.

James Baldwin.
Octavia Butler.
Justin Chin.
Gloria Anzaldua.

Queeriosity is a place for queer and questioning youth to simply be, and have their emerging artistic and activist voices celebrated. In partnership with the National Queer Arts Festival, Queeriosity is an annual spoken word and performing arts showcase for LGBTQQ youth, highlighting the voices of a diverse San Francisco Bay Area. It is for all of us that don’t and won’t fit the cookie cutter rubrics of American love and sexuality. If you’ve ever felt your identity overcrowding the boxes, Queeriosity is for you.

Queeriosity is presented at SOMArts through participation in the Affordable Space Program, which provides below-market rental space, production and publicity assistance to nonprofit organizations, individual artists and other events and classes that meet our mission. For more information visit our rentals page.

The mission of SOMArts is to cultivate access to the arts within the Bay Area by collaborating with community-focused artists and organizations, and to engage the power of the arts to provoke just and fair inclusion, cultural respect, and civic participation. To find out about SOMArts classes, events and exhibitions, click here.

Image courtesy of Youth Speaks