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Writing the Wrongs of Michigan:
The 4th Annual GenderEnders Camp Trans Benefit!

Wednesday, July 5th
at Femina Potens Gallery
465 South Van Ness @ 16th St
Mission District, San Francisco, CA
8pm, $5-15 (sliding scale)
all proceeds to benefit Camp Trans

For the fourth consecutive year, GenderEnders is hosting a benefit for the trans-activist organization Camp Trans. This year, the show features six of the San Francisco Bay Areašs finest women writers:

Lisa Jervis, co-founder of Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture and editor at large of LiP: Informed Revolt.

Thea Hillman, activist and author of Depending on the Light and the forthcoming book For Lack of a Better Word (to be published by Suspect Thoughts Press in 2006).

Charlie Anders, publisher of other magazine and author of the novel Choir Boy, which is a finalist for both the Lambda Literary Award and the Edmund White Debut Fiction Award.

Tara Jepsen, co-host of the monthly queer open mic Best of the Bay winner, “K’vetch” and former member of Sister Spit.

Tina Butcher, founder and artistic director of Femina Potens and published writer for such magazines as On Our Backs, Bitch, Herbivore, Fault Lines, SuicideGirls.com, and Girlfriends Magazine.

Julia Serano, writer and spoken word artist whose work will appear in the forthcoming Bitch Magazine anthology and her own book Feminine Wiles (to be published by Seal Press in 2007).

In addition to this amazing line-up of writers, there will be drag performances and a plethora of wonderful prizes to be raffled away ­ it will be an amazing night of words, fun and fundraising that you wonšt want to miss!

All proceeds from the benefit will go directly to Camp Trans, the annual gathering of transgender people and their allies in Michigan with the intent of: 1) Protesting the exclusion of trans women from women-only spaces, most notably the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival; 2) Building a trans-inclusive community that is welcoming and safe for all; 3) Empowering the next generation of activists to fight for trans issues locally through organizer trainings, workshops, and leadership development; and 4) Advocating for the inclusion of trans issues in progressive, queer, and feminist movements by building coalitions with supportive organizations and bringing attention to local campaigns. This year’s Camp Trans takes place from August 6th-13th ­ for more info, check out: camp-trans.org


past events...

Sizzle presents GenderEnders!
Friday, May 19th, 2006
8:00pm-10:00pm
$5 sliding scale, $3 if you sign up for the open mic

Friday, December 16th, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Femina Potens Gallery will present its spoken word series Sizzle, a monthly night of open-mic erotica, film screenings, burlesque, drag shows and musical performances. May's Sizzle features GenderEnders: a night of trans- and gender-focused performance, featuring spoken word artists Meliza Baņales, solidad decosta and poet/songwriter Eli Wise. Plus, there will also be a feature set from GenderEnders host Julia Serano, who will be reading excerpts from her upcoming book Feminine Wiles.

In addition to the featured performers, every GenderEnders show hosts an open mic, open to folks of all genders, sexualities and identities!

at Femina Potens Gallery
465 South Van Ness @ 16th St
Mission District, San Francisco, CA
$5 sliding scale, $3 if you sign up for the open mic
Friday, January 20th @ 8pm

Full bios for featured artists:

Meliza Baņales is a spoken-word artist and the author of Say It With Your Whole Mouth (Monkey Press, 2003). She has been published in numerous anthologies and magazines including Transfer, Las Girlfriends, and Revolutionary Voices, the latter of which was nominated for a Lambda Book Award in 2001. She's been called "the girl with the sense of humor of a jackknife." The first Latina ever to win a Bay Area Grand Slam Championship, she's been on three national poetry slam teams and has also competed as an individual at the nationals. She is the winner of the Burning Bush Press People Before Profits Poetry Prize 2002.

In the simplest terms, Eli Wise is a poet and a songwriter. He is currently fascinated by ideas of impermanence and the attempt to capture some of his internal dream world in language and music. The result is fast paced rock songs about escape, romance, and bigger-than-reality dreams. The music is hauntingly melodic, jarringly rhythmic, and accessibly abstract. While the subject matter is often dark, he has a child-like openness when performing; he stretches out his hand and asks the audience to join him.

Spoken word artist/performer/MC/author solidad decosta is a mixed race herm/queer woman of black latina maternal ancestry. Equal parts street journalist, storyteller and 40 year old crone'ta'be with leo moon credentials, her work encompasses the why and where of life outside the boxes in a label obsessed world, and the what, when, who and how of everything else.

Julia Serano is an Oakland-based writer and spoken word artist who has gained attention as of late in the womenšs, queer and trans communities. She has performed at high profile events such as the National Queer Arts Festival, San Francisco Pride's Main Stage and Dyke March Stage, Ladyfest, Outcry 2005, and the UC Berkeley production of The Vagina Monologues, to name a few. In addition to self-publishing several chapbooks of her own work, Julia has written articles and poems for queer, feminist, and pop culture magazines, contributed essays to the forthcoming anthologies BITCHFest: Ten Years of Cultural Criticism from the Pages of Bitch Magazine and TransForming Community: Stories From Merging Trans and Queer Communities, and excerpts from her work have appeared on NPR and in The Believer and The San Francisco Chronicle. Currently, Julia is writing a book of personal essays, tentatively titled Feminine Wiles: On Transsexual Women, Gender, and the Future of Feminism, to be published by Seal Press in 2007.



Friday, January 20th
Femina Potens
465 South Van Ness @ 16th St., San Francisco
8pm, $5 sliding scale, $3 if you sign up for the open mic

Our features this month include:

Lisa Jervis, co-founder and publisher of Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture and editor at large of LiP: Informed Revolt.

Max Wolf Valerio, trans man and author of the forth­coming Seal Press release The Testosterone Files : My Hormonal and Social Transformation from Female to Male.

Shawna Virago, trans-fox rock star, activist, filmmaker, co-founder of TrannyFest, and writer whose work will appear in the upcoming TransForming Community anthology.

Nadyalec Hijazi is an omnisexual hellraising genderqueer gayrab whose work has appeared in Best Gay Erotica 2006, Desire in Transition, Lodestar Quarterly, Generation Q, Hot Off the Net, and Trikone.

As always, GenderEnders is hosted by trans woman writer Julia Serano.

In addition to the featured performers, every GenderEnders show hosts a performance open mic. Attendees are encouraged to bring their music, spoken word, stand-up comedy, performance art, or any other type of performance to the event. GenderEnders and its open mic are open to folks of all genders, sexualities and identities! Hope to see you there...



GenderEnders and Femina Potens are co-presenting the Camp Trans “Rock Out w/o Yr Cock Out” Music Benefit! - an event featuring many of San Francisco’s finest transgender music artists in order to raise money for the trans-activist organization Camp Trans. The show will take place:

Friday, July 29th
at Edinburgh Castle
950 Geary St., San Francisco
9pm, $5-15 (sliding scale)

The show will be part of the “Rock Out w/o Yr Cock Out” series, a monthly Femina Potens-sponsored queer and progressive rock and experimental noise event showcasing women and transgendered musicians. This particular show offers one of the largest tranny music bills ever put together, including:

-Lipstick Conspiracy, the SF Bay Guardian’s pick for Best Girl Band 2004.

-Storm Florez, a faggy, butchy, skirt and kilt chasin’ genderqueer singer/songwriter.

-Shawna Virago, the trans-fox rock star whose music tackles trans/queer issues with ingenuity, precision, and true-to-rock glamour.

-Jacob Perez (aka Scarletto), the API, Trans, Hip-Hop artist for the Queer-Trans-Genderation.

-Julia Serano, vocalist-guitarist-lyricist for the reckless & infectious indie-pop power-trio Bitesize

-Transition, the heartfelt singer/songwriting duo who have just released their first CD, Self-Titled.

The show will be co-hosted by Charlie Anders (of Choir Boy, Writers with Drinks, & Other Magazine fame) and Meliza Banales (award-winning poet and author of Say It With Your Whole Mouth), plus a plethora of wonderful prizes will be raffled away ­ it will be an amazing night of music, fun and fundraising that you won’t want to miss!

All proceeds from the benefit will go directly to Camp Trans, the annual gathering of transgender people and their allies in Michigan with the intent of: 1) Protesting the exclusion of trans women from women-only spaces, most notably the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival; 2) Building a trans-inclusive community that is welcoming and safe for all; 3) Empowering the next generation of activists to fight for trans issues locally through organizer trainings, workshops, and leadership development; and 4) Advocating for the inclusion of trans issues in progressive, queer, and feminist movements by building coalitions with supportive organizations and bringing attention to local campaigns. This year’s Camp Trans takes place from August 8th-14th ­ for more info, check out: CampTrans.org



The next GenderEnders show will be:

Wednesday, June 1st
at Femina Potens
(465 South Van Ness (@ 16th St), San Francisco)
at 8pm, cover $5-7 (sliding scale)
only $3 for open mic performers
All Ages!

This show we will be featuring two artists who have helped shape the Bay Area trans performance scene:

Charlie Anders is the publisher of other, the magazine of pop culture and politics for the new outcasts. Her writing has been published in the anthologies Pills Chills Thrills & Heartache, It's All Good!, Pinned Down By Pronouns and The Anti-Capitalism Reader, and in Salon, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Tikkun, Genre, and ZYZZYVA. She is also the host of the spoken word variety show Writers With Drinks and the author of The Lazy Crossdresser (Greenery Press, 2002), a guide for anyone-especially those born male-who feels inadequate in women's clothing. Her new book, Choir Boy, was just published by Soft Skull Press.

Storm Florez is a Bay Area writer and musician who got his start performing with the Albuquerque band Too F.I.N.E. Minds. In recent years, he has released a solo album, Standing Between the Day and Night, and toured across the US. Storm is also the author of the hilarious Pussyboy Chronicles and has contributed writings to trans anthologies and other projects.

In addition to the featured performers, every GenderEnders show hosts a "community bulletin board" and a queer performance open mic. Attendees are encouraged to bring their announcements and their music, spoken word, stand-up comedy, performance art, or any other type of performance to the event. GenderEnders and its open mic are open to folks of all genders, sexualities and identities! As always, the show will be hosted by musician and writer Julia Serano. Hope to see you there!


come on out to...
The 3rd Annual Trans/Intersex/Genderqueer & Buddies Community Picnic! Sunday, May 22nd
at Dolores Park (Dolores & 19th Street, San Francisco)
during picnic time (around noon to 5pm)

Please come out to the 3rd Annual Trans/Intersex/Genderqueer & Buddies Picnic! This event is meant to bring together the entire trans, genderqueer & intersex communities, including FTMs, MTFs, drag, crossdressers, bi and omnigender, two spirit, non-gender, androgynous, freaks, queers, those who transcend the binary gender system, friends, family and allies. All genders, ages, hormone levels and anatomies enthusiastically invited! The Picnic is a temporary autonomous space, belonging to and created by those who come. This jamboree is whatever we make it, there is no central organizing committee, it's a democratic shindig. You are encouraged to take ownership by adding yourself, your creativity and effort to the ruckus. So, please think of ways you can join in planning, promoting, bring food, drinks & lollypops to share, get together with your friends to organize outrageously fun things to do, be your marvelous self, and above all ­ get the word out there! Open mic with Lynnee Breedlove, the Radical Cheerleaders, Burlesque-Esque, Julia Serano, and lots more, DJ Molly Straylight, Clothing Swap by United Genders of the Universe, Transgenerations Children and Families Picnic area by COLAGE, Games, Tranny Wrestling, Kissing Booth, Three-Legged Races... and your ideas! Bring food to share, it's our Picnic!


The next GenderEnders show will be:

Wednesday, April 6th
at Femina Potens
(465 South Van Ness (@ 16th St), San Francisco)
at 8pm, cover $5-7 (sliding scale)
only $3 for open mic performers
All Ages!

Tonight we will be featuring two hosts of local queer and trans open mic events:

Larry-bob Roberts has been a fixture in the San Francisco queer spoken word and music scenes for years. He has published the queer zine Holy Titclamps since 1989, maintains a website of the same name, as well as the popular on-line events listing Queer Things To Do In San Francisco. Along with Kirk Read, he co-hosts one of San Francisco’s most successful monthly open mics, Smack Dab.

Brooklynne Thomas has been picked as one of ten dyke activists under 25 to watch out for in April’s issue of Curve Magazine. She is involved in trans activist causes such as Youth Gender Project and GenderBlast, and she hosts TRANSLATE, the Bay Area’s first monthly trans youth open mic event. In addition to her activist work, she has performed her own spoken word in many venues, including UC Berkeley’s 2004 production of the Vagina Monologues, and regularly performs drag under the aliases U.B. Mackin and Pandora Paradox at trans and queer events throughout the city.

In addition to the featured performers, every GenderEnders show hosts a "community bulletin board" and a queer performance open mic. Attendees are encouraged to bring their announcements and their music, spoken word, stand-up comedy, performance art, or any other type of performance to the event. GenderEnders and its open mic are open to folks of all genders, sexualities and identities! As always, the show will be hosted by musician and writer Julia Serano. Hope to see you there!


The next GenderEnders show will be:

Wednesday, February 2nd
at Femina Potens
(465 South Van Ness (@ 16th St), San Francisco)
at 8pm, cover $5-7 (sliding scale)
only $3 for open mic performers
All Ages!

This GenderEnders will feature an acoustic set by the world's first all-transgender band Lipstick Conspiracy. This 80's, new wave-influenced pop band has recently been a featured artist on PlanetOut and cited in the San Francisco Bay Guardian's "Best of the Bay" issue as BEST GIRL BAND 2004, and their debut CD, "Don't Tell A Soul", has been garnering steady air-play on local college radio stations.

Also featuring will be spoken word artist, filmmaker, and Gender Pirates co-organizer MK, whose playful writings blur distinctions between masculine and feminine, poetry and prose. As always, there will be a performance open mic and attendees are encouraged to bring their music, spoken word, stand-up comedy, performance art, or any other type of performance to the event. The show will be hosted by musician and writer Julia Serano.

full artist bios:
Lipstick Conspiracy: Founded: February 15th, 2003. Origin: Evidence suggests that Tori Tait and Sarafina Maraschino first met online to render secret negotiations to begin the band. The two conspirators were joined by Marilyn Mitchell at 26Mix, Mission Street, San Francisco, and the agreement was reportedly made over cocktails. This date is unconfirmed but is suspected to be sometime in the Summer, 2003. No witness testimony survives. Shawna Love was suggested as a natural addition by fellow/extended conspirators, and was introduced to Sarafina and Marilyn. Speculation dictates that Shawna and Tori were already acquainted. The four began developing their craft with an almost religious deliberation at a Victorian apartment on Utah Street, San Francisco, alledgedly rented by Sarafina, eventually securing a (still undisclosed) rehearsal space to further their aims. Their first live performance was at the El Rio, San Franciso, during the Sex Workers Film Festival. This appearance (as well as all others), is documented in the Surveillance segment. Shortly after hitting the ground, Lipstick Conspiracy was obvserved attempting to subvert local government. They cast their support for Tom Ammiano, and then Matt Gonzalez during the nail-biting San Francisco Mayoral race of 2003. Their efforts did not go unnoticed. Throughout the remainder of 2003, Lipstick Conspiracy continued to cut their teeth in a variety of locations and locales endemic of their character and convictions: Dragonfly in Hollywood, CA, Burning Man Decompression, Venue 9 Benefits, and so forth. Their political and social crusades had merged. By the end of 2003, a loyal following had been established, documented, and analyzed. 2004 witnessed the true rise for this band. Their newsletter, The Informant, by now was running full force, which further incriminated them and their conspirators: TGSF Cotillion; Camp Trans; Femina Potens; KARMA, Wicked Messenger, and Gender Pirates at the El Rio; and confirmed what many in the Intel community consider to be one of the most lucrative alliances in the Bay Area: Lipstick Conspiracy joined forces with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. By spring, 2004, Lipstick Conspiracy put the finishing touches on their debut CD, "Don't Tell A Soul" with Budz and the rest of the personnel at Potrero Post, San Francisco. The recording was made available in June, 2004. Analysis of this project can be found in the Evidence segment of this document. Lipstick Conspiracy achieved new strides during the summer of 2004. Their audience base increased dramtically following their stellar performances at Bay Area Pride festivals, their penetration of the local media, and the addition of a fifth member, Emme Yarwood. Shortly after June, Lipstick Conspiracy began to ride a new wave of notoriety largely fuelled by the fact that the San Francisco Bay Guardian named them the BEST GIRL BAND 2004 for the Best of the Bay. This distinction drastically increased their social capital, which was demonstrated when PlanetOut named them the Featured Artist, and documented elements of their history. The remainder of 2004 saw Lipstick Conspiracy, the so-called "band with the plan" continually on the run. They avoid the limelight, and are difficult to obtain on radar, but can be heard on radio (notably KZSU 90.1FM, KFJC 89.7FM, a vagary of Internet radio programs, and international stations in locales as far flung as Mexico and Serbia). They are highly skilled at remaining in the periphery, desite efforts to confound. They are rumored to be armed and extremely fabulous. End Report. January, 2005.

MK is currently a Sexpert in training through Graduate Human Sexuality Studies at SFSU and in production on an MA film project that celebrates the fellow performance event "Gender Pirates" and its creator Sam Davis. He also is legally employed as Hostess/Server/Bartender at Chow Restaurant. Lynnee Breedlove has called MK a "sexy faggot boyfriend,"among other re-claimed derogatories. Alas, he finds little time to enjoy the writing block of "knowledge [that] is truth, but only as it sits on my tongue;"he hopes that his audience takes pleasure in his prose regardless of clarity or identity.



Wednesday, December 1st
at Femina Potens
(465 South Van Ness (@ 16th St), San Francisco)
at 8pm, cover $5-7 (sliding scale)
only $3 for open mic performers
All Ages!

This GenderEnders will feature two cutting edge Bay Area artists who^(1)s writings explore the intersection of gender, race, and class:

Johnny Pratt is a writer performer and community activist. He is founding member of Other Brothers, a collective of artists of color on the female masculine to female-to-male spectrum, and a singer with the award winning Transcendence Gospel Choir. Using his elegant and powerful spoken word, Pratt seeks to open hearts and erase restrictive stereotypes.

Spoken word artist/performer/MC/author solidad decosta is a mixed race herm/queer woman of black latina maternal ancestry. Equal parts street journalist, storyteller and 40 year old crone'ta'be with leo moon credentials, her work encompasses the why and where of life outside the boxes in a label obsessed world, and the what, when, who and how of everything else.

In addition to the featured performers, every GenderEnders show hosts a "community bulletin board" and a queer performance open mic. Attendees are encouraged to bring their announcements and their music, spoken word, stand-up comedy, performance art, or any other type of performance to the event. GenderEnders and its open mic are open to folks of all genders, sexualities and identities! As always, the show will be hosted by musician and writer Julia Serano. Hope to see you there...


The nest GenderEnders will be:

Thursday, July 15th
at Femina Potens
465 South Van Ness (@ 16th St), San Francisco
an ALL AGES show!

Our features this month will include writer Max Wolf Valerio and Butch Greenblatt's new musical duo Trasmissions! Plus there will be a performance open mic that is open to folks of all genders, sexualities & identities! As always, the show will be hosted by Julia Serano. We are at a new location: Femina Potens (465 South Van Ness (at 16th St), SF), open mic sign-up at 8pm, show at 8:30pm, All Ages, cover $4-7 (sliding scale). Hope to see you there!!!



Our next GenderEnders show will be part of the First Annual Trans/Intersex/Genderqueer Week:

Thursday, May 27, 2004
at Femina Potens
465 South Van Ness (@ 16th St), San Francisco
open mic sign-up at 8pm, show at 8:30pm
cover $5-7 (sliding scale)

This month's show will be a special "Tranny Lovers Show!". To our knowledge, this is the first event to feature artists who have been, or currently are, the partners of trans people. Our features will include Michelle Tea, Meliza Baņales, Annalee Newitz, Clare Lewis, plus a few other special guests and a performance open mic. Attendees are encouraged to bring their music, spoken word, stand-up comedy, performance art, or any other type of performance to the event. As always, the show will be hosted by Julia Serano.

While GenderEnders has been a monthly show for quite some time (originally the first Tuesday of each month at the Cherry Bar), the show is changing to a more flexible format, taking place about once every other month, and the move to Femina Potens, an all ages space, will encourage younger folks to participate. All genders, sexualities, and identities are welcome at GenderEnders!

artist bios for this show:
Michelle Tea is a writer, spoken word artist, and co-founder of Sister Spit, the all-woman open-mic and spoken word troupe. She is the author of four books: The Passionate Mistakes and Intricate Corruption of One Girl in America, Valencia (which captured the 2000 Lambda Literary Award for Best Lesbian Fiction), The Chelsea Whistle, and The Beautiful (a compilation of poems from her early chapbooks). In addition to her work as a novelist, she is the host of local events such as Sorry Your Poor and the RADAR reading series, and is one-half of the astrology duo Double Team Psychic Dream, who pens horoscopes for the San Francisco Bay Guardian and Girlfriends Magazine.

Meliza Baņales has been called, "The girl with the sense of humor of a jackknife." The first Latina to ever win a Bay Area slam championship, she has been a fixture in the poetry slam community for the past six years. Her work can be found in numerous anthologies and magazines, including Revolutionary Voices, Lodestar Quarterly, and Laundry Pen, and through her own publications, published on both Chula and Monkey Press. Her work has often been called "edgy", "political", and "muy caliente". Always looking to fight the good fight, Meliza's work uses humor and personal stories to display larger truths and oppressions. Her first collection of poems, Say It With Your Whole Mouth, was released in June, 2003 on Monkey Press.

Annalee Newitz is the founder of the webzine Bad Subjects, and has published two books, White Trash: Race and Class in America (Routledge, 1997) and The Bad Subjects Anthology (NYU Press, 1998). She currently writes the nationally syndicated and award winning weekly column Techsploitation, which appears in the SF Bay Guardian among other places. Her writings have also appeared in magazines and papers such as Wired, Salon, The Industry Standard, SecurityFocus, GettingIt, Feed, SFGate.com, Gear, Nerve, The Utne Reader Online, Alternative Press Review, New York Press, The San Francisco Bay Guardian, The Metro, and several academic journals and anthologies.

Clare Lewis has played a vital role in building bridges between the Bay Area1s often disparate poetry slam and queer spoken word scenes. She was one of the organizers of the women-focused spoken word shows She-Slam and Elements, and competed at the National Poetry Slam as a member of the 2001 Berkeley Slam Team.

other shows that are a part of the First Annual Trans/Intersex/Genderqueer Week

Saturday, May 22, 2004
Unity 2004, a benefit for TGSF and 2-Spirit
at the LGBT Community Center (1800 Market St., SF), 6-9pm, admission is $15 (includes refreshments)
performances by Lipstick Conspiracy and Trans Central Station, plus special guests!

Sunday, May 23, 2004
The 2nd Annual Trans/Genderqueer/Intersex/Drag & Buddies Picnic
at Dolores Park at 19th Street during picnic time (noon or after)
all genders, ages, hormone levels and anatomies enthusiastically invited!
The picnic is a temporary autonomous space, belonging to and created by those who come. So, please think of ways you can join in planning, promoting, bring food, drinks & lollypops to share, get together with your friends to organize outrageously fun things to do, be your marvelous self, and above all - get the word out there!

Wednesday May 26, 2004
Gender Pirates
a benefit show for United Genders of the Universe and the LYRIC Youth Talkline
at El Rio (3158 Mission St., SF), doors at 8:00, show 9-12 pm, DJ till 2, $5-15 sliding scale (no one turned away for lack of funds)
Performers will include DJs Sam and Shanestar, tranny homo-hop artists Katastrophe and the Urban Hermitt, spoken word by MK and Sammer Arnaoot, and drag performances by Burlesque-Esque, Pop Tart, The Peter Pansies, and The Momma's Boyz. The Radical Cheerleaders will be your MC's.



Julia from GenderEnders will be co-hosting the following event:

“Happy Campers” – A Camp Trans Benefit Show!
Saturday, March 20, 2004
at El Rio: 3158 Mission St, San Francisco
3-8 pm, cover $7-12 (sliding scale)

The show will feature an all-star cast of spoken word, music, comedy, burlesque and performance art! Performers will include Dave Eggers, Carol Queen, Erika Lopez, Tim’m West, Ultragypsey, Tara Jepsen & Beth Lisick, Harlem Shake, Red Jordan Arobateau, Kari Edwards, Lipstick Conspiracy, Tennessee Jones, and Carolyn Connelly. The show will be hosted by Michelle Tea and Julia Serano. All proceeds from the show will go directly to Camp Trans, the annual protest against the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival's policy that bars transsexual women from attending.



January 2, 2004
Tranny Homo-hop at GenderEnders!


Wednesday, February 4th
Cherry Bar 917 Folsom Street, San Francisco
8:30 pm, cover $4-7 (sliding scale)
All genders, sexualities, and identities are welcome at GenderEnders!

We will have the usual performance open mic and “community bulletin board”. Attendees are encouraged to bring their announcements, music, spoken word, stand-up comedy, performance art, or any other type of performance to the event. This month we will feature two of the Bay Area’s finest tranny hip-hop artists, The Urban Hermitt and Jaycub Perez, plus a reading from writer and poet Matthue Roth.

artist bios:
Jaycub Perez is a Pacific Islander, Trani-Boi, Musician and Poet. Jaycub is known for his "hard-to-swallow lyrics" on gender, racial and religious issues. His style ranges from hip-hop to folk-punk and Goddess forbid he is sometimes caught as Margaret Cho puts it, "fanning the flames of his faggotry!" Jaycub has appeared in the QueerYouthTV documentary “HomoHop” and performed at Tranny Fest, East Bay Pride and Ladyfest.

The Urban Hermitt is a wide eyed writer, freestyle MC, and spoken word artist. He has published 17 issues of his zine, "The Urban Hermitt", and a full-length novel on Microcosom Press called “The Flow Cronicles”, which is a coming of age story about defying the hippie myth, moving to the city, and coming out as being queer. The Urban Hermitt is also a hip-hop artist, recently featured in a San Francisco Chronicle article on homo-hop.

Matthue Roth throws hip-hop, slam poetry, and storytelling together in an on-stage riot that’s reverent and irreverent at the same time. He combines his experience growing up in the Philadelphia punk scene with his experience as a practicing Orthodox Jew, mixing in meditations on sexuality, gender roles, and the conflict between vegetarianism and his grandmother’s cooking. Matthue has performed in the National Queer Arts festival, the Chabad San Francisco Menorah Lighting, and Russell Simmons presents Def Poetry. He is currently the poetry and arts editor for Zeek Magazine and Blech! Magazine.


January 2, 2004
GenderEnders third show!


Tuesday, January 6th
Cherry Bar 917 Folsom Street, San Francisco
8:30 pm, cover $4-7 (sliding scale)
All genders, sexualities, and identities are welcome at GenderEnders!

We will have the usual performance open mic and “community bulletin board”. Attendees are encouraged to bring their announcements, music, spoken word, stand-up comedy, performance art, or any other type of performance to the event. Our features this month will be Shawna Virago and Charlie Anders.

artist bios:
Shawna Virago is a trans-fox rock star, actress, leftist political activist and filmmaker. She and her band, The Deadly Nightshade Family, were called ”lo-fi headbangers” by the Bay Area Reporters and have performed at clubs and events including the San Francisco Dyke March, East Bay Pride, and the San Francisco Pride Main Stage. She is also co-director of the transgender film festival Tranny Fest, has starred in several underground movies and directed two movies, Almost Human and Shut Up, Josephine! Shawna was the San Francisco Pride Parade 2002 Grand Marshal. http://www.shawnavirago.com


Charlie Anders wanted to be a nice girl, but the written word has perverted her. Charlie's writing has appeared in ZYZZYVA, Salon.com, the Wall Street Journal, the SF Bay Guardian, Comet Magazine, Best Transgender Erotica, Best Bisexual Erotica 1 and 2, and many other magazines and anthologies. She is also the publisher of Other, the magazine for people who defy categories, the author of The Lazy Crossdresser and the Webmistress of God Hates Figs. http://www.charlie-girl.com


December 2nd, 2003
GenderEnders second show!


Tuesday, November 4th
Cherry Bar 917 Folsom Street, San Francisco
8:30 pm, cover $4-7 (sliding scale)
All genders, sexualities, and identities are welcome at GenderEnders!

We will have the usual performance open mic and “community bulletin board”. Attendees are encouraged to bring their announcements, music, spoken word, stand-up comedy, performance art, or any other type of performance to the event. Our features this month will be Thea Hillman and Katastrophe.

artist bios:
Thea Hillman is an award winning writer and intersex activist from Berkeley, California. She is the author of the critically acclaimed Depending on the Light (Manic D Press). A San Francisco poetry slam champion with an MFA in English/Creative Writing, Thea has performed her work at festivals, bookstores, and reading series across the country. She has produced many performance events, including the sold-out "Intercourse: A Sex and Gender Spoken Word Recipe for Revolution" for the 2001 National Queer Arts Festival. She is on the Mills College Board of Trustees, a board member of the Intersex Society of North America and one of the coproducers of ForWord Girls, the first inclusive all-girl spoken word festival. http://www.theahillman.com


Katastrophe (aka Rocco Kayiatos) is a hot-shit, gendermessin' FTM hip-hop MC who has rocked the mic, charmed the ladies, and educated the masses across the USA. With his tongue twisting rhyme style, political frankness, and a disarming sense of humor, he has become a primary player in the growing national queer hip-hop underground. He has been a Youthspeaks National Youth Slam Grand Champion and a Sister Spit National Tour member, as well as performing at such high profile events as the National Queer Arts Festival, Ladyfest Bay Area, and the SF Pride Nectar Stage. He was a featured artist in the 2000 PBS documentary, "Poetic License" and in NPR's This American Life. The SF Chronicle Magazine has described his work as "smooth-talking...tight, electric homo-hop...that fully embraces the 'play' in genderplay while still hitting all the issues he feels strongly about..." http://www.katastropherap.com


November 4th, 2003
GenderEnders makes its debut!


GenderEnders, a monthly series designed to “dot the i’s and cross the t’s in the LGBTIQ performance community”, will make its world debut

Tuesday, November 4th
Cherry Bar: 917 Folsom Street, San Francisco
8:30 pm, cover $4-7 (sliding scale)

GenderEnders’ mission is to foster community among the growing “trans” performance scene and allow gender/sex variant voices to reach larger audiences. GenderEnders is schedueled for the first Tuesday of every month at The Cherry Bar. More information on the show, including future featured performers, can be found at www.genderenders.com. All genders, sexualities, and identities are welcome at GenderEnders!

The debut GenderEnders show will feature Lynn Breedlove (author of Godspeed and lead singer for Tribe 8) and Storm Florez (a singer-songwriter who blends folk-rock style with dreamy tales of love, death, romance, and woe). In addition to the featured performers, every GenderEnders show hosts a “community bulletin board” and a queer performance open mic. Attendees are encouraged to bring their announcements, music, spoken word, stand-up comedy, performance art, or any other type of performance to the event.

GenderEnders is the brainchild of Julia Serano, a transgendered musician and spoken word artist who has helped organize other SF Bay Area trans-related events, including the “Trans/Intersex/Genderqueer and Buddies Community Picnic” and benefits for Camp Trans. Julia will emcee each show.

artist bios:
Lynn Breedlove, chief singer and songwriter for infamous dyke-punk band Tribe 8, has been performing throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe for over a decade. She currently teaches at the Harvey Milk Institute in San Francisco, where she lives. Breedlove released her first novel, Godspeed, on St. Martin’s Press in April 2002, available in stores and through Insight/Out book club. She is also the co-host of K’Vetch, a monthly queer open mic that recently won the SF Bay Guardian’s “Best of the Bay” Award. http://www.tribe8.com/lynneebio.html

Storm Florez moved from Albuquerque, New Mexico to the Bay Area only to find that s/he is not really a butch rock star, but a fire-walking sensitive new age guy trapped in a lesbian’s body. In May of 2001, s/he released her solo album Standing Between the Day and Night. S/he recently completed a summer US tour with Thea Hillman, a spoken word performer/activist, where they performed across southwest and southern states at various bars, coffee houses, LGBT pride events, and bookstores. http://www.stormflorez.com


August 2, 2003
A Benefit for Camp Trans 2003


GenderEnders and daniland productions present a Benefit for Camp Trans, which will be held on Saturday, August 2nd at the Voodoo Lounge at 2937 Mission Street, San Francisco. It will be a night of music, spoken word, drag, cabaret, burlesque, and performance art – performers include Michelle Tea, Shawna Virago, Katastrophe, Charlie Anders, Big Burlesque, Meliza Bañales, Julia Serano, Sherilyn Connelly, Seeley Quest, U.B. Mackin, among many others! There will also be prizes, an erotic kissing booth, and lots of other queer fun stuff! The show begins at 9pm, 21+, $8-$20 sliding scale, no one turned away for lack of funds.

Camp Trans is an annual protest against the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival's policy that bars transsexual women from attending. MWMF's so-called "womyn-born womyn" policy sets a transphobic standard for women-only spaces across the country, and contributes to an environment in women's and lesbian communities where discrimination against trans women is considered acceptable. For trans women who are consistently refused help from domestic violence shelters and rape crisis centers, this is a matter of life or death.

This year’s Camp Trans will take place from August 12-17 (near Hart, MI). This year, Camp Trans is sharpening their focus on ending the policy and organizing to fight transphobia in local communities. In addition to actions and outreach with festival attendees, Camp Trans is planning workshops, facilitated discussions and training sessions on grassroots organizing.

For more info about Camp Trans 2003, visit http://strap-on.org/mwmf. For more info about the Benefit show, contact Julia Serano at julia@genderenders.com



May 18, 2003
trans/intersex/genderqueer and buddies community picnic

A picnic, celebration and collaboration between and for trans, intersex, genderqueer, gender deviants and everyone beyond! All genders, ages, hormone levels and anatomies enthusiastically invited!

Kithology, United Genders of the Universe and GenderEnders present a San Francisco first; the potluck picnic, performance and festival by and for the entire trans, genderqueer & intersex community, including FTMs, MTFs, drag, intersex, trans, genderqueers, freaks, queers, punks, those who transcend the binary gender system, friends, family and allies. The free picnic will be held in Dolores Park at Dolores and 19th Street on Sunday, May 18, 2003, from 12-5pm.

Performers and DJs include Vinsantos, Shawna Virago, Solidad Decosta, Lynnee Breedlove, Larrybob, Julia Serano, Transformers, OTHER (Thea Hillman, Storm Florez), Daphne Gottlieb, The Northamericans, Burlesque-esque, Transcendence Gospel Choir, Katastrophe, Disposable Boy Toys, DJ Spike (Club KY), DJ Beet (hiccup, Russian River Massacre), DJ Sam (Gender Pirates), DJ Molly S and MC Fairy Butch among many others!

The “Tranny Clothing Swap”, organized by United Genders of the Universe, throwup queer & genderfuck handjobs and The Crafty Bitches, provides an opportunity to patch, sew, stud and trade clothing on the barter system. Bring something to swap! hiccup queer & genderfuck playground will be in full gear with Volleyball, Wrestling, Kickball and DJ Beet! Other picnic activities include face painting, a dance space and the genderfuck beauty salon. Guests are invited to bring a blanket, picnic and a food contribution for the potluck, as well as their own fun and games.

The idea for the picnic stemmed from a discussion between community organizers, kight fetish (Organizer, Kithology) and Sam Davis (Coordinator, United Genders of the Universe) on the need for integration within the trans and intersex communities. “The picnic is about bringing together trans folks, genderqueers, intersex folks and everyone who views gender as having more than two options,” said Davis, who notes the Tranny Clothing Swap and potluck as community building activities. Kithology produces events with the purpose of fostering community while providing an opportunity to socialize outside the bar/club environment. Recreation, education and support events include hiccup queer & genderfuck playground, throwup queer & genderfuck handjobs and screwup: bdsm dirt. www.kithology.net

United Genders of the Universe is a support group for everyone who views gender as having more than two options. In addition to holding meetings at The Pacific Center (Berkeley) and The Center (San Francisco), United Genders of the Universe produce Gender Pirates (26 Mixx), a dance club for “trannyboys and genderqueers, punks, queers, and genderfreaks.”

GenderEnders exists to foster community among transgender- and intersex-identified music and spoken word performers and to provide opportunities for gender/sex variant voices to reach larger audiences. GenderEnders producer, Julia Serano, gracefully coordinates the performers for this trans/intersex/genderqueer & buddies picnic. www.genderenders.com


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