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[ February 27, 2017 | Performance & Workshop: Williams College!]

[ February 27, 2017 | Performance & Workshop: Williams College!]

 

FEATURE: Kay Ulanday Barrett
Kay Ulanday Barrett
is coming to Williams! On March 1st, at 4:30pm, Kay and the Office of Accessible Education will be hosting a panel in Griffin 3 speaking to disability and access at Williams and beyond, the specific ways these experiences and structural histories affect queer/trans people, people of color, and low-income folks. This is an event that will speak critically to ableism here and elsewhere, and provides ways to learn and improve our own communities. 

Access Notes: Please refrain from wearing any type of scent to the event, including perfumes, colognes, and scented detergent. The event will be a scent-free space. If you or anyone attending the event has access needs you would like accommodated, please contact Olivia Goodheart at ojg2@williams.edu.

This event is generously co-sponsored by the Feminist Collective, the Dively Committee, the Davis Center, the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity, EComm, Williams Students with Disabilities, Queer Student Union, WGSS Department, Asian Studies, the English Department, Minority Coalition, the History Department, Comparative Literature, and the VP of Campus Life.

[September 4, 2015 | 3 Artists & Cultural Workers You Need to Know About – medium.com]

[September 4, 2015 | 3 Artists & Cultural Workers You Need to Know About – medium.com]

3 Artists & Cultural Workers of Color You Need to Know About

Kay Ulanday Barrett on Reina Gossett, Patricia Berne, & Sonia Guiñansaca

This post is part of a Nat. Brut series in which feminist writers, artists, and activists discuss people, publications, or organizations who are working toward inclusivity. Today, poet and educator Kay Ulanday Barrett shares their choices. Click here to read more!  Special Thanks to Kayla E. of Nat. Brut for the amazing collaboration. 

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June 23, 2015 | TPOC, Julio Salgado & Kay Ulanday Barrett in The Advocate!

June 23, 2015 | TPOC, Julio Salgado & Kay Ulanday Barrett in The Advocate!

 

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Excerpt:

Kay Ulanday Barrett, a Filipino writer who helped Salgado gather participation from many of the project’s subjects, agrees. “This project celebrates TPOC bodies and brilliance customarily erased in the LGBTQ mainstream,” they told The Advocate. “Our work and this project reminds us: migrant, black, disabled, fat, gender non-conforming, brown, and transfemme people run this shit and we must be honored daily.””

April 4, 2015 | Color of Violence 4 (recap again!)

April 4, 2015 | Color of Violence 4 (recap again!)

COV4: recap yet again!

Enjoy this photo show, or picture show, as my mama
would say. Chicago you do this thing that charms me with
your midwestern gargantuan food portions, yet

breaks my heart overtime.

This was a hard trip. I was facing so many transitions:
people still remembering me as able-bodied; people uncomfortable
with my use of a scooter as a transmasculine brown person using
an assistive device which seemed sadly like such a threat, i.e.
“Ohhhh, hey why don’t you give me a ride?! or “Why are you on
that thing?! You are taking up space!”; remembering deaths of
dear family members; recollecting my old queer days;
midwestern gender binaries; heart ache; and having too
much time in a convention center.

What brought me life were the moments of intimacy— the
glares and smirks during workshops when someone said something
uplifting, the check ins for food and medicine by SDQTPOC and
our loving allies working to hustle resources for us, pool karaoke
time with my PNW & toronto homies, acupuncture from Geleni,
scooter shares with glorious lame and wobbly friends as well as those
feeling pain. Shouts to organizers Shira Hassan, 
Shonettia Monique,
Prudence Brown, and all the others who showed up in the most

accountable and best ways they could for this mega long-awaited
conference! Your work has nourished me since my baby queer days,
continues to do so for so many communities. I’ve always respected
the tenacity and love from which y’all create political change and
movement building. Thank you for sharing the long work, the invested
time, the hard talks, the critical moments that ache, you know that love
and liberation take the hustle and the slow languid rough moments
that cannot be summarized by any tweet or FB status. The strategic
sharpness it takes to hold 2000+ people so hungry and so deserving
of one another is beautiful and I’m sending y’all such blessed
tenderness.

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[Wonderful fat queer people of color throwing it down! Thanks to Geleni Fontaine for hosting “Liberation Shows Up!” with me and to Asam Ahmed from “It Gets Fatter” joining our workshop with his insights on de-colonization and wellness. I’m surrounded by loving brilliance! See www.itgetsfatter.tumblr.com]

 

 

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[old skool chicago ways with DJ Ang and Martine! back back in the day we disturbed all the midwestern whiteness and continue to stay true to our liberation!]
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[enter Stokely in the comic book pajamas and his mom, Beatriz! They came to visit me pre-showcase and what a blessing they continue to be. Beatriz does fly food justice work, so catch her at Grassroots Action Network at WhyHunger! and Malcolm X Grassroots Movement.]
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[Just a group in the 150+ session “Liberation Shows Up!” where we hatched some dope and live insights on disability justice in our hearts, homes, and world. Shouts to this group and peep my loves, Fatima and Milo doing’ their thang!]
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[Idalia, me, and Milo. I’ve got access intimacy from the good good spirits. Idalia be a chicana down & brown homey, supporting those of us SDQTPOC peoples with food and support through out the conference. I love these dear ones.]
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[Mighty Denise selling her fly and homemade wares at the #COV4 conference. Back in the day we coached poetry slam on Paseo Boriqua. A dope poet, mom, and leader, check her gear out at Madre de Perla Designs in Chicago. Thanks for the tie, homey!]
 

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[Here’s fam right here. Big thanks to Milo, Asam, and Fatima for sharing their knowledge and experiences that helped me craft this workshop. Shouts out to all the mighty fine, thoughtful, & honest conversations that happened at “Liberation Shows Up!” Talks on ableism affecting queer, trans, black, indigenous, and people of color are real deal. We suffer from isolation, lack of resources, invisibility. however, with over 150+ people doing the work, we are not alone! We create new pathways to resilience everyday! We live and develop our strategies to wholeness!]
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[Gratuitous love and respect for this co-facilitaor of mine. He’s one of the directors at The Third Root Education Exchange (TREE) in Brooklyn and has really expanded my wealth and spirit, shifting the gaze away from medical systems. Their work engages radical responses to the institutional oppression we face as communities. They also give bomb-ass acupuncture sessions that supports trans people of color, fat communities, people surviving with trauma, and sick/chronically ill community.]

March 25, 2015 | UPENN & Philly (recap)

March 25, 2015 | UPENN & Philly (recap)

Sweet and special thanks to the organizers of Penn Non-Cis, Rod and Xeno
for their dedication to accessibility and transgender experiences at University of
Pennsylvania. It was a lovely stay with y’all talking about critical ways in which
campuses can do better, be more caring with their resources, and over all
how knowledge regarding disability, chronic illness, and mental health are
so desperately needed. Xeno and Rod, y’all are doing the arduous and wonderful
work. Thank you for letting me share this space with you and create strategies
with poetry and workshop.

A glimpse of my Philly not-so-gritty Gayyyyy time trying to to do the breakdown
of trans justice, ableism, and racial justice… y’know my life.

 

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