JRV MAJESTY Productions is a Chicago-based production collective offering various professional creative and logistical resources and services to TQILGBA and Gender Non-Conforming artistic, educational and activist communities.
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An oral history series documenting TQILGBA & Gender Non-Conforming Chicagoans.
A monthly curated event of queer collaborative performance part of the Salonathon series.
"What is the most beautiful word in the American language? Resist. Resist, resist, resist!" - Mike Tyler
The MCA invites the varied LGBTIQ communities of Chicago for a night of dancing, performance, and radical potential co-curated by Chances Dances.
Chances Dances is a queer dance party and collective dedicated to building safer spaces in Chicago since 2005. All Chances parties recognize the power of consent, welcome all gender expressions, and feature gender-neutral bathrooms. The MCA is wheelchair accessible and has ADA-accessible bathrooms. Please contact us with any questions about building accessibility by calling the MCA Box Office at 312.397.4010
Check out this interview I did with Nia King, a Bay Area artist/activist.
"Veteran. Fashion Designer. Yoga Instructor. This interview investigates the many lives of Kiam Marcelo Junio, world-traveler and former resident of the Philippines, Japan, and Spain. I sat down with him in Chicago to find out how he explores themes of colonialism, assimilation, and nostalgia through performance, queer "drag", and fashion. Highlights include: - how his experience in the US Navy informs his critique of US imperialism, - why being Filipino on stage is a political act, and - when to intentionally shut out your audience. Stay tuned until the end to hear Kiam’s attempts to explain the role of jockstraps in gay male sexual culture to me (to no avail).”
A transcript is also available in the link if you don’t feel like playing the audio file :)
BIG PHOTOSETS FOREVER FOR THEY ARE MUCH HARDER TO IGNORE / a lot of these don’t have hi-res versions available, but i still want to post them
This was not an exaggeration. The government ignored the issue of HIV/AIDS for years before anything was done. Gay and Queer communities had to form their own clinics because no government agencies cared for them. Back then, being diagnosed was equivalent to a death sentence or extreme debt and poor quality of life/a significantly shortened lifespan.
Things got so desperate that people literally had “Die-Ins”— in contemporary usage this refers to masses of people simulating death in order to protest something (like the War in Iraq). In this case, however, fatally sick people would literally lie down in public places and protest with what little energy they had left until they died. There is some footage of a church Die-In in the documentary Beyond Stonewall. The middle image here of that person’s jacket is not an extreme political statement; it’s what people had to do because they had no other options.
In honor of TDOR I (Precious Davis) made this video to honor the Transgender women who are no longer with us.
I also included other various Transgender women who are making a difference in the Transgender Community at large through activism, performing arts, media, education, as well as business .
Since this video is for the Chicago TDOR event you will see a large number of Chicago faces, but please realize we are only a few of the many faces who are doing this work across the United States. This video will be an evolving video as well as an evolving series as I would like to continue to honor and recite the names of Transgender people who are making this world a better place for all of us.
1. Eyricka Morgan 2. Islan Nettles 3. Tiffany Gooden 4,5. Paige Clay 6. Gwen Araujo 7. Octavia St. Laurent 8. Octavia St. Laurent 9. Venus Xtravaganza 10. Venus Xtravaganza 11. Louis Bates 12. Lorena Extravaganza 13, 14. Lorena Extravaganza 15. Lady Catiria 16. Erica Andrews 17. Whitney Paige 18. Tracy Africa 19. Mimi Marks 20. Tommie Ross 21.Kate Bornstein 22. Alexandra Billings 23. Eden Lane 24. Calpernia Adams 25. Candis Cayne 26. Carmen Carrera 27. Jenna Talackova 28. Sasha Colby 29. MxJustin Vivian Bond 30. Zackary Drucker 31. Kinley Preston 32. Cece Mcdonald 33. Kaycee Ortiz 34. Jen Richards 35. Angelica Love Ross 36. Trisha Lee Hollaway 37. Precious Davis 38. Chaynn Parker 39. Lark Mulligan 40. Stevin Hnlicka 41. Rebecca Kling 42. Ellie June Navidson 43. June Latrobe 44. Gloria Allen 45. Candice Hart 46. Mara Keisling 47. Z 48. Angelique Munro 49. Alexis Martinez 50. Isis King 51. Laverne Cox 52. Janet Mock 53. Marsha P Johnson 54. Sylvia Rivera
I will never get over Boychild’s looks. The transformation she did on James St. James blew me away. The fact that she just paints and goes with it really shits on the idea that a queen usually takes 45 minutes MINIMUM to look put together face-wise. UGH. Twirl.