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Queer People of Color Conference 2012
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 04/13/12
Last updated on: 04/15/12
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Laurencia Dandridge reports on the conference.

The International Queer People of Color Conference was held at the California State University, Northridge, from March 30 through April 1, 2012. The theme of this year's conference was "Fourway: Intersections of Race, Gender, Class and Sex[uality]." Through workshops, discussion groups, caucuses, and plenary sessions, the conference explored issues of injustice and oppression, the current political climate, safe-sex and HIV, and the coming out process for ethnic communities, among other issues.

The keynote speaker for the conference was Adelina Anthony, a critically acclaimed and award-winning Xicana lesbian multi-disciplinary artist, whose work addresses themes of colonization, feminism, memory, gender, race/ethnicity, and issues generally affecting the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/two-spirited communities.

Anthony's one-person play, Bruising for Besos (2009) received critical acclaim from the Los Angeles Times and the L.A. Weekly. Her most popular comedy is Mastering Sex & Tortillas! (2008), for which she won the Best Solo Performance award from New York's Premios Sin Limite.

In the video below, Lawrencia Dandridge of NoMoreDownLow.TV reports on the conference and interviews participants about the need for it and about the recent revelation of the National Organization for Marriage's attempts to divide the gay, black, and Latino communities.

NoMoreDownLow.TV, which was launched on National Coming Out Day, October 11, 2010, is a series dedicated to dispelling myths and stereotypes about same gender-loving people in the African-American community.

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