Calendar

Jul
8
Wed
Before Trans: Book Discussion with Author Rachel Mesch
Jul 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

(All of our events are currently running over Zoom. To get the Zoom link to attend this event, please RSVP here: https://withfriends.co/event/4711072/before_trans_book_discussion_with_author_rachel_mesch)

Before there were complex ways to speak about gender, there were people who experienced their gender in complex ways. In Before Trans: Three Gender Stories from Nineteenth-Century France, Rachel Mesch examines the lives of three writers—Jane Dieulafoy, Rachilde, and Marc de Montifaud—whose gender expressions did not conform to nineteenth-century notions of femininity. In this book discussion, Mesch will share some of their fascinating stories, demonstrating how current discussions of trans identity can help us to better understand certain figures from the past. At the same time, these historical figures provide vital context for our own efforts to understand the nature of gender identity and the ways in which it might be expressed. 

 

Rachel Mesch is Professor of French and English at Yeshiva University. She is the author of Having it All in the Belle Epoque: How French Women’s Magazines Invented the Modern Woman (2013) and The Hysteric’s Revenge: French Women Writers at the Fin de Siècle (2006).

Jul
9
Thu
Too Young To Be Sick: A Chronic Pain and Illness Support Group
Jul 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

This is a peer-mediated support group for people age 18-45 who experience chronic pain or live with chronic illness. We provide a place to discuss the complexities of being a young person with a serious medical issue, as well as offer support, resources and strategies. This group is open to all illnesses and conditions, diagnosed or undiagnosed, and all levels of ability

Currently, all events are hosted via Zoom.

To receive a meeting link register on our Withfriends

For more information and accessibility, questions contact matilda@bluestockings.com

Jul
10
Fri
People I’ve Met From the Internet
Jul 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

(All our events are currently running over Zoom. To get the link to this event, please RSVP here: https://withfriends.co/event/4614432/people_ive_met_from_the_internet)

Stephen van Dyck reads from his new book People I’ve Met From the Internet, a queer reimagining of the coming-of-age story set at the dawn of the internet era, taking the form of a very long annotated list. A discussion of the book will follow with Los Angeles writer and artist Kate Durbin.

Stephen van Dyck is a writer, artist, and educator, and the author of People I’ve Met From the Internet, released in 2019 from Ricochet Editions. Van Dyck’s work has been written about in Zyzzyva, The Gay & Lesbian Review, LA Weekly, the LA Review of Books, Hyperallergic, and on Dennis Cooper’s blog. Van Dyck lives in Los Angeles with his boyfriend and cat Louise.

Kate Durbin is a Los Angeles-based artist and writer. Her books include Hoarders, forthcoming from Wave Books in 2021, E! Entertainment, The Ravenous Audience, and ABRAABRA is also a free, interactive iOS app that is “a living text,” which won the 2017 international Turn On Literature Prize for electronic literature. The project was partly funded by an NEA grant. In 2015, she was the Arts Queensland Poet-in-Residence in Brisbane, Australia. Durbin’s work has been featured in The New York Times, Art in America, Art Forum, The Believer, BOMB and elsewhere. She has shown her artwork at Transfer Gallery in Brooklyn, The Pulse Art Fair in Miami, MOCA Los Angeles, the Haifa Museum in Israel, SF MOMA, The Spring Break Art Fair in Los Angeles, Peer to Space in Berlin, and elsewhere.

Jul
11
Sat
Off the Binary
Jul 11 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Come and meet people who are just as confused as you are about public restrooms and getting dressed in the morning! We provide a safe space for anyone with a non-binary gender identity to discuss one’s experiences as we defy society’s mainstream conception of gender.

We welcome gender identities that include but are not limited to: androgynous, agender, bigender, demigender, gender non-conforming, gender variant, genderfluid, genderqueer, non-binary, transmasculine, transfeminine.

Off the Binary
Jul 11 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

(All our events are currently running on Zoom. To get the Zoom link for this event, please RSVP here: https://withfriends.co/event/4597863/off_the_binary)
Come and meet people who are just as confused as you are about public restrooms and getting dressed in the morning! We provide a safe space for anyone with a non-binary gender identity to discuss one’s experiences as we defy society’s mainstream conception of gender.

We welcome gender identities that include but are not limited to: androgynous, agender, bigender, demigender, gender non-conforming, gender variant, genderfluid, genderqueer, non-binary, transmasculine, transfeminine.

Jul
12
Sun
Radical Educators Book Club
Jul 12 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Sunday, DAY DATE @ 12:30PM – Free
Radical Educators Book Club
Join a group of educators engaged in inquiry of critical texts for a meetup and collaborative discussion of pedagogical values and practices.
Please contact bluestockingsraded@gmail.com for more information.

Feminist Book Club
Jul 12 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

The Feminist Book Club reads and discusses feminism. We make no claims to any particular feminist platform. We read theoretical texts, literature and primary works. All are welcome inclusive of gender, political persuasion, and familiarity.

For more information, email feministbookclubnyc@gmail.com.

Jul
16
Thu
Too Young To Be Sick: A Chronic Pain and Illness Support Group
Jul 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

This is a peer-mediated support group for people age 18-45 who experience chronic pain or live with chronic illness. We provide a place to discuss the complexities of being a young person with a serious medical issue, as well as offer support, resources and strategies. This group is open to all illnesses and conditions, diagnosed or undiagnosed, and all levels of ability

Currently, all events are hosted via Zoom.

To receive a meeting link register on our Withfriends

For more information and accessibility, questions contact matilda@bluestockings.com

Jul
18
Sat
What Does Abolition Look Like? Ruth Wilson Gilmore Joins Authors of “Prison by Any Other Name”
Jul 18 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

(All of our events are currently running over Zoom. To get access for the Zoom link for this event, please RSVP here: https://withfriends.co/event/4715061/prison_by_any_other_name_a_book_launch_and_conversation_about_abolition)
In PRISON BY ANY OTHER NAME: The Harmful Consequences of Popular Reforms, journalists Maya Schenwar and Victoria Law expose the insidious reach of mainstream “alternatives” to incarceration that transform entire homes and communities into prisons. For their book launch, they’ll be joined in conversation with Ruth Wilson Gilmore, co-founder of Critical Resistance and the California Moratorium Project, to talk about the harsh reality of relentless carceral expansion and grassroots organizing for non-reformist reforms and abolition.

 

Maya Schenwar is the editor-in-chief of Truthout. She is co-author (with Victoria Law) of Prison by Any Other Name (The New Press) as well as the author of Locked Down, Locked Out and the co-editor of the anthology Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? She lives in Chicago.

Victoria Law is a freelance journalist and the co-author (with Maya Schenwar) of Prison by Any Other Name (The New Press) as well as the author of Resistance Behind Bars and co-editor of Don’t Leave Your Friends Behind. She is a co-founder of NYC Books Through Bars and lives in New York.

Ruth Wilson Gilmore is professor of geography at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center. Ruthie has co-founded many grassroots organizations including California Prison Moratorium Project, Critical Resistance, and the Central California Environmental Justice Network. Follow the links to her recent interviews on abolition and racial capitalism:

https://theintercept.com/2020/06/10/ruth-wilson-gilmore-makes-the-case-for-abolition/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CS627aKrJI&fbclid=IwAR3n5-Xn5Yoz9FAIvbGxmnJF18f9hIZeEyvOrKxhvwA3Z7G203l9EerQQto 

Jul
19
Sun
securiTEA time
Jul 19 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Feel like we’re in a bad episode of Black Mirror? Is Mr.Robot looking more like a documentary? Between the corporate, state, and civilian threats we face, talking about cybersecurity can be overwhelming and stir up a lot of difficult emotions. This social event from the CyPurr Collective hopes to provide a comfortable space to discuss these anxieties as well as current events in the digital world. Let’s build up our digital-agency and form a critical understand the tech encroaching on our lives. All while enjoying delicious tea and snacks, of course. https://cypurr.nyc

Black and Pink
Jul 19 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

NYC Black & Pink & the Queer Detainee Empowerment Project would like to invite you to our afternoon letter writing. What can you bring? Writing materials, stamps if you want! We can always use more postage.
Help us in alleviating the isolation of prison!

Jul
22
Wed
SfSx Volume 1 Launch featuring Tina Horn and Carmen Maria Machado
Jul 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

(All of our events are currently running over Zoom. To register for this event, please RSVP here: https://withfriends.co/event/4739937/sfsx_volume_1_launch_featuring_tina_horn_and_carmen_maria_machado)


Join us for a virtual conversation between Carmen Maria Machado (author of the critically acclaimed memoir In the Dream House and the horror comic The Low, Low Woods) and Tina Horn to celebrate the release of the first paperback collection of Tina’s sci-fi sex rebel comic book series SfSx: Protection.

SfSx is the near-future story of the underground queer sex workers known as the Dirty Mind, who use their powers of bondage and intrigue to free their incarcerated friends and fight the power! The book is available to pre-order through the Bluestockings online store. 

Carmen and Tina will discuss: the differences between scripts and prose, queer fabulism in genre fiction, sexual horror, and more!

Donations from this event will benefit Ceyenne Doroshow’s black trans sex worker future fund GLITS. https://www.glitsinc.org/donations

Jul
23
Thu
Too Young To Be Sick: A Chronic Pain and Illness Support Group
Jul 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

This is a peer-mediated support group for people age 18-45 who experience chronic pain or live with chronic illness. We provide a place to discuss the complexities of being a young person with a serious medical issue, as well as offer support, resources and strategies. This group is open to all illnesses and conditions, diagnosed or undiagnosed, and all levels of ability

Currently, all events are hosted via Zoom.

To receive a meeting link register on our Withfriends

For more information and accessibility, questions contact matilda@bluestockings.com

Jul
27
Mon
Get On the Stage
Jul 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Get On the Stage is an open mic based around uplifting and centering the voices of Queer/Trans People of Color, Trans, Two Spirit, Gender Non-Conforming, Non-Binary, Intersex and anyone who falls between these labels. Speakers can bring poems, prose, music, stand-up and spoken word of any kind.

Cis white queer folks are prohibited from participating but are encouraged to attend to support and help boost the voices of marginalized speakers.

Jul
30
Thu
Too Young To Be Sick: A Chronic Pain and Illness Support Group
Jul 30 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

This is a peer-mediated support group for people age 18-45 who experience chronic pain or live with chronic illness. We provide a place to discuss the complexities of being a young person with a serious medical issue, as well as offer support, resources and strategies. This group is open to all illnesses and conditions, diagnosed or undiagnosed, and all levels of ability

Currently, all events are hosted via Zoom.

To receive a meeting link register on our Withfriends

For more information and accessibility, questions contact matilda@bluestockings.com