Calendar

Mar
30
Mon
Get On the Stage
Mar 30 @ 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.

Apr
1
Wed
Bluestockings Education Project presents the Icarus Project Radical Mental Health Workshop Series: Explorations in Personal Transformation and Collective Liberation
Apr 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

The Icarus Project NYC is a local chapter of http://theicarusproject.net, a radical mental health a support network and media project by and for people who experience the world in ways that are often diagnosed as mental illness. We envision a new culture that allows the space and freedom for exploring different states of being, and recognizes that breakdown can be the entrance to breakthrough. We aim to create a language that is so vast and rich that it expresses the infinite diversity of human experiences. Our monthly workshops explore these themes through peer-based discussion, guest presentations, art, forum theater and more. For more information about this month’s event see: http://nycicarus.org

This event has a video call.
Join: https://meet.google.com/miq-wniv-erg
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Apr
2
Thu
Narcan Overdose Prevention Training
Apr 2 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Every Thursday, Bluestockings will be hosting a free, walk-in harm reduction training and discussion on overdose prevention! Walk away from this narcan training with your own nalaxone kit and help support all community, including drug-using comrades!

Poor Queer Studies: Confronting Elitism in the University
Apr 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

In his new book, Poor Queer Studies, Matt Brim repositions queer studies toward an explicit focus on poor and working-class people, places, and pedagogies by focusing on spaces not often considered by scholars in the academy, and outlines the ways in which the field has been driven by elite institutions that neglect and rarely serve poor and minority students. In so doing, Brim jumpstarts a queer-class knowledge project committed to anti-elitist and anti-racist education. Brim, an associate professor of queer studies at the College of Staten Island, will discuss the work with Paisley Currah, professor of political science at Brooklyn College, and founding co-editor of TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly.

Matt Brim is Associate Professor of Queer Studies in the English Department at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York; author of James Baldwin and the Queer Imagination, and coeditor of Imagining Queer Methods.

Paisley Currah is professor of political science at Brooklyn College, City University of New York, and the founding co-editor of TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly. His specialties include transgender studies, queer/LGBT studies, and feminist theory. 

Apr
5
Sun
Too Young To Be Sick: A Chronic Pain and Illness Support Group
Apr 5 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This is a peer mediated support group for people age 15-35 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.

For more information or for accessibility questions contact matilda@bluestockings.com

Feminist Book Club
Apr 5 @ 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.

Apr
6
Mon
YA Book Club
Apr 6 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Hey You!! Want to read books? or Talk about books? Come join or rejoin the Book Club! We took a break, but we are back. Y’all pick what we read; Bluestockings brings the fun and the T. This is a space for young people, ages 13-25, to hang out, get to know each other, and talk books, poems, zines, and other media.

Jack is a Afro-futurist and YA fiction addict, a radical community organizer and counselor in an NYC school, anti-racist white queer cat co-habitant, and baker. Sara is a South Asian social worker who loves deconstructing nationalist histories, daydreaming (read: imagining more just, compassionate worlds), and working to shift culture.

Apr
7
Tue
Writing Circle and Healing Space for Sex Workers
Apr 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

This will be a safe, judgement-free space for current and former sex workers of all genders, sexualities, religions, abilities, and academic backgrounds to share their creative work and hone writing skills. Participants will read each other’s poetry and provide feedback, engage with creative prompts, and offer personal insights. Please bring printed copies of your work if possible. If printing is not accessible to you, please email facilitator SageSamois@gmail.com to discuss alternatives.

About the facilitator: Sage Samois (they/she/he) is a transgender poet based in New York City and an affiliate of the Poetry Society of New York. They hope that this workshop will cultivate community bonding, lasting friendships, and lots of poetry.

Apr
8
Wed
Michael DeForge launches Familiar Face
Apr 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
In Familiar Face, people’s bodies and the infrastructure surrounding them are constantly updating. People can’t recognize themselves in old pictures, and they wake up in apartments of completely different sizes and shapes. Michael DeForge offers a masterful and deeply funny exploration of how we define our sense of self, and how we cope when so much of life is out of our control. Join him for a reading and book signing.

MICHAEL DEFORGE was born in 1987 and has written eight books including Ant Colony, Big Kids, Sticks Angelica, and Leaving Richard’s Valley. He has been a celebrity judge for the Midland Buttertart Festival. 

Apr
9
Thu
Narcan Overdose Prevention Training
Apr 9 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Every Thursday, Bluestockings will be hosting a free, walk-in harm reduction training and discussion on overdose prevention! Walk away from this narcan training with your own nalaxone kit and help support all community, including drug-using comrades!

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

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.

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.

Apr
11
Sat
Off the Binary
Apr 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.

Apr
12
Sun
Radical Educators Book Club
Apr 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.

Queer Folx With Immigrant Parents Support Group
Apr 12 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This is a safer space for queer people with Immigrant parents to come together and discuss the unique experience of being queer while experiencing the hurdles, delights, & mix of growing up with and living as adults with immigrant parents. Come de-stress on Sunday! You can e-mail the peer facilitator, Elina, at elina.shnayderman@gmail.com with any questions.

Apr
15
Wed
Axis of Hope: Iranian Women’s Rights Activism across Borders
Apr 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

A book talk and conversation about Iranian women’s rights activism across borders. Axis of Hope recounts feminist activists’ struggles in Iran and the diaspora, and examines how Iranian women’s rights activists have cultivated ways of thinking of and being with each other that rupture the relentless difference-making and violence of coloniality through local and transnational networks along axes of feminist solidarity, friendship, and love. Crucial to countering despair and cynicism about Iran as well as the dangerous interventions by Western powers “on behalf of” Iranians, activists’ experiences speak to the possibilities and challenges of transnational alliances in confronting oppressive regimes.

Catherine Z. Sameh is an assistant professor of Gender & Sexuality Studies at the University of California, Irvine. Her work explores transnational feminist social movements, women’s rights activism in the Middle East and Muslim world, gender and Islam, and feminist responses to Islamophobia. She was the Associate Director of the Barnard Center for Research on women in New York from 2010-2014, and was a co-founder of In Other Words Women’s Books and Resources in Portland, Oregon.