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May
30
Tue
Kundalini Yoga with Ursula Scherrer
May 30 @ 9:30 am – 10:45 am

Kundalini Yoga is also called the Yoga of Awareness. It combines the physical practice of Asanas with Pranayama (breathing) and Meditation/Chanting – it targets the whole body system (nervous system, glands, mental faculties, chakras) to develop awareness and consciousness, strength and flexibility.

Everybody is welcome, no previous knowledge of Yoga is necessary. Please bring a Yoga mat and possibly a blanket and a shawl.

Shortly after she moved to New York, from her native Switzerland in 1988, Ursula Scherrer started exploring different styles of Yoga for her own spiritual and physical well being before she did her first teacher training in 2002 and has been teaching ever since. In addition to her skills and expertise as a Yoga teacher (Hatha and Kundalini Yoga) she is also a Pranayama Healer and certified Qi Gong instructor.

For more information please contact Ursula Scherrer: ursula.scherrer@gmail.com

Jun
1
Thu
Ecopoetry from Poland: Julia Fiedorczuk’s “Oxygen”
Jun 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Julia Fiedorczuk is one of Poland’s most creative and outspoken women poets. With a dry wit reminiscent of Nobel Laureate Wisława Szymborska, Fiedorczuk’s work tries to shift our perspectives by bringing out the crucial role of nature and biology in our everyday experiences. Along with translator, poet, and scholar Karen Kovacik, Fiedorczuk will discuss and read from Oxygen, her first full collection translated into English.

Jun
2
Fri
“You’re in the Wrong Bathroom!” Debunking 21 Myths about Transgender and Gender Nonconforming People @ the Wrong Bathroom!” New book Debunks 21 Myths about Transgender and Gender Nonconforming People by Laura Erickson-Schroth and Laura Jacobs.
Jun 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Bringing together the medical, social, psychological, and political aspects of being transgender today in the United States, “You’re in the Wrong Bathroom!”: And 20 Other Myths About Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming People unpacks the twenty-one most common myths about transgender people. Authors Laura Erickson-Schroth, MD, a psychiatrist, and Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R, a psychotherapist, address myths about trans identity (“all trans people are ‘trapped in the wrong body’”), sex and relationships (“most trans people do sex work and have HIV”), health and safety (“trans people are mentally ill and therapy can change them”), and history and community (“trans people and feminists don’t get along”).

Jun
3
Sat
What is Wellness? A Mental Health Discussion Group
Jun 3 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

A social safe space for anyone interested in discussing mental health and all of its facets. No diagnosis needed. We embrace the “Recovery Model,” which maintains that everyone can achieve recovery despite having a diagnosis. As mental health advocate Shery Mead has said: “A diagnosis isn’t your destiny.” We also strive to create awareness about the work of “peer specialists,” mental health professionals who have personal lived experience themselves. Come as you are!

Bluestockings 18th Birthday Party!
Jun 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Come celebrate 18 incredible years of Bluestockings! The night will feature a talent show showcasing some of our staff and volunteers. There will be snacks, friends, and lots of love all around. We’d love for all of you who have helped us stay open for so long to be there to celebrate with us–we wouldn’t be here without the support of our beautiful community!

Jun
4
Sun
Feminist Book Club
Jun 4 @ 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.

Feminist Book Club
Jun 4 @ 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.

This months’ book: Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

The Civil Rights Era Through Queer Southern Eyes: A Novelist’s Perspective
Jun 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Paula Martinac will read from her new historical novel, “The Ada Decades,” which takes place in North Carolina during the Civil Rights Era and explores the themes of racial tensions and queer survival in a time of social and political repression. Introduced by writer and journalist Donna Minkowitz, Martinac will also discuss the influence of writers such as James Baldwin and Lillian Smith on the novel’s plot.

Jun
5
Mon
Death Cafe
Jun 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Death Cafe is a place to wonder together about the mystery and meaning of life and to discuss death comfortably and openly, a free-wheeling, self-facilitated conversation around death and dying, inevitably touching upon life and living. Death Cafe is not a bereavement group. Snacks will be provided and as a thank you to Bluestockings participants are encouraged to enjoy a beverage from the Bluestockings Cafe. The first Death Cafe was held in London in 2011. Depending on the number of people that participate, you will meet in groups of 3-4 and talk about whatever compels you about death and dying. It is asked that people participate with an open mind and spirit, respect all points of view, and speak and listen with no agenda, objective, or themes.

Jun
6
Tue
Kundalini Yoga with Ursula Scherrer
Jun 6 @ 9:30 am – 10:45 am

Kundalini Yoga is also called the Yoga of Awareness. It combines the physical practice of Asanas with Pranayama (breathing) and Meditation/Chanting – it targets the whole body system (nervous system, glands, mental faculties, chakras) to develop awareness and consciousness, strength and flexibility.

Everybody is welcome, no previous knowledge of Yoga is necessary. Please bring a Yoga mat and possibly a blanket and a shawl.

Shortly after she moved to New York, from her native Switzerland in 1988, Ursula Scherrer started exploring different styles of Yoga for her own spiritual and physical well being before she did her first teacher training in 2002 and has been teaching ever since. In addition to her skills and expertise as a Yoga teacher (Hatha and Kundalini Yoga) she is also a Pranayama Healer and certified Qi Gong instructor.

For more information please contact Ursula Scherrer: ursula.scherrer@gmail.com

Cybersecurity at the Border @ the Border
Jun 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Border Patrol officers exist in a legal grey area which allows unique harassment and invasions of privacy. Join CyPurr Collective for a discussion of your rights and how you can protect your information when crossing the border. Our holistic approach to security and risk reduction will emphasise individual context and how factors like citizenship, tech knowledge or employment may affect what precautions best suite you.

Jun
7
Wed
Bluestockings Education Project presents the Icarus Project Radical Mental Health Workshop Series: Explorations in Personal Transformation and Collective Liberation
Jun 7 @ 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

Jun
8
Thu
Bad Advice From Bad Women
Jun 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Join some of NYC’s finest rowdy writers for another round of the popular monthly reading series, Bad Advice From Bad Women! Featuring J Escobedo Shepherd, Suzy Exposito, Naomi Ziechner, Brittany Spanos, Darcie Wilder, and Madeleine Davies. Hosted as always by Charlotte Shane.

Jun
9
Fri
La Brujas Club Gathering
Jun 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

La Brujas Club is a mystical society that empowers women. We believe in the power of intuition and bringing women of all backgrounds together under one room to share literature and connect on a spiritual level.

Jun
10
Sat
Off the Binary
Jun 10 @ 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.

TRUNKY (transgender junky)
Jun 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Sam Peterson’s dealt with a lot: a lifetime of addictions, and an early realization of gender dysphoria (without having the vocabulary to express it). Sam shares his brutal and witty memoir of hard-won battles in TRUNKY (Transgender Junky): A Memoir of Institutionalization & Southern Hospitality. TRUNKY focuses on his detox in Butner, North Carolina’s industrial rehab complex, among a diverse group of dopers, white supremacists, athletes, and criminals, navigating the harsh world of institutional masculinity.

Jun
11
Sun
Radical Educators Book Club
Jun 11 @ 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.

Reading: Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope by bell hooks

Black and Pink
Jun 11 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 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!

Ukulele for Social Change
Jun 11 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join us every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month to learn ukulele! All skill levels are welcome. We will teach folks how to play songs from different historic cultural and social movements. We will try to focus on music which is consistent with a vision of collective liberation and solidarity. The bookstore has one communal ukulele that anyone can use, but folks are encouraged to bring their own ukulele to the workshop. We will provide some supplementary materiel for practicing the music and studying its social significance. Some of the music we will look at includes the blues of Bessie Smith, Brazilian bossa nova, French goguettes, the nueva cancíon of Víctor Jara, and others. We do not know everything, but we will try to pass on what we do know, and to help you flourish as a musician and human.

Black Dove Reading and Signing
Jun 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Please join The Feminist Press for a reading and signing of Black Dove, a memoir by renowned Chicana feminist and Lambda Literary Award Winner Ana Castillo. Black Dove looks at what it means to be a single, brown, feminist parent in a world of mass incarceration, racial profiling, and police brutality. Through startling humor and love, Castillo narrates some of America’s most urgent social injustices through the lens of motherhood and family.