OUT HERE, a Virtual Open Mic to Celebrate Black Trans Futures and Benefit G.L.I.T.S.
(Gays and Lesbians Living In a Transgender Society)
September 13th, 7PM
JAG Productions and Pride Center of Vermont will close out Vermont’s Pride week with OUT HERE, a live-stream showcase of regional BIPOC LGBTQ+ artists on Sunday, September 13 at 7 p.m. Suggested donation is $10 and all proceeds raised will go to G.L.I.T.S. whose mission is to “advocate and educate to ensure health, wellness, and inclusion of transgender people in our society and to address the stigmatization and criminalization of trans people because of anti-prostitution/anti-sex work laws.” RSVP for OUT HERE with JAG at jagproductionsvt.com or at pridecentervt.org.
JAG and the Pride Center of Vermont will highlight BIPOC LGBTQ+ musicians, actors, storytellers in order to respect, uplift, and celebrate the hyper-marginalized voices in society. According to tracking done by the Human Rights Campaign, 27 transgender or gender non-conforming people were fatally shot, stabbed or killed by violent means in 2019 – 91-percent were Black women and 81-percent were under 30 years of age. So far in 2020, 26 transgender or gender non-conforming people have been violently killed.
Of the increased violence against transgender and gender non-conforming people, JAG Productions Founder and Producing Artistic Director Jarvis Green said, “I’m sad and disgusted by the amount of Black trans folks that are murdered and go missing day after day. Putting on this event to support the work of G.L.I.T.S. is the least we can do. With that said, being in collaboration with Pride Center of Vermont, whose mission is aligned with JAG’s, is important and an absolute thrill. In this moment, the fact that we get to use our platforms to let our communities know we are in communication and working together despite the state of the world brings me so much joy. ”
This will be the first collaboration between Pride Center of Vermont and JAG Productions, and both organizations are delighted to be working together and using their talents and resources to benefit G.L.I.T.S. and bring awareness to the work it is doing in the transgender community.
Pride Center of Vermont Communications and Development Director Justin Marsh said, “This is one of the first major collaborations with JAG Productions and we’re really excited about that. We’ve been hyper-aware of Jarvis’s work in the White River Junction area, and supportive of his work. I think that this sort of event – uplifting not only BIPOC performers, queer performers, but also uplifting a fellow nonprofit organization run by a person of color, that’s always sort of a lens we’re looking through, and that it is also a timely thing to do. There was just this perfect storm for getting all of the pieces in place for an event like this."
OUT HERE will feature artists like Golden Mystique, Carlton Bell, Jadah Bearden, William Bellamy, Carlos Polanco, among a myriad of other talented BIPOC LGBTQ+ performers.
ABOUT JAG PRODUCTIONS
Founded in 2016, JAG Productions was formed by Producing Artistic Director Jarvis Antonio Green with the mission to produce classic and contemporary African-American theatre; to serve as an incubator of new work that excites broad intellectual engagement; and thereby, to catalyze compassion, empathy, love, and community through shared understandings of the humankind through the lens of the African-American experience. JAG Productions sees itself as playing a role in bringing diverse actors and stories to the stage and to the Upper Valley. JAG Productions is one of the nation's leading incubators of new works by Black playwrights and in its inaugural year won the New England Theatre Conference's (NETC) Regional Award for Outstanding Achievement in the American Theatre. In 2017, the company launched JAGfest, an annual festival of new works celebrating the talents of African-American playwrights, which has already launched an Off-Broadway production.
ABOUT PRIDE CENTER OF VERMONT
Pride Center of Vermont (PCVT), headquartered in Burlington, is the state’s most comprehensive community center with programs and services dedicated to meeting the distinct socio-economic, health, and safety needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Vermonters. Pride Center of Vermont’s drop-in resource center, community meeting spaces, 3,000-volume lending library, David Bohnett Cyber Center, and social events all help to build community and create increased access to information and resources for all our members. Community members are also able to access the Vermont Queer Archives, which preserve VT’s unique LGBTQ+ history. For more information, visit pridecentervt.org.
My name is Jadah Bearden. I use they them and name pronouns. Born in Atlanta, raised in Houston. I identify as a chapstick, left-handed lesbian, and use Queer as a politic. My genre of poetry is Queer, Black politics. I'm passionate about all things Black liberation, and I have 0 time for white supremacy. Laughter, hugs, and eating cereal at nighttime are my favorite forms of self-care. I attend the University of Houston majoring in sociology.
Carlton V Bell II (they/them), is an award winning multidiscipline non-binary Black theatre/film artist. Carlton uses their artistic medium to bend the arc of the universe towards justice on stage & off for Black Queer Artists An actor, director, and producer - recently named one of AL.COM’s Entertainers of the Year, for their award winning inaugural production for their company Birmingham Black Repertory Theatre (www.thebbrtc.com) of “Choir Boy” by Tarell Alvin McCraney, for which they won 12 Broadway World Regional Awards including, Best Director of Play, Best Play, & Best Best Director of a Musical.” Represented by Gill Talent.
Ase’ & blessings to you all - www.carltonvbell.com
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