Femme 2010 – No Restrictions!! Coming August 20-22 in Oakland


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 8, 2010 – Femme Collective

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Femme2010: No Restrictions Features Dynamic Line-up of LGBTQ Speakers, Performers, and Activists
The Femme Collective is excited to announce the keynote speakers, featured performers, and workshop line-up for Femme2010: No Restrictions, a conference for and by queer femmes August 20-22, 2010, in Oakland, CA.

Femme2010 welcomes people of all genders who are interested in learning, teaching, connecting, and building femme community, as well as those interested in a deeper understanding of femme identity, culture, and history.

This year’s conference will feature world-renowned author, playwright, and performance artist Kate Bornstein and self-proclaimed “trouble-maker-at-large” and activist Paulina Hernández as keynote speakers. In addition, Rosie Lugosi, an award-winning high femme performance artist from the UK, and Alotta Boutté, the Bay Area’s own songstress and burlesque artist extraordinaire, will be joined by dozens of other exciting performers, showcasing talents from spoken word and live music to steamy burlesque and drag.

Femme activists, artists, and academics of all varieties will present more than forty workshops, panels, and skill shares on identity, sexuality, and politics over the three day conference. Panels on responses to violence and community organizing will be joined by how-to workshops in social media and sign language, among many others. Artists and vendors will be showcasing their work. Femme2010 also features a film and video screening, including works from over 20 artists, including the award-winning Lucha and the documentary Diagnosing Difference.

Jessica Humphrey, Conference Co-chair, says that Femme2010 “builds on the history of femme contributions to queering identities, gives voice to femmes of all kinds, and seeks to build unity, coalition, and solidarity in our queer communities.”

As stated on the conference website, the conference organizers are dedicated to “creating a Femme-positive environment; selecting programming to honor differences in ethnicity, physical abilities, and gender expressions; and highlighting the intersection of queer Femme identity with issues of race, class, age, and body.”
The conference will be held at the Oakland Marriott City at 1001 Broadway, Oakland, CA, August 20-22, 2010. Registration, which includes all day and evening events, is currently $75, going up to $95 after July 15.

Please visit www.femmecollective.com for more information.

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