LGBTQ Pride Month is about to begin – and we’re certainly proud of the lineup for our third annual LGBTQ Voices event on Saturday, June 4th. It’s a free outdoor event – and certainly one that will be fulfilled. Just watch a portion of last year’s in this video (below).
The Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts (FCCA) and New York City Council Member Daniel Dromm have just announced the lineup of performing artists. Participants were selected through an Open Call process, and this year, the FCCA expanded the reach so the event could feature performers based from across the city, and not just Queens.
The FCCA, which operates the historic Flushing Town Hall, was seeking established and up-and-coming performing artists who identify as LGBTQ to take part in the event, which will take place on Diversity Plaza between 74th Street and Main Street starting at 5:00 PM.
“We are grateful to Council Member Dromm for his support of this program,” said FCCA Executive and Artistic Director Ellen Kodadek. “Flushing Town Hall celebrates diversity in the Arts, and Council Member Dromm also recognizes and champions its importance.”
“This year we will again launch LGBTQ Pride Month in Queens a day early on June 4th with another special cultural event in Diversity Plaza,” said Council Member Dromm. “I’m proud to continue my support of this event and expect it will again draw an amazing array of participants who bring joyful music, dance and poetry to the plaza. My hat goes off to Flushing Town Hall for organizing this event and to the performers and directors who make this possible.”
This year’s participants are:
- Timothy Bellavia, the 2016 FCCA Space Grant recipient and Flushing Town Hall’s newest Teaching Artist, will celebrate a message of tolerance by leading a We Are All The Same Inside® – Sage doll-making workshop. Sage dolls will honor notable LGBTQs from New York City, and participants can create their own dolls with fabric and craft materials. Timothy has lived, worked and taught art in New York City for nearly 25 years. He lives in Flatiron, Manhattan.
- Davidson Garrett, a poet, is known as King Lear of the Taxi. Mr. Garrett has been a New York City yellow taxi driver for more than three dozen years, and has read his poetry at venues such as the LGBTQ Center in Manhattan, the CUNY Graduate School, The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Joe’s Pub, Dixon Place, and – for eight years – at the Poetry Salon of the Rainbow Bookfair. Davidson trained for the theater at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and is a graduate of The City College of New York. He is the author of three books of poetry and has been published in many literary journals. His taxi garage is Queens Midtown in Long Island City, and he lives in Manhattan.
- GypjaQ, a recording artist and performer who will perform with his co
llective, aNvKai (pronounced A-new-k-eye). aNvKai incorporates music and dance in a “cyber circus” of hp hop, vogue and house music. GypjaQ is from Harlem, and group members are from Harlem, Washington Heights, and Rosedale, Queens. He will be joined by dancers Dejiavu or Harlem and Synead of Washington Heights.
- Jackson Heights Community Chorus will showcase the compositions of some of the most prominent musical theater including LGBT composers, including selections from the Fiddler on the Roof, West Side Story, The Sound of Music, Cabaret, Miss Liberty. The Chorus was founded by Juan Valencia, who serves as Music and Artistic Director.
- Matias Rivero, a Countertenor, was part of the cast of Chicago in Buenos Aires in 2011, where he received recognition as the “Best Male Newcomer in Musical Theater.” Matias also performed in various musicals and concerts in Argentina. During 2012 and 2013, he conducted musical theater workshops throughout Argentina. He has studied with great masters in his country: musical theater with Pepe Cibrian Campoy, singing with Ariel Maida and, recently, countertenor training with Adriano D’ Alchimio. He participated in the ACMA concert at Carnegie Hall in February and December 2014. He currently is working with Alissa Grimaldi.
- Kiyan “Kiki” Williams is a multimedia performance-maker based in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. They use their body, installation, storytelling, and movement to investigate culture, history, memory, and identity. In the belly of the stories they tell are rituals of remembering and healing. Kiyan has performed across the country and internationally at venues including SOMArts (San Francisco), JACK Theater (NYC), La Mama Experimental Theater Club (NYC), SFMOMA (San Francisco), Bing Concert Hall (Stanford), Orpheum Theater (Graz, Austria).
- Foxy Squire, a new poetess and resident of Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, believes in the physical prowess of spoken word. Their first selected work, Hairstory, was published in Glitter & Grit (Lambda Literary nomination). This year, they were Judge’s Choice Winner at the Funhouse Follies Cabaret, and their motto is “Embrace Your Spectacle.”
- SALGA Dance Team (SDT) is the official dance troupe of SALGA-NYC, a not-for-profit, all-volunteer organization serving the South Asian LGBTQ community and celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. SALGA-NYC promotes awareness, tolerance, acceptance, empowerment and safe spaces for sexual minorities and people of all gender identities who trace their heritage to South Asia or identify as South Asian. SDT was founded with the goals of raising visibility of the desi queer community and bringing together those who love South Asian music and dance. The SDT performers – including Lal Batti, a talented and hilarious South Asian drag queen, and DJ DynAMITe, an eclectic, exciting deejay spinning all over the tri-state area – are from Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan.
In addition to the Council Member, the program is supported by New York State Council on the Arts, Governor Andrew Cuomo, the New York State Legislature, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.