It’s Celebrate Bisexuality Day!
The Sixth Annual Bi Arts Festival
With Bi Celebrities and News-Makers Panel
Hosted by L.A. Bi Task Force
In Conjunction With BiNet USA and GLAAD
As Part Of Bisexual Awareness Week (#biweek)
You may have seen Ian Harvie co-starring on the Golden Globe and Emmy award winning, smash hit, TV series, TRANSPARENT on Amazon. Perhaps you may have caught him on Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, CNN’s Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin, on PBS’ Roadtrip Nation, or on ABC’s Comics Unleashed. He was known as Margaret Cho’s opening act for years, then turned cross-country headliner and a groundbreaking transgender comedian, unafraid to joke about subjects no other comedian has ever touched. In the spring 2014, Harvie, with the help of friend and Executive Producer Cho, Harvie unveiled his first-ever live standup comedy special. Harvie open jokes about his own top surgery, to his fear of public restrooms, to his active sex life in the feature concert film IAN HARVIE SUPERHERO. Harvie’s unique act queers the traditionally macho, sex-obsessed world of stand up in ways you won’t believe, proving that laughter cuts across all gender identities and ultimately unites us all.
For more information, please visit ianharvie.com
Tara Madison Avery published her first professional comics in 1990. Since then she has created the bi-themed webcomic Gooch and contributed a story to the groundbreaking bi/pan/fluid comics anthology, Anything That Loves. Working with LGBTQ non-profit Prism Comics since 2012, Avery has also organized and spoken on panels devoted to bisexual, transgender, and queer women’s media representation at conventions from San Diego to New York. Avery has worked with the Los Angeles Bi Task Force since 2010 and acted as its chair from 2012 to 2014.
R.J. Aguiar is a writer, actor, and social media personality best known for his advocacy, comedy, and lifestyle videos on YouTube. He is a panelist on the web talk series FilterFreeTV, the host of the comedy news web series Rebel Report, and co-founder of the lifestyle and advice site NotAdamAndSteve.com. His work has been featured on Advocate.com, Out, The Huffington Post, Upworthy, Gay.net, REMEZCLA, and the Thought Catalog queer male anthology BOYS. In 2014, he was named one of The Advocate’s “40 Under 40”, as well as Queerty’s “Twitter Account You Should Be Following”.
You can also look for RJ on the panel show FilterFreeTV:
As well as on Univision’s latin comedy channel, Flama:
Dr. Mimi Hoang PhD
Dr. Mimi Hoang is a nationally-recognized psychologist, educator, author, and advocate, with over 15 years experience in the helping professions. Her passion to serve the underserved is reflected in her extensive work with multicultural communities, especially the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) and Asian Pacific Islander (API) communities. Dr. Hoang is truly a community psychologist at heart that believes in working with the whole person – emotionally, intellectually, physically, culturally, and spiritually – and understanding all the layers in their climate that may have affected healthy growth and resiliency.
Connor Manning is a popular video blogger on YouTube who makes videos twice a week about anything ranging from mental health, sexuality, and everything in between. Sometimes, he even just freaking dances.
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As President of BiNet USA, Faith Cheltenham works to advocate for bisexual, pansexual, fluid, and queer communities. Despite an average budget of less than $10,000 a year, BiNet USA regularly connects with over 40,000 daily digital users. Working within the Bisexual Leadership Roundtable (BLR) collective space, BiNet USA co-sponsors a mailing list for nearly 100 bi+ leaders.
A Human Rights Campaign intern on the Gore 2000 campaign, Faith co-founded UCLA’s BlaQue for Black SGL/LGBT people of African descent in 2002. In 2013, Faith co-organized the first bisexual community issues roundtable at the White House and in 2014, Faith was honored to meet President Obama privately alongside other LGBT leaders before witnessing the President sign Executive Order 11246 which protects LGBT employees of federal contractors from discrimination.
A techie since birth, Faith has worked as a digital strategist on campaigns with Warner Bros. (“Harry Potter Book 7: Pt.2”), Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York (“Finding Sarah” on the Oprah Winfrey Network), and Macmillan (tor.com). Faith currently writes on bisexual community issues, bisexual people of color community concerns and other topics for South Florida Gay News, Huffington Post and BiNet USA’s blog.
Faith identifies herself as a Black/West Indian bi cis queer woman of color. She has a biracial family and is the proud parent of a gender expansive child, Storm (age 3). Faith lives in Los Angeles where she’s step-mom to Cadence (age 7) and is married to Matt, a Sr. Android developer at Grindr. In her spare time she enjoys doing stand-up, slam poetry and watching copious amounts of sci-fi/fantasy entertainment.
KiNG is a 21 year old genderqueer, hella intersectional feminist, Los Angeles native. She is a Youth Poet Ambassador as well as the youngest member of the 2015 DPL Poetry Lounge slam team. She is the lyricist, guitarist, and rapper of KiNG Black – a duo primarily focused on integrating various mediums of expression through music. They are in the process of recording their first EP to be released next summer. Outside of poetry and music, KiNG is very much a social justice advocate within her community and is affiliated with Say Word Project, ANSWER LA, and The Container Yard. For more updates, follow her on Instagram at: @King.Among.Men
Lucy & La Mer
Lucy & La Mer is the American Folk Pop project of singer/songwriter Lucy LaForge. Lucy leads an acoustic collaboration of musicians on her baritone ukulele, which have included GRAMMY winning percussionist Matthew Cook (LA Percussion Quartet, Partch Ensemble) and jazz bassist Jon Lee Keenan.
Her debut single “Just Friends” raised enough support from fans in 2013 to fully fund the band’s first music video via a Kickstarter Campaign, which has since been nominated for three film festivals. Her local performances have included Echo Park Rising Music Festival, The Roxy, The Hotel Cafe, and the LA Vegan Beer & Food Festival at The Rose Bowl.
Lucy also performed as a back-up singer for EDM legend Moby. She embarked on her own solo West Coast Tour in Fall 2014, followed by a Southwest Tour in March 2015, to promote her debut EP Little Spoon, released this April. “With folk instruments and often blunt yet whimsical lyrics,” says Free Bike Valet, “the collection is witty, adorable pop.”
Lucy unapologetically conveys a “veracious account of today’s hook up generation” reports Life of A Rockstar. The ukulele-driven pop songs poke at the seriousness of being an adult, both in romantic relationships and as a working professional. The Free People Clothing Music Blog commented that “much like her music, she is bright, darling, and smart.”
Lucy & La Mer will be on a national tour this Fall 2015 and will be performing at the CMJ Music Marathon Festival next month in New York.
Just Friends https://youtu.be/_EpEva9bTvg
Reed is a 25 year old industry professional from a small town in Northern California. Currently building his resume based out of Los Angeles, he works full time for a television production company in North Hollywood while simultaneously pursuing work in music and on the big screen. His passion for the performing arts has allowed him to perform internationally, from the Philippines, to New York City, and even up into Canada. As a poet, his work is always raw, vulnerable, and uncomfortably honest. Focusing on topics like social justice, broken hearts, sexuality, and race, he incorporates his University education and past career in Social Work into his art.
1. Smoke This – https://soundcloud.com/blakerwilliams/smoke-this
2. Leave – https://soundcloud.com/blakerwilliams/leave
Kristina Wong is a performance artist, comedian and writer who has toured her shows throughout the US and UK. She’s been a commentator for American Public Media’sMarketplace, PBS, Jezebel, xoJane, Playgirl Magazine, Huffington Post and a guest on Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, FXX’s “Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell,” Al Jazeera’s “The Stream” and AM Tonight on Fusion TV. Her work has been awarded with grants from Creative Capital, The Map Fund, Center for Cultural Innovation, the Durfee Foundation, National Performance Network, five Artist-in-Residence grants from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, and a residency from the MacDowell Colony. Her newest solo show “The Wong Street Journal” navigates privilege and economic disparity and has its Los Angeles premiere at the REDCAT Nov 12-15.
Yazmin Monet Watkins
Yazmin Monet Watkins is an internationally touring spoken word poet and actress based out of Los Angeles, CA. She has performed everywhere from the Bahamas to London to Paris to South Africa to New York to California and several places in between. A few of her college shows include Harvard, Howard, UC Santa Cruz and she has opened for the likes of Angela Davis, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Amiri Baraka, Sonia Sanchez and Les Nubians. She is the author of “Love Without Limits: The Bi-Laws of Love,” a collection of poems that emerges in the queer literary world under the self-coined – poetography genre- a piece of art that combines both poetry and photography. Her poetry explores the intersection of race, gender, sexuality, religion, sexual violence, identity and self-love and empowerment.
As an actress, Watkins has been cast in feature films, commercials, sketch/shorts and multiple new media projects with Buzzfeed, Russell Simmons and Issa Rae garnering over 1.7 million views on YouTube. She is represented by Sheree Guitar Entertainment, Coast To Coast Talent and Bella Agency. In her free time Watkins volunteers with incarcerated youth teaching poetry. She believes in the power of peace, love, laughter, freedom and empowering others through art.
You may find more information about her at her website, www.yazminmonetwatkins.com
Come Celebrate With The Bi Community, Bi-Allies and Friends!
Including, (Times Subject To Change):
Catered, Light Dinner Starts at 6:00 PM
Bisexuality, Intersectionality And The Media With Celebrities And News-Makers Panel (In The Large Theatre) 7:00 – 8:00
Intermission And Dessert 8:00 – 8:30 PM
Performing Artists (in the Large Theatre) 8:30 – 10:00 PM
Fine Artists On Display All Night
Open Courtyard 6:00 – 10:00 PM
Early Bird Suggested Donation Discount of $15 until Weds. Sept. 16th, 6 PM
Suggested $20 Donation From 6 PM Weds. Sept. 16th – Sept. 23rd Noon; And At The Door
All donations benefiting LA Bi Task Force.
No One Will Be Turned Away For Lack of Funds
With press support from GLAAD and the LA LGBT Center we’re expecting a larger turnout than 2014. So . . .
RESERVE NOW to make sure you get in!
Free Parking across the street on McCadden at LGBT Center’s lot. If full, street parking.
Performers/Fine Artists – if you wish to participate, contact event organizer Yazmin Monet Watkins at LABiTaskForce@gmail.com
Organizations/groups who wish to attend – or if you want to suggest an invitation – contact event organizer and LA Bi Task Force Chair, OZN, at LABiTaskForce@gmail.com
Questions – contact Debbie Doyle at LABiTaskForce@gmail.com