* Selected Recordings Available

Set the altar: queer interfaith life, spirituality + identity, presented by olivia ahn
JULY 18, 1pm EST

View selected slides provided by olivia ahn here.

Set The Altar is a collective tending space where participants are encouraged to honor a god/godess/gxdxx, diety, divinity, saint and/or ancestor that they currently work with in their spiritual and/or religious practice that supports and protects them either in their queer identity or cultural lineage.

This is a QTBIPOC (Queer/Trans Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color) centered space and is intended as an offering specifically for QTBIPOC people.⁣⁣

Muttererde by Jessica Lauren Elizabeth Taylor & 
There’s Just Something About Death That Makes Us Dance: The Revival by Rox Campbell
JULY 18, 3:15pm EST

Followed by conversation with filmmaker Rox Campbell and curator Muse Dodd.

Watch the recording here.

death becomes us facilitated by Karolina Castro
JULY 25, 3pm EST

Death Guide for NYC in Spanish
Death Guide for NYC in English
Watch recording here.

It’s never too early to plan for your death. This workshop will inform you on how to take control of your dying process and funeral. Want to make your chosen family or partner responsible for your medical decisions at the event that you can no longer do it yourself? Want to ensure that your correct pronouns and name are used during the funeral? Come through and learn about the legal documents that can ensure your wishes are met! Also, learn about alternative, eco-friendly, and more affordable ways of caring for and disposing of your body.

This is a QTBIPOC (Queer/Trans Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color) centered space and is intended as an offering specifically for QTBIPOC people.⁣⁣

Pain and Pleasure: Healing Though Queer BDSM led by Vee Perez

AUGUST 1, 6pm-7:30pm EST

Vee AKA, Electropapi (They/She Pronouns) was taught from a young age that desire can lead to death. Parental figures always taught them that sexual desire in the Christian perspective could be a path to the underworld in the after life, and the only salvation is in Jesus Christ. Vee always thought growing up- “hm.. if Jesus loves everyone, isn’t he kinda gay?” and “Isn’t God, with all these rules and sins, and the punishment there after, a dom daddy?” These questions guided Vee to a different path. In Vee’s Caribbean-based ancestral healing practices, they realized that salvation can only happen when desire is liberated.  Holiness is liberated queerness. Once one embraces the fear of death and pain, desire through the exploration of kink can be a path to salvation from the white supremacist, cisheteropatriachry, colonial landscape.  In this film, Vee explores the crucifixion, ascension, and sainthood of the Black and Indigenous queer trans two spirit body as a sanctuary of desire in kink and bdsm.

This is QTBIPOC (Queer/Trans Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color centered event, but open to all. If you are a white participant, please be conscientious of your participation as QTBIPOC centering will be prioritized.

Performance by Wazina Zondon feat Terna Tilley-Gyado

إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ‎ + inna lillahi/indeed we belong to Allah wa inna ilayhi raji-un/and to Allah we return

إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ‎/ Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji-un/Indeed we belong to Allah and to Allah we return (re)creates and preempts the burial rites queer and trans Muslims are not guaranteed but ought to be. The performance explores the in-between spaces of living within the third culture realm, recreating coveted traditions, hidden truths and reconciling death.

Indeed we belong to Allah and to Allah we return… as you intended us to be.

Featuring Dillon God Gardener, Linda Labeija, Nine Yamamoto-Masson, Olivia Ahn, Smita Sen, and curators Muse Dodd and Catherine Feliz

Watch recording here.

The end is just the beginning

Broadcasting live from The Very Dirty Garden, Dillon God Gardener will perform “The end is just the beginning “ a ritual performance  with live musical accompaniment by Fieraferrari. Livestreamin on Twitch.