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Thursday
26
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Queering Violence in LGBTQ Communities with Panel Conversation

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20:30

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Join the Kansas City Center for Inclusion as they host the "Queering Violence" nationally award-winning workshop by SocialScope Productions for Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM.)

**Light refreshments will be served at the event.**

**This event is free and open to the public but space is limited. RSVP is strongly encouraged ahead of time through our eventbrite link and priority will be given to those who register.**

This interactive event will allow for a real, meaningful and deep conversation between panelists and our audience about the ways violence, trauma and neglect impact LGBTQ people. Specifically, the workshop will provide a basic overview of LGBTQ anti-violence 101 and showcase a variety of stories from individual LGBTQ survivors discussing ways violence, trauma and neglect impact their lives. It will also allow our panelists to reflect on the clips, which help serve as "case scenarios", and discuss common themes from the stories. Our panelists will also come prepared to take a lead on discussing specific stories as well as pose questions to each other and our audience. Finally, we hope to create space within this 3-hour event to discuss the impact of the wave of homicides of LGBTQ people of color and process some of this trauma and grief with action steps to move forward.

Joining the conversation and panel will be Monica Beverly Hillz (S5 contestant on RuPaul's Drag Race) who will share about her experiences as a trans women of color, survivor of sexual violence and survival sex work, and escaping an abusive childhood.

Queering Violence - facilitated by Randall Jenson (Director, SocialScope Productions) - has previously served as the keynote event for Yale University's Pride Month, SAAM Month keynotes for University of Iowa, University of Southern Oregon-University, Northwestern University, Brown School of Social Work - Washington University and headlined both 2012 and 2014 Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender and Ally Collegiate Conferences (MBLGTACC.)

MORE ABOUT THE WORKSHOP
"Queering Violence: Conversations about IPV, Sexual Violence and Trauma in LGBTQ and HIV+ Communities"
This interactive, award-winning workshop from SocialScope Productions uses multimedia clips from individual lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) and HIV+ survivors and helps attendees broaden their understanding about the complex ways intimate partner violence, sexual violence and trauma affect LGBTQ survivors and communities. This workshop resists sharing LGBTQ and HIV+ survivor stories in narrow, pre-approved ways and understands that individuals each have unique and resilient ways to cope and heal.

This workshop uses anti-oppressive, harm-reduction and trauma-informed facilitation, will allow participants to focus on the invisibility and silencing many LGBTQ and HIV+ survivors face within mainstream anti-violence movements and help participants discuss ways to empower, heal and advocate for LGBTQ survivors in our own communities. Participants will view and reflect on different documentary clips from survivors that will serve as case-scenarios and process in both large and small group facilitated discussions.

Learn more here: http://www.socialscopeonline.com/memories-of-violence/

ABOUT THE MODERATOR & PANELISTS:

RANDALL JENSON (he/him pronouns or anything respectful) is a queer, multiracial artist of color and the Creator and Director of SocialScope Productions, a LGBTQ documentary company focused on LGBTQ and intersectional multimedia projects. He produces the Get Woke: Queer and Trans People of Color event series focused on uplifting KC LGBTQ people of color. He also created the 50Faggots series, which documents the lives of self-identified effeminate gay men in the U.S. Randall currently serves as the Program Director for Transformations: A KC Trans And Gender Expansive Youth Group serving transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) young people 12-18 years old. In 2015, Randall was appointed as the lead advocate to help loved ones and their communities cope and heal from 3 LGBTQ homicides in Kansas City. He previously worked as the Manager of Youth Services for the Kansas City Anti-Violence Project, providing multi-state advocacy directly to LGBTQ youth affected by trauma and violence, as well as the LGBTQ Youth Advocate at Safe Connections in St. Louis, helping build the first regional LGBTQ youth anti-violence program. Randall has received national awards for his leadership and work with young people and homeless and vulnerable youth, racial justice advocacy, addressing the juvenile legal system and media's impact on queer lives. He was a featured speaker at the National ACLU Membership Conference in Washington D.C., on The Oprah Show, and awarded the “Youth Impact Award” by the National Youth Advocacy Coalition. You can learn more by visiting randalljenson.com, socialscopeonline.com and getwokekc.com Follow Randall: Facebook & IG @RandallJenson Twitter @randall_jenson

MONICA BEVERLY HILLZ (she/her pronouns) is a trans activist, reality television and entertainment personality, performing as a female impersonator for the past 14 years. She is a Chicago native and got her start in the Chicago house and Latinx salsa and bachata LGBTQ clubs. Monica has a feminine, sensual and fiery spirit and has been featured on MTV’s “True Life”, AME TV’s “Limo Bob” and in Miley Cyrus’s 2015 MTV Video Music Awards performance. She is best known as the first contestant to bravely share during the taping of Season 5 of VHI’s RuPaul’s Drag Race that she identifies as a transgender woman. Monica is personally committed to supporting queer and transgender youth, working with survivors of sexual exploitation and homelessness and LGBTQ community empowerment projects. Follow Monica: Facebook @MonicaBeverlyHIllz Twitter & IG @monicabhillz

MELISSA BROWN (she/her or gender neutral pronouns) has been working with adult and youth victims/survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence, and hate violence for over eleven years in several different capacities. During her time as an advocate she gained experience providing direct advocacy, case management, crisis intervention, de-escalation, and crisis management services. She is trained in trauma informed care, anti-oppression work, harm reduction, cultural competency, alternative healing modalities, legal, medical, and law enforcement advocacy, and prevention education. She is an avid activist for the LGBTQ community and Communities of Color where she works to educate on the dynamics of violence, dismantle oppression and systemic racism, and allow services to be accessible to marginalized communities. Melissa has been working on ending the violence in the lives of LGBTQ people for eight years. She currently educates both the LGBTQ community and the community at large about what is LGBTQ violence, how LGBTQ violence is perpetuated, how to prevent it, and how to advocate for LGBTQ survivors of violence. Melissa also writes curriculum that center around violence prevention, safety, and consent and offer workshops to youth in both the states of Kansas and Missouri. She has provided training to Caribbean Youth Ambassadors, the Peoples Republic of China, and the Ukrainian Delegation through the YLAI program. She also provides technical assistance to organizations ensuring that policies, procedures, and materials not only reflect the experiences of LGBTQ+ individuals but are inclusive and supportive. Melissa currently leads KC Passages, the longest running LGBTQ+ youth program in a four state region, where she works to provide a safe, supportive, affirming, and educational environment for LGBTQ+ youth specifically trans and gender expansive youth. She is the Director of Operations for Our Spot KC and is a member of the governance committee for the NCAVP where she organizes with advocate nationwide to end violence and oppression for LGBTQ+ people, provides trainings and education at national conferences and workshops, manages national projects, sits on planning committees for national LGBTQ+ health conferences, as well as leads the Finance and Policy committees to ensure that federal and national policies support LGBTQ+ communities. She currently works as the Youth Services Manager at the Kansas City Anti-Violence Project (KCAVP) which is an organization solely dedicated to providing services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) victim/survivors of domestic and sexual violence and hate violence.

ASHLEY QUINN (he/him pronouns) is the Coordinator of Organizational Outreach for Empower Missouri. An out queer trans man, he has been an LGBTQ+ activist for over a decade, including as a co-plaintiff in a successful ACLU of Missouri lawsuit to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriage licenses in MO. A graduate of Texas Christian University’s Religion Department, he has worked and volunteered with youth throughout his career, in churches, homeless shelters, and presently at GALAGXY, the LGBTQ+ youth group at The GLO Center. Presently serving on the board of Missouri’s statewide LGBTQ advocacy organization, PROMO, Ashley has also served as co-chair of National Avenue Christian Church’s Justice Collaborative and sat on their administrative board, as well as GLSEN Springfield, and his fundamentalist Christian sorority, HIS. Ashley currently staffs the MO HIV Justice Coalition (MO HIV JC), a project of Empower Missouri: a non-partisan, non-profit advocacy organization with over a century of history working to ensure basic needs and basic fairness for those in the state. In addition to staffing the coalition, Ashley’s duties include statewide communications and field organizer for Springfield. The MO HIV JC is working to change the state’s outdated and stigmatizing HIV criminal laws. Through training advocates, educating constituents, coalition building, and legislative advocacy the MO HIV JC has succeeded in having 2 bills, with bipartisan support, filed in the state legislature. Facebook & Twitter: @MOHIVJC @EmpowerMissouri

LANGSTON JONES (he/him pronouns) is a Community Prevention Specialist for the Good Samaritan Project; one of Kansas City oldest HIV Agency in the KC metro area. Originally from Kansas City, he started volunteering in HIV and Prevention wanting to advocate and educate for LGBT Youth. He has served on a Project I AM Youth Advisory Board and two Community Advisory Board since 2012. In 2013, he was employed in the field full time on a collaborative contract with the Kansas City CARE Clinic for Black and Latino MSMs. After leaving the field for three years in 2014, he returned in January 2018 to the continue the work for Kansas City metro area wanting to make make change and a BIGGER difference in the Black Gay community.

Poet JEN HARRIS (she/her pronouns) is a published author, professional public speaker, spoken word poet, activist, founder and former host of Kansas City Poetry Slam. Nationally recognized in the aforementioned, she works as an advocate to incorporate spoken word poetry as a form of peer-based mental health therapy. Harris completed a writing residency through Charlotte Street Foundation 2016-2017, moved to Denver, moved back to Kansas City, is finalizing two books; “Lust & Disdain” and “Unconfirmed Certainties, featured at Write About Now, Button Poetry, and presented at TEDxKU in Sept 2017. www.poetjenharris.com Booking: jen@poetjenharris.com Electronic Press Kit (EPK): https://www.reverbnation.com/rpk/poetjenharris
Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/poetjenharris

ACE SAMUEL(he/him pronouns) has been working in LGBTQ bars and nightlife venues for over 13 years. He has served as a barback, doorman, bartender, host, manager and consultant to various restaurants and bars throughout the country. He currently works as the General Manager of Woody's Classic Sports Pub and is proud to have such a diverse and friendly team of staff that have allowed this local LGBTQ bar to quickly become one of the most inclusive and welcoming spaces for many queer and trans people in our communities. Ace is proud to support local organizations and events, such as Kansas City Bear Mafia, Get Woke: Queer and Trans People of Color, Kansas City CARE Clinic, The HIMM Project, AIDS WALK Kansas City 2018, Kansas City 2019 Gay Softball World Series.

ERIKA LYNNETTE BAKER (she/her pronouns) is a local puppeteer, writer, director, producer and all around lover of the arts! She works full time at Mesner Puppet Theater in addition to producing lots of exciting local events including the #MeToo Project which will take place in August at the SqueezeBox Theatre in the Crossroads. This past fall she produced/directed/curated the Kansas City Horror Play Festival (look for that this October) and currently has her original children's show Kingdom of One touring local schools through Kansas City Young Audiences!

JAY HARPER (she/her or he/him pronouns) is a non binary/genderfluid actor, playwright, producer, and singer from Miami, Fl. Jay is best know for his roles in A One Night Stand With Nine (embodying nine different characters), and his role in Ultimate Storytime The Musical as Mr. Contemptible. Jay is an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community and strong believer in being you and being proud of it. Jay’s is proud to be bringing her self produced play to the fountain City in the 2018 Kansas City Fringe Festival this Summer! And as the 2018 KC Fringe Scholarship Recipient, Jay hopes to take this opportunity to bring a new form of theatre to the City of Fountains!

LUCKY GARCIA (she/her pronouns) is a Latinx/Chicanx lesbian writer, musician, and software engineer. She has lived in Kansas City for 13 years. An Iraq War veteran turned political anarchist, she has dedicated her life to social and racial justice. Lucky hosts workshops and speaks publicly at schools, conferences and community events on relationships, sex, sexuality, as well as LGBTQ, political, women’s rights, peace and racial justice issues. She is an organizing member of One Struggle KC in the Movement for Black Lives, Brown Voices/Brown Pulse which centers LGBTQ people of color, SURJ KC - Showing Up for Racial Justice, Kansas City, and Kansas City Food Not Bombs. She is kicking ass, taking names and not afraid!

**Due to the nature & confidentiality of this event, live recording will not be allowed. For more information or media requests, contact: 4socialscope@gmail.com**