October 4th, 2005

  • dameron

Tranny Roadshow 2006 Seeks Performers

Greetings all!

We're gearing up for the 2nd Annual Tranny Roadshow, and we're now
looking for performers who want to dazzle audiences with their tranny
brilliance! Here's the deal...

The Tranny Roadshow is a constantly evolving, multimedia, performance
art extravaganza. It is a modern variety show comprised entirely of
artists who self-identify as transgender. Performances from the 2005
tour included poetry, hip-hop, short films, storytelling, dance, rock
music, comedy, folk songs, and performance art of all imaginable

Each performance is accompanied by a display of stationary art (i.e.
paintings and sculpture), but the focus is on the live acts, a unique
evening of entertainment where transpeople demonstrate that we are
whole people, multi-faceted and infinitely talented. The show is not
explicitly about gender, but is carried out in the belief that
expressions of gender and expressions of self are inseparable. For
more information about the Roadshow, its history and its aspirations,
see www.trannyroadshow.org

Transpeople have access to unique layers of perspective on the human
experience. Through sharing these experiences, we want our audiences
to be entertained, challenged, educated, disturbed, and amused. We
want them both laughing and thinking. We might change their lives, or we might just change their evenings – but whatever we do, we'll do it with flair. We're interested in a range of media: spoken word, music, dance/movement, and performance art of all kinds.

We are currently looking for 4 or 5 people who will join us to share
their lives through their live art for the entirety of the tour. This coregroup of performers needs to be diverse and to reflect many
different versions of the trans experience. We are seeking diversity
not only of race or ethnicity, but of age, class, region of origin,
ability, family structure, gender identity/_expression, sexual
orientation, educational background, religion, etc. We are interested in what communities you are part of; we don't want a group comprised entirely of anarchist punks any more than we want a group comprised only of mainstream professional queers. What we do want is to include both of these sorts of people and all the other sorts we can find - be they retired circus performers, college rugby players, or rural quilting enthusiasts.

Later in the fall we will be looking for performers who are interested in joining select shows in their own regions. We will also be seeking film submissions and visual art to display. Our website and mailing list will be updated regarding times to submit for art, film, or performances of shorter duration. *PLEASE only submit now if you can participate in the entire month-long show.*

The Tranny Roadshow will be touring April 1st through 30th, 2006, with a show nearly every night. This time we are traveling only to
locations east of the Mississippi River. (Next time around, we'll do
the opposite.) Venues will be varied, from galleries and bookstores to theaters and college campuses. All transportation and accommodations will be provided by the Roadshow, as well as some meals. The Roadshow will provide transportation (by plane or other preferred method) to get you to the first show and home from the last. You will receive a guaranteed honorarium of $800, with the possibility of additional pay at the end of the tour. You will also be able to sell any merchandise that you may have. Most importantly, you get to have a really great time...

All people who identify themselves as transgender are invited to
submit any kind of performance art. Auditions may be held live (via
phone or in person - Denver, CO, Brattleboro, VT, or Anchorage, AK),
but this isn't necessary. We will gladly accept text, photos, video,
and/or audio recordings.

Along with your performance submission, please tell us a bit about
yourself. This will help us make sure we are meeting our goal of
diversity within the core group. Include as much information as you'd like, in order to let us form a well-rounded picture of you. You could be a perfect addition to the Tranny Roadshow 2006 - you just have to tell us why...

*** We are accepting submissions until October 20th. ***

E-mail trannyroadshow@yahoo.com for more information.

Please spread the word and forward this message widely.


Jamez Terry & Kelly Shortandqueer
Co-organizers, Tranny Roadshow

LBT Takeover

Well, as many of you know, this past weekend was Gay Days at Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure. While I couldn't go to the evnt, I did work both days and walked the park a bit before and after work, and I've gotta say, I could not be more disappointed. This was for a variety of reasons, but here's my number-one issue: rather than a park full of my "family," I saw a park full of middle aged gay men. Where were the lesbians? The bisexuals? The transpeaople? Granted, I work at Hungry Bear, home of the "bear lover" meet-up, but still. I literally saw less than 5 red-shirt-clad women the entire weekend. Those I did were in their 40s. I began to realize that, despite having one meet-up a day specifically for women and a couple for youth, these men are the people Gay Days really target. And, for a 19-year-old dyke hoping to meet others like herself, this is damned disappointing.

So I'm proposing that we stage an LBT takeover. Either at next years' Gay Days or (this is my preference, especially because I don't feel like waiting another whole year after spending the whole last year looking forward to this), on our own day. Which is not to say your average, everyday gay man can't come, but this is not targeted at them. Just like we can come to Gay Days, but it's not targeted at us. Hell, we could even give the guys a little meet-up.

So, who's with me?

Official site for Anaheim Gay Days is here.

X-posted like crazy.