Hey Everyone, Tonight, along with a number of other artists, I will be performing at the Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference (MBLGTACC). Unfortunately, the Westboro Baptist Church will be protesting. So in order to turn a negative situation positive: For every person that shows up to counter protest today (4:15-5pm), The Ally Coalition will be making a donating to LIKEME Lighthouse, a Kansas City LGBT community center. In addition, a donation will be made for every WBC member that shows up, so they can also support such a worthy cause ;) We ask that you protest the hate, but do not engage those who hate at this event. More details go here: http://allycoalition.tumblr.com/ Thank you!
14 shows in the last 15 days! So grateful! And so sleepy! Anyone have tips on how to take a power nap?? I’ve unfortunately never learned how to sleep in the daytime. Greenville tonight! Then St. Louis, Nashville, Asheville with the magical Shira E!
“This is not typical church.
We will not yell
about sin and hell
for that picture doesn’t work anymore
for those who have worked on factory floors.
We welcome you new crawling psalms,
you drunk choirs
you gouged melodies
you nasty bags of glowing mercy.
We welcome those with unpaid bone tariffs
those raised by the missing
those boys who got lost in the eyes of another boy
those who loved the cities that hated them
those who kept putting on their gloves for boxing the
those who couldn’t scratch their golden tickets because
were ground down from clawing their own way out of
their father’s casket
those who couldn’t get skinny enough to get to the front
of the line
those who couldn’t stand anymore so they built splints out
out of their own words,
Depth charges, yes!
The choir charging the audience with tambourines in their
Kick me when I’m up, yes!
Hallelujah, we are fucked! Yes!”—Derrick Brown
Thank you to everyone who has been to a show lately! I have been having such a blast! Houston, New Orleans, Birmingham, Athens, Atlanta, Charlotte, Carrboro, Greenville, St. Louis, Nashville, Asheville, see you very soon!
that this is the hardest time of year for many people in my community. that many of my friends will never be welcome “home” for the holidays. that I have friends who have children who will never know their grandparents. that if I went home I would be the only “single” cousin at my grandmother’s house. that I am not single. that there were too many years I did not say, “i am not single.” that for many people, going home is activism. that it’s ok to be “too tired.” that my home is a warm home. that last night my girlfriend was stringing garland around our stairwell. that she made a gluten-free-egg-free-dairy-free version of my grandmother’s banana chocolate chip cookies. that my grandma knitted the best mittens. that “silent night” is playing on repeat on the stereo. that I keep daring myself to go “poetry caroling.” that I am too shy. that I keep thinking: this christmas is gonna be the first christmas someone’s grandfather gets his grandchild’s pronouns right. that I keep thinking: next christmas my girlfriend and I are gonna make peanut brittle for my dad. that christmas lights are bad for the environment and I can’t stop hanging them all over my living room. that I miss nativity scenes, but not the church. that i miss the snow in december in maine. that there are too many people alone tonight. that people say, “merry christmas.” that my friend misspelled “marry” as “merry” in her book of poetry. that i wish everyone in the world could get merried. that joy would come caroling at everyone’s door. that this is the hardest time of year for many people in my community. that leaf. that leaf that makes the table bigger. that’s something i wish i could be.
Victoria! Are you all psyched for tonight’s show? We have been working with The Ally Coalition for our last several shows and we have received some awesome donations for a variety of local organizations. At tonight’s show we will be collecting pet supplies for The Boneless Project! Please bring donations if you can! Looking forward to seeing you tonight!
Hello Seattle! Through our work with The Ally Coalition, tonight will will be collecting donations of socks for Seattle’s YouthCare! This is the first transitional living program in Washington State to focus on the unique needs of homeless LGBTQ youth! So please bring socks with you tonight if you can! Can’t wait to see you all!
Bellingham! Are you excited for the show tonight? We sure are! Through our work with The Ally Coalition, tonight will will be collecting donations of socks for Seattle’s YouthCare! This is the first transitional living program in Washington State to focus on the unique needs of homeless LGBTQ youth! So please bring socks with you tonight if you can! Can’t wait to see you all!
You all are rocking it for The Ally Coalition and all of the organizations we have been collecting donations for — THANK YOU! Tonight in Portland we’re collecting toiletries for The Q Center — please give what you can!
Olympia, WA! We are getting so pumped for the show tonight! As you may know, we are working with The Ally Coalition on this tour! Hooray! If you are able, please bring donations of art supplies tonight for Stonewall Youth (see link below)! What are your favorite art supplies? Do you think you can bring some to the show tonight to donate?
Santa Cruz! Are you excited for tonight’s show? Again, we are thrilled to working with The Ally Coalition on this tour! If you can, please bring donations of art and craft supplies tonight for the youth of The Diversity Center. I cannot wait to see how much we can collect together tonight!
So excited to be working with The Ally Coalition on this tour! At tonight’s show we’ll be collecting donations of school supplies for Larkin Street Youth Services - helping 4,000 homeless and at-risk youth in San Francisco every year!