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NOLOSE - call for workshops! [Mar. 15th, 2010|12:34 pm]
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zcme
NOLOSE '10 June 4-6, 2010 Econolodge Oakland, CA

Fat Panic!

Call for Workshops, Hands-on Activities, You Name It

This year, we are actively seeking workshop proposals along a theme: Fat Panic!
We want to address the disturbing trend towards villainizing and fear mongering aimed at and about our fat bodies from the media, the medical field, academia and other areas of social change like some parts of the environmentalist and food justice movements.

We look forward to talking, yelling, planning and scheming about Fear of Fatness and global obesity facts and fictions! We are interested in approaching the topic from a number of different perspectives including, but not limited to the Health At Every Size (HAES) philosophy, academia, media justice, international/global perspectives, art/culture, food justice and more.

The workshop possibilities are endless under this umbrella and around these topics, so put your thinking caps on! We would like to have at least one workshop per timeslot that falls into the Fat Panic! track. Of course, there is still plenty of room for workshops that don't necessarily tie into the theme too, so don't be shy. Bring it on!

This year, the conference will actually encompass 3 full days of workshops, entertainment and activities. We will have workshops beginning sometime on Friday, June 4, all day Saturday and part of Sunday. This gives us the opportunity to have more workshops and activities, and we have received feedback that workshops should have longer timeslots, so this is something we are considering as well.

Some ideas about what we are looking for:

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Deadline for proposals is March 31, 2010.

All conference attendees (fat dykes, lesbians, bisexual women, trans folks, and our female & trans allies) are welcome to send proposals.

Please keep in mind that we have a diverse crowd, so assume a broad range of sizes, physical abilities, ethnicities, nationalities and genders among your participants. We ask that people leading physical activity classes prepare alternate exercises for people using scooters, chairs and wheelchairs. Please indicate your plan to do this in your proposal.
To send us your idea, please complete the simple form at the NOLOSE website. Any questions? Just ask programming@nolose.org.

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Call for Proposals -- NOLOSE '10! [Feb. 17th, 2010|11:45 am]
Fat and Queer

wikkid_smaht
NOLOSE '10 June 4-6, 2010 Econolodge Oakland, CA

Fat Panic!

Call for Workshops, Hands-on Activities, You Name It

Read more!Collapse )

Deadline for proposals is March 31, 2010.

All conference attendees (fat dykes, lesbians, bisexual women, trans folks, and our female & trans allies) are welcome to send proposals.

Please keep in mind that we have a diverse crowd, so assume a broad range of sizes, physical abilities, ethnicities, nationalities and genders among your participants. We ask that people leading physical activity classes prepare alternate exercises for people using scooters, chairs and wheelchairs. Please indicate your plan to do this in your proposal.
To send us your idea, please complete the simple form at the NOLOSE website. Any questions? Just ask programming@nolose.org.
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NOLOSE fundaiser for 2010 conference scholarship/FA funds [Dec. 26th, 2009|11:40 am]
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zcme
NOLOSE is your community.

"Both times I've come to NOLOSE in 2006 and 2008, it was with the support of scholarships. As a student and working artist, I wouldn't have been able to afford the costs of full participation, but without NOLOSE, I would literally be lost throughout the year else. There's no other event in the country where I'm so heartily embraced for my fierce, fat, queer, femme colored self, and that means so much to me!" said Naima Lowe, an exceptionally talented fat queer femme of color activist, filmmaker, NOLOSE conference attendee, and scholarship recipient.

Every year, 100% of NOLOSE's scholarship funding comes from you. Community-led fundraisers like the Fat Girl Flea help us bring many activists from all over the world to the nation's only conference dedicated to building a space for fat, queer, and trans folks to analyze, mobilize, organize, and celebrate. As an organization, NOLOSE is dedicated to building a movement, a voice, and a vibrant community of fierce fat folks and allies.

Scholarships are an integral part of ensuring that the most under-resourced in our community can take part in this beautiful, life-changing space.

This year, the NOLOSE board is committed to holding an even bigger (pun intended!) and more successful conference by providing an increased amount of financial aid to our attendees. We may be small in numbers, but you, the community, have shown again and again just how dedicated you are. We believe in you and we want to give you this opportunity to continue in your partnership with NOLOSE and the fat queer & trans movement.

"As a super-sized, dis/abled person I deeply appreciated NOLOSE recognizing that I may be in a position to need extra financial help attending the conference. NOLOSE truly valued my presence as well as the contributions of other disproportionately affected peoples, and was willing to work to get us there," said another NOLOSE scholarship recipient.
 
Our scholarships prioritize funding for people who have historically been the most under-represented at NOLOSE and in the movement: people with financial need, trans and gender non-conforming folks, people with disabilities, people of color, people over 50, super fatties, and starting this year, international attendees. NOLOSE's dedication to diversity isn't just lip service; we walk the talk and believe that our movements can only succeed when they are led by those most affected by social injustices.

We ask you to help support your friends and peers by giving to the NOLOSE Scholarship Fund. 100% of your gift will go towards the Scholarship Fund, which will resource even more brilliant gorgeous activists' attendance at the next conference, which promises to be the best one yet!

Even if $5 or $10 is all you can give, we urge you to consider making a tax-deductible contribution via our Facebook Cause page or our Network for Good page. And, $10 a month can turn into $120 via monthly giving, which is a great way to stretch your dollar and show your continued support.

But whether or not you give (although we hope you will!), we on the NOLOSE board wanted to also take this opportunity to give thanks to all of you who make up the hearts, souls, brains, and bodies of the movement. We love you, and we can't wait to see you on the West Coast at the next conference!


Big fat love,
Cristy, Devra, Amanda, Geleni, Jen, Joe, Kim, Tara, Sondra, and Zoe

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Fat and Queer 2009 NYC [Jun. 13th, 2009|10:34 am]
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femmegrrlprof
Hey everyone! We're soliciting Keynote Speaker suggestions. We are a small relatively unfunded conference- so the person should be totally awesome, but willing to do it for the cheap! Any ideas? Marisa
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Fat and Queer Conference Planning [May. 20th, 2009|11:07 pm]
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femmegrrlprof
Conference Planning for Fat and Queer 2009 will start at 7:15pm at ReDress NYC on Thursday May 28th, 2009. If you would like to join the planning team, please post a comment here.
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The Fat Girl Flea Market is next Saturday!!! [Mar. 26th, 2009|06:11 pm]
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queen_bbb
The Fat Girl Flea Market is next Saturday!!!

Saturday April 4th
11am - 8pm
$8 entrance fee
LGBT Center -- 208 West 13th Street, 3rd floor, Manhattan, NYC

For more information regarding the Fat Girl Flea Market, please see
our website!

http://www.fatgirlfleamarket.com/

WHAT WE NEED TO HAVE HAPPEN TO MAKE THE FLEA MARKET A SUCCESS:

*We need volunteers to drive the truck from the Jersey City storage space to the LGBT Center on Friday, April 3 at 1 PM. Seriously, the Flea won't happen unless someone can drive this truck!
*We need volunteers to load up the truck in JC on Friday April 3 at 1 PM!
*We need bags! Can you donate shopping bags to us? Have a business that wants to put your card in all the bags people leave the flea with? Get in touch!
*We need one more cash box! Can you loan us one?
*We need mirrors for the dressing room. Can you loan us a few?
*We need a food vendor. Want to earn money for your organization selling food to our famished shoppers and volunteers? Get in touch!
*Want to vend? If you're vending anything other than used clothing of interest to the discerning plus size shopper, get in touch about renting a table!
*We need boxes! Big boxes! If you have some please get in touch!

Get in touch=email info@fatgirlfleamarket.com

DONATIONS!

*We will be taking donations up until 4 PM on the DAY OF the Flea Market! The tables will continue to be replenished throughout the day--you don't have to schedule any pick-ups!

All donations are tax deductible! For more information about
donations, please see our website.
http://www.fatgirlfleamarket.com/howdonate.html


This is the largest fundraiser for NOLOSE, and we thank you profusely
in advance for your support!!!

xoxoxoxo!

Bevin
Flea Market Captain, 2009

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Bevin Branlandingham
Host/Producer
FemmeCast: The Queer Fat Femme Podcast Guide to Life
www.Femme-Cast.com
Head Madam, Femme Family NYC
www.femmefamily.com
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Fat Girl Flea Market April 4th, 2009! Volunteers Needed [Mar. 20th, 2009|01:39 pm]
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femmegrrlprof
Hi folks,

The Fat Girl Flea Market needs volunteers on April 3rd, 2009 to help unload the truck and sort clothing, and of course on April 4th, 2009 for the actual event.



We need help with the following tasks.



Friday- April 3rd, 2009 4pm-9pm



Unloading the Truck 4pm

Help to unload bags of clothing from U-Haul. Usually, we have bins to wheel clothing upstairs with, but there is some lifting involved in this.



Sorting clothing 4:30pm-9pm

Help to sort clothing into different sizes/clothing types.







Saturday shifts:

9am-11am, 11am-1pm, 1pm-3pm, 3pm-5pm, 5pm-7pm, 7pm-9pm



Saturday April 4th, 2009 9am-9pm



Set-up (9am-11am)

Set-up Tables/Chairs/ Dressing Room. Move/sort clothing that was not moved on Friday to appropriate section. Fold clothing.



Door People (2 people per shift)

Take admission fee at door. Be generally welcoming and happy.



Personal Shoppers (2 or 3 per shift)

Help people locate clothing they are looking for. Work the floor. Return clothing from dressing rooms to tables.



Table Minders (2-3 per table per shift)

Keep clothing neat, Rotate items from the back of the pile to the front if necessary. Make tables look attractive.



Check Out (2 people per shift)

Man the check out table. Take money.



Break Down

Pack up unsold clothing. Straighten and clean up room.



Please write back to me at maryoosa@hotmail.com if you think you can help us out! It’s most helpful to us if you can work for two shifts. As always, volunteers are admitted to the event free.
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New Episode of FemmeCast Now Available! [Jan. 28th, 2009|11:53 am]
Fat and Queer

queen_bbb
"Asking for help takes its own strength and bravery."--Genne, Epsiode 7 of FemmeCast



Asking for help is a skill--how do we learn it?

Episode 7: Asking for Help. Running time: 69 minutes.

In this episode host Bevin Branlandingham and FemmeCast contributors discuss their strategies for learning to push past the Steel Magnolias facade and receive help.
www.Femme-Cast.com

We debut our newest contributor, our Femme Shark Correspondent Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha!
"You can be a mess and still be a powerful Femme. We're not going to cut down one another when we're vulnerable."


Self-Help Correspondent Genne discusses being the partner of someone with a bad drug addiction and how that taught her the importance of asking for help.

We debut the Femmes of Color Roundtable series, moderated by Fatshion and Beauty Correspondent, Tara Shuai.
"My experience of how my race, my fat and my femmeness intersect is that I think that people don't expect fat East Asians. I feel like a bodily contradiction, simultaneously desexualized and hypersexualized."


Bevin interviews Jenny Lowery, aka Pidgeon Von Tramp, Queer Fat Femme Burlesque performer with the Von Foxies of Seattle, writer and founding board member of the Bent Writing Institute.


FemmeCast: The Queer Fat Femme Podcast Guide to Life is a FREE audio newsmagazine for Queer Fat Femmes, Fatshionistas of all sexualities and Queers of all genders. Hosted by Bevin Branlandingham with a cadre of regular contributors, we're discussing dating, fat fashion, social justice, friendships, sex, gender, tranny talk, culture, travel, community and feature new music by Queer artists. A whimsical This American Life meets a radical queer how-to novel with MTV generation timing, FemmeCast will keep listeners laughing, connected and inspired. Available for download 24/7 at Femme-Cast.com

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New Episode of FemmeCast NOW AVAILABLE! [Dec. 21st, 2008|08:53 pm]
Fat and Queer

queen_bbb
"My mom gets offended by me cooking broccoli. It's deep, dude."--Grover, Epsiode 6.5 of FemmeCast



Don't forget to bring FemmeCast with you home for winter break. A little queer fat femme love on your computer or portable music device will give you an extra dose of glitter and identity politics while taking a break from family excitement!

Episode 6.5: Homo for the Holidays. Running time: 58 minutes.

In this special minisode host Bevin Branlandingham and FemmeCast contributors discuss their strategies for loving themselves and their families during the holidays and throughout the year.
www.Femme-Cast.com

Her cohost for this episode is Big Gay Agenda Correspondent Brian, whose family is Fundamentalist Christian and Southern.


"I am never afraid to say 'I don't think I'm going to answer that question.'"--Rachael, FemmeCast Sexpert


"I mostly spend a lot of time online when I go home for the holidays so I blog about the fatphobic things that they say and get support that way."--Social Justice Correspondent Zoe

"If I can do something that doesn't hurt me and gives my mother a tremendous amount of comfort, I'll do it."--Tranny Superstar Glenn Marla


We read from Self Help Correspondent Genne's parents' Holiday Wish Lists!
"Photograph of you in a place that you love" / "A collection of well-written picture books whose themes reflect a commitment to consciously avoiding gender-typing."

FemmeCast: The Queer Fat Femme Podcast Guide to Life is a FREE audio newsmagazine for Queer Fat Femmes, Fatshionistas of all sexualities and Queers of all genders. Hosted by Bevin Branlandingham with a cadre of regular contributors, we're discussing dating, fat fashion, social justice, friendships, sex, gender, tranny talk, culture, travel, community and feature new music by Queer artists. A whimsical This American Life meets a radical queer how-to novel with MTV generation timing, FemmeCast will keep listeners laughing, connected and inspired.

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Happy Holidays from FemmeCast!!
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NOW AVAILABLE! FemmeCast Episode 6: he Lesbian Footwarming Syndrome [Nov. 19th, 2008|05:04 pm]
Fat and Queer

queen_bbb
"Don't let improvements in public health cloud your romantic judgment."--Kelli Dunham, Episode 6 of FemmeCast



Episode 6: The Lesbian Footwarming Syndrome.*
In this episode host Bevin Branlandingham discusses the ways in which queer fat femmes are critically engaged in their relationship status. Running time: 67 minutes.

www.Femme-Cast.com

Fatshion correspondent, Tara, teaches us how to convert dresses for winter wear. Like this!


Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha talks about scarcity and dating.
"Sharks do not take anything except prime pieces of sirloin. We do not apologize for our hunger."


Naima reviews The Secret. "What kind of credentials do you need to become a 'visionary', anyway?"

We have a round table on the cultural capital of couplehood.

We welcome writer and activst Gina De Vries and world class belly dancer Miasia to FemmeCast. Technical Editor Anna breaks the veil of silence to discuss singlehood.

And, we react to the election results. (See Bevin on Gawker from the NYC Prop 8 Protest!)


*The concept of The Lesbian Footwarming Syndrome, as introduced by Kelli Dunham, is "You're a lesbian, I'm a lesbian, let's keep each others' feet warm." With no further considerations for happiness, sustainability or compatibility.

FemmeCast: The Queer Fat Femme Podcast Guide to Life is an audio newsmagazine for Queer Fat Femmes, Fatshionistas of all sexualities and Queers of all genders. Hosted by Bevin Branlandingham with a cadre of regular contributors, we're discussing dating, fat fashion, social justice, friendships, sex, gender, tranny talk, culture, travel, community and feature new music by Queer artists. A whimsical This American Life meets a radical queer how-to novel with MTV generation timing, FemmeCast will keep listeners laughing, connected and inspired.

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