Mark Your Fall Literary Calendar for PGH’s 1st Ever Feminist Zine Fest

Published On September 29, 2015 | By Tiffany Johnson | Community

600full-boy-i-am-posterStarting Thursday, October 15, Pittsburgh will host a phenomenal four-day weekend of Feminist celebrations composed of film screenings, dance parties, workshops and readings. The goal of Feminist Zine Fest Pittsburgh is to demonstrate its endless support of intersectional feminist expression and dialogue. This includes feminist women of all races, transgender and gender non-conformists, and feminists of varying ages, sizes, abilities, and accomplices, alike.

From 7-10PM, join them for the opening night of Feminist Zine Fest Pittsburgh with the documentary film, “BOY I AM,” at Union Project in East Liberty. The feature-length documentary highlights the important exploration of issues that are rarely touched upon by most films portraying female-to-male transgender experiences.

“BOY I AM” presents an empowering chronicle of queer resistance that challenges its viewers to rethink their concepts of activism and identity. The film opens up a dialog between the lesbian, feminist and transgender communities while also promoting understanding of transgender issues.

The film follows Nicco, Norie and Keegan, three young transitioning female-to-males in New York City as they go through major junctures in their transitions. These three individuals discuss topics such as relationships with their bodies, feminism, and the intersection of race and class with their transgender identities.11054852_913878431993720_808361728718263215_n

Their stories are also sprinkled with interviews with lesbians, activists and theorists who engage in controversial questions and issues that are raised within the queer and feminist communities, but are rarely discussed openly. Following the film, there will be a community discussion on the intersection of feminism and the transgender experience.

The festival continues the next day at 8PM with a dance party at Spirit Lodge in Lawrenceville. Check out performances, acrobatics, and six female DJs that will be spinning dance and rock music by strong female artists and bands, featuring tracks from Le Tigre, Sleater-Kinney, Shonen Knife, Beyonce, Kate Bush, and more. Organizers have indicated that this night will be held specifically to encourage self confidence, creativity, body-positivity via fun music, dancing, and meeting other awesome local women.

11873472_913878305327066_5334768595489930063_nGet creative and let your feminist mind wonder at the Zine Making Workshop on Saturday, October 17 from 11:30AM-2PM. Come to Constellation Coffee on Penn Avenue with ideas, scraps, doodles, words, or nothing at all. A facilitated conversational workshop about feminism will be held by Elvis B of Homos in Herstory. Each participant will make a page of a group zine together, to be released at the Feminist Zine Fest. Space for this event is limited and will be reserved for the first 15 participants who RSVP. Be sure to lock down your spot by emailing fzfpgh@gmail.com with your name, as well as your personal insight on the question, “How does feminism play a role in your life?

The main event of Feminist Zine Fest Pittsburgh is set to take place on Sunday, October 18 at the Frick Fine Arts Building at the University of Pittsburgh and will include tabling, workshops and readings. Check out a full list of exhibitors and participants on the Feminist Zine Fest Tumblr page.

All interested parties are welcome to come witness this monumental event, and best of all, it’s completely free. You can visit the event page to find out more info on the festival and keep up-to-date with what’s happening.

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