Dancing Queerly and Pride 4 The People are partnering to produce “We’re Queer All Year,” a digital artist showcase. This spring, we put out an open call for “New England based dancers, movers, drag performers, poets & spoken word artists,” to submit work samples for a virtual event, in boycott of Boston Pride’s 2021 virtual events (more information about the boycott can be found at pride4thepeople.org). In addition to 5-10 minute video samples, we invited artists to share their stories, offering the following prompts: “Background in your art and/or what drew you to it, your expression of queerness through your creative expression, why you’re in support of our boycott event, ways in which folx can support you!”
We were excited to receive submissions from artists of various disciplines: burlesque, cabaret, contemporary/modern dance, drag, music composition, performance art, and vogue. We were also grateful to read and hear their stories and perspectives, including but not limited to: wanting to put pressure on Boston Pride to better serve and represent the Boston LGBTQIA+ community, disillusionment with the hyper-corporatization of Pride and a desire to celebrate more intentionally, calls for greater representation in the Boston performing arts community.
This event will intentionally drop on June 30, and the recording will be available beyond Pride Month, in honor and celebration of the theme: “We’re Queer All Year!”