Dancing Queerly is an annual festival in Cambridge, MA featuring workshops, mixers, discussions, and performances by and for the LGBTQIA+ community, friends, and allies.
Dancing Queerly’s mission is to bring LGBTQIA+ folks with varying dance experience together in the joy of dance as audience members and participants.
We, the co-producers of Dancing Queerly, wholeheartedly and without reservation, support the members of the Boston Pride Committee and Black & Latinx Pride Committee who are calling for the resignation of the Boston Pride Board and real, proactive change to serve the Boston LGBTQIA+ community. https://docs.google.com/…/1eLBM08-TnCT1GwoTkhto…/mobilebasic
We cannot stand by while an organization that claims to be “listening” to Black activists and community members betrays our trust by announcing a meeting with police. Black and POC organizers have been asking for change from Pride since (at least) 2015.
At this moment, LGBTQ organizations need to be amplifying the demands of local organizers of color who are calling for major redistribution of our city budget away from racist policing & control. LGBTQ organizations need to use our voices and platforms to support these BIPOC-led organizations in organizing to get Boston to shift money to instead invest in what most-impacted communities of color have been requesting for years: funding for housing, health care, mental health support, schools, and jobs with dignity. We support the urgent call to defund the police and encourage you to learn about work by local organizations like Families for Justice as Healing.
Today we are removing Boston Pride’s logo from this weekend’s videos. As planned, all the money we received from the Boston Pride Community Foundation is going directly to artists appearing in this weekends’ programming.
As white organizers we recognize the ways our complacency and silence has allowed Pride to continue brushing the real concerns of Black and POC organizers aside. We apologize. At one time, accepting grants from the Boston Pride Community Foundation and using their funds to pay artists for our scrappy little festival felt like a redistribution of resources that was aligned with our values. In mid-April, offering Boston Pride co-sponsorship of our 2020 virtual events in exchange for publicity and a spot on the official pride calendar seemed like a win-win, furthering our mission by spreading the word about Dancing Queerly further than we ever could on our own. The Boston Pride Board’s actions & continued ignorance make it clear that we can no longer be affiliated with their organization without radical change that centers BIPOC LGBTQ people’s self-identified needs & demands.
We vow to continue our work towards centering Black voices in queer dance. If you join us for any of our events, we hope they nurture your spirit and fuel your sense of justice. Our programming is free and available for the next week. If you want to spend your Friday night at a protest or vigil, or if you want to celebrate Juneteenth with a different live program, you can register for free and watch the live recordings later*.
*Instructions: you can register on eventbrite for both events until June 28 at 11:30 PM.The programs will be visible to view until 9:00 AM on Monday, June 29.
Dancing Queerly, 2020 is made possible in part thanks to fiscal sponsorship of Boston Dance Alliance, with generous financial support from ArtsBoston Audience Lab, Boston Pride Community Fund, Boston Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Community Fund grant from Cambridge Community Foundation, and ongoing support from The Dance Complex.
Dancing Queerly would not be possible without past support from a Live Arts Boston grant from the Boston Foundation, Mass Cultural Council Festival Programs grant, New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, and a Fidelity Charitable Grant from the James K Spriggs Foundation.