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Black Queer Utopia Fest

October 21, 2017
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

ISGMH is happy to be co-sponsoring Rainbow Alliance and Living in Color’s Black Queer Utopia Fest! Black Queer Utopia Fest is a sensory experience where participants walk into a utopia immediately introduced to a radical imagining of a perfect place for Black queer folk. Event organizers plan to bridge artistry and academia by showcasing Black queer Utopias of all kinds from speakers on food justice and trans inclusivity to Burlesque and Vogue performances. They will be featuring Chicago artists Cruel Valentine, Chef Fresh, Lasaia Wade, Vogueing Legends: Mother Myah, Mother Bionca, Mother Angel, and graduate/undergraduate student performers. In addition to the performances, they will have a variety of booths set up around the room such as tarot card reading and art vendors. Black Queer Utopia Fest aims to promote social justice education and inclusivity on Northwestern’s Evanston campus by creating a platform for Black queer artists and activists to share their personal vision of a utopia for Black queer people.

The festival will take place October 21, 2017 5:30pm-9pm at Parkes Hall 122 (1870 Sheridan Road Evanston, IL, 60208) and will be free and open to all in the Evanston/Chicago community. Attendees will be engaged on all levels through taste, touch, hearing, sight, and smell. Organizers are committed to creating a space accessible to bodies of all abilities, so they will have sign language interpreters throughout the entire event.


For more details, please contact Jayleen James, Rainbow Alliance Co-President, at


Black Queer Utopia flier