Bible Belt Abortion Storytelling FILM TOUR

“We are not asking for your permission to exist, we are letting you know that we’re here, we’re irrepressible, and we’re dancing. We are making up for lost time.”

— Amelia Bonow on the #ShoutYourAbortion philosophy in Bust Magazine

Amelia Bonow (#ShoutYourAbortion) and Poppy Liu (Collective Sex) present an evening of abortion storytelling, art, and conversation.

Amelia focuses on the emergence and evolution of #ShoutYourAbortion, which evolved from a viral hashtag into a full-fledged movement.

Poppy's poetry performance uses art as spirit practice and storytelling as a mode of healing. She talks about how being a queer first-generation yellow-american woman of color influenced her abortion story, documented in the short art film "Names of Women."

Amelia and Poppy will then facilitate a talkback about why changing the way we talk about abortion has the power to change lives and legislation.

Queer New Beginning: Full Moon Storytelling and Open Mic

QUEER NEW BEGINNING is us celebrating the new year with our fam. It is a v soft evening of soulful storytelling exploring what we are letting go of and what we are calling in.

This event is a collab between Collective Sex + bklyn boihood.
All bodies, identities, and experiences are welcome to attend! However, this event prioritizes the voices of QTPOC (queer, trans, people of color) when it comes to storytelling.

RSVP here

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Queer Ancestor Stories: Full Moon Storytelling + Open Mic

QUEER ANCESTOR STORIES is a v soft evening of storytelling under the glow of the December full moon as we explore the intersections of queerness, inheritance, lineage and family -- both blood and chosen.

This is us reaching back in time gathering advice from our ancestors and learning from their heartaches and heartbreaks and challenges and celebrations. This is us acknowledging that tbh... our ancestors were queer AFFFF. This is us reclaiming their stories.

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This event is a collab between Collective Sex + bklyn boihood.
All bodies, identities, and experiences are welcome to attend! However, this event prioritizes the voices of QTPOC (queer, trans, people of color) when it comes to storytelling.
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Event link for RSVP

 Photo of the Tree of Life in Bahrain taken by Harold Laudeus

Photo of the Tree of Life in Bahrain taken by Harold Laudeus

Mercy Mistress successfully crowdfunds $77,442 to film pilot

We exceeded our crowdfundng goal of $75,000 raising a total of $77,442 from hundres of donors, friends, supporters and family.
And most importantly, we did this in massive solidarity and with a deep bow to the BDSM, kink and sex work communities.
One week ago we gathered, 250 people strong, for KINK OUT as we celebrated intersectionality within our communities, the coming together of old guard and new guard, how to keep these communities safe and what is needed as we continue sex work activism.
We love you all so much and we PROMISE that we are going to make art magic.
Cheers to destigmatizing this work. Cheers to strong queer asian protagonists. Cheers to work made by queer folks, by femmes, by nonbinary people of color. Cheers to us fam.

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KINK OUT: Celebrating Diversity in the BDSM / Kink Lifestyle

Mercy Mistress is hosting Kink Out: a night of celebrating diversity in the BDSM / KINK lifestyle.
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Free Event. Free Drinks. Free Your Kink.
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*This is a 21yr + event*

Kink Out event is intended to bring NYC artists and activists of BDSM/kink sexuality together to share our work and how we promote sexual freedom.
It is also meant to provide a space for vanilla folks who are interested in kink an entry point into this community.

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7pm - Images by Aeric Meredith-Goujon, Une Maitresse Femme, Natasha Gornik and Michele Serchuk and Venus Kinkade

7:30pm OFFICIAL INTRODUCTION + film screenings by Joey Carducci: All That Sheltering Emptiness and Mercy Mistress: Promo Video

8pm Reading by Tina Horn

830pm Work It! BDSM Sex Work Panel moderated by Axe the Masocast featuring Mistress Martine Phoenix, Sir Tony Bishop, Mistress Lucy Sweetkill and Mistress Blunt

930pm Intermission

945pm Reading by ILOV GRATE and Totally Tyler

1015pm Safe Space: Community Building panel moderated by Axe the Masocaste featuring Marcus Likesit of Ropes U, Dorothy Darker, Kris Grey,New York Toy Collective and Dia Dynasty and Lady Venus Cuffs

11:15 Film by Dulcinia Pitagora: Kink Doctor

Midnight Closing Ceremonies *special dance by ILOV GRATE
 

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This is a free event, but please consider supporting Mercy Mistress:
www.bit.ly/mercymistress
Your donations will go towards paying the presenters/photographers/ writers/ and filmographers for participating in Kink Out, as well as towards the creation of Mercy Mistress.
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Raffle tickets for a PleasureChest Stores Gift Basket will be sold throughout the night! Additional gifts donated by Apogee Journal, A Women's Thing, New York Toy Collective, Huneysuckle Magazine, and Please NY.

Community Agreements:
+ This is a space that celebrates Enthusiastic Consent!
+ This is a space where no assumptions are made about identity or pronouns
+ This is a space that uplifts marginalized identites and communities
+ Persons visibly disruptively intoxicated will be asked to leave.
**By RSVP-ing you agree to these Community Agreements**

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"Storytelling as Activism" tour with #ShoutYourAbortion through the Bible Belt

In this 90 minute program, Poppy and Amelia discuss their respective approaches to
creative abortion storytelling as activism. Amelia focuses on the emergence and evolution
of #ShoutYourAbortion, which begun as a viral hashtag and subsequently evolved into a
full- edged movement. Poppy talks about how being a queer woman of color infuenced
how she documented her abortion story in the short film Names of Women, and why
intersectionality is essential in the conversation about reproductive rights. The presenters
will then lead students in a talk-back and engage students in a conversation about why
changing the way we talk about abortion has the power to change lives and legislation.

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My Body Not State Property: Stories and Poems About Reclamation

A storytelling, poetry and open mic event reclaiming stories about body, reproductive health, mental health and care from institutions and the political conversations that they are often diminished to. 

Featuring stories and poems by:
Jackie Torres
SARVNAZ
Teshale Nuer
Jin Hee
Poppy Liu
Amelia Bonow
and Diana Oh

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All bodies and identities are welcome to attend. However, this event prioritizes and centers the voices of QTPOC (folks who identify as queer, trans or as a person of color) when it comes to storytelling.

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