Last night I went to the opening of Barangay's Tulay event. The work of fellow TWSSter, heart-friend, and talented artist Allison Santos is featured in the art exhibit, and she'll be speaking tomorrow on a panel of community leaders from 2-5pm.
Two of the most memorable performances of last night's opening were Kay Barrett's exuberant spoken word and Dom Magwili's performance art piece, in which Dom sat on a sofa surrounded by brightly colored tsinelas and conversed one-on-one with people as an older, Filipino-accented man whose daughter had just come out to him, trying to understand queerness.
“TULAY: Bridge to Help Fight Youth Suicide”
May 27, 2011 - Open art gallery from 12:00pm to 10:30pm
May 28, 2011 - Open art gallery from 12:00pm to 10:30pm, Public Symposium from 2pm to 5pm
1. Noah Kaplan, MSW
2. Search to Involve Pilipino Americans, Assistant Director of Health and Human Services, Christine Calderon
3. LGBTQ Representative, Allison Santos
4. GSA Network Program Manager, Daniel Solis
5. Metropolitan Community Church, Reverend Alejandro Escoto
6. Fil Am Arts Representative, Allison Dela Cruz
7. Cristalle Sese, Psy.D.
Monk Space LA 4414 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90004.
TULAY will be a safe, productive environment that will promote discussion and acceptance in the Filipino LGBTQ community to explore the causes that lead to youth suicide. Artists are tasked to explore cultural nuances relevant to the subject matter. Through their thought provoking art Barangay LA will engage the community to a solution-focused symposium which will close the gallery with a panel of faith based representatives, family members, LGBTQ & social service providers.
TONIGHT: Monthly queer youth of color open mic by Equal Action: OUTspoken Sessions presents Jenny Yang and Roosevelt High Gay Straight Alliance, 6:30-9pm at KIWA, 3471 W. 8th Street.