Philly Queer Media Kicks Off 2nd Annual Media Activism Series

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Cathy Hannabach, Founder & Director, Philly Queer Media

Philly Queer Media, a grassroots organization founded in 2012 by Cathy Hannabach that fosters and exhibits work in the performing, media, visual, and literary arts, is preparing to kick-off the 2nd annual Media Activism Series on March 20.

The Media Activism Series showcases new work by Philadelphia artists that links queer/trans* arts to queer/trans* activism.

“We especially focus on work that foregrounds the intersections of race, class, dis/ability, sexuality and gender identity and expression – often pushing at boundaries at what counts as a ‘queer issue’ or a ‘trans* issue’,” says Hannabach. “We hold events in various neighborhoods and communities across the city, demonstrating that Philly has a huge range of LGBTQIA communities here that are producing some kick-ass political art.”

Hannabach,a  consultant and scholar whose work focuses on the arts, activist nonprofits, and publishing, founded Philly Queer Media in fall of 2012 because she wanted an opportunity to pull together the many different artists, scholars, and fans who were interested in the ways art and social justice converge in the field of queer media.

This years series begins on March 20th and various events run through April 22:

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According to Hannabach, the organizers of Philly Queer Media have a lot of big ideas for where they want to take the organization in the future: “One of our priorities going forward is to expand our year round programming. Over the past two years, we have focused mostly on our Media Activism Series, but want also to put on workshops, screenings, performances, and discussions throughout the year.”

Several workshops are planned for Summer and Fall 2014 on media production as well as hacking personal tech. For now, though, the focus is on the Media Activism Series.

Philly Queer Media is always looking for more organizations to collaborate with and artists to showcase. If you or someone you know is an artist who focuses on queer/trans* issues, please email phillyqueermedia@gmail.com. Be sure to Like their Facebook page, too!

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