An evening of community, connection and celebration prioritising trans women and transfeminine people of colour.
The evening began with a screening of the documentary film MAJOR! exploring the life and campaigns of Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, a formerly incarcerated Black transgender elder and activist who has been fighting for the rights of trans women of colour for over 40 years.
The film was followed by a breathing exercise led by House of Revlon’s Bam Bam and an informal conversation over a shared Ethiopian vegan meal, catered by Red Tent Ethiopia. The discussion was facilitated by cultural producer and community organiser June Bellebono and the film was used as a starting point to share reflections and explore the ways we can apply the sisterhood displayed in a UK context.
oestrogeneration is an online magazine platform highlighting the voices of trans women and transfeminine people in the UK. oestrogeneration was created as a direct response to transmisogyny in the media and out of a need for trans women to hold an independent space to own their narratives. To find out more on, visit oestrogeneration's website.
June Bellebono is a London-based cultural producer, writer, educator - but also a party girl, fashion enthusiast, and lover of friendships. June founded and runs oestrogeneration, an online magazine platform highlighting transfeminine voices in the UK. Their writing has featured in gal-dem, i-news, East Side Voices and Letters from the Grief Club anthologies.
June is the founder and host of Queer Good Grief, a peer support group by and for bereaved LGBTQ+ people, as well as a trainer for Good Night Out Campaign, a mentor for Spectra London, and facilitator for Remember and Resist. They have delivered talks for LGBT Foundation, Foundation FM, Shelter, The World Transformed, Decolonising Economics, Doc N’ Roll Film Fest, Dalston Superstore, English PEN and Free Books Fest.
Omar Jordan Phillips is a producer and movement artist interested in driving artistic work for social change. Omar quickly became a cornerstone of the London Ballroom Scene, where they are known as Bam Bam of the iconic House of Revlon. They have performed locally and internationally, facilitating workshops and curating events. Bam Bam believes in the power of Voguing as a form of social activism. They create work that explores identity and the deconstruction of learned ideas of gender, sexuality, desire, and race.
Each year, Autograph has an Open Call for event proposals from emerging cultural producers who are working on a new or early stage project. For successful applicants, Autograph provides a budget, curatorial fee, and support to help make the event happen. This event is a result of our 2022 Open Call.
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