FED UP FEST is a three day, all ages, DIY music and workshop festival showcasing and celebrating queer and transgender voices in punk communities. We are a collectively run group that actively opposes racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, ableism, capitalism, and all other fucked up “isms” and “phobias” at macro and micro levels. FED UP FEST is inspired from the short lived direct action coalition FED UP QUEERS (FUQ) that existed in New York city from 1989-1990 that grew out of the Aids Coalition to Unleash Power.
By organizing FED UP FEST we hope to engage our communities in a dialogue that will work to confront and challenge the perpetuation of oppression and abuse in our scenes, and to help create stronger and more sustainable bonds between and across radical queer and punk communities. Due to underlying homophobic and transphobic tendencies, the presence of queer and trans people in punk scenes is so frequently a site of volatility. By solidifying our presence and voices through solidarity and with consistent radical frameworks that center marginalized voices we can help confront the oppressive attitudes that pervade our scenes on structural and personal levels. As a collective, we firmly believe that punk should be a site of resistance to shitty mainstream values. We hope that FED UP FEST creates a space of defiance, empowerment, pogoing and change.
Since it’s Facebook official now I guess I can tell the internet that Disipline is playing this amazing fest in July! Our buddies in Parasol, Peeple Watchin’, and Curmudgeon are also playing, and there are going to be so many other great bands and workshops! v happy much excite ready 2 make lots of friends
This envelope contains the results of my STI test! If you’re being sexual with folks, or if you have been sexual with folks, PLEASE get tested! Knowing what your health status is so important, especially when your sexual health affects other people. Most clinics and urgent care centers offer STI testing at low prices; if you’re in Boston and between the ages of 12-29 check out the Sidney Borum Health Center for youth-focused queer and trans-friendly healthcare!
(Also, if a friend/partner/sweetie is dealing with some health shit, check in and see how they’re doing. Ya don’t have to ask for details, but the fact that you’re taking the time to let someone know you care is so appreciated.)
“The point for me is to create relationships based on deeper and more real notions of trust. So that love becomes defined not by sexual exclusivity, but by actual respect, concern, commitment to act with kind intentions, accountability for our actions, and a desire for mutual growth.”
I got super exciting news from two buddies last night.
I wonder what Chicago is like.
Returning to Virginia for a few days. I’m mostly going to reassure my parents that I’m ok, but I figure I should also tell them that I play music with other people and that we are going to travel to cities I’ve never been to, to play to people I may or may not know. Leaving out the minimal clothing part. And the sex part. Definitely not mentioning the sex part. Maybe I’ll tell them I’m vegan while I’m at it…
1) the more non-dudes playing aggressive music the better
2) some days it’s hard to feel like you’re constantly straddling certain lines because you’re never identified as white by others but you definitely benefit from having light skin/your perception of your physical self is warped but you’re working on it and making progress/others’ perceptions of your desires or interests may change and you’re scared/you feel like you can’t or shouldn’t claim a particular identity because most of your history indicates a specific desire, plus in a lot of ways you still express those desires/you like to play.