Co-presented by Brooklyn Public Library and If You Want It, Genderful! is a space for kids ages 6-12 and their caregivers to explore gender through art and creativity.
We also welcome PBS' First Person as a media partner for this event.
Kid-friendly set by Laura Jane Grace
Workshop with Ray Ferreira & The Octavia Project
Mad-Lib style storytelling with Harvey Katz
Curated kids reading corner
Hands-on collaborative zine making
Resource fair with New York City Anti-Violence Project, Brooklyn Community Pride Center, Hetrick-Martin Institute, & Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP)
IF YOU WANT IT kids’ merch
Laura Jane Grace is a transgender musician best known as the founder, lead singer, songwriter and guitarist of Against Me!, a punk rock band that tours the world constantly and has sold millions of albums. Since coming out as transgender in a 2012 interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Grace has become an outspoken advocate for transgender awareness. Her web series True Trans was nominated for a 2015 Emmy award, and she writes an advice column for noisey.com, called “Mandatory Happiness.” She has a daughter and lives in Chicago.
The Octavia Project uses science fiction to encourage girls, including trans, gender-expansive, and questioning youth in Brooklyn, to dream big and empower them with skills to design their own futures. Our free summer program gives these teens space to explore science and tech through art and writing, growing their confidence and building skills while dreaming new futures for themselves and their communities.
Ray Ferreira ¿whenami? blklatinx from the occupied Lenape lands of the colonizing United States: Corona, Queens. Her performative practice uses iridescence, movement, projection, repetition, and *~-~~*quantum poetics*~~-~* Englishes, Spanishes, and other body languages spiral, dance, and twirl to create a banj criticality: turnup w/the grls and swerve past white cishet patriarchy. She can be located at the Octavia Project, museum educating at the Studio Museum in Harlem, and ﬂoating through other museum education departments ¿whenami? Other intersections of space, time, and matter include rayferreira.net, Segue, La MaMA, Dixon Place, and various additional intra-actions. Other projects include receiving her MFA from Hunter College (a durational performance), iridescentwaters (a hood journal, academic zine, or something else (in progress)), and energia negra (an exhibition that needs a temp home and coins).
Harvey Katz spent 13 years on the road performing spoken word as Athens Boys Choir and bringing workshops to colleges and universities in an effort to make campuses safer for transgender students. These days he is a youth mentor and speaks to parents of trans youth to help them understand how to support their kids better. A big fan of personal narrative, he also is a co-host and producer of Take Two Storytelling.
If You Want It — a New York based 501©(3) organization that supports the fight for gender self-determination and body sovereignty through community building, retail sales, events and charitable giveaways.
First Person is WNET’s digital series in partnership with PBS Digital Studios that addresses gender identity in five-to-eight minute videos. In our commitment to explore diverse viewpoints, FIRST PERSON delivers candid personal narratives illustrating intimate experiences and larger conversations about gender, sexuality, social norms and identity development.
Image Credit: Mary Shyne