Workshops & Presentations - 2nd ¡Presente! Conference

Bidi Bidi Bom Bom- Musica y La Joteria

Fernanda Hernandez Garcia, CSU San Marcos
Karla May Pizano, CSU San Marcos
"Lo que se ve, no se pregunta"- Juanga. In pop culture, Queer and Chicanx/Latinx identities are seen as mutually exclusive- more times than not the artist/ the listener is subjected & conditioned to choose one identity over the other. Fortunately, the work of many pop artists da a luz a los puentes hacia la plaza de sim plemente ser, the bridge of self existence.

A Conversation with Zoey Luna and Her Mother Ofelia

Zoey Luna & Ofelia Barba
Zoey Luna, who recently appeared in the HBO collection of short films 15: A QUINCEAÑERA STORY, will speak about her life as a teenager, dating while trans, living in the current political environment, and, yes, her experiences celebrating her quinceañera. Please bring your questions to share, as this will be a conversation with Zoey and her mother Ofelia and not a formal presentation.

Fat. Femme. Fashionable: Body Positivity and Beyond

Ale Alfaro., UC Riverside
Kat Zoque., UC Riverside
A safe space for queer fat femmes to discuss and begin healing from traumatic and/or discriminatory experiences related to homophobia and/or fatphobia. Issues discussed may relate to fashion, health, body image, etc. Fat femmes, especially queer and/or trans fat femmes have trouble accessing comfortable and fashionable clothing. As part of the workshop, we will be hosting a size inclusive clothing swap which will be made accessible to participants throughout the conference. First choice will be reserved to participants attending the first intentionally closed space. This is a closed space for folx who identify as queer fat femmes.

How to Take Care of Each Other: Community Care in Times of Crisis

Abeni Jones,
This workshop acknowledges that mainstream rhetoric around self-care is ableist and alienating for marginalized folks (such as LGBTQI, disabled, and immigrant communities, who often don't have access to the kinds of things self-care listicles usually suggest or the money to take advantage of them). It also recognizes the political need for marginalized folks to build support networks within our own communities, as the State (police, health care systems, immigration, schools, welfare systems, etc) has never genuinely cared for or protected us and cannot be relied on. The workshop is based on this article I wrote for Autostraddle (, and seeks to provide practical tools and strategies for building interpersonal communities of care.

Lazlo Pearlman and Rana Vegana’s performative bodies as tools of 
Stephanie Colin
My presentation focuses on an interconnected analysis of the embodied performativities of two individuals: Lazlo Pearlman, a transgender performance artist, and Rana Vegana, a lesbian activist. The performances exhibited by these artivists (Chela Sandoval) are driven through a resistance of the heterocentric discourse that constructs gender in binaries. Pearlman, an American performer, imposes an opposition to the heteronormative power with the use of his body as a deconstructive tool. In connection to his embodied opposition, the argentine lesbian activist Rana Vegana portrays her artivism at a Pride march in Buenos Aires. Vegana, not only employs her body as a tool to resist the discrimination of trans individuals within the heteronormative society, she also utilizes the virtual space to reinforce her artivism. These artivists dismantle the heteronormative discourse by exhibiting their bodies, Pearlman illustrates a play with the gender binaries and Vegana establishes a resistance to the violent discriminations of trans individuals.

Learn, appropriate, embody: political approaches to historical sexualities in our current times
Iván Eusebio Aguirre Darancou, UC Riverside
This intervention seeks to present a brief history of indigenous sexualities from precolonial, colonial and current times within the geographical context of Mexico in order to discuss and problematize academic representations and approaches to these sexualities. Recovering the archival work done by Zeb Torterici, Pete Sigal and other historians, this intervention traces how colonial systems of power work to erase differences across bodies, paradoxically generating but silencing queer bodies that do not conform. In a second moment, these histories and their critique will provide instances to theorize how current Latinx and other identities can challenge normative gender and sexual norms through assembling divergent genealogies and imagining gender structures that resist binary thought.

Mariposas del Barrio: Queer Latinxs and Coming Out in Film and Television

Julian Bugarín Quezada
Despite the underrepresentation of portrayals queer and trans Latinxs in film and television, the stories of those that have been presented have done well in covering the nuances and diversity that exists within the jotería experience. This presentation will examine what symbols and specific experiences have shaped these coming out stories such as parent-child relationships, immigration, poverty, gender, and age. Finally, this presentation will examine where there is room for further development in how these stories are portrayed. This is a closed space for people who identify as LGBTQ+.

Navigating Q/T Latinx Love: A Space for Q/T Latinxs in Relationships

Karla E. Portillo, UC Santa Barbara
Julie D. Reyes, UC Santa Barbara
Have you ever wanted to share space with other Queer/Trans* Latinxs who are in relationships? Have you ever had an urge to discuss with other Q/T Latinxs about similar struggles in your relationship(s)? In this workshop, a QT Latinx couple will be creating space for other Q/T Latinxs to share issues, struggles, and hardships as a way of validating our lived experiences in relationships that often lack the representation and guidance needed to foster healthy relationships. We will invite folx to learn and share about healthy coping methods, understand abusive behaviors, and will provide resources for folx who may want to expand their knowledge on relationship dynamics. Topics will include polyamory, sex, the male gaze, prescribed gender roles and stereotypes, working class backgrounds, mixed-status relationships, healthy communication, moving forward after trauma, navigating Queer/Trans* identities, and more.

The Revolution Starts at Home: Outreaching to Latino Parents of LGBTQ+ Individuals
La Familia Orange County
La Familia is a parent support and educational group for parents, friends, and family members of individuals that identify as Latinx and LGBTQ+ from Orange County, CA. The group was started in 2010 by a small group of young LGBTQ+ Latinx individuals that came together in the most conservative county in California to make a space for their parents, families, and loved ones, to learn about family acceptance, and what it means to be LGBTQ+ & Latinx. This workshop will show you how we went about "starting the revolution at home". The group runs off a peer education model, and encourage our participants to become not only allies, but leader within our group and community.

"Sin Pelos En La Lengua": Moving Beyond the Metanarratives of Neoliberalism and Capitalism and Towards Queer Revolutionary Praxis
Wendy Anguiano, CSU Fullerton
Alex Vogel
Latinx communities oftentimes find themselves privy to neoliberalism's pervasive control, and despite being disillusioned by both political parties, are unable to see beyond the stagnant politics that the U.S. has so conveniently provided. This program will address understandable hesitations towards far-left movements by introducing terminology, historical figures and practices, as well as practical information that anyone can use to move toward more radical and effective praxis. It is not a mere coincidence that queer and trans working-class revolutionaries have taken up leftist theory and politics. With an introduction into historical Latinx anarchist and communist movements and individuals, (with a focus on queer Latinx like Gloria Anzaldua, Frida Kahlo, along with the Zapatistas, ect.), attendees will learn and discuss the basics tenants of various movements. In addition, educators, students, and activists alike can learn to put these revolutionary theories into practice.


Phillip Hurt, East Los Queer Flea Market
This is for all performers. hostesses and drag personas who frequently sacrifice a hot meal for a new shade of lipstick and fishnets. foe all those who get Fuchi faces when they ride the bus in 6 in heels and full face together we will discuss tips on how to survive as QTPOC artists who often live paycheck to paycheck and how to safely navigate as a Xhingonx and unapologetic artista!

Two-Spirit Medicine: Deep in Luscious Vogue

Father Dante Ome'Lauren, UC Riverside
Note: This workshop will be presented over 2 program sessions.
This movement workshop will focus on the healing properties of the Luscious Vogue dance form. Based on the methods of Somatic Dance Practices, Anna Halprin’s Dancing for Life, Butch Queen Performance, Vogue Femme, butoh, House Ballroom Scene reflective-reflexive Body empowerment practice, and decolonial Indigenous dance-art psychotherapy, we will explore our inner and outer worlds, that make up who we are, in order to better observe, map, and develop our strengths--and, accept and overcome our weaknesses. Because we are digging in deep, performing and revealing our vulnerabilities and brilliances, this will be a closed, safe, and intimate space for those who are able to attend both session, and who identify as Latinx/Latin@/Latina/o/Indigenous & Queer, Trans*, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Questioning, Asexual, Gender Fluid, Gender Non-Conforming, Two-Spirit, Poz and/or +. The first session will focus on introductions, protocol, permissions, setting ground rules, exploring memories, and the capacities of our bodies. This will lead to the second session, which will continue our explorations into understanding, reflecting, performing, and learning how to give supportive critical empowering love in our sharing. We will be moving, we will sweat, we will illustrate, and dance our life: Como La Flor to our Bidi Bidi Bom Bom! This is a closed space for people who self-identify as: 1) Latinx/Latin@/Latina/o/Indigenous AND 2) Queer, Trans*, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Questioning, Asexual, Gender Fluid, Gender Non-Conforming, Two-Spirit, Poz and/or +

Understanding QTPOC Healing Spaces

Sara Marie Acevedo, Director of Programs at the SGV LGBTQ Center
Ever feel like you're running out of steam? Are you in need of a space to de-stress and recharge that's free of explanations and justifications to others who just don't get it? Let's talk healing spaces and their importance to QTPOC.

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