Lobas Furiosas and the LGBT march on Sunday

The internet really blows me away. I posted a simple message on the Bogota Queers couchsurfing page explaining that I was a queer artist in town and that I wanted to meet other queer artists in Bogota. Not only did I get multiple replies (and now a Bogota Queer Artists group is being formed) but I was introduced to the leaders of the queer scene here.  One of them is Andrea Barragan who started the lesbian feminist collective “Lobas Furiosas” or the Furious Wolves. She is quite the force in the scene, I think, because of her knack for creating eye catching media (such as the poster on the left) that people 1) want to look at and 2) can easily share on their blogs or facebook pages. She makes youtube videos like these where she dresses in “drag” or half drag at least (personally I feel like the sequin beard is Brilliant) and lip sings traditional songs and then changes them up a bit:

Her work is playful and yet subversive enough to make you reevaluate your standards of x, y or z.

Last Saturday I went to one of the Lobas Furiosas meetings and learned a dance that they’ll be dancing at the LGBT march this Sunday.  The song and dance are from a movie made in the 80s about lesbians in prison! The main woman dancing is Bibiana Fernandez, apparently the most well-known trans-woman in Latin America.

After the meeting, we went to a performance by Mujeres al Borde at a lesbian bar in Chapinero (where there are lots of gay clubs).  The performance was of a gay club in Colombia in the 80s where police officers come in and make a scene, patting people down and arresting them for being gay.  At the end, a trans-woman comes and starts beating the police with her purse and all is well.  It was quite the scene and there were cameras everywhere.  One of the members, Lorena, was telling me that that was only a small performance and that they’ll be putting one on at Pride and also other venues.

At the bar, I met quite a few queer artists and/or activists who are doing some really great work.  One friend I made, Camilo, works on trans-rights in Bogota, and introduced me to an all trans-men band called Entre- Tránsitos.  I’ve met some others too but I have to go now! I’m sure I’ll have lots to talk about after the pride parade on Sunday.

In the mean time, here are some events happening in Bogota before, during or after the LGBT parade:

1. Marcha con femm el domingo 1 de Julio de 2012

“Queremos que tus pasos estén al lado de los nuestros”

Marcha con nosotras por una ciudadanía plena, por los derechos de las mujeres y para decir NO al matoneo y a la intimidación en la escuela.

Encuentro a las 12:00 m. en el Parque Nacional con destino a la Plaza de Bolívar en donde se hará el cierre de carácter político-cultural.

2. Piscinazo – Jornada Arco Iris Centro Comunitario Zona Sur

“Chapuzón por la Diversidad – Enruta tus derechos” Martes 26 de Junio 12:30 pm

3. Foro “NO DISCRIMINO”

“No demos la espalda a la Convivencia—Ley 1482 en marcha”

Con el fin de poner la Ley 1482 del 2011 al alcance de las comunidades que se benefician de la misma, los invitamos a este foro donde se analizará el alcance de esta Ley y la necesidad de generar procesos de sensibilización institucional para su efectiva aplicación.

4. Convocatoria Laboral para una Mujer Trans en la Ciudad de Bogotá

Responsable Convocatoria: Corporación Red Somos Cra 6 No 14-98 Oficina 901. Teléfonos: 3420071-3017228166

5. Fiesta para Mujeres JULIETA en Romeo Disco Club

Viernes 29 de Junio

6. Fiesta “TRANSLESBIANA” (Después de la Marcha)

Pro-Fondos para Colectiva Lobas Furiosas Lugar Bogaloop Calle 58 # 13-88. Bogotá

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About Miyuki Baker

Miyuki is a resident of the place where circles overlap. As a queer, nomadic, multi-racial/lingual female mixed-media artist activist and healer, she uses common or discarded objects, personal anecdotes, public spaces and performance to make accessible art that brings non-mainstream identities and ideas into maximum visibility. After graduating from Swarthmore College in 2012, she traveled for 14 months as a Watson Fellow to fifteen countries documenting the intersections of art and activism in queer/trans communities in blog posts and self-published magazines while making performance art. The eight magazines Miyuki created on this trip (queerscribe.com) and their strong media following exemplify her illustration/graphic design, storytelling and people skills. Her work has been featured in several magazines such as Hyphen, Broken Pencil and Knik, blogs and radio shows, well-known for their interactive and eye-catching mixed media approach to activism that utilizes both online media and on-site performance and workshops. This fall she will begin the PhD program at UC Berkeley in Performance Studies. You can follow her travels at heymiyuki.wordpress.com and email her at heymiyuki@gmail.com

One comment

  1. Aden

    This sounds awesome, Miyuki! 😀

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