WE LOVE UNCEDED COAST SALISH TERRITORIES / VANCOUVER!!!!
Thank you for making collective access a reality for the Sins Invalid presence in Vancouver! We had a fabulous and full two days, including great connections with the local disability justice network. We want to also offer big thanks to Fayza Bundalli, Romham Gallagher with the Radical Access Mapping Project, Craig Pavelich with the Simon Fraser Public Interest Research Group, Amal Rana from Queers Against Israeli Apartheid, and Sins Crew members Lateef McLeod, Eden Amital, Ymke Kelders, Kiyaan Abadani, Rachel Krow-Boniske, and David Langstaff for being great supports in making the weekend a great success!Highlights include:- The Film Screening! It was well attended by an audience of nearly 200 people, and everyone seemed truly excited to be there. Of course the Sins Invalid film was featured, but prior to that we screened 5 shorts: Courtney Trouble’s hot 'n fabulous film Going Here starring Lyric Seal & Jiz Lee; Todd Herman's provocative experimental films Other People's Stories and I Cannot Speak Without Shaking; Patricia Berne's vintage crip erotic poem; and Lisa Ganser’s Wall of Fire featuring Nomy Lamm and Lisa Ganser – hotness all around!! We had a very sharp panel with performer seeley quest, queer film maker Amal K, community partner Queers Against Israeli Apartheid, Sins’ artistic director Patty Berne, with our fabulous moderator Fayza Bundalli, a Vancouver based poet who had participated in Sins’ Artist in Residence program.- Collective Access: Three Sins folks arrived by van, by air and by train! We made it, together. And, access can always be improved within ableism- Relationship Building: We LOVE our friends in Unceded Coast Salish Territories!!! The people in Vancouver’s Disability Justice network are beautiful and varied and catalyzing a collective identity and claiming political space. We loved working with Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (QuAIA) and SFPIRG, and there are definitely opportunities with Equitable Accessible Sexual Expression (EASE) and the Sexual Rehab Services of Vancouver.- Press and Profile: Our collective work increased Sins Invalid's visibility and seems to have increased our film sales and gigs (both increased just after the trip). We received press from Extra News Daily (Vancouver’s largest queer newspaper), The F word podcast and AMI-TV.