Last year, Gender Jam was a free festival for LaDIYs, Trans Folk, Gender Queers, and Gender Non Conformists, in Olympia and beyond; including skill shares, workshops, performances, learning, sharing, food, shows, dancing and empowerment.
We are ready for YOUR new ideas!
We are having a meeting info session, idea share, and potluck to get new folks involved:
November 13th at 3pm
113 Decatur St SW
The Mermaid House
This get together is for anyone who wants to be involved in GJ or just has questions, opinions, ideas, stories or whatever. You absolutely do not have to want to help organize to come, though if you do we will definitely be networking and trying to solidify the organizing collective. Bring tasty munchables, yourself and your ideas for a rockin’ GenderJam #2!!
Please invite folks to this event that you think might be interested!
See you there! Let’s Jam!
Gender Jam and The State St. 29 Support Committee proudly present:
Cum Together: Glitter Forever!!!
a benefit for State St. 29 Legal defense & GJ 2010, BABY!
Friday, May 21 2010 8PM
at the Nut House:
2220 Walnut Road NW Olympia
With the Musical Stylings of
and ¿¿¿Witch Kromosomes???
Burlesque Acts by none other than the bedazzling
Peggy Shazam Divine
and Stefan Manriquez
Also featuring an interactive
Food Porn Peep Show (!!??!)
And a hunt for the elusive Flux Capacitor
Come party, get sexy, have fun, & show your solidarity and support!
This party is a Queer and Trans Safe Space. Also No Non-Consensual Touching, No Assholery, No Fatphobia, No Racism, No Sexism, No Drugs, & No Ablism will be tolerated.
To learn more about the State St. 29 campaign, the events of April 8th, and how you can help visit:
Thank you, thank you, a thousand times THANK YOU ALL who came to GenderJam: LaDIY and Trans Fest last weekend, November 20th-22nd, and made it the beautiful, hard, empowering, love and friendship-filled mess that it was. Thank you to all who gave of your time, your work, your resources and yourselves to create the temporary community we all shared. We sang and danced and talked and spat and kissed and made stuff and fucked up and tried harder and hopefully, loved each other as best we could. It was what it was because of you.
We (the organizers of GenderJam: LaDIY and Trans Fest Olympia 2009) want to do this again next year. We want to do it better, and we need your help. Did you like the location? How were the workshops? Did you think our policies on stuff sucked? Why? What did you love? (Because we need encouragement too–organizing is fucking hard!) What should we do the same or differently next time? Want to go on a date with one of the organizers? Want to share resources with us or other GenderJammers? What else can you tell us about your experience at GenderJam: LaDIY and Trans Fest? PLEASE get in touch with us. We do this because we want a better world, but we only know what we know. We need your feedback to make this a safer, more fun and more empowering event in the future.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Comment on our blog at https://olyladiyfest.wordpress.com/.
Send us letters at
P.O. Box 12532
Olympia, WA 98508
We stomp gender and hetero normality with sex positivity. We smash patriarchy with (verbal and physical) self-defense. We crush the state’s monopoly on decision making when we share skills and turn our theories to practice. We build affinity when we act in solidarity with others (friends, family and strangers) facing repression (which, too, comes in all shapes and sizes).
GenderJam: Lad.i.y. and Trans Fest is not extraordinarily different from what we do in our daily lives. And though we Olympians who have helped create GenderJam: LaDIY and Trans Fest cannot receive full credit for its creation because Gender Jamming is a tactic, an endless variety of practical activities and interactions that arise from your autonomy, YOU. You get to decide what is safe, who you trust and how you destroy the illusion of ‘the helpless’ and take the offense.
So keep jammin’ wherever you are! Have a fest in your own town. Teach a skill. Start a discussion group. Cook together. Keep in touch with the people you met at GJ to form families of solidarity across towns and countries!
We love you.
Love and liberation-
Team GenderJam: LaDIY and Trans Fest 2009
Be prepared for GenderJam: Don’t get confused, get yours!
- Gender and Jam
Let’s get the Gender Politicking out of the way. During GJ there will be designated “empowerment” spaces for people of specific identity groups. There will also be time and space for everyone and anyone to come. Let it be known that we’ve tried really hard, evaluated and revisited, to provide safe and inclusive infrastructure for GJ. However, we have not viewed our decision making power as ‘gender policing’ or authority. Please review our LaDIY & Trans Space Statement to best evaluate what spaces you are comfortable with and welcome in.
- Stay Up!
Our schedule of events may not yet be final. However, we will be updating it constantly. So check in regularly to stay posted on workshops and other events.
- Don’t forget to Register
Make sure you have a place to stay, have access to child-care, language translation, etc. Register now.
- Before you finish packing, Check out our Wish List to see if there’s anything you can bring along for us to borrow.
- Dollar Billz
Money is not a friend of GJ. True, without it we may not have been able to succeed in having space, food and materials for the festival. So we hardcore fund-raised to make sure that GJ could be totally capitol-free. Please review our fuck money statement.
- What to Bring?
Things you want to share: zines, music, ideas, all of it! A sleeping bag and a set of your own dishes might be a good idea too.
In short, come hungry, ready to dance and confront patriarchy on your terms!
See ya soon,
We’ve come this far but it hasn’t beeneasy. We need a hand here and there… We’re expecting GenderJam to be HUGE and very well attended. Please fill out the volunteer form if you would like to spare time and skillz for happenings during GJ. THANKS!
And, please, register if you have not already. Especially if you are coming out of town or have specific needs.
Thanks again! See you soon!
Hell yeah. Jam Genders. We can’t wait to meet you!
See the complete schedule here!
Download the whole program! (.pdf file, 47.1 MB)
Mad Love to Nicki for holding down the program making action.
Check it. GenderJamming is something we do all the time…
We stomp gender and hetero normality with sex positivity. We smash patriarchy with (verbal and physical) self-defense. We crush the state’s monopoly on decision making when we share skills and turn our theories to practice. We build affinity when we act in solidarity with others (friend, family or stranger) facing repression (which, too, comes in all shapes and sizes).
GenderJam: Lad.i.y. and Trans Fest is not extraordinarily different from the activities we desire to participate in our daily lives. And, people in Olympia who have helped create GenderJam cannot receive full credit for it’s creation because, ultimately, Gender Jamming is a tactic, an endless variety of practical activities and interactions that parallel your autonomy, YOU. You get to decide what is safe, who you trust and how you destroy the illusion of ‘the helpless’ and take the offense.
We’re excited to have you in Olympia.
And it don’t stop,
P.S. You are winning.