my first queer home

Today is “Give OUT Day” and I am writing to urge friends and supporters of Julio of Jackson Heights to give some support to BAAD – the Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance!

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BAAD was first known as the artistic home of its co-founder and Artistic Director, Arthur Aviles, and the Arthur Aviles Typical Theater, and over the past two decades, under the leadership of Arthur and co-founder (and author and activist!) Charles Rice Gonzalez BAAD has grown enormously, organizing four month long series every year – Out Like That!, BAAD! Ass Women, Blaktino and the Boogie Down Bronx Dance Series – plus other programs throughout the year. I am just one of hundreds of artists whose work they have helped support and promote.baad 02

Yes, I know I should be working on my own fund raising for the film’s Education and Action Campaign, but BAAD means a lot to me! My first ever film, as i went out one morning…, was first screened at BAAD in 2000 as part of a dance program, early work on Julio of Jackson Heights was screened there in a work-and-progress form, and Arthur and I made the short dance film Morning Dance at BAAD!’s original space in Hunts Point. If you want to see the film here is the LINK and you will need a password because it has full frontal nudity. The password is:  gift4baad

In closing, please, whether it be 10, 25 or 100 dollars, join me today in supporting this amazing organization that has created a truly special space for the arts and queer-ity! Click HERE to support their work!

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