“In the news, you rarely see the intersection of queer issues and immigration issues,” says Kevin Patterson, an organizer with Eye-Resist, an ethnic-studies group at the University of Colorado at Boulder that is sponsoring tonight’s Undocuqueer Voices: Stories of Growing Up Queer and Undocumented. The event features Two-Spirit slam-poetry champion Yosimar Reyes and art activist Julio Salgado. Reyes, author of For Colored Boys Who Speak Softly, will be reading from his works; Salgado, whose illustrations have documented and inspired the DREAM Act movement, will be facilitating an art-activist workshop.
“A lot of folks talk about coming out of two closets. They talk about coming out of the closet as queer and how that may stigmatize them in their own community, and they talk about coming out of the closet as undocumented and how that’s going to affect how their lives work in the U.S. Not only will we be addressing these issues in an academic form, but we will also have a chance to hear a crea-tive, artistic perspective,” Patterson says.
Undocuqueer Voices begins at 7 p.m. in the ATLAS Building, 1125 18th Street on the CU-Boulder campus. Admission is free; for more information, go to colorado.edu/atlas/ or call 303-735-4577.
Tue., March 18, 7 p.m., 2014