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    Tuesday
    Jun142016

    Our Family, Our Pulse

    As a collective that has spent the last six years building and growing spaces where our community can feel safe and free and inspired, we are sitting very heavily with the deep loss of lives at Pulse in Orlando.

    Often, when we think about safety and safe spaces we think about mismanaged masculinity removing opportunities for our community to feel comfortable. We think about our young, ratchet asses doing too much and perpetuating all the problematic shit. We think about how often we have been challenged to do better by our community--by you--and how we sat down one day, quite literally, and committed to a different type of life. For us that means constantly striving to prioritize the health and well-being of ourselves and our communities.

    That commitment means we have had to evolve.

    Our conversations, ideas and ways of thinking have had to evolve. The way we party certainly evolved too.

    Deciding to take the big jump into "venues" was an effort to embrace the hundreds of people who showed up to our tiny spaces and partied with all their heart and soul. We needed more room. We quickly realized venues--especially in gentrified/homophobic Brooklyn, so often mean opening our community to unknowns we can't control: shitty bartenders, lying managers, violent bouncers, random attendees dragging the vibe. So we stepped up our work to really engage those spaces and to hold them accountable for their actions. In both senses we have had tremendous success (and def some colossal failures).

    Through everything we have had our family.

    As we figured out how to even throw parties, you've been there. We have sought freedom together on dance floors, in back yards, galleries, basements, lofts, warehouses, bars, beaches, community centers and more. As we trained with community leaders and learned how to facilitate safe(r) spaces, sometimes still dropping the ball, you've shown up. You've sent us affirming messages the next day. You've whispered to us about shady revelers, helped identify and ban bigots and thieves, together we have prevented police involvement...all the beautiful, important things communities should do for each other. We are the most loyal, the most vulnerable and the most resilient: black, brown, latinx, native and mixed heritage queer and trans people of color.

    That's us. That's our family. The people at Pulse are our family too. Our family who began their night the way we try to live our lives: together, proud, and celebrating the work of our heartbeats--our pulse.

    There is no way to prevent people hell bent on murder.

    There is no way to prevent hatred.

    There is no way to build up enough fortresses around our bodies and lives to truly feel safe. This world has made clear its feelings of fuckery for those of us whose identities, bodies and love don't fit.

    There is no way to train or plan for unbelievable violence.

    But what we do have is the commitment that we have had every year since we started:

    We will celebrate
    We will remember
    We will create
    We will laugh
    We will cry
    We will transgress
    We will take flight and make the sky open for us
    We will protect
    We will live on and on and on
    in every corner
    on every dot of land across this imperfect earth
    We will be there.

    We will BE there.

    Family, we invite you to continue your courageous act of being.

    We love you.

    Always,

    bklyn boihood

    Thursday
    Dec102015

    The bklyn boihood calendar 

    Greetings earthlings --

    You may have noticed there was no call this year for models for our annual calendar. That’s because, for the first time since the beginning of bbh, we elected to not do one this year.

    Each year our calendar has brought something special and perfect. Each year we hear stories of its impact. As we grow and evolve, we want the calendar to grow and evolve too. So over the next 12 months, we’ll be curating doing a 2017 multi-media calendar project. We’ll share more details but it’s going to involve various platforms (video, print, possibly audio) and ways to connect with the models of this and past years.

    In 2010 the calendar was a icy hot snowball that got thrown out into Brooklyn. To be a boi was not a rarity, but to be a boi unabashedly celebrating one’s presence in the world, to be handsome and beautiful, to participate in a photoshoot dedicated to affirming your place in the world--that was revolutionary and unique. We didn’t know it then, but the work was built upon generations of elders and ancestors who were doing their own types of affirming and organizing.

    As the years went on, the calendar spread to dozens of states, several countries and a few continents. Tumblr wasn’t really poppin’ yet. Instagram didn’t exist. Buzzfeed hadn’t featured bois. We were not in fashion. We were, as we continue to be, in danger, misunderstood, hyper-generalized. We were, as many of us continue to be, unaware that being a boi--being gender non-conforming, transmasculine, masculine-of-center--all those things--is not married to a particular brand of masculinity that teaches us violence, possession, fear. Our calendars were an attempt to become unafraid. 

    Since 2010 there are many, many more ways for bois of color to see themselves represented in the world. Some of them are shallow; others extra problematic and others are amazing. But it’s not enough. A one-dimensional calendar is no longer enough. We are dreaming bigger and can’t wait for what’s going to come.

    -the bois

     

     

    Friday
    Aug212015

    VERGE: NY's Queer Fashion Show

    What is Queer Style?

    dapperQ, bklyn boihood, DYDH Productions, and Posture Magazine present VERGE, the largest New York Fashion Week runway show showcasing queer style. Hosted at world renowned Brooklyn Museum, Verge will feature eight designers whose work is systemically rooted in notions of gender nonconformity and its intersections with race, ethnicity, and culture.

    The vision is to become a platform for the un-defined and the conceptually minded while maintaining a prominent level of accessibility to the LGBTQI and allied communities.

    Acclaimed designers, including Fabio Costa of Project Runway Season 10 and Project Runway All Stars, will reveal new Spring/Summer 2016 designs at this highly anticipated event. Featured collections were selectively chosen to embody the enigma of a vastly diverse aesthetic that is simultaneously chaotic and orderly. The viewer is invited to explore the question "What is queer style?"

    RSVP TODAY

    REGISTER TO BE A VOLUNTEER FOR THE DAY. (Closes 9/1.) 

    Details:

    Thursday, September 17th

    The Brooklyn Museum

    200 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY 11238

    Beaux-Arts Court, 3rd Floor

    7:30pm – 9:30pm