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Featuring Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi

AUGUST 7 | 7-9 pm, Doors at 6
Portland Center Stage at The Armory
Tickets $20 in advance, $25 at the door (pay what you can)

What’s Front and Center?

We will be centering and highlighting the lives of our queer and trans siblings of color who create and perform images of love, laughter, and beauty for us all to enjoy. By bringing these artists to the forefront during a night of celebration and honor, you can hear directly from these skilled storytellers, performance artists, dancers, and singers about what drives their passion and experiences. All proceeds from the evening fund the racial justice and transgender justice programs at Basic Rights Oregon. Get your tickets now! 

This year our headliner will be Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi -Dubbed the Ancient Jazz Priestess of Mother Africa, Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi is a Nigerian, Cuban, Indigenous, American Performance Artist, Author (Yemaya’s Daughters, Brew, Baltimore: A Love Letter, Wither, Remains: A Gathering of Bones, Keeper, Bone, The Blood of A Thousand Roots, Incarnate, and For Black Trans Girls Who Gotta Cuss A Motherfucker out When Snatching an Edge Ain’t Enough: A Choreo Poem, Solace), Teacher, Choreographer, Oracular Consultant, Spiritual Life Coach, Priestess, Speech Writer, Writing Coach, Advocate,  Healer, a Founding Member of Force Collision, and a 2x Helen Hayes Award Nominee (2016, 2018). She is the founder of The Inanna D Initiatives, which curates, produces and cultivates events and initiatives designed to center and celebrate the work of TGNC Artist of Color. Currently, she is co-editor of the Black Trans Prayer Book. Considered one of the most prolific artist of our time, she is the first Trans woman of color to be nominated for a Helen Hayes Award (2016), in DC to publish a work of Fiction (Yemaya’s Daughters (2013)), and chosen for Theater Alliance’s Hothouse Festival, having her play Absalom read at the Kenney Center’s Prelude Festival. From Baltimore Maryland, and growing up singing jazz, she has been utilizing art as a tool for healing, revolution and collective liberation since she was a child, giving birth to several arts advocacy initiatives.  

Other featured performances include:

Cassandra Brighter is a writer, public speaker, trans advocate, mother, activist and artist who has spoken at a number of conferences in addition to doing standup comedy and spoken word. Cassandra was born in Argentina, and her family migrated to the U.S. she was a teen.
Christina Leilani Gabriel is a storyteller, a singer, a songwriter, and a performing artist. She’s from the Pacific Islands, and the west coast of the US. She’s transgender, a family elder with her own children, and honors her citizenship. Her experiences shine through her music, and her intention is to create an atmosphere for all our ears to enjoy the expansion our awareness and consciousness of the life surrounding us.
Tatiana Kaʻuhane says “Aloha o Tatiana koʻu inoa, no Hawaiʻi mai au akā noho au i Portland Oregon kēia manawa.” Tatiana is from the beautiful islands of Hawaiʻi but she resides in Portland Oregon. She is a Hawaiian culture/rights activist and also a transgender rights activist. She is a trans woman and the most important identity she holds is the identity of being an indigenous native Hawaiian.
Geeta Lewis is a Queer, Trans Woman of Color, a visual artist, writer and storyteller. Her Oregon adventure began on the couch of a friend of a friend in 2006. She eventually found made her way to Portland in 2015, where she’s actively served within the LGBTQ community to help build a more equitable world.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Grab your tickets now!

No one will be turned away from the event due to an inability to pay. If you can’t afford a ticket, please email iden@basicrights.org. 

This event is ADA accessible.

If you are a ticketed guest attending this event and have a disability that may require some accommodation in order to participate, please notify Basic Rights Oregon at 503-222-6151 extension 118 or email iden@basicrights.org at least 10 days in advance.

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