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Join the Queer Women of Color Pride Week Planning Committee for 2011

Posted By QWOC+ Boston on February 25th, 2011

QWOC Week is a week-long multicultural pride festival of art, music, performance, health, and social justice events intended primarily for LGBTQ women and transgender people of color. This year, QWOC Week is scheduled for Friday July 29th – Sunday August 7th.

Were you a part of QWOC Week last year? Would you like to be?

Then come on out! We are currently in the process of assembling this year’s QWOC Week Planning Committee. This is a great opportunity for new transplants to the area and/or diversity-conscious community members looking to get plugged in! We’re looking for passionate, creative, and committed people… which could totally mean you!

Our first meeting will be held on Wednesday the 30th at 6:30pm:

286 Franklin Street
Cambridge MA 02139
Email volunteer@qwocboston.org to RSVP

We need a  diverse range of skills and interests to make QWOC Week happen; using social media (like Facebook and Twitter!) to keep our lines of communication open, making contacts, and making awesome ideas into reality! Fundraising prowess, experience producing art, music, and performance events, youth organizing, healthy advocacy, and interest in press/publicity are also welcome!

Really, we believe in strength-based team building, so we’d love to have you join us in our efforts, with whatever skills/passion you bring to the table :-)

Did you know? QWOC+ Boston is turning 5 years old this year! It’s an important milestone for us, and we would love to have you on board with us as we celebrate :)

Call for OPTIONZ and ROOTS Volunteers

Posted By QWOC+ Boston on June 2nd, 2010

OPTIONZ and ROOTS are just around the corner! Did you get your tickets yet?

And of course…. we need volunteers!

If you’re planning to attend and would like to help out — it’s a really fun way to meet new people while giving back — then please fill out the form below. We’d love to have you!

Sign Up to Volunteer at OPTIONZ and/or ROOTS

QWOC+ Boston Goes to the Movies — and Hosts Director Cheryl Dunye

Posted By QWOC+ Boston on May 3rd, 2010

Join us for the third year in a row as we co-present QWOC-related/-created/-inspired films at the LGBT Film Festival. This year, we have the honor of hosting “Watermelon” director, Cheryl Dunye, as she presents her new film, “The Owls”, and on her birthday!

Join us at the QWOC+ Boston organizers meeting to volunteer to meet-n-greet Cheryl, and to plan her Boston-based birthday celebration around the festival. This will be a first for us, and a lot of fun!

We’ll be meeting at ANDALA Cafe in Central Square on Tuesday May 4th @ 6:30PM. Email volunteer@qwocboston.org for more details.


Blazing Wanderlust: Queer Women of Color Shorts

Wednesday May 12, 6:30pm

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Once again we team up with the Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project (QWOCMAP) to bring you the best of films created under their umbrella. Join queer women of color on feisty and fantastic voyages! From dyke couples navigating their desire to the riveting routes of sex toys, you’ll be spellbound to saunter through your own saucy sojourns.

Mr. And Mrs. Singh
Punam S., 12min, 2008, English
In the playful Mr. & Mrs. Singh, a star-crossed South-Asian couple traverses the treacherous terrain between duty and desire.

Non-Resident Alien
Cruzito, 15min, USA, 2009, English, Spanish
A Cuban lesbian hip-hop trio forges radical roads toward self-expression even as they leave their country behind.

Sista Chronicles
E. Wood, L.C. Bruce, 18min, USA, 2008, English
An expedition to retrieve a prized invention yields rousing results.

The Stories We Tell
Rachel Poulain, 18min, USA, 2009, English
Four queer women of color trace their passage into the world of filmmaking.

What If?
Brenda Williams, 22min, USA, 2009, English
A woman serves deceptive wanderlust at dinner and her displaced partner wonders What If?

What To Do After the Breakup…With the S#x T@ys?
Lili Tom, 11min, USA, 2008, English
Everyone has a chance to recall their erotic journeys as they ponder What To Do After The Break Up…With The S#x T@ys.

Boston LGBT Film Festival Best Director Film: Cheryl Dunye’s The Owls
Saturday May 15, 2010, 7:30pm

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Cheryl Dunye, 66min, USA, 2009, English

Ten years ago ‘The Screech’ was the hottest lesbian band around. Iris and Lily were the lead vocalists, MJ the producer, and Carol always went on tour with them. But the days of big dreams and wild nights have long since past. Sexy Iris now drinks too much and fantasises about a comeback that has yet to materialise. She and MJ split up years ago, but just can’t let go. Carol and Lily are so bored by their relationship that they can’t seem to decide on anything, except perhaps to have a child together. And then Cricket enters this Bermuda triangle of fallow desire, disappointment, anger and boredom. This argumentative twenty-year-old is looking for trouble – and finds it. After a pool party awash with cocaine and alcohol, Iris winds up on Cricket’s lap. This makes MJ – to whom Iris has been unfaithful so often before – even more furious. An argument ensues and escalates into a fight during which Cricket is badly injured and dies. The girlfriends decide to overcome their differences, pull together and get rid of the corpse. Their complicity creates a firm bond. But then, a year later, Skye turns up on Lily and Carol’s doorstep. Revenge is her aim and seduction her strategy … Description courtesy of The Berlinale. Director in attendance

We celebrate noted filmmaker Cheryl Dunye with the Boston LGBT Film Festival’s inaugural Director’s award. Ms. Dunye astounded the world with her breakthrough film Watermelon Woman in 1996 and we are honoured to present her latest film The Owls. Please join us in celebrating a filmmaker who has made an amazing contribution to LGBT cinema.

About the making of the The Owls:
Director Cheryl Dunye and producer Alexandra Juhasz, Candi Gutteres and Ernesto Foronda invited a group of lesbian and gay artists with creative links to work on this project. This marked the beginning of the ‘Parliament Collective’, a large multiethnic artists’ collective that developed the story for The Owls.

The Watermelon Woman
Sunday May 16, 2010, 2:30pm

The Brattle Theater, Cambridge

Cheryl Dunye, 90min, USA, 1996, English

Cheryl is young, Black, and lesbian, working in Philadelphia with her best friend Tamara and consumed by a film project: to make a video about her search for a Black actress from Philly who appeared in films in the 30s and was known as the Watermelon Woman. Following various leads, Cheryl discovers the Watermelon Woman’s stage name and real name and surmises that the actress had a long affair with Martha Page, a White woman and one of Hollywood’s few female directors. As she’s discovering these things, Cheryl becomes involved with Diana, who’s also White. The affair strains Cheryl’s friendship with Tamara. More discoveries bring Cheryl (and us, her audience) to new realizations.

Our Annual Spring Social for LGBTQI People of Color and Allies is on April 24th!

Posted By QWOC+ Boston on April 9th, 2010

Calling all fierce femme’s, posse bois, sexy studs, proud trans, genderqueer and non-conforming friends and all! The sun is peeking out, the layers are coming off, and the time to strut back into the social scene and be seen is upon us…

  • Are you interested in meeting and /or networking in a space where you can bring ALL of yourself to the table?
  • Are you tired of having not many options besides nightclubs to meet cuties? [Real talk.]
  • Are you new-in-town and seeking a multicultural/multinational queer community in Boston?
  • Are you looking to add more members to your already tight-knit posse just in time for the summer?
  • Do you like the color, purple?
  • Do you dig diversity?

If you nodded at any of those questions, then our 2010 annual spring social is for YOU. FYI Co-hosting this spring soiree are the friendly and the sexy of Men of Color Creating Change.

Can it really get much better than this? (Well, Lady Gaga isn’t returning our calls… so, no)


This event is free before 7:30PM ONLY WITH ONLINE REGISTRATION at http://qwocspringsocial.eventbrite.com/. However, if you arrive after 7:30PM, you can still get in free if you bring 2 friends! Otherwise, admission is $10.

Wanna volunteer? Volunteers get to attend for free too! We need greeters, registration/door attendants, listserv managers, schmoozers, photographers, and videographers. No experience necessary — just an eagerness to make others feel welcome. Email volunteer@qwocboston.org for more info.

Admission is $10 otherwise; capacity is limited to 75 so reserve your space and register early.


Are you on twitter? Follow us at http://www.twitter.com/qwocboston / @qwocboston!

More importantly, start buzzing about this event with your friends using the #qwocspring hashtag. See you at the event!


Join the QWOC Week 2010 Planning Committee: We’re Recruiting New Organizers!

Posted By QWOC+ Boston on March 24th, 2010

Wanna volunteer for QWOC+ Boston this spring/summer? Below is a list of committees we are currently recruiting for to assemble the QWOC Week Planning Commitee. This is a great opportunity for new-in-towners and/or diversity-conscious community members looking to get plugged in. We’re looking for passionate, committed, and creative people… which we’re pretty sure means you. Join us — it’s fun!

Social Media Team (including “Intern“):
Ideally, the social media team will include at least three individuals responsible for posting events / announcements / messages in each of QWOC+ Boston’s social media profiles i.e. Myspace, Facebook, Twitter, Eventbrite, and our blog, including a list of community calendars and list-servs. This team of social media enthusiasts and well-connected tweeps, will be in charge of driving online promotions and creating a “buzz” around scheduled events. The “Intern” is responsible for social media monitoring, blogging, tweeting, retweeting, and helping QWOC+ Boston maintain an active and interactive online presence. The intern reports to the director.
Street Team (including a “Mayor”):
This team is charged with making sure that the online work of the Social Media Team reaches the community offline. The “Mayor” (AKA Street Team Captain) is in charge of compiling a weekly list of community events for members of the street team to attend, spread the word about QWOC Week, hand out fliers, make new contacts, and be superstars. The street team includes the entire QWOC Week planning committee plus ad-hoc, so the Mayor must possess an endless supply of charm, persuasive power, and organizational skills in order to get a new / alternating set of people to attend events together. The street team keeps QWOC+ Boston’s organizers social.

Community Partnerships Committee:
This committee is responsible for putting out the call for QWOC Week proposals / 3rd Party events (that will go on our calendar), and conducting person-to-person outreach to various like-minded organizations. This includes but not limited to establishing key contacts (e.g. development and outreach staff), presenting new QWOC Week event ideas (via submitted proposals) to the organizers bi-weekly, and soliciting event sponsorships.

Volunteer Committee (including a “Pied Piper”):
This committee is made up of a Pied Piper (AKA Volunteer Coordinator) — the person ultimately responsible for staffing QWOC+ Boston events with volunteers, and two co-chairs that will work with the volunteer coordinator on the recruitment, retention, and appreciation of volunteers. This is a great committee for anyone who’s excited about getting others involved, is good with people, and loves performing miracles.

Secretary (2): We are looking for ideally two people to support QWOC Week planning meetings as our friendly, follow-up, space finding secretary! This role is responsible for scheduling meetings (including space reservations — not hard at all, we promise), sending out meeting reminders, and producing easy-to-read meeting minutes (like this one). The secretary literally keeps us all on the same page! Additionally, the secretary is responsible for taking attendance during meetings, and enforcing committee/sub-committee membership rules.

Mind, Body and Soul Conference Committee (including a “Zen Master”)
This committee includes a Zen Master (AKA Conference Chair), who is responsible for the coordination of the planning and producing of the Mind, Body, Soul Conference, a half-day of concurrent sessions dedicated to exploring mental, physical, and spiritual health as it affects LGBTQ communities of color. Serving on this committee will be a great opportunity for anyone who’s interested in health, community building, conference planning, and/or increasing awareness of health issues within LGBT communities of color. Note: Last year, we scheduled this as an early morning half-day conference, but are considering upscaling, which may mean moving it to the fall (after qwoc week) and launching a one-of-a-kind local conference around LGBT health.

Outdoor Events Committee (including a “Green Guru”)
Parking, permits, and playpens! QWOC Week hosts an outdoor  / family-oriented event during QWOC Week every year and we’re looking for earth, wind, and water (please, no fire) enthusiasts (like you!) to make this happen. A pool party, a BBQ, a block party? If you can dream it, you can plan it. The “Green Guru”, in addition to breezing through outdoor activity logistics (such as permits, electric outlets, and hoola hoops), will ensure that we plan an environment-friendly gathering we can be proud of.

Fundraising and Finance Committee (including 2 “Money Makers”)
This committee is responsible for leading a QWOC Week fundraising campaign; responsibilities include but are not limited to planning fundraising events, working with community partnerships committee to solicit donations from local promoters / non-profits, coordinating community wide “Friend-raising”/”Ask” house parties to raise funds, selling products (e.g. T-Shirts) to raise money etc. This committee includes all QWOC Week organizers, but will be overseen by two Money-Makers (AKA Co-Chairs).

QWOC+ Boston Seeks Social Media Marketing Interns for Summer 2010

Posted By QWOC+ Boston on March 23rd, 2010
Social Media Marketing Internship (Summer 2010)

Queer Women of Color and Friends (QWOC+ Boston) is currently seeking two (2) dynamic motivated interns interested in exploring a career in social media marketing. This unpaid internship requires a commitment of 15 hours per week in addition (including mandatory attendance at our weekly planning meetings), but offers a flexible schedule; hours can be worked primarily from home, at night, and on the weekends.

Qualifications of the Idea Candidate:
  • You are a high school, undergraduate or graduate student
  • You are a member or active ally to the Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex (LBGTQI) community
  • You have excellent writing and communication skills — you can crank out a newsletter AND hold your own in a meeting
  • You possess hands-on experience with popular social media applications like Twitter, Digg, Facebook, and YouTube
  • You have at least a basic understanding of blogging tools like WordPress, Blogspot, or Drupal
  • Your attention to details is almost supernatural
  • You are passionate about social justice and have several organizational affiliations and committees to show for it!
  • You enjoy working within a team, but cherish your very own mini-projects
Did you nod your head at most (or all) of the statements above? If so, then we’d LOVE to consider you for one of our summer social media internships!

What You Will Accomplish This Summer:
  • You will provide marketing support for our 3rd annual QWOC Week, a week-long festival that involves the concepting, planning, coordination, and execution of at least ten community-building events
  • You will learn the basics of email marketing via your contribution (draft and technical support) of our bi-weekly newsletters
  • You will brainstorm your very own ideas for leveraging social media to create social change — yes, we’ll give you your very own project/event to plan
  • You will author blog posts and reblog relevant media articles
  • You will post frequent tweets and master the art of engaging users via Twitter
  • You will learn to identify potential PR opportunities
  • You will work within the steering committee to explore ways in which we might engage our user community both within our existing sites and on external social media platforms
  • You WILL have so much fun, and be able to talk about it on your resume. [If you do a great job] You will earn at least one solid letter of recommendation!


  • UNPAID internship
  • Academic Credit
  • Official Letter of Recommendation
  • Complimentary Event Tickets
  • Cool Points
If you’re interested, please send your resume to adaora at qwocboston dot org. Include the following info in the body of the email (or we won’t read/respond to your application):
  • First and Last Name
  • Name of Institution
  • Contact Info (Email and Phone Number)
  • How did you hear about this internship opportunity?
  • Do you blog? Give us your website.
  • Do you tweet? List your Twitter handle.
  • What social justice cause are you most concerned about? Is it different from the one you donate most of your time/money to? If so, tell us why. If not, well then tell us how your passion for this cause has translated to action (i.e. how do you support/promote it?). Please respond to this question in 5 sentences or less. This isn’t a college essay — we just wanna gauge your level of commitment

Student Ambassador Orientation Meeting

Posted By QWOC+ Boston on October 5th, 2009

Title: Student Ambassador Orientation Meeting
Location: MIT Rainbow Lounge
Link out: Click here
Description: Welcome to the Fall! QWOC+ Boston is accepting new students (grad/undergrad) to lead the student ambassadors program on their campuses. Wanna get involved with a local grassroots movement? Are you interested in creating safe spaces for LGBT people of color on your campus? Do you like dessert? Then this is for YOU! Click this entry to read more about this opportunity. Even better, email volunteer@qwocboston.org for more information and/or to RSVP for the orientation meeting.
Start Time: 18:30
Date: 2009-10-05

Email volunteer@qwocboston.org for more detail.s

Information about the Organizations Attending Tonight’s “Call to Action: Volunteer Drive and Community Organizing Fair”

Posted By QWOC+ Boston on August 6th, 2009

BIGSISTER.LOGOBig Sister Association of Greater Boston
161 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
Big Sister Association of Greater Boston’s mission is to help girls realize their full potential by providing them with positive mentoring relationships with women. Our girls are between the ages of 7-15 years old, in the 69 cities and towns surrounding Greater Boston.

39 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116
Grounded in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi, we the staff, volunteers, and Board of Directors of St. Francis House work as a community to provide for the poor and homeless: a safe, caring, respectful and dignified refuge in downtown Boston which offers the basic services of food, shelter, clothing, medical care, mental health and substance abuse counseling to all who enter our doors. St. Francis House serves adults of all ages, races, ethnicities, religions, gender identities, sexual preferences, and legal statuses.

COMMUNITY.LOGOCommunity Servings
18 Marbury Terrace, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Community Servings is dedicated to providing free home-delivered meals throughout Eastern Massachusetts to people homebound with HIV/AIDS and other acute life-threatening illnesses, who are unable to shop or cook for themselves. We provide our clients, their dependent families, and caregivers appealing, nutritious meals, reaching out to those in greatest need.

555 Amory Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130-2672
Ethos: Ethos is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting independence, dignity and well-being among the elderly and disabled through quality, affordable and culturally-appropriate home and community-based care.

BARCC logo copyBARCC Boston Area Rape Crisis Center
99 Bishop Allen Dr ., Cambridge, MA 02139
BARCC’s mission is to end sexual violence through healing and social change. BARCC works with survivors of sexual violence and their significant others (family, partners, friends) and communities, as well as professional providers, on a variety of issues related to sexual violence response and prevention.

SAMYOON.LOGOSam Yoon for Mayor
1411 Dorchester Ave, Fields Corner, Dorchester, MA
Campaign to elect Sam Yoon Mayor of Boston (2009). Sam is undeniably committed to not only serving communities of color, but increasing efforts to engage and involve these communities in governing. He has a strong record of this as a city councilor and will continue to broaden these efforts over the course of his campaign and as Mayor of Boston. As for governing – Sam truly believes that diversity is our greatest strength.

Arroyo Logo copyFelix Arroyo Jr. for City Council
P.O. Box 301031, Boston, MA 02130
Campaign to Elect Felix Arroyo for City Council. Mission: to create a team that helps people participate and take ownership of the decisions that affect them. We will honor our commitments, and be consistent in word and deed. We will share information, create spaces that are open, and strive for clarity in decision-making. We will take care of each other, building loyalty and trust. We will work for justice.

HHC Logo - CenterHorizons for Homeless Children
1705 Columbus Avenue, Roxbury, MA 02119
The mission of Horizons for Homeless Children is to improve the lives of homeless children and their families. We provide homeless children in Massachusetts with the nurturing, stimulation and opportunities for early education and play that all children need to learn and grow in healthy ways. Horizons works with children from teen parenting programs, substance abuse recovery programs, domestic violence programs, and family shelters.

HABITAT.LOGO copyHabitat For Humanity
240 Commercial Street,4th Floor, Boston, MA 02109
Habitat for Humanity Greater Boston, Inc. is a Massachusetts charitable nonprofit organization dedicated to building simple low-cost homes by forming partnerships with low-income families in need of decent and affordable housing.

QWOC Week Planning Meeting on Thursday June 18th

Posted By QWOC+ Boston on June 15th, 2009

Title: QWOC Week Planning Meeting on Thursday June 18th
Location: ANDALA Cafe
Description: Join QWOC+ Boston’s Organizers and Volunteers in our planning efforts for both the upcoming pride season and QWOC WEEK. No “Volunteer” experience needed. Just your support and enthusiasm. Email volunteer@qwocboston.org for more details.
Start Time: 18:30
Date: 2009-06-18

MIXOLOGY: Call for Volunteers (Thursday May 14th)

Posted By QWOC+ Boston on May 11th, 2009

Dear QWOC+ Members, Friends, Supporters, and Ambassadors,

As MIXOLOGY draws near (THIS Thursday!) we have determined a need for more volunteers and would like to encourage anyone that’s interested to email volunteer (at) qwocboston (dot) org. No experience is necessary. Just a love for QWOC+ Boston, the desire to meet new people and make new friends, and some purple accessories or gear ;)

Hope to see you there!


CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS: If you’d like to volunteer as a host/hostess at this event, please email volunteer-AT-qwocboston-DOT-org with the following:

1) First and Last Name
2) Attended any QWOC+ Boston events in the past? (Not required to volunteer! Just curious)
3) Why do you want to volunteer for QWOC+ Boston?(Creative responses are encouraged)
4) Volunteer Role Preference (Check HERE for role descriptions)

Note: We can’t guarantee that we’ll be able to accommodate everyone’s request, or even that we’ll have enough open volunteer positions to fill if you don’t write in this very second! But we’d love to have you and will certainly try our best to utilize your schmoozing/door-registering/email-collecting/purple-wearing talents!