Day of Action : Lesbian Visibility Day

During this year’s Lesbian Visibility Day of Action, the New Haven Pride Center strives to create a safe, welcoming and united space for all queer women, lesbians, and femmes!

The first 2022 Days of Action will take place April 24th, starting off with panel conversations, social events, and more! During this program we will be amplifying queer women/femmes behind New Haven’s DIY scene, highlight the importance of radical working class non-men and our solidarity, as well as celebrate the history of Zines and their come back as a creative means of sharing information and ideas. We hope you will join us in this celebration of queer women, lesbians, and femmes.

Statement of Inclusion

We also want to remind folks, that although this event technically falls under the “Women’s program” at the NHPC, we are accompanied by NB, GNC, and agender folks, as well as people from all over the spectrum that is queer sexuality. If you feel you belong at the NHPC’s women’s programs, you do!

Goals of the 2022 Day of Action : Lesbian Visibility Day
  • Bringing together LBGTQ+ women and femmes within the community and listening to their unique experiences.
  • Amplifying the voices of LGBTQ+ women and femmes within the New Haven DIY scene.
  • Highlighting the importance of radical working class non-men and our solidarity.

Program Curator

Suyane Oliveira (she/her or they/them), LGBTQ+ Women's Programs Curator
Suyane Oliveira (she/they)

LGBTQ+ Women Program Curator
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Schedule of Programs on April 24, 2022

Opening and Welcome

April 24 @ 10:00 a.m.
New Haven Pride Center, 84 Orange Street, New Haven
Also streamed live on facebook and YouTube

Join us for our opening session of our Day of Action in honor of Lesbian Visibility Day. This day will be focused on uplifting non-men voices in the New Haven Community as well as creating a welcoming environment for all individuals within the queer community.

We will sit down with the New Haven Pride Center’s Women’s Program Curator, Suyane Oliveira, and a volunteer from our Lavender Lit Book Club to set the tone for this Day of Action.

Panel: Non-Men in the New Haven DIY Scene

April 24 @ 10:30 a.m.
New Haven Pride Center, 84 Orange Street, New Haven
Also streamed live on facebook and YouTube

Our first panel of the day will feature organizers and creatives from New Haven who shape our queer DIY scene. We will talk about what DIY is and, more importantly, how it sustains our community. In this conversation, DIY organizers from Qommunity, Punq Noir Festival, East Rock House, and Connectic*nt come together to bring awareness to non-men in the New Haven DIY scene.

Moderated by Women’s Program Curator Suyane Oliveira, this panel will feature perspectives from Ashley LaRue, Indigaux, Zoe Jensen, and Marianna Apostolakis.

Panel: Radical and Working Class Queers

April 24 @ 12:00 p.m.
New Haven Pride Center, 84 Orange Street, New Haven
Also streamed live on facebook and YouTube

In our second panel of the day, we are joined with working class and radical queers to talk about the work they do for our community.

We will be asking questions like “What is the working-class?” Though people’s worth is by no means connected to their day jobs, we want to highlight these people who are doing some really important work.

Moderated by the Women’s Program Curator Suyane Oliveira, this panel will feature perspectives from River Ramos, a harm reductionist at APEX, and Mari Correira, a digital organizer for UnitedWeDream.

Workshop: Lez Make a Zine

April 24 @ 2:00 p.m.
New Haven Pride Center, 84 Orange Street, New Haven
Also streamed live on facebook and YouTube

Join us for a two-hour zine making workshop with zine maker Aly Maderson Quinlog! Come learn how zines were introduced to queer culture and how they were used as tools during the AIDS epidemic. Then, scissor your way through making your very own mini zine! All necessary materials will be provided.

This is an introductory workshop. You do not have to be experienced in order to make a zine with us!

This workshop is sponsored by the New Haven Pride Center and is FREE to attend. Limited to 12 participants. 

Register Here!

Keynote: Kai Van Vlack

April 24 @ 5:00 p.m.
New Haven Pride Center, 84 Orange Street, New Haven
Also streamed live on facebook and YouTube

This year’s Lesbian Visibility Day keynote speaker is Kai Van Vlack. This conversation between Suyane and Kai will be centered on the importance of a DIY framework in regards to community building and radical organizing.

Together, we will be diving into working class queer history while tying a ribbon around Leslie Feinberg’s Stone Butch Blues. From queers in punk to organizational work, we will explore topics that are rarely given a platform. You won’t want to miss the insights Kai has to offer!

Film Screening: Walk With Me

April 24 @ 6:30 p.m.
New Haven Pride Center, 84 Orange Street, New Haven

Based in Brooklyn, NY, Walk With Me is an indie film in the truest sense. Filmed in four one week intervals over the course of a year with a micro-budget and a lot of love, Walk With Me is an intimate, beautiful film that follows the story of a young mother who leaves her husband to make her own way in the world and stumbles unexpectedly into love with another woman.

Walk with Me has been screened at many festivals worldwide, including Cinequest Film Festival and Inside Out Film Festival amongst others. Walk With Me has won numerous awards, including Best Outstanding Actor and the Spirit Award at the Brooklyn Film Festival, Best Emerging Filmmaker at the Manhattan Film Festival, Best Female Composer at the Toronto Int’l Women’s Festival, Best LGBTQ Flim at Lady Filmmakers, and Best Feature at New York Int’l Women’s Film Festival. It was also selected as a Centerpiece Film at Kashish Mumbai International Film Festival.

Watch the trailer here.

Register Here!

Film Screening: Q&A

April 24 @ 8:30 p.m.
New Haven Pride Center, 84 Orange Street, New Haven
Also streamed live on facebook and YouTube

As soon as “Walk With Me” ends, we will be diving into a virtual Q&A panel with director, editor, and writer Isabel Del Rosal as well as film star Devin Dune Cannon and songwriter Amanda Walther.

We will be discussing the film origins, what it was like working on a micro-budget and taking audience questions! If you are interested in the behind the scenes look at films, you won’t want to miss this Q&A! This panel will be moderated by Finn Lockwood.

Additional Lesbian Visibility Day Events

U-Haul Her to Happy Hour

April 26 @ 6:00 p.m.
Three Sheets, 372 Elm St, New Haven, CT
In-person event

Come hang out and celebrate Lesbian Visibility Day with the New Haven Pride Center’s Women’s Program Curator, Suyane, and our community of lesbians in New Haven! “U-Haul Her to a Happy Hour” will take place at 372 Elm St in New Haven from 6 – 8 p.m. Three Sheets is holding space for us to grab food, drinks and celebrate each other.

This event is FREE to attend!

Art Opening: “It’s Complicated”

April 27 @ 5:30 p.m.
Chez Est. 458 Wethersfield Ave, Hartford, CT
Also streamed live on facebook and Instagram

Join us for an art opening at the Chez Est in Hartford featuring artist Lari Freeman.

In this series of paintings, entitled “It’s Complicated,” Lari provides the viewer with an invitation to reach your own conclusions about what the compositions may portray. Art has the power to challenge, energize and restore. Moving through these past months, many challenges have presented themselves. Emotions not very familiar to us have visited our deepest inner selves. Striking color, perceptible composition and faint and fearless strokes walk you through some of these most complicated moments.

Meet Our Day of Action Speakers & Artists

Ashley LaRue – Panel : Non-Men in the New Haven DIY Scene

Ashley LaRue (she/her) is a New Haven native and local creative. Ashley is a sex-education teacher by day, and artrepreneur. She hosts contests and events while engaging the queer creative community through Qommunity, an organization founded in 2020. Ashley is passionate about the arts, creative expression, mental health and wellness and creating safer spaces for queer artists in the Greater New Haven area.

Dyme Ellis (Indigaux) – Panel : Non-Men in the New Haven DIY Scene

Dyme Ellis (they/them) is the Founder and Executive Director of Punq Noire Festival of Underground Arts. Also known as Indigaux, the rapper and experimental music producer, they are a Black, queer, nonbinary artist and organizer from New Haven, CT. Passionate about bringing opportunities and resources to queer artists and artists of color, they are the originator of New Haven Public School’s first high school anime club and a former Public Ally. Dyme is driven by an internal mission to foster and stimulate Connecticut’s colorful communities through creative, eventful experiences. December 2019, Dyme Ellis organized a pop up fashion show at Yale Architecture Gallery. August 2020, Dyme Ellis organized Black Art Matters/Black Art is Resistance (BAM/BAR) at Artspace. Each of these events entirely featured diverse artists from Connecticut. In 2021, Dyme Ellis decided to develop their skills as an arts administrator, and gained experience as an assistant at Arts Council of Greater New Haven. Motivated by a path of continuous self-education, Dyme continues to exercise and enhance their skills. Dyme Ellis is currently a cohort of The Pride Network’s Transformational Leadership Initiative, undergoing heart-centered leadership training, receiving a social impact grant, and experiencing the mentorship of elder queer, Luke Blankenship, former Executive Director of Florida’s largest nonprofit LGBTQ Pride organization. Dyme Ellis is excited to present Punq Noire Festival of Underground Arts, a manifestation of their passion, love for, and dedication to Connecticut’s rich and eccentric artist communities.

Zoe Jensen – Panel : Non-Men in the New Haven DIY Scene

Zoe Jensen (she/they) is co-editor of Connecticunt Magazine, a bimonthly zine featuring only ct artists. She also DJs as DJQT and can be found playing monthly at Conspiracy Bar in Middletown. She graduated from UConn in 2020 and has lots of bakery recommendations at a moment’s notice. She lives in New Haven.

Marianna Apostolakis – Panel : Non-Men in the New Haven DIY Scene

Marianna Apostolakis (they/them) is an organizer and founder of East Rock House, a queer / trans run art organization that features queer / trans musicians, poets, artists, and vendors. East Rock House was created in 2021 with the goal of promoting queer / trans community in Connecticut while also unifying local artists through curated shows, live recording sessions, open mics, and community events. Marianna’s interest in the DIY scene and community organizing is undoubtedly influenced by their time working in a women’s history archive and studying queer memoir, cinema, and theory as an undergraduate.

River Ramos – Panel : Radical and Working Class Queers

River Ramos (they/them) is a trans non-binary, neurodivergent queer with eclectic passions. River is a multimedia artist, harm reduction and mental health advocate, avid forager, and proud cat parent of 3. They direct the Harm Reduction & Prevention Services at Apex Community Care serving much of western CT. River is immensely excited to start their Master’s in Public Health program at Johns Hopkins University in June, a once in a lifetime opportunity to work with leaders in Harm Reduction around the world.

Mari Correia – Panel : Radical and Working Class Queers

Maria Izaura Botelho Correia aka Mari (she/ela) is a queer, undocumented writer and digital organizer. At the age of four, she migrated with her family from Galiléia, Minas Gerais, Brasil to the stolen lands of Amerikkka – where she has been undocumented since. Mari’s experience as an undocumented young person in Amerikkka ignited a flame within her to fight for systemic change. And after graduating high school in 2018, Mari became a youth leader with her local immigrant rights organization — Connecticut Students for A Dream (C4D). From 2018-2019, Mari was actively involved with C4D and fulfilled many roles including Danbury youth organizer, UndocuPeer trainer, Summer program leader, and Digisquad member. Mari’s community organizing in CT soon led her into a bigger movement space. And in October of 2019, she began her journey as a full-time Digital Organizer with United We Dream (UWD), the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation. Through her local and national immigrant rights’ work, Mari hopes to inspire young undocumented people to reimagine a future without borders and fight to abolish all systems of oppression. A future where all oppressed bodies are liberated from the systemic chains that bound us – so we are allowed to live and thrive beyond borders.

Aly Maderson Quinlog – Mini Zine Workshop

Aly Maderson Quinlog (they/them) is a Queer artist, poet, educator, and organizer who lives along the Connecticut shoreline. Mx. Maderson Quinlog teaches Cyanotype and Zine Workshops throughout New England and opened Magik Press Studios, a micro press specializing in artists’ books, zines, and intimate editions, in New London, CT in March of 2019. www.magik.press

Kai Van Vlack – Keynote

Kai Van Vlack is a musician, organizer, and educator. She is the programs and operations coordinator at RIOT RI, an artist in residence at the Dirt Palace, and a member of the band Trophy Hunt. She aims to share her experience and perspective as a gay Quechua woman at the intersection of working class, punk, and queer history and use it as a framework for empowerment, community building, and action.

Amanda Walther – Movie Screening Q&A

Amanda Walther (she/her) is a Juno nominated singer-songwriter and award winning composer from Toronto, Canada. She has spent most of her career as half of folk-roots duo Dala; touring throughout North America for over 18 years. She has shared the stage with numerous artists including Arlo Guthrie, Richie Havens, Jann Arden, Tom Cochrane, Stuart McLean of the CBC’s Vinyl Café and has performed in countless festivals like the New Orleans Jazz Festival and the Newport Folk Festival. Dala’s PBS Special ‘Girls from the North Country’ earned Amanda a Canadian Folk Music Award and a Juno nomination.
Amanda is also the singer in piano/voice duo Dizzy & Fay, performing original songs that echo timeless standards. Her songs have been featured on numerous television shows in North America and most recently she has written the complete soundtrack for Brooklyn indie film ‘Walk With Me’ for which she was awarded Best Female Composer at the Toronto International Women Festival.

Isabel del Rosal – Movie Screening Q&A

Isabel del Rosal is a writer, director and editor who after making two short films, took some time off to raise and homeschool her children. Isabel runs her own business creating video content for entrepreneurs, small and large businesses alike. After finding a balance between her personal and professional life, she wrote and directed two seasons of the comedic web series “Smile for the Camera”. “Walk With Me” is her debut feature film and labor of love.
“Walk With Me” has won the Spirit Award and Best Actor at Brooklyn Film Festival 2021 and Best Emerging Director at Manhattan Film Festival 2021, Best LGBTQ Feature at Lady Filmmakers Film Festival, Best Feature at NY International Women’s Film Festival, Best Female Composer at Toronto Int’l Women’s Film Festival and screened at BFI Flare.
Isabel is looking to start production fall of 2023 on her next film, SEEN, a supernatural drama.

Devin Dune Cannon – Movie Screening Q&A

Devin hails from Rochester, NY where she knew fairly early in life that she had a passion for performing. At age 7 when she was cast in a commercial for Wegmans, the beloved upstate New York grocery franchise, her job was to eat a cookie on camera and “pretend” to love it. And so she did. And realized rather quickly that she was very good at that.

Outside of performing and directing, Devin is one of the resident teaching artists with Strangemen Theatre Company, which brings “Actor As Creator” workshops to universities around the country. It is her intention to leave students with the necessary tools to devise their own work. Being a part of new productions from the ground up is a true passion for Devin, and it is her goal to inspire artists young and old, to be brave, to enter the creative community with a collaborative spirit, and to motivate them to get in a room with generous, like-minded individuals… and simply play.