Been Here Been Queer
Callie Garp of Fabulously Feminist and Darci McFarland of PTSFeminist are excited to announce the launch of their new book project, Been Here. Been Queer. Millennial and Gen Z Changemakers in the Margins
This beautifully illustrated coffee table book will feature 50+ marginalized LGBTQIA+ Millennial and Gen Z activists and changemakers in the United States. This could include queer folx who are living in rural America, queer folx whose identity may be marginalized within queer communities, and/or folx who experience multiple marginalizations. We are celebrating the revolutionary, grassroots community work these young LGBTQIA+ people are doing, which begins with the fundamental act of being themselves. Being visibly queer, in many spaces, is still activist work. Our queer histories are often erased, and by uplifting these voices, we are breaking down the monolith, and embracing our diverse and equally important stories.
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Bringing Community Together:
We are so excited to include as many diverse voices as possible in the final collection, but we wanted to make sure to create a space where everyone would definitely be celebrated for the work they’re doing. So, we decided to create an archive of every single submission, which will include 7-10 questions and answers and at least one photograph. Each submission will also have embedded links, which will direct folx to any social media/relevant websites. The submissions will be categorized by searchable tags, allowing other queer folx to navigate the archive.
Folx who are selected to be in the collection will have their photograph illustrated by Callie Garp in full color for the publication, and will also receive a free 8.5x11" print of their illustration as a thank you for being so badass.
This project is launching in June of 2020, in celebration of Pride! We anticipate it will take about 2 years to collect all the interviews, edit and format the book and illustrate all participants.
Join The Celebration
There are so many awesome ways you can get involved!
1. Share your story! Click this link for more information.
2. Nominate someone else to share their story! Do you know an activist whose amazing community work should be featured? You can nominate them!
4. Join our team! To help keep this project going, we are looking for a volunteer to help us maintain the Been Here. Been Queer. Archive. Check out the details here. The Archive Master will be responsible for posting updates on the archive, and will be invited to book events, including the in person workshop.
4. Help fund our book! Just a $10 donation gets you this badass sticker -- and there are even cooler gifts to check out
Get To Know The Team:
Akiko Surai - Advisory Board Member
Akiko is a multi-disciplined artist, educator, and writer working in San Diego, California. Her work is rooted in critique and research. She explores spaces, materials, and objects as touchstones for memory and conceptual signifiers in media ranging from photography, embroidery, sculpture, painting, poetry, and drawing as well as curatorial and writing projects.
Surai is a former contributing editor of contemporary art practice for Fabulously Feminist Magazine and recently finished editing an 800-year survey of art history for international collector Matthew Strauss. She works in education and engagement with the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, and at the San Diego Mesa College Art Gallery. She is affiliated with the Rising Arts Leaders of San Diego, Emerging Museum Professionals, LOUD collective and the Feminist Image Group, she envisions an art world connected by community and critical discourse.
Callie Garp - Editor
Callie is the artist the artist behind Fabulously Feminist: Art For Eco & Social Justice. She has a MFA from Tufts University and a BFA with minors in Women's Studies and Art History from Plymouth State University. She incorporated her passion for feminism and gender studies with her love of creative expression and problem solving, and Fabulously Feminist emerged. She is a solopreneur, creating intersectional feminist illustrations, handmade social justice goods, and partnering with socially-minded organizations like Self Care Is For Everyone and Feminist Book Club. Callie also regularly provides free and/or heavily discounted social justice artwork for non-profits and organizers working towards equity for marginalized communities.
Darci McFarland - Editor
Darci is the creator and editor of Post-Traumatically Stressed Feminist and Bible Belt Queers. She has an MA in Women’s Studies from Texas Woman’s University and a BA in Sociology from Arkansas Tech University. Her research on the “Psychological Effects of Abortions and Attitudes Towards Reproductive Rights,” co-authored by colleague Chelsea Farrar, is published in the International Journal for Humanities and Social Science. She’s a queer, feminist activist and artist based in Memphis, Tennessee, who fundraises for Southern abortion centers by day and organizes art activist projects in her free time. You can learn more about her work here.
Dartricia Rollins - Advisory Board Member
Dartricia is the Assistant Director of Fundraising and Administration for Charis Circle the nonprofit programming arm of Charis Books and More, where she is also a bookseller. She is an art and book collector and spends quite a bit of her free time attending galleries, museums, and reading as many books as possible at the same time! She is a fierce advocate for reproductive justice and healthcare and mom to Daschund-Basset-Shepard mix Gambino.
Lachrista Greco - Advisory Board Member