It is no secret that Sins Invalid is one of my loves –a source of crip power that feeds my advocacy and my creativity…a force that nurtures the dream of having a stage and a venue where to bring my muse to life.
Since 2007 I have been riding that wave of sexy empowerment through my involvement with Sins Invalid. My participation with this ground breaking revolutionary group of disabled artists and performers has been one of the most powerful artistic experiences of my life. As a disabled performer, for me, nothing compares to the thrill of getting onstage for Sins Invalid. This is the place where taboos get exposed, where crip sex is hot and real, poems and songs undress the audience to the very core of their own assumptions about disability and sexuality, about the way our bodies move and talk and feel and love. Sins invalid is a platform of sexual empowerment…a platform of undeniable sensuality and the realities of lives sometimes too brown, too queer, too disabled too something or another to have the right to be heard through mainstream art. Sins Invalid has given disabled artists like myself, a venue where to expose and express sexy crip activism. The work presented by Sins Invalid year after year and show after show is reflective of a community that for too long has been marginalized, forced to invisibility and denied the right to own the power of our crip sensuality.
Supporting a vision of disability justice, Sins Invalid performers are paid performers and although all of us love the cause so much that would volunteer to do it for free, Sins Invalid would not hear of it. Because Sins depends upon funding and donations, your help would help sustain Sins Invalid’s ability to continue paying performers like myself as well as supporting the ongoing facilitation of other empowerment and education services such as workshops, classes and other performances outside the yearly show.
Because I love Sins so much, I am excited to share their Sustainer Drive. This has been a long-term vision, to move toward a community-supported model that allows individuals to contribute toward the monthly operational costs of this amazing performance project. Anything you’re able to donate, WILL make a difference. Please consider being a difference maker here knowing that by donating to Sins Invalid, you are not only transforming the lives of performers like myself, but also the lives of those who attend our shows and have a chance to witness the beauty, the power, the sexy of our crip bodies and our lives. If you are able to, please copy the link below which will take you to the sustainer drive and you will be able to choose to donate any amount either as a onetime donation or a recurrent monthly donation which will help us share the power of our crip sexuality.
You can choose the amount – $5, $10, $25, $100, whatever works for you – and it will automatically go directly into our account every month to help make our work possible.
Sins Invalid is by and for people of color and queers and non-binary people with disabilities, doing the work that is most relevant to us, articulating our desires, centering the needs of those most impacted by systems of oppression, changing the world by giving us a home for our wholeness and vision. Please join us.
Also, if you live in the Bay Area, you’re in luck as our 2016 show is coming up.
SINS INVALID – Birthing, Dying, Becoming Crip Wisdom
8PM Friday, October 14
8PM Saturday, October 15 (ASL interpreted & Audio Described)
7PM Sunday, October 16
351 Shotwell at 17th St
Sins Invalid is a performance project that celebrates the power of embodiment, sexuality & disability, offering a vision of beauty that includes all bodies and communities.
Performers include Aurora Levins Morales, Antoine Hunter, Lateef McLeod, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Maria Palacios, Neve Be(ast) and Nomy Lamm.
ODC is wheelchair accessible. Please refrain from using scented products, although we cannot guarantee a scent-free space. Tickets available in advance and for cash at the door. $25; no one turned away for lack of funds.
Please Note: Show contains explicit content
Sins Invalid is a fiscally sponsored project of Dancers’ Group
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