Valentine's Day, February 14th, is one of the most popular holidays around the world. Different cultures and countries around the world celebrate love on Valentine’s Day, as well as throughout the year. Read on to take a tour of the different ways people celebrate the many forms of love. Africa Africa celebrates this romantic holiday much like western cultures do, but some countries have their own specific ways of observing. Rwanda’s celebration does not follow any special Af
You may be asking yourself why is there an article about Black Panther on the Queery website? Well gentle viewer, if you continue reading you’ll soon find out why we at Queery can never forget the 2018 film, Black Panther. Way back in the 1960s, a young, white, Jewish male (that’s me) started reading comic books. Many of them were written by older, white, Jewish males (not me). And so many of the characters in comics were white. That is until the mid-1960s. You see, that deca
Queery is an art-based violence prevention discursive education program based in Westchester. Our name, Queery, is a mash up of the sociological critical theory called queer theory. And since not everyone studies lgbtq issues in college, we aim to make queer theory accessible and fun for everyone. Our first project was called Sticks and Stones: Reclaiming Names that Were Used to Hurt Us. In Sticks and Stones, we took 25 words that are used within and against LGBTQ communities
Pride has been claimed by many in various LGBTQ communities as a symbol of strength, courage, and healing ever since the Stonewall Riots in 1969. Many people find themselves marching, chanting, shouting, singing and connecting at various Pride events in June and throughout the year. This is no different for the founders of Queery, Geoff Peckman, James Young, and Jeff Gurkin-Young. James and the JGeoffs, as they are affectionately known as, are showing their pride with Stic
On August 24th, we were invited to showcase "Sticks and Stones: Reclaiming Names that Were Used to Hurt Us" to Center Lane, Westchester County's LGBTQ youth program. We prepared ourselves with a poster of all 21 prints as a gift to each participant and developed a writing workshop to support their upcoming open mic event in the fall. We presented what became a very powerful and humbling writing workshop which had more to do with the response these young people had to the art
The labels “Top” and “Bottom” within the men who have sex with men (MSM) community may be a great filtering tool for hook ups, and anonymous sex. However, the limits and dangers of using those labels outweigh the benefits. These outdated heteronormative concepts value “Tops” over “Bottoms”, limits the definition of sex to only value penetration, encourage assumptions and discourage communication, supports sexual assault and rape and can lead to violence. Increasing one’s i
Queery is a combination of the words "Queer Theory." The aim of Queery is to deepen our own understanding of Queer Theories and offer our interpretations in creative and fun ways. The ultimate vision of Queery is to encourage everyone to live freely by questioning the various systems that keep us from fully being who we are. Our first project, "Sticks and Stones: Reclaiming Names that Were Used to Hurt Us" was inspired by an article in the Advocate. The article listed vari
“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.” How many times have you heard that as a child? How many times have you said it? More importantly, how many times have names actually left a more lasting impact on you than any sticks or stones? We know the gravity of being hit with “sticks and stones,” but we also know that names have always carried their own weight and often more. In the late 60s, the Stonewall Riots put the LGBTQ community on the map.