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QD 2002

Where Julia's Body performed

Stuff about the Queer Disability Conference in San Francisco

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This was my bio for the conference:

Trahan's queer/crip activism began at age 18--coordinating her college's lesbian/gay centre & petitioning for handrails on the library steps. She later was dubbed a "pioneer in disability culture" by the BBC and inherited the title of "San Francisco's Second Post-Modern Daddy" for her work as a producer & performer in the Bay area.

Panel #1. ALL-GIRL ACTION: CRIP, QUEER WOMEN IN PERFORMANCE

Carrie Sandahl, Ann Fox, Joan Lipkin, Julia Trahan, Terry Galloway

My intro....She has swung her dildo & danced with wheelchairs on stages across America and Australia. Her adventures are chronicled in her manuscript _BodyTalk = Survival: from Victim Politics to Human Rights_.


On Queenly Carrie's panal, I performed a bit of 'Queen of the Girls', did an impromtu strip to Iggy Pop's 'Fuckin' Lonely' & showed off my hip x-rays, metal pelvic cage and 3 inch screws. Several folks said afterwards that seeing my x-rays and feeling the parts of my last hip prosthesis was very intimate. I felt welcomed and listened to, which I didn't expect but appreciated.

#2. The Sex Panel

Ya kinda had to be there for it. I welcome any submissions describing the panel, my presentation or what people got from it. One thing I did was an exercise asking people to name three sexy things about themselves & tell them to the person on their right.


A woman asked me (no, I didn't get her phone #). Mine were: what I do with my hands, my eyes & my "cheekiness" (as the BBC Director put it). Her sexy three things were....oh, I best not say....


Here's my intro:


Julia [dolphin] Trahan has had lovers from a medley of races, genders, shapes, social classes and religions. She is author of _BodyTalk = Survival: from victim politics to human rights_. [Did I say that already] She sees happiness, orgasms, respectful partners and information about sexuality as basic human rights.

'A Beautiful Something': a performance by Julia's Body

None of the six dancers in my piece identify as Queer...they just liked what I have to say...can't beat that.


I can't describe my [our] Sunday night performance any better than the title. Someone told me the audio description was hilarious! If anyone wants to give it a go or send me feedback, I'll post it. Here's the conference blurp on it:


Julia's Body consists of Julia/dolphin Trahan, Rhona Alexander, Afi-Tiombe A Kambon, Neil Marcus, Stephanie Miyashiro, Misha Myers and Lee Williams. Julia/dolphin Trahan is the author of _BodyTalk = Survival: from victim politics to Human Rights_. She performs solo theater internationally when she gets the chance. The rest of Julia's Body is an indispensable ensemble of Bay area dancers gathered to perform in 'Disposable Bodies', a Spoken Word Dance [at SDS]. Both performances are being taped by the BBC for a documentary on Julia's life and work. Information about obtaining Julia's writings is available on her Web page: https://members.tripod.com/Dolphin_J/oz.html






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