Q-TOPIA Conference

The Q-TOPIA Conference will be hosted May 8th 2021 at South Puget Sound Community College Virtually

REGISTER FOR Q-TOPIA

Registration will close April 1

Mission

This year the conference will be a one-day virtual conference due to zoom fatigue and COVID

Q-Topia is a two day conference that aims to imagine, honor, and build queer cultures and communities. It provides an opportunity to gain knowledge, engage in hard conversations, and draw inspiration from those involved in fighting for queer liberation.

Values

  • Building community through liberation and celebration of queer cultures.
  • Providing spaces for safety. healing and growth
  • Fostering inclusivity, including meaningful understanding of and respect for our differences.
  • Centering voices of queer and trans people of color.
  • Emphasizing difference as a catalyst for productivity, creativity, and collaboration.

Keynotes

Keith Boykin

Keith Boykin is a CNN political commentator, New York Times best-selling author, and a former White House aide to President Bill Clinton. Keith teaches at the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University in New York and previously taught at American University in Washington, D.C. He is a co-founder and first board president of the National Black Justice Coalition.

Keith BoykinA graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School, Keith is a Lambda Literary Award-winning author of four books.

He was a co-host of the BET Networks talk show “My Two Cents,” starred on the Showtime reality television series “American Candidate,” was an associate producer of the film “Dirty Laundry,” and he has appeared on many other TV shows, including BET’s “Being Mary Jane.”

Born in St. Louis, he has lived in 12 cities and visited 48 of the 50 United States. Keith has traveled the world, and is currently writing new books, including one about his travels to Cuba.

He lives in New York City.

J Mase III

J Mase III is a Black/trans/queer poet & educator based in Seattle, by way of Philly. He is the author of “If I Should Die Under the Knife, Tell my Kidney I was the Fiercest Poet Around”, as well as “And Then I Got Fired: One Transqueer’s Reflections on Grief, Unemployment, and Inappropriate Jokes about Death”.

J Mase IIIAs an educator, J Mase has worked with thousands of community members in the US, the UK, and Canada on the needs of LGBTQIA youth and adults in spaces such as K-12 schools, universities, faith communities, and restricted care facilities among others.

He is the founder of awQward, the first ever trans and queer people of color specific talent agency. Currently, he is co-editing The #BlackTransPrayerBook with awQward artist Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi.

As a performer, he has shared stages with world renowned artists like Chuck D and the Indigo Girls. His work and musings have been featured on MSNBC, NBC OUT, Essence Live, Atlanta Black Star, GO Magazine, Believe Out Loud, Everyday Feminism, Black Girl Dangerous, Upworthy, the New York Times, Buzzfeed, the Root, the Huffington Post and more.

Hotel and Transportation Information

Location Zoom Virtual format. All registered attendees will get an email of all zoom information a month out from the conference.

Program Agenda

May 8, 2021

9:30 am - 9:50 am – Welcome/Check-in
9:50 am - 9:55 am – Keynote/Welcome
10:00 am - 11:00 am – Keynote: J Mase III
11:15 am - 12:00pm – Meet & Greet for both Keynotes
*Four people Per Keynote, All registrants will be put into a drawing and randomly selected after the registration deadline. Selected registrants will be notified with further instructions.
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm – Lunch Games & Community Building (Lunch on you own)

  • Intentional LGBTQ+ community zoom rooms (More information coming soon!)
  • 2 Bingo games
    • Game 1 ($150 Gift Card Prize) 20 min
    • Game 2 ($150 Gift Card Prize) 20 min
  • 1 Trivia game
    • Game 1 ($200 Gift Card Prize) 30 min
1:00 pm - 2:10 pm – Workshop #1 (Past Histories), Workshops Coming Soon Currently Accepting Proposals
2:20 pm - 3:30 pm – Workshop #2 (Present Conversations), Workshops Coming Soon Currently Accepting Proposals
3:40 pm - 4:50 pm – Workshop #3 (Future Conversations), Workshops Coming Soon Currently Accepting Proposals
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm – Evening Keynote, Keith Boykin
6:00 pm - 6:10 pm – Closing

Proposals

We are accepting proposals for workshops until February 26th.

If you are interested in presenting at the conference this year please be sure submit a proposal. Each presenter will get an $100 honorarium for their workshop. However, each presenter can only present three times with three different workshops. This year’s theme is “We are more than Queer: Past, Present, Future”. Proposals should align with the theme.

For Example:

The LGBTQ+ movement (stonewall etc..)
Gender Literacy/Language
Navigating the workspace
Media and media literacy
Redefining families (Adoption & Marriage, Poly, etc..)
Career/Family/ Relationships
LGBTQ Art History
Police Brutality
Self-Care
History of the flags
Queer Apps (Finding Romance etc..)
Racism in the LGBTQ+ community
Laws/Policies
Ball Culture
Drag Culture
Queer history
Being queer in Age of Trump
Gender and Sexuality
Hate Crimes/Murder
Black Trans experiences

**Please know that if you don’t see your topic/or idea listed doesn’t mean you shouldn’t submit. These are just workshops items created by the committee.

SUBMIT PROPOSAL

Conference Prices

Conference is free this year