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Co-presented by Brooklyn Public Library and If You Want It, ltd., Genderful! is a space for kids ages 6-12 and their caregivers to explore gender through art and creativity.

We also welcome PBS' FIRST PERSON as a media partner for this event.


Laura Jane Grace is a transgender musician best known as the founder, lead singer, songwriter and guitarist of Against Me!, a punk rock band that tours the world constantly and has sold millions of albums. Since coming out as transgender in a 2012 interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Grace has become an outspoken advocate for transgender awareness. Her web series True Trans was nominated for a 2015 Emmy award, and she writes an advice column for, called “Mandatory Happiness.” She has a daughter and lives in Chicago.

Octavia Project uses science fiction to encourage girls, including trans, gender-expansive, and questioning youth in Brooklyn, to dream big and empower them with skills to design their own futures. Our free summer program gives these teens space to explore science and tech through art and writing, growing their confidence and building skills while dreaming new futures for themselves and their communities. Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

ray ferreira ¿whenami? blklatinx from the occupied Lenape lands of the colonizing United States: Corona, Queens. Her performative practice uses iridescence, movement, projection, repetition, and *~-~~*quantum poetics*~~-~* Englishes, Spanishes, and other body languages spiral, dance, and twirl to create a banj criticality: turnup w/the grls and swerve past white cishet patriarchy.
She can be located at the Octavia Project, museum educating at the Studio Museum in Harlem, and floating through other museum education departments ¿whenami? Other intersections of space, time, and matter include, Segue, La MaMA, Dixon Place, and various additional intra-actions.  Other projects include receiving her MFA from Hunter College (a durational performance), iridescentwaters (a hood journal, academic zine, or something else (in progress)), and energia negra (an exhibition that needs a temp home and coins).

Harvey Katz spent 13 years on the road performing spoken word as Athens Boys Choir and bringing workshops to colleges and universities in an effort to make campuses safer for transgender students. These days he is a youth mentor and speaks to parents of trans youth to help them understand how to support their kids better. A big fan of personal narrative, he also is a co-host and producer of Take Two Storytelling.

If You Want It, ltd is a New York based 501(c)(3) organization that supports the fight for gender self-determination and body sovereignty through community building, retail sales, events and charitable giveaways. Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

PBS' FIRST PERSON is WNET’s digital series in partnership with PBS Digital Studios that addresses gender identity in five-to-eight minute videos. In our commitment to explore diverse viewpoints, FIRST PERSON delivers candid personal narratives illustrating intimate experiences and larger conversations about gender, sexuality, social norms and identity development. Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Tumblr

Image Credit: Mary Shyne

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