Episode 9: RC

April 25th, 2019

Well, folks!  Here we are at the last episode of the season!  But don't fret: we have a couple of bonus tricks up our sleeve, so stay tuned.

This week, we are so excited to share this piece about Rosana Cruz and their work with the Hate Crimes Hotline at the New Orleans LGBT Community Center in the late 90's. Rosana is a writer, parent, social justice movement leader and intersectional feminist. They have lived in New Orleans for over 20 years and in that time, worked closely with numerous organizations in the struggle for racial justice, lgbtq liberation and immigrant rights.  They currently serve as the Vice President of Movement and Capacity Building at Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation. They hold an MA in Latin American Studies from the Stone Center at Tulane University.  Essays by Cruz have been published in hipMama, Bridge the Gulf Project, Colorlines.com and the anthology Mamaphonic. Cruz was also a 2017 VONA Voices Fellow.

This piece was produced and scored by free feral.

Episode 8: Mary Capps

April 18th, 2019

Heya folks!  Sorry we were off the radar for a while: had to replace the hard drive of our main computer.  But we are back up and running with a brand new episode!

Mary Capps has been an anti-racist, social justice, lesbian, feminist activist for 50 years or so, mostly in New Orleans.  She served as director of the YWCA Rape Crisis Service in New Orleans and has worked in various networks & autonomous groups against violence against women, as an invited speaker, workshop facilitator and with several groups in the movement to end violence against women & children, rape, incest, battering & murder.  She also took part in the Autonomous Women’s Movement of New Orleans in the 1970s. She and her current partner Alda Talley are the Godmothers of this project.  When we were first getting started in our Dyke Bar research they shared their stories and their vast network so generously. We Love you, Mary and Alda, and thanks for making all this possible.  This story is about how Mary found queer community finally began identifying as a lesbian.

This Episode was produced by Laine Kaplan-Levenson with music by free feral and Peter Bowling.