Afflict the Comfortable,Comfort the Afflicted, ca. 1985, Paul Thek

Pride can be a wonderful and stressful time. Frivolity, flesh, risk, fun, trauma, memories, history and sunshine/burn. For the second year in a row, Visual AIDS provides you with listings so you can create your own Alternative Pride Weekend. Do what you need to do to be out, social engaged, but not overly overwhelmed, triggered, policed or annoyed. For inspiration this year we look to artist member Paul Thek and his piece: "Afflict the comfortable, comfort the afflicted". The following suggestions are about bringing community together, questioning the current state of PRIDE and making space for people to still celebrate and gather.

WHO THRIVES? WHO DIES?
Online, BGSQD, and soon, everywhere
83a Hester Street, NYC
Free
Start your weekend off by asking the important questions. The the second Flash Collective, convened by The Helix Queer Performance Network, mentored by Avram Finkelstein, has created a website and sticker that lays out queries many of us have:
Who Thrives? Who Dies?
Whose Bodies Matter?
Whose History Survives?
Who Gets Policed?
Who is Safe?
Who is Missing?
Learn more about the project at queercrisis and pick up your queercrisis sticker at the Bureau of General Services Queer Division.


A DECADE OF RESISTANCE: TRANS DAY OF ACTION

2PM - 5PM, Friday June 27, 2014
Christopher Street Pier, Manhattan
Free
TransJustice of the Audre Lorde Project invites us to celebrate a decade of resistance, resilience and revolution through Trans Day of Action! We are asked to join in and take to the streets to honor the legacy of the Stonewall Riots through our annual march and rally for Trans and Gender Non-Conforming People of Color Liberation and Justice! A march will be lead from the Christopher Street Pier through the West Village and back.
To read the Points of Unity (which is the foundation of the trans day of action), visit the facebook page.


RIOT
11PM, Friday June 27, 2014
Ivy House, 1040 Metropolitan ave, Brooklyn
$10, proceeds going to New Alternatives for LGBT Homeless Youth
A party to reclaim the spirit of PRIDE - it started as a RIOT!
Watch the manifesto and learn more: RIOT


JUST STOP! ANTI-PRIDE PERFORMANCE NIGHT
8PM, Saturday June 28, 2014
224 West 29th Street - 14 Floor, New York
Donations to the Audre Lourde Project
A space for dissent, despair, betrayal, shame, anger, disgust, resistance. A place to express that one may be #NOTPROUD. FEATURING....JACOB TOBIA, EMAN ABDELHADI, NADIA SWANSON, EDEN, L NEZHAT HAFEZI, YAYA, JAMAL LEWIS, ELIAS WAKEEM, MIEKEE DEE, Si Dåko'ta ALCANTARA-CAMACHO, LOURDES HUNTER, NEHA JOYA, TIE, AMETHYST, & DARKMATTER.


PRISON BREAKS NOT PRISON PARTIES

10:00PM, Saturday June 28, 2014
Meet at 16th St. BART station, San Fransisco
Free
While trans women and gender nonconforming people of color are kidnapped, tortured, brutalized and murdered by the prison industrial complex, KINK.COM and SF PRIDE© have once again turned these genocidal practices into a cash-making joke. They mockingly invite people to “get arrested” and enjoy “Solitary confinement, showers, jailbreak, love and lust, freedom and confinement” at their “Prison of Love” Pride 2014 party. Join GAY SHAME and LAGAI - Queer Insurrection as they march to the party to abolish prisons.


MARCH WITH ACT UP in the PRIDE PARADE
1:30 PM - 3PM gather time, Sunday June 29
38th St between Madison and Park (Lineup in Parade: Section 10 Group #14), NYC
Free
For NY Pride ACT UP will march down 5th Ave and Christopher St. handing out thousands of Fuck Smarter safe sex kits and flyers denouncing Big Pharma "as the bloodsucking corporate vampires they are." More information contact Brandon Cuicchi oatbrandon@gmail.com.


CLOSING NIGHT PERFORMANCES for EPHEMERA AS EVIDENCE

7PM – 9PM, Sunday June 29, 2014
La MaMa Galleria, 6 East 1st Street
Free
Join us for the closing night of Ephemera As Evidence with performances by Jack Waters &Peter Cramer, and Carmelita Tropicana. More info: CLOSING NIGHT.


OUT IN THE WOODS LGBT HOMELESS
YOUTH SUMMER CAMP 2014.
Anytime before July 4
Online
Don't feel like leaving the house? But have a few extra dollars? Support OUT IN THE WOODS. Nestled in the rolling hills of upstate New York, Arts in The Woods is a summer arts retreat designed to empower young queer artists and build an intergenerational community of visual artists, musicians, dancers, writers and performers. From Sunday July 13th to Friday July 18th, young people ages 18-24 who have survived NYC and Boston's queer youth shelters will attend a collective arts residency at Easton Mountain Retreat Center and be nurtured by more established queer artists and performers. Arts in the Woods creates space for all participants to heal together from the misogyny, transphobia, racism, inadequate housing, and economic injustice so pervasive in our cities. The beautiful land at Easton Mountain offers artistic inspiration and a perfect backdrop for creativity. They need help to make it a reality.

Hunter Reynolds

Paul Thek