Ian Fields Stewart

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Jan
29
7:00pm 7:00pm

My Life in the Middle @Salon

  • 41-42 24th Street Long Island City, NY, 11101 United States (map)
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My Life in the Middle (or, Not Having to Take Sides)
Curated by Jared Weintraub

Bisexuals are marginalized by the hetero and homosexual communities; how can we truly integrate the B into the spectrum?

Drawing on personal narrative and pop culture references, Jared will demonstrate how he has been made to feel too straight for gays, too gay for straights, labeled as confused, greedy, or on the path to full blown homosexual.

About the Curator:

TBA

This event is hosted by @Salon. Ian serves on the council of this monthly discussion group that invites thought-leaders to introduce LGBTQ-centered topics through personal narrative.

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Dec
8
7:00pm 7:00pm

Not _______ Enough @Salon

  • 260 Ocean Parkway, Apt 2D Brooklyn, NY 11218 Brooklyn, NY 11218 (map)
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In our ever-evolving age of sexual and gender identities, how does one own their identity when everyone has a different way to define what these identities mean? How do we get over the bridge of not feeling queer enough? Not feeling trans enough? Not feeling femme/masc enough to own these identities as our own? Let's discuss what this means for each of us and how to work through it.

About the Curator:

Aaron Ramirez is a gender non-conforming Latinx individual working to bridge the gap between mental health services and LGBTQ+ people of color. As a health educator in Queens, Aaron provides HIV & Hepatitis-C testing services to LGBTQ+ community members as well as health education to men who have sex with men (MSM) focusing on safe sex practices and harm reduction techniques. Additionally, Aaron coordinates a weekly educational and social group for 18-34 year old gay, bisexual, and queer men.

This event is hosted by @Salon. Ian serves on the council of this monthly discussion group that invites thought-leaders to introduce LGBTQ-centered topics through personal narrative.

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Nov
18
7:00pm 7:00pm

Facing Amerikkka, Surviving LGBTQ @Salon

"We have the right and the power to take ownership over our own grief and liberation. We must make space for both."

The dial of history has been forever shifted in our country, and it is now on us to take ownership of our own destiny. With that in mind, the @Salon council has decided to restructure our plan for this month and use the slot previously allotted for our usual conversation to instead facilitate a community gathering in which we will be healing and creating action around the question "How will lgbtqia+ folks survive in Trump's America?" In this gathering we will be framing our conversation to the following objectives:

1. Checking In
2. Identifying Need
3. Brainstorming Possible Solutions
4. Laying Plans

Mental health, sharing space, and healing are important and necessary. However, we at @Salon are not qualified mental health professionals and do not feel that it would be beneficial to offer a space we do not have the expertise to fully facilitate.*** What we can do is bring together a group of talented, brilliant, important, and passionate individuals and make plans to create some effective change.

*** If you are in need of mental or physical health care professional please reach out to the @Salon council at this email, on any of our new social media platforms (see below), or reach out to us individually. Your lives matter, and we want those lives to be as rich and fulfilling as possible. You deserve that.

*Salon location will be shared closer to the event date

This event is hosted by @Salon. Ian serves on the council of this monthly discussion group that invites thought-leaders to introduce LGBTQ-centered topics through personal narrative.

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Oct
14
7:00pm 7:00pm

Ways of Loving @Salon

We are taught to find 'the one' and settle down, that a heteronormative marriage is the ideal for which we should all strive. But is it? In searching for this do we put unnecessary pressures on oursleves, our partners, and, ultimately, our relationships? Let's discuss love beyond monogamy and whether one size really does fit all.

About the Curator:
As a creator, Josh Adams is a poet, photographer, painter, and theater-maker. Much of his work explores ways of loving, relationships, gender and sexuality. It makes sense, then, that he co-founded Aperture Theater Company with Sam Kinsman and Avi Soroka in the fall of 2015. Aperture Theater Company showcases interdisciplinary art from beyond the binary and across the gender and sexuality spectrums. We create conversations to improve understanding of the ways humans live and love.

In addition to his creative pursuits, Josh works with small theater companies on capacity building and other businessy things.

Josh lives with his husband and not-too-far from his zucchini (queerplatonic partner).

This event is hosted by @Salon. Ian serves on the council of this monthly discussion group that invites thought-leaders to introduce LGBTQ-centered topics through personal narrative.

 

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Sep
27
7:00pm 7:00pm

Privilege: The Universal UN-Equalizer

Privilege, how we all have it and how we can use it for good instead of letting "it" use us for bad. We are all raised by certain ideas about what class and what privilege mean. Pooya will curate a conversation on how we can either use these ideas in a constructive way or how we can let them control us in a destructive way. She will also connect the conversation to our perception of gender and gender roles.

About the Curator:

Pooya Mohseni is an Iranian/American actor, Transgender advocate and writer.

Her most recent and challenging roles on stage have been as Madame in The OUTLIERS production of "The Maids" by Jean Genet, directed by Ben Gunderson, as Bernice in a staged reading of “Man in love” by Christina Anderson, directed by Marissa Wolf at KC Rep Theater, as the title role in "Death of a Persian Prince" at NYMITF and SAIPAF, written and directed by Dewey Moss and in Fringe NYC's "A Touch of Forever" written by Josiah DeAndrea, directed by Michael Tartaglia.

You can find her articles “I was born a Girl in a Boy’s Body” on Medium.com and “The Privilege of Passing” on Stageandcandor.com; also a biographical article done on Pooya by Mitch Kellaway for Advocate.com about her journey as a transgender woman from Iran to New York City and following her path into performance and advocacy, titled “Living Trans, from Iran to New York City”.

She’s also keeping busy in front of the camera: a recurring guest star on the new USA network drama #FallingWater premiering this Fall, a co-star role on CBS' Madam Secretary, directed by Eric Stoltz, and the Columbia Grad thesis "Day 39" directed by Jesse Gustafson that debuted at Lincoln Center in May, and became an ACADEMY AWARD FINALIST in student film category.

Learn more about Pooya at www.pooyaland.com twitter @pooyaland

This event is hosted by @Salon. Ian serves on the council of this monthly discussion group that invites thought-leaders to introduce LGBTQ-centered topics through personal narrative.

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Aug
31
7:00pm 7:00pm

Yes~No @Salon (Curated by Ian!)

Yes~No @Salon seeks to unpack consent through the lens of the queer experience. The disparity in sexual education in this country leaves many people (particularly queer people whose narratives are more often than not overlooked or erased in conversations on healthy sexuality) vulnerable to sexual traumas. The Yes~No @salon seeks to open up create a moment to lift the stigma surrounding these charged conversations and create an open and honest dialogue about the realities of consent in this country and what we, as queer people, can do to keep each other safe and satisfied. Utilizing personal narrative, Ian will guide the group in a conversation about how to better understand consent.

About the Curator:

Ian Fields Stewart is a black, mixed race, gender-non-conforming storyteller working at the intersection of art and social justice. Their career is dedicated to deconstructing mainstream media forms and rebuilding them to reflect marginalized voices in our local and global communities. They currently work as the Artistic Directing Fellow at Girl Be Heard, a feminist political theatre company dedicated to bringing original work on social justice issues by young girls and women (12-22) centerstage. As an actor, New York audiences will recognize Ian from their roles as: the Lady Queen in the world premiere of Daria Marinelli's Untameable, Anjeline in Transgression at Manhattan Rep (and soon at the New York New Works Festival), Mykhal in The Pack Theater's The Genius Project, and Jesus in Semicolon Theatre's production of #blessed (NYC Fringe '16). In the spring of 2016, they directed MacRorie Dean's After which aimed to restructure sexual abuse/rape conversations and university policies to support survivors.Ian’s work as a director/choreographer has also been seen at the United Nations, the Pitchwise Festival in Sarajevo, Bosnia, HERE, and various organizations in New York City. As an activist, Ian has participated in The People’s Institute’s Anti-Racism training; organized a non-binary fashion show that explored the spectrum of gender and sexuality within queer youth in Birmingham, AL; and co-organized a #blacklivesmatter die-in at their university to protest police brutality against brown and black bodies.

This event is hosted by @Salon. Ian serves on the council of this monthly discussion group that invites thought-leaders to introduce LGBTQ-centered topics through personal narrative.

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Jul
18
7:00pm 7:00pm

The Velvet Rage @Salon

The Closet is what binds us all, even if for a second. Coming out is our common thread, and what happens next is our legacy, for better or for worse.

You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who hasn’t felt the Velvet Rage: gay or straight, in their own way. “If you are to be loved, you must hide the truth about yourself and work at being lovable” is how Alan Downs, PhD, author of “The Velvet Rage,” describes the shame inherent of The Closet. He writes about the gay or bi man’s experience of being overwhelmed by shame, [over]compensating for shame, and cultivating authenticity; though you don’t have to be gay, nor a man, to feel the need to hide a part of yourself at the threat of withheld love for the rest of your life.

Join us as we discuss the causes of our shame and the steps we subconsciously take to deal with that shame. Join us as we gain perspective on ourselves and on our neighbors.

About the curator:

Anthony Ritosa is an actor who bartends and community organizes for friends and friends of friends through Everyday Pride (Gay Day, @Salon). Originally from Ohio, Anthony moved to NYC to attend NYU for drama/applied theatre, and since his first Pride in 2011, hasn't stopped seeking out the LGBTQ Community in all its forms and facets. His great beliefs are in Visibility and Siblinghood. "Every day is Pride if you dress for it."

This event is hosted by @Salon. Ian serves on the council of this monthly discussion group that invites thought-leaders to introduce LGBTQ-centered topics through personal narrative.

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May
25
7:00pm 7:00pm

My Naked Truth @Salon

How stripping down opened the door to embracing my truth and building my queer community.

I am nudist, not simply because I like to be naked (though it’s pretty great) but because everything that my naked journey has brought me has changed. Nudity helped me accept myself, my gay identity, my imperfect and beautiful body, my struggling and strong heart. Nudity helped me relate to others and see, treat, and love them as my equals. Nudity helped me build a queer community defined by our vulnerability and openness to love the one we love and leave all barriers behind. I’d like to share that journey with you. I’d like to share my naked with you.

About the curator:

Nathaniel Eggleston is an educator, dog-poop-picker-upper, passport holder, and avid netflix binger. He's also a writer, workshop facilitator, and speaker. Born into a religious home, he served two years as a mormon missionary where he learned to define his own future. He has been a performer on touring broadway productions, helped Lucy Lu walk down a street, spoken at the United Nations People of African Origins Conference, and continues his work in social justice and education in New York or anywhere else the fight needs to happen.

This event is hosted by @Salon. Ian serves on the council of this monthly discussion group that invites thought-leaders to introduce LGBTQ-centered topics through personal narrative.

 

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Apr
21
7:00pm 7:00pm

The Real O'Neals @Salon


Join Father Mark Hummell for an exploration of growing up Catholic, attending an Irish Catholic University, and the struggles of being gay and Christian. We will discuss ways that LGBTQ Christians seek the sacred.

Fr. Mark Hummell grew up in a devout Roman Catholic family (like the one featured on A.B.C.'s The Real O'Neals). He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Yale University. As an Episcopal priest, he has served in parishes as well as university and school settings, where he provided counseling and taught ethics, philosophy, psychology and religion.

This event is hosted by @Salon. Ian serves on the council of this monthly discussion group that invites thought-leaders to introduce LGBTQ-centered topics through personal narrative.

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