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.