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January 5, 2015

DIRTY QUEER is an X-rated open mic at In Other Words on the second Fridays of the month in January, April, July, and October.  Hosted and organized by renegade Portland-based writer and poet Sossity Chiricuzio, Dirty Queer has been a beloved safe space to celebrate sexuality and strut your creative stuff on a regular basis.

Oooo ooo, and hey, guess what:  January 2015 is our DIRTY QUEER 8TH ANNIVERSARY!  Save the date!


When: Friday, January 9th 2015, 6:00PM

Where:  In Other Words Feminist Community Center


  • 6PM – 7PM mingling and treats.
  • 7PM – 8PM Open Mic part one
  • 8PM – 8:30PM intermission
  • 8:30PM – 9:30PM more Open Mic

Open Mic sign up:  sign ups will start at 6PM, and you are *highly* encouraged to use not only your words, but also your dance moves, your improv, your gender performance, your secret magic skills and more. Sign ups for the open mic will be first come, first serve as always; we may not be able to get to everyone on the list if we run out of time. Limit to 5 minutes per person, unless you get specific permission from Sossity for a longer time slot.

Seating:  We had about 200 people attend last year for the 7th anniversary, so please come early if you want to sit down this year! if you have accessibility needs related to seating, please contact the organizer, Sossity, ahead of time to make arrangements (info[at]dirtyqueer[dot]com, more accessibility info below).

Treats:  We’ll have tasty treats from local companies like Organically Grown Company, Mississippi Pizza Pub, New Cascadia Traditional Bakery, Lion Heart Kombucha, and Eva’s Herbucha! The event is still seeking donations, so please get in touch if you have suggestions, or even better, solicit them directly and send the confirmation to Sossity (info[at]dirtyqueer[dot]com). Dirty Queer falls under the 501(c)3 umbrella for In Other Words, so donations are tax deductible.

Prizes:  door prizes from Three Friends Coffeehouse, Mother’s Bistro & Bar, Cody Hooper-Kaufmann fine art, Cornerstone Therapeutic massage, and as You Like It – The Pleasure Shop!

Q&A: There will be Q&A about Gladys Bentley!  Go do your homework on our ancestors and history!

Boot Blacking:  We will have donation-based boot blacking / shoe shining / leather, and imitation leather care.  A portion of the donation will go to support In Other Words Feminist Community Center.

Photographs:  Tyler Huber Photography will be on hand taking (opt-in only) candids. To get a sense of what the pictures will entail before you consent to being photographed, please check out last year’s photos.

For Sale:  the last few copies of ‘stir the juice‘ poetry books and ‘hand to mouth‘ CD’s will be available for sale!

Age:  This is event is for people who are 18 years or older.  If you are younger than 18 years old, please visit

Cost:  Sliding scale donation requested at the door.  The donated cash given at Dirty Queer goes towards supporting In Other Words Feminist Community Center!  In Other Words is a 501(c)3 non-profit that is entirely run by volunteers, and survives off of individual gifts from generous feminist like you.  Thank you for demonstrating your financial support of our precious feminist community organizing space, and for committing your time as you are able.


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