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Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement

For decades, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities have been fighting for equality, both under the law and in the hearts and minds of their fellow Americans. Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement explores the cultural transformation that propelled an underground movement into an intrinsic element of who we are as a nation.

With stories as diverse as the LGBTQIA+ community itself, Rise Up looks at the pop culture touchstones, political battles, creative luminaries, enduring challenges, and joyous victories that mark an ongoing period of change in American history.

In addition to the content in Rise Up, MoPOP has curated stories featuring the local LGBTQIA+ activists and artists that have impacted Seattle.

Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement was developed by the Newseum, an affiliate of the Freedom Forum, which fosters First Amendment freedoms for all.

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Rise Up!/MELTED RIOT Movement Workshop with Fox Whitney and Gender Tender 

Wednesday, August 18 | 5:00pm—6:00pm 

Cost: Pay what you can 

In ongoing celebration of our latest exhibition, Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement, MoPOP is collaborating with artists Fox Whitney and Gender Tender for a virtual movement workshop.  

Come ready to move to the music that played on the jukebox during the Stonewall Riots in 1969. Facilitated by artist Fox Whitney and additional collaborators from his performance project, Gender Tender, this virtual gathering is for movers of all levels interested in engaging in choreographic processes that include psychedelic movement research and scores for dance improvisations informed by resting/rioting, whispering/screaming, the Rise Up exhibition, and the history of protest in the United States. Practice during the workshop will focus on the breath, private and public spaces (inside and outside of the body) and connecting with our queer and transgender (d)ancestors. 

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About Fox Whitney and Gender Tender: 

Fox Whitney’s transgender and queer point of view is at the heart of his performance project, Gender Tender. GT engages a team of artists trained in Fox’s unique methods modeled on visual art practices, cults and riots. He is also a filmmaker, actor, dancer and teaching artist. Melted Riot, a Gender Tender performance inspired by the Stonewall Riots of 1969, was presented at Velocity Dance Center on the 50th anniversary of the uprising. His work has been commissioned and produced by the Henry Art Gallery; On the Board’s NW New Works Festival and Solo Festival; Velocity’s Next Fest NW and Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation; the Seattle International Dance Festival; Yellow Fish Epic Durational Performance Festival; and was selected for the inaugural season of Seattle’s Gay City Arts. He has performed in work by keyon gaskin, Morgan Thorson, CommonForm Dance Project, Malic Amalya and Gabrielle Civil, and has exhibited his dance films and visual art nationally. He is currently an artist in residence at On the Boards in Seattle. 

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Drag-tastic Summer Camp: The Art of Drag (In-person Event)

July 26–30, 8:45am–4:00pm, Grades 9–12

Calling all current and future kings and queens! Explore self-expression in MoPOP’s week-long, drag-tastic summer camp! Led by Seattle performer Joshua Hancock, you’ll investigate drag history and work together with local artists to create your own personas. You’ll choose your name, explore hair and makeup techniques, learn how to shop for clothing, and develop your character’s stage presence. We’ll take field trips to some of Seattle’s key locations and go shopping for costume pieces at local thrift stores. At the end of the week, celebrate your new drag personas with a private showcase!

Youth of all gender expressions and identities are welcome at this drag beginner’s camp.

Tuition: $350 if registered prior to 5/31, $380 if registered after 5/31.

MoPOP members receive a $25 discount on camps.


About Joshua Hancock

Joshua Hancock

Joshua Hancock, has been working in theatre, burlesque, and drag for 30 years. He believes drag is for everyone, it is more than one thing, and can be used to heal, bring joy, sadness, and love to people. He has a Master’s Degree from Texas Woman's University in Theatre, and has worked in Ireland, Canada, Mexico, Czech Republic, and coast to coast in the United States. Joshua bases his drag character Parton, on none other than Dolly Parton, and uses Parton's voice to spread love and open minds.

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