The Femme Conference is Looking for Steering Committee Members

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Planning for the 2012 Femme Conference will soon be underway and we’re looking for new members to work with us. We have positions open on all committees:

Accessibility and Awareness, Fundraising, Keynotes, Logistics, Media, Performance, Programming, Registration & Volunteer

We’re looking for Femme-identified people who are committed to our mission and are interested in working in a collaborative environment. All members must commit to: Communicating with other members via e-mail and conference calls, Fundraising, Being present at the conference

Time commitment required varies; however, members should be able to spend a minimum of two (2) hours per week conference planning and increasing to upwards of ten (10) hours per week in the month preceding the conference.

If interested please send the following info to: memberapp@femmecollective.com: Name, Phone Number, E-mail Address, City of Residency, Any demographic information you choose to include, A short statement on why you’re interested, A list of previous experience, if any, with conference planning or community activism (it’s okay if you don’t have any, just send us what skills you’d like to develop), Which committee you are interested in! New Steering Committee members will be chosen by consensus among the current members; we will endeavor to place as many folks as we can. If we are unable to place all applicants this cycle, we hope you’ll submit a proposal for the conference itself. Getting involved is the best way to become a part of the Committee. If you’d like to participate in planning, but don’t think being a member of the committee is right for you right now, let us know; we’d love to hear your ideas on how we can work together. Questions? Comments? Ideas? Contact us at memberapp@femmecollective.com

Deadline to submit an application is May 1st, 2011. We look forward to hearing from you!

The Femme Conference Steering Committee

Mission Statement

Femme Collective is committed to creating conferences by Femmes, about Femmes, and for Femmes and their allies. We understand that Femme is more complex than just being a queer person who is feminine; it is a part of how we interact with and shape our world as queer academics, activists, artists, homemakers, parents, professionals, students, teachers, etc.

Our conferences seek to explore, discuss, dissect, and support Queer Femme* as a transgressive, gender-queer, stand-alone, and empowered identity and provide a space for organizing and activism within Queer communities. We hope to attract people of all genders who are interested in a deeper understanding of Femme identity, culture, and history as well as Femmes interested in learning, teaching, connecting, and building community geared towards social change. Recognizing that queer Femme gender can be constructed independent of and/or intimately connected to biological sex, this conference will build coalition among queer Femmes of every stripe. Taking into consideration the various ways in which Femmes across the country and the world construct Femme based on region, class, race, ethnicity, access and ability, the Femme Collective will strive to create a safe place for open dialogue among a plethora of Femme-identified persons and their allies.

We are dedicated to: creating a Femme-positive environment; selecting programming to honor differences in ethnicities, physical abilities and gender expressions; and highlighting the intersection of queer Femme identity with issues of race, class, age, and body. We hope that together we can create a space to explore many of the complexities of Femme identity, including (but not limited to) questions of privilege, invisibility, intersecting identities, class mobility, aging, and the differences between femininity and Femme identity. We hope to contribute to giving voice to queer Femme identity, and to building unity, coalition, and solidarity in and among genderqueer communities.

*We recognize that for many lesbians and same-gender-loving Femmes ‘queer’ is not a term that works and that it can often feel alienating and unwelcoming. We want to recognize that language is always imperfect, and make it clear that we use the term as an umbrella to include all of us who identify as Femme within LGBTQIA/SGL and genderphile communities. We are using this term to specifically and intentionally include lesbians and same-gender-loving women as well as genderqueers, transwomen, and folks of every sex and gender who identify as Femme and see themselves as part of LGBTQIA/SGL and genderphile communities.

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Dr. Charlie Glickman

Charlie Glickman is the Education Program Manager at Good Vibrations. He also writes, blogs, teaches workshops and university courses, presents at conferences, and trains sexuality educators. He’s certified by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, and loves geeking out about sex, relationships, sex-positivity, love and shame, communities of erotic affiliation, and sexual practices and techniques of all varieties. Follow him online, on Twitter at @charlieglickman, or on Facebook.

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