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"Formerly Known As" Arts Festival Call for Submissions

FORMERLY KNOWN AS, a male sex worker arts festival

Army of Lovers seeks submissions for an arts festival that will feature visual art, video, dance, performance, writing and music by men who've worked in some area of the sex industry at some point in their lives. And this year we're opening the festival to clients of male sex workers to share their stories as well. Visual artists are encouraged to submit images for inclusion in a slideshow of visual art to be played during the evening.

This multi-night festival will take place June 1 and 2 2010 in San Francisco and will be part of the National Queer Arts Festival. We had two oversold nights in last year's festival where people were packed in and sweaty. We'll be in a larger venue this year, the beautiful African American Art and Culture Complex at Fulton and Websiter.

Read about last year's festival on the SF Weekly website here:
http://www.sfweekly.com/2009-06-10/news/a-beautiful-risk/5

One reason we highlight male sex workers is because we know lots of men who are socially isolated from one another and from the broader world of sex workers. We see amazing female sex workers leading the way in sex worker movements - politically, creatively and socially. We aim to provide men a space to come together so that we can meet one another and integrate our voices into the larger discussion. Both male and female-identified transgender sex workers are welcome to submit work. People outside San Francisco are welcome as audience members and contributing artists.

We seek work that reflects our lives. It doesn't have to be limited to your experiences as a sex worker but we are extremely interested in art that addresses sex work. We want art by people who worked thirty years ago. We want art by people who worked five hours ago. We want art by people who've spent time in jail. We welcome art that's funny and confusing and sexual and political and bold and subtle and traditional and nontraditional. We want art by street workers, porn performers, dancers, escorts, webcasters, dungeon masters and people who've done types of sex work that often go unacknowledged: people who work at sex clubs, people who work on porn sets, people with quirky stories.

We will pay performers because we got some grant money, but don't expect to quit your day (or night) job!

Please contact Kirk Read at mswfestival@gmail.com
Please share this email with anyone you know who might be able to help get the word out to male sex workers.

Please send work by email, with weblinks if there is video. If you prefer to send something by mail:

Kirk Read
Army of Lovers
2261 Market St. #125
San Francisco, CA 94114

We welcome CDs, DVDs, printed stories, electronic files, raw ideas for performance art, links to websites...just get in touch and let us know what you have to offer!

Please get us stuff by APRIL 15!! The sooner the better!
We will be curating the festival in mid-April, so submissions received after that will also be considered for future programming throughout the year and beyond.