Join LBTQ Women of Color in a Circle of Learning & Healing in San Francisco

Press release by QWOCMAP – Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project

Learning & Healing Circles

QWOCMAP & SFWAR Life Healing Project for LBTQ Women of Color

Come join LBTQ Women of Color in a Circle of Learning & Healing as we build increased awareness of the factors contributing to violence in our communities AND foster increased commitment to reducing, preventing, and ending violence experienced by LBTQ women of color.

The QWOCMAP-SFWAR Life Healing Project combines intensive popular education and rigorous artistic training to explore our vulnerability and resilience as lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer women of color as we respond to and heal from violence.

Because of the significantly high prevalence of violence experience that targets LBTQ women of color and because our experiences are so often marginalized, suppressed, and neglected, this space together to learn, heal, and create powerful social justice art is critical.

As echoed by current calls #DearNativeYouth, #sayhername, #NiUnaMas, #TransLiberation and #Blacklivesmatter, the banner carried by Combahee River Collective members in the 1979 photo declares,


Life & Healing Circles

Life Healing Project participants are asked to attend ​2 Learning & Healing Circles on: ​

​Thursday, Sep 10, 2015 at 5:30 to 9:30 pm and
Saturday, Sep 12, 2015 at 10 am to 6 pm

Filmmaking Workshops

Upon completion of the Learning & Healing Circles, participants may opt to register for a free filmmaking workshop.

Participants selected for the filmmaking training must attend ALL 4 film training sessions.

Friday, Oct 9, 2015 at 6pm to 10pm
Saturday, Oct 10 2015 at 10am to 7pm
Sunday, Oct 11 2015 at 10am to 7pm
Monday, Oct 12 2015 at 12pm to 7pm


ALL Life Healing Project sessions will be held at:

The SF Women’s Building
3543 18th Street (@ Valencia)
SF, CA 94110


If you are interested or have questions, please contact SFWAR:

Director of Community Initiatives
Sandra Sandoval
(415) 861-2024 ext. 317

This opportunity is limited to 12 participants, so please ​RSVP by
Tuesday, September 8.


Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project (QWOCMAP) creates, exhibits and distributes new films that authentically reflect the lives of queer women of color (cis & trans*), gender nonconforming and transgender people of color (any orientation), and address the vital, intersecting social justice issues that concern our multiple communities on the leading edge of change.


San Francisco Women Against Rape (SFWAR) is a woman of color-led, community-based, social justice organization. We provide support to sexual assault survivors, their families, and communities, and use education and community organizing as tools of prevention. We believe that ending all forms of oppression is integral to ending sexual assault and prioritize working with and for communities facing multiple forms of violence and oppression.

Charlotte Haslund-Christensen: Who’s Next?

Press photo by Charlotte Haslund-Christensen
Press photo by Charlotte Haslund-Christensen, 2015.

WHO’S NEXT? (portraits of LGBTQ People) by Danish artist Charlotte Haslund-Christensen is part of the group exhibition ‘LIGENU’ in front of the Danish parlament in Copenhagen, Denmark. The exhibitions runs through October 18.

In 2009 Charlotte Haslund-Christensen photographed over 40 LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) people at Copenhagen’s main police station – capturing them in mugshots like the criminals they would be many places in the world.

The art project WHO’S NEXT? is a comment on the fact that 76 countries continue to criminalise homosexuality – that LGBT people are still stigmatised, attacked and killed, with at least 5 countries making being gay punishable by death or life imprisonment.

‘LIGENU’ Travelling Exhibition

A smaller version of the travelling exhibition will be exhibited August 10 – September 13 at the Hovedbiblioteket (the library), Rendsburggade 2, 9000 Aalborg, Denmark and September 14 – October 18, 2015 at the Rådhuset (the town hall) Torvegade 74, 6700 Esbjerg, Denmark.