How to Have a Body


June 12, 2019
How To Have A Body
Written & performed by Gina Stella dell’Assunta
San Francisco LGBT Center, 1800 Market Street, 7:30pm
Written & performed by Gina Stella dell’Assunta
Tickets: $12 – $25; sliding scale tickets & NOTAFLOF (down to zero) available!

How To Have A Body is a multi-media solo theatrical show, based upon Gina Stella dell’Assunta’s highly-anticipated forthcoming book of experimental prose & poetry about the intersections of queerness and disability. Using storytelling, spoken word, ritual, and music, Stella dell’Assunta explores the trials and joys of living in a queer disabled body in San Francisco in 2019. How To Have A Body takes the audience on a journey through public and private spaces: The hustle & bustle of MUNI, BART, the Pride parade, CopWatch, the Welfare office, the Social Security Administration, airports, the haunted streets of San Francisco; and the private, intimate respite of a magical cripple femme bed palace, a rent-controlled studio with fruit trees in the backyard, a long-distance lover’s bedroom, an old friend’s living room, a warm bright kitchen. Consider this a spell, an incantation, an invitation to intimacy, a call to action, a rallying cry.

Please email to request ASL interpretation!

ASL Interpretation / Deaf & HoH Access?: Yes, we will gladly provide ASL interpretation upon request; please email (by June 1st if possible!).

Building/space ADA accessibility info?: All common areas and rented spaces at the LGBT Center are ADA compatible. From their website: “Entry to the building has an ADA push-button to open the door. Two elevators are available for use in the 1st floor lobby and open just in front of room 201. The single doorway to the space can be propped open and is 35.5” wide. Bathroom doors on the 2nd floor are held open during event times. Bathrooms on the 1st floor are kept open at all times. We are striving to be a scent free building for those that have sensitivities to perfumes. We request that anyone with access requests or questions contact us directly with at least 72 hours notice to ensure that we meet their needs: 415-865-5631 or [email protected].”

Scent-free policy?: HELL YES! We ask that all attendees please refrain from wearing scented products to ensure that audience, cast, and crew members with chemical sensitivities (this includes Gina, the performer!) can attend. If you’ve never gone scent-free before, the biggest things to avoid are: perfume/cologne/fragrance; clothes washed in scented laundry detergent, fabric softener, dryer sheets, etc.; scented hair & body products (shampoo, conditioner, pomade, spray, lotion, body wash, soap, etc.) that include perfume/cologne/fragrance as ingredients; scented household/industrial cleaning products; and smoking/smoke residue. (Wanna know more about going scent-free? Check out this article.)

Got any access needs that we don’t list here? Have an access question?: Cool! Email Gina at [email protected]. However and whenever possible, we’ll do our best to ensure that the show is accessible for you



Gina Stella dell’Assunta is a writer, cultural worker, teacher, and performer from San Francisco, with deep roots in both local & international queer & trans, sex worker, and disability communities. She’s performed and taught everywhere from chapels to leatherbar backrooms to the Ivy Leagues, and her work is anthologized dozens of places, including Sublevel, Foglifter, Sex Still Spoken Here, The Revolution Starts At Home, Take Me There: Trans & Genderqueer Erotica, and Coming & Crying. She is currently at work on How To Have A Body, which is both a book of experimental prose & poetry about the intersections between sexuality & disability; and a solo theatrical show making its San Francisco debut in the 2019 National Queer Arts Festival. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. You can find her online as @queershoulder, and support her work directly at

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