Saturday, June 19, 2021
Queer Rebels Fest 2021 Juneteenth Edition: Say It Loud is dedicated to uplifting the voices of Black Queer and Trans Artists. This years Queer Rebel Festival is all about Blackness!
We invited Black queer and trans artists to bring their passion and their pain, their hope and disappointments – their longing to live free. We invite YOU to make a joyful noise, a loud noise, a revolutionary noise. This year we celebrate us!
FREDDIE is a genre- and gender-fluid singer, producer and performer based in Oakland, California. Their debut EP, MELANIN MONROE, has been streamed over half a million times since its release at the start of the pandemic and has been featured by Billboard, Grindr, THEM. and the Bay Bridged. You can find them on social media @EASTBAYVICIOUS
Mimi Tempestt (she/they) is a multidisciplinary artist, poet, and daughter of California. She has a MA in Literature from Mills College, and is currently a doctoral student in the Creative/Critical PhD in Literature at UC Santa Cruz. Her debut collection of poems, the monumental misrememberings, is published with Co-Conspirator Press (2020). She was chosen for Lambda Literary Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices for poetry in 2021, and is currently a creative fellow at The Ruby in San Francisco. Her works can be found in Foglifter, Apogee Journal, Interim Poetics, and Honey Literary.
LeahAnn “Lafemmebear” Mitchell is an independent music producer, sound engineer, and artist whose words and work have been featured in The Guardian, GLAAD, Queerty, Out.Tv Euro, Autostraddle, Billboard, and MTV. She has collaborated with Alice Sheppard and Disability Danceworks on their piece WIRED, as well as with PEG Records to co-write and produce the first mainstream Pop-R&B single “What You’re Looking For” for Peppermint of Rupaul’s Drag Race fame. She produced, arranged, and sang on a new version of Sounds of Blackness’s “Optimistic” with Peppermint and Mila Jam in honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance 2020.
Lafemmebear’s latest project “My Blaq Feels” is available on Bandcamp, and premiered live at Stanford University’s Black Love 2021 concert, where she opened for Chika. Additionally, she produced three tracks on Def Sound’s new album HUEM_N, also available on Bandcamp. Def Sound and Lafemmebear’s collaborative single “2Much” is currently a featured part of The Black Index, an exhibit curated by Bridget R. Cooks.
She is honored to be a part of such a beautiful creative community, and hopes the seeds she sows in her art will bear fruit to feed everyone.
WIZARD APPRENTICE (pronouns: she and/or they) is a music producer, live performer, and video artist. As a highly sensitive introvert, her multimedia projects are strategies for managing an overwhelming world. Her music is a combination of lyrical precision, minimalistic composition, and technically-amateurish charm. She creates media that takes advantage of user-friendly technology, skipping time consuming learning curves to focus on inventing highly relatable language for subtle personal experiences. She’s not a gear-head, rather, a digital folk artist who vividly and simplistically expresses her inner world using resourcefulness and honesty. Her video work incorporates green screen graphics, digital puppetry, and compositing to produce imagery that’s cerebral, campy, and hypnotic. She combines song and video to create multimedia live performances that explore intimate emotional themes.
June 19, 2021