Special Events

Room 1.77

2:00pm: Queer Storytelling from the Generations Project

Being ‘Out’ / ‘Moving Forward’

Brian Belovich
Colleen Meenam
Jonathan Murdock
Charlie Scatamacchia

Brian Belovitch was a teenager when he moved to NYC in 1974 to start a new life.  He has been a questionably queer boy, a married trans woman, and no lives proudly as a beloved gay man.  As an out long-terms survival of HIV he advocates on behalf of all LGBTQ generations.  He is a former editor of People Magazine and 2000 GLAAD award nominee for his play Boys Don’t Wear Lipstick.  His upcoming memoir Trans Figured will be published by Skyhouse in 2018.

Colleen Meenan is a descendant of Irish Immigrants who shares a story about Irish culture in New York City.  In so doing, she reveals how a committed and courageous group of LGBT individuals persisted over the course of 25 years in protesting their exclusion from the St. Patrick’s day parade, the largest celebration of Irish culture in the United States.  This is a story of triumph over hate with a first-hand view into a remarkable period of struggle for LGBT equality.

Jonathan Murdock is a Midwest native who began his dance career at the age of 19 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Since then he has trained wedding couples, social dancers, and taken his students all over the US to compete.  Jonathan also has a strong passion for music and public speaking.

Jonathan puts an emphasis on joy and taking time to understand one’s self to better understand the world and people we all encounter.  He takes great pride in sharing his experiences with others in an effort to create more connectivity and community wherever he goes.

Charlie Scatamacchia retired from a career in music publishing as Vice-President of R&H Theatricals, a division of The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization.  He now spends his time in advocacy endeavors volunteering with such organizations as Marriage Equality USA (mission accomplished!); Live Out Loud, an LGBTQ youth mentoring and advocacy organization; and currently with Rehabilitation Through the Arts through which he facilitates theatre arts-related workshops in the New York State prison system.  Charlie is also an amateur musician and loves making music with Queer Urban Orchestra (bassoon) and with NYC’s Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps Symphonic (bassoon) and Marching (clarinet) bands.


3:30pm: Anastasia Higginbotham, Tell Me About Sex, Grandma in room 1.77


Anastasia Higginbotham is a writer and illustrator, and the creator of the children’s series Ordinary Terrible Things.  Her first book of the series, Divorce Is the Worst, published in 2015 by the Feminist Press, was instantly embraced by children and adults for its willingness to trust kids as the authority on their own lives.  Therapists and divorce mediators alike praised the book for its child-centered approach. “As families reconfigure through divorce, the best interest of a child should be front and center,” said Abby Rosmarin, Esq., LMHC Mediation Counsel, McCarthy Fingar, LLP and Executive Director of the New York Association of Collaborative Professionals.  “Sharing Divorce is the Worst can help parents focus on their child’s needs as distinct from their own, encourage supportive communication, and nourish resilience for future well being.”

For 10 years, Higginbotham taught full impact self-defense to kids and adults with Prepare Inc. T Her essays have appeared in Ms., Bitch, The Sun, The Women’s Review of Books, and in various anthologies, including Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape.  She was a 2015 Hedgebrook Fellow.

Patiently forthcoming with lessons your parents redacted, Tell Me About Sex, Grandma stresses consent, sex positivity, and the right to be curious about your body.  The dialogue focuses on the dynamics of sex, rather than the mechanics, as Grandma reminds readers that sex is not marriage or reproduction, and doesn’t look the same for everyone.  Instead, each person’s sexuality is their very own to discover, explore, and share if they choose.

Followed by: Drag Queen Story Hour with Cholula Lemon at 4pm in room 1.77!

Cholula Lemon

Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH) is just what it sounds like—drag queens reading stories to children in libraries, schools, and bookstores.  DQSH captures the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of childhood and gives kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models.  In spaces like this, kids are able to see people who defy rigid gender restrictions and imagine a world where people can present as they wish, where dress up is real.

Created by Michelle Tea and RADAR Productions in San Francisco, DQSH now happens regularly in LA, New York, and San Francisco, and events are popping up in other cities across the US, Canada, and the UK!

Check out when Cholula Lemon last did the DQSH here.