The Queer Lexicon Interviews

by: JRV Majesty Productions

This photo is a piece in the No Hetero project by artist H. Melt

This photo is a piece in the No Hetero project by artist H. Melt

Queer Lexicon is a collection of interviews documenting the oral histories of creative individuals in Chicago’s LGBTQIA [& Gender Non-Conforming] communities. 

Queer Lexicon launched December 2012 with Queer Choir Director and Chances Dances Grant Board Member, Jackie Boyd. 2013 takes us further with renowned multi-disciplinary artist Kiam Marcelo JunioSIRvival in the Second City: transqueer chicago poemsauthor H. Melt and avant-garde drag diva Shea Couleé. Interviews explore pressing issues facing queer community such as historical problems of segregation in Chicago, the vitality of recognizing intersectionality, survival and thriving in controversial queer economies, the collapse of NFP and academic institutions servicing Lesbian Gay  Bisexual Transgender Queer Intersex Allied & Gender Non-Conforming folk via intimate accounts of personal lives and creative works.

New releases every month offer 20-30 minute interviews conducted by Joseph R. Varisco of JRV MAJESTY Productions and investigate what people do, who they are and their diverse methods of growth and success as individuals, professionals and community members. Over 25 interviews scheduled to be released over the course of the next year include: CEO of KOKUMOMEDIA INC. and musical artist KOKUMO, Russell Simmons’ Brave New Voices slam poet diva Déja K. Taylor, the 5 year UPRISING project performance director and educator Nicole Garneau, enterprising DJ and Chances Dances collective member SWAGUERRILLA, international IMG model Darling Shear and choreographer and hair boss [X]P.

Joseph R. Varisco is a documentarian and producer utilizing creative collaborations as a means of building community relationships and deconstructing boundaries. Since 2009 Varisco has invested in Chicago’s creative queer communities as the founder of JRV MAJESTY Productions, Creative Director of Chicago IRL, Artistic Assistant to the Youth Empowerment Performance Project and host and curator of monthly performance event LEX·IC·A. His work is featured in Chicago History Museum’s Out In Chicago Exhibit, his Queer Culture & Social Media Study project was presented at the Queer Horizons Conference and WTUL New Orleans Broadcasts the Future. As a teaching artist with About Face Youth Theatre, intern with the Broadway Youth Center and Night Ministry his work frames unconventional social justice practices.

Queer Lexicon is seeking funding and support to keep the histories of LGBTQIA [& Gender Non-Conforming] people alive.

The next release will be an interview with H. Melt the week of March 18th. 

For additional information on JRV MAJESTY Productions: Queer Lexicon please contact Joseph R. Varisco atjoseph.varisco@gmail.com or 630.362.2893. JRV MAJESTY’s work can also be followed via Tumblr & Facebook.

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