Come join allgo this Sunday October 29, 2017 for the 30th annual AIDS Walk Austin. The AIDS Walk, which this year returns to the newly reopened Republic Square Park, is an annual 2.5 mile walk, roll, or stroll through downtown Austin which uses the Texas Capitol as a halfway round-about. Every year the Walk raises money for allgo and nine other organizations in and around Austin, who are providing services for people living with and affected by HIV. The money raised by allgo helps to support the Health & Wellness work that we do with our queer people of color communities.

allgo has an AIDS Walk team and we invite anyone who is interested in participating to sign up and join us for this walk, roll, or stroll. This is a great opportunity to come out and join community for a day out in the park. There will be food trucks, live music and other activities. The festival begins at 11:30am and the walk, roll, or stroll will officially start at 2:00pm. And for those of us who have been telling ourselves that we are going to get out there and get in our steps or distance for the the day, this is the perfect way to do that. Every year for the last 30 years allgo has participated in the walk, and it is because of our community members and supporters that we are able to continue doing the work that we do. We invite our QPOC community members and allgo supporters to join us for a day together.

YOUR participation will make a huge difference!

Please consider joining or donating to the allgo team.

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A Retrospective of August

Next month, allgo will celebrate 32 years of uplifting and centering the lives and experiences of queer people of color (QPOC). In that time, many things have changed in the organization, in the community, and in the world. Yet, many things are still the same. Our communities are still working hard, our people are still full of light, and our passion to raise and highlight the voices of QPOC is still going strong.

allgo has spent the last 32 years working and fighting against the violence experienced by our QPOC communities. It is vital that organizations like allgo continue to exist to intentionally hold space for our QPOC communities. allgo strives to foster stronger community in all of our events while working to provide a place where members of our communities can come together to connect, share stories, information, art, and so much more.

In the last month we have had the honor of presenting many different events with, for, and by members of our communities. Check out the recap below:

Gbeda Tonya Lyles facilitated a community discussion titled Let’s Talk: Food & Nutrition, What’s in Your Grocery Bag? where we were able to discuss and learn about the different foods that we eat, how our chosen foods affect our bodies, and the ways to look at the foods we eat more critically. By bringing together our community members, we were able to look more in-depth at the ways that we as individuals and as a community have been taught to approach food. Gbeda Tonya Lyles shared knowledge about how food can be healing and how healing can start by looking at the food we eat, as well as how the colors of our food affect our bodies and how to bring balance to our meals.

allgo artist-in-residence Dora Santana’s sharing of Minha Filha! A Black Trans Daughterhood was a beautiful and moving look into Dora’s life and experiences. More than just a performance Minha Filha! was a look into the very heart and soul of who Dora is, who she was, and the experiences that shaped her. Dora covered topics such as race and colorism in Brazil, her relationship with her mother, and her relationship with herself. Through movement and prose she painted a picture for the audience that was full of light, sounds, smells, and sensations, transporting each person into a place that lives on in her heart, mind, and soul. Minha Filha! is a sharing that is uniquely about the experiences and life of Dora Santana, but one that every person will find familiar and touching.

Tent Revival: A Festival of Black LGBTQ Arts and Prophetics was a community gathering of Black performers, preachers, poets, writers, singers, artists, healers, and more. Over the course of two performance-filled days, members of our communities came together to share, laugh, love, cry, and bask in the light that is black, queer art. Full of sermon, music, and movement the Revival highlighted the inherent spirituality of queerness, and celebrated the magic that is love for ourselves, our community, and for each other.

Dr. Martha Ramos Duffer facilitated a community discussion titled Let’s Talk: Polyamory: Love, Integrity, Jealousy, and Liberation where QPOC could discuss the different ways in which we practice love and caring. This much-asked-for-conversation showed the desire and need for our communities to explore the question “What does love look like?” Covering topics in all aspects of relationship building, from honest and open communication to power structures, and looking critically at privilege and how it affects relationships, attendees were able to share experiences and ask questions. Many attendees expressed gratitude that allgo exists to hold this space, as often times conversations of love and relationships do not center around the unique lives and experiences of QPOC. At the end of the night, many attendees expressed an interest in continuing the conversation. Be on the lookout for part two in the coming months.
We will continue to create spaces with, for, and by our community members to ensure that our QPOC communities continue to grow and flourish. We hope to see you at one of our events soon. To see more pictures of our events or to see what allgo is doing next, check out our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Preacher Marvin K. White Speaks About Intentional Joy, Spirit, and Prophetic Placemaking for Black and Queer POC

This weekend, from August 25th to August 27th, allgo will be hosting a 3-day black LGBTQ queer arts revival “service” of poetry, church, performance, community, divinity, gospel house music, and storytelling. This Tent Revival features a star-studded list of brilliant black queer speakers, performers, poets, magic makers, and joy bringers. You can find a full list on our event page.

Now, more than ever, we need to participate in creative and what lead artist and curator Marvin K. White has coined “Prophetic Placemaking” to understand the ways in which the arts and the “spirit of our communities” are being displaced. How do we “ground” in community, practices and spaces, that are safe from gentrifying and political forces?

I had the pleasure of asking White a few questions on his vision and goals for this upcoming event. Interview follows.

Jae Lin: In a few words off the top of your head, what vibe can folks expect from this Tent Revival?

Marvin K. White: Folks can expect a suspension of time, where “the word” is given breadth and room to fill the physical space, the heart space, the spirit space and the head space.

Jae: You have coined the phrase “Prophetic Placemaking,” which has been used to describe the importance of this event. Can you tell us a little more about what “Prophetic Placemaking” means and what led you to come up with the phrase?

White: When I think about “Prophetic Placemaking” I think about the importance of having institutions on our walks to and from home, that remind us that we are on spiritual journeys. It worries me that our landmarks—our public schools, our art institutions and our churches, temples, meditation spaces, mosques, and contemplative spaces are being gentrified. I think about “Prophetic Placemaking” as intentional disruption of the dispensing of our centers, our homes, our churches, and our institutions.

Jae: What context in particular would you say makes an event such as this Tent Revival particularly urgent and necessary?

White: Joy is the context in which I create this event. Joy, because it is our natural state, and we are being told through the destabilization of our home lives, family lives, our kinship and friendship lives, as well as our creative, spiritual, intellectual, sexual, and political lives, that now is not the time for joy. We are being told through dominant culture and dominant narratives, that is the time to worry if you will live or die. So joy, unadulterated, shameless and intentional joy through storytelling and deep hearing is urgent and necessary in these perilous times.

Jae: Who would you encourage, with the most emphasis, to attend this event?

White: I would encourage those who love a good story, good company, good church, good people, those who write about religion and spirituality in contexts of POC’s and those who live out a religion and spirituality as POC. I encourage poets, and prophets, and spirit folks, however they define what ever is working for and through them from the supernatural into the natural to bring forth a balm for an aching people. I encourage community, students, family and friends of black queer folks who want to bear witness to the heart opening and pouring that this event will surely produce. And oh, the lovers of house music—an old low gospel house music!


Tent Revival: A Black LGBTQ Performance & Prophetics Festival will be happening all weekend at 701 Tillery Street, Austin, TX 78702. For more information, festival schedule, and to RSVP click here.