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Coming out for the first festival from Queerberg Presents!

Dina and Suryani at Whoriental Festival from Queerberg Presents by Suzanne Forbes July 17 2022I had to go to Queerberg Presents‘ first festival.

It was simply non-negotiable. I had promised Queerberg‘s sweetheart producer, dancer, teacher and performer Prens Emrah that I would make it to one of her outdoor events this year. And a cool snap in Germany while the rest of Europe burns meant an opportunity that might never come again.

Dina doing henna at Whoriental Festival July 16 2022 by Suzanne Forbes sm editedThis is Dina, who does henna art at most Queerberg Presents events.

Her work is exquisite. We had a really nice visit while I sat with her and drew. It’s very hard to get a good scan of these pastel drawings, so the header image shows the drawings as photographed, while this is a scan, above.

Suryani posing at Whoriental Festival July 16 2022 by Suzanne ForbesThis is Suryani, who was so gracious about sitting with me and posing.

She is a graceful dancer and terrific makeup artist. She posed very elegantly and looked marvelous. Swirly skirt!!

Emrah was bustling around as things got started (I arrived at the very beginning of the event), filming the scene and posting it (screenshots of me drawing Dina below!) One of the things I love about her is that he is a wonderful archivist, documenting all the events and sharing them.

After a Queerberg Presents event I always hit the instagram account’s Stories, so I can enjoy some of the action even though I mostly can’t be there.

Emrah always offers to have someone take care of me, he always sees me as both a person and a disabled person.

I knew I would feel safe at this event. I was cared for and seen. There was an awareness team, and whenever I asked someone for help they were there. A crew member walked me to the bathroom for the club’s backyard, but unfortunately it was at the top of three straight flights of stairs, and then apparently more stairs. Those stairs looked like Mount Everest to me.* “Can you keep it?” she asked. “Gonna try and keep it for a while”, I laughed.

I got to meet IRL Keil Li Div√Ķn, who I know online and had drawn IRL at one of the last events I went to in 2020. Such a treat to draw her again! (drawing coming soon ūüôā I asked Keil Li to call me a taxi, as I still don’t own a phone. She called the cab, and then she walked me out to it, made sure I got in it. Listen to her sing here and check out her channel!

Here is a list of everything that was scheduled if you would like to be amazed at how much Queer Berlin talent could fit in one venue. Inside the venue, sworker-led panels, bellydance workshops, performances, live music, birthday cake for and stripperformance from beloved muse Chiqui Love, djs, fire-eating from Munetsi aka I-am-Showman, drag shows and more.

And in the sunny, shady backyard, a bazaar with food, music, shops, henna art, a toy raffle from Other Nature Berlin, and tables from beloved Berlin sworker orgs!

The orgs included The Black Sex Workers Collective (@thebswc, website here, twitter here) Trans*Sexworks (@transsexworks, website here, linktree here), Sx Worker Union (@sxworkerunionberlin) and one for org Trans Pride Berlin (@transprideberlin.)

A photo of a colorful collection of t-shirts, zines, stickers and posters from sex worker organizations, with mottos and titles like "trans rent boys", "no cops in our clubs" and "sex workers against fascism".
I got a marvelous haul of solidarity items!

Tabling at an event is exhausting, incredibly hard work. While I support these orgs online with redistribution and sharing, it was really great to actually meet folks doing the work and hand them cash for awesome stuff.

I live in Berlin. I’m well aware that this celebration of BIPOC queer, trans, refugee folx and the sex work many do is vulnerable. Every person I know at this event has suffered so much, and certainly everyone I don’t know too. Virtually no-one is secure in any sense.

I want a world where this event happens every summer, and I also know it’s possible it will never happen again.

So I am doing everything I can to celebrate it and honor the folks involved. I was only there for 2.5 hours, but it meant the world to me, and I’m so grateful to my Patrons, who made it possible.

My Patreon Patrons are the 70 or so folks whose monthly financial support makes it possible for me to continue documenting Berlin performers as a high-risk disabled person.

*I absolutely would have stayed longer if there had been an accessible place to pee. But Europe is not accessible. There is no ADA. (There is the EAA, and in Germany the BITV, but both are really focused on products and services like web access. Europe doesn’t even try with physical building accessibility.)

GodXXX Noirphiles Trans Magic Barbie for Dollicious Life Mochallenge!

GodXXX Noirphiles custom Trans Magic Barbie by Suzanne Forbes Nov 14 2021I just barely got this custom GodXXX Noirphiles Barbie doll finished for the Mochallenge deadline!

I knew Tinu of Dollicious Life (my Dollicious post here) was doing another Barbie doll customisation/makeover Mochallenge in November. I wanted to join in again!

GodXXXNoirphiles Trans Magic Barbie Custom by Suzanne Forbes Nov 14 2021I thought of a Barbie inspired by the drag makeup looks of incredible Berlin creator Adrian Blount, AKA GodXXX Noirphiles.

I asked for and got Godx’ consent, and ordered the Barbies, all just ten days before the challenge began. So I hustled!

GodXXXNoirphiles Trans Magic Barbie Custom by Suzanne Forbes Nov 14 2021I used action figure customizing skills and Apoxie Sculpt to give Mermaid Dreamtopia Barbie’s tail to Fashionista Letterman Jacket Barbie.

The two Barbies were the only things I bought for the challenge – all other materials were from my stash. The Fashionista Barbie is really beautiful – you can see one in Tinu’s video here.

GodXXXNoirphiles Trans Magic Barbie Custom by Suzanne Forbes Nov 14 2021 face detailThe “Trans Magic” tagline is a reference to a hilarious 90s Barbie collecting phenomenon, “Earring Magic Ken“, aka “Cock Ring Ken”.

Back of GodXXX Noirphiles Trans Magic Barbie by Suzanne Forbes Nov 14 2021I have lots of miniature trims and micro-rhinestones on hand for my action figure and dollhouse projects.

It was pure luck that some recently acquired holographic butterfly nail charms were pink and blue! And what luck that the Letterman Barbie’s jacket was already¬† pink, white and blue, as I cut up my last mini trans flag for my trans action figure customs!

I knew I wanted to do a beard for GodXXXBarbie, as so many of Godx’s Drag looks incorporate beards. I had a TINY amount of exactly the right shade of blue nail flocking left over from my Trans Dino-Witch in 2017.

I painted GodXxXBarbie’s face with regular artist’s acrylic, mixed with interferent blue acrylic.

They (GodxBarbie’s pronouns are all of them, like GodXXX Noirphiles themself!) already had a gorgeous blue lip! The narrow lines of purple glitter on GodxBarbie’s face are nail art tape, 1mm wide.

And the little half-pearls, exactly like ones GodXXXNoirphiles wears in the video below, are nail art supplies too! Small buckles and studs come from Rio Rondo, who still haven’t updated their website. GodxBarbie is a Patron gift to GodXXX themselves of course!

GodXXX Noirphiles has a Patreon and you can support their art!! 

He/she/they are posting incredible new work, like this video on Precolonial Black Queer and Trans History and their groundbreaking Queer Birthing Series. You can help support this single parent, House of Living Colors mama, and powerful creative! Linktree here, Insta here!

I am so grateful to my Patreon Patrons, whose monthly financial support makes it possible for me to continue making art as a vaccinated but Covid-vulnerable disabled person.

Previous GodXXX Noirphiles art posts here, here, and here! Also, check out my Pride Doll Art projects!