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The very last Poke House and House of Presents in Quarantine (for now!)

Pansy for Pansys House of Presents in Quarantine Aug 18 2020 by Suzanne ForbesPansy didn’t put on any drag for the last night of House of Presents in Quarantine.

She just appeared as herself, hot and tired after spending the day – GETTING PERMANENT RESIDENCE IN GERMANY! And there is other great news for the HoP crew.

Live, in-person Drag shows begin again at beloved Queer Berlin institution Monster Ronson’s on September 8! You can get tickets (they must be bought in advance and there are stringent protocols to follow) here.

House of Presents poster Fall 2020So the digital drag shows that have helped to support the incredible, intersectional cast of the House of Presents and Gieza‘s Poke House have come to an end.

As much as I have loved these shows – they have been so crucial to my sanity and that of so many others- I know performers need a stage and these beautiful creatures can’t thrive without an IRL audience.

I want the Queens and Quings and Drag Things of HoP and the Poke House to do what they love most! Pansy and Gieza plan to stream the IRL shows, and are working on how to do that, so I look forward to seeing these some of these amazing folx return to their home stage.

I am incredibly grateful to Pansy and Gieza for the work they did these five months, providing a virtual community and psychic anchor when so much else in Berlin was shut down.

Gieza Poke final Poke House in Quarantine Aug 18 2020 by Suzanne ForbesGieza Poke wore a Sacred Heart crown I made for her final digital show!

She came by our flat one more time to collect raffle prizes, and I gave her a box of mermaid jewels to give away to Berlin’s queer community. I have loved being able to contribute value to the Berlin Queerconomy this way!

If you look here, under the VIDEOS tab of Gieza’s twitch account, you can see so many incredible Quarantine performances.

Gieza Poke in Sacred Heart Crown by Suzanne Forbes on Aug 18 2020Here’s Gieza in her crown!

It was actually August 18, the date wasn’t updated! You can see us babbling supportively in the chat. I showed up for every single show!

I am so grateful to my Patreon Patrons, whose monthly financial support lets me keep documenting Berlin’s international, intersectional performers while I work safely at home.


Queens Against Borders: How can we LITERALLY protect trans lives?

Olympia Bukkakis and The Darvish by Suzanne Forbes Aug 6 2020“It’s a funny thing, getting gay-bashed during a pandemic.”

“Which is not a sentence I expected to ever say, in January 2020”, Olympia Bukkakis said ruefully. Olympia, looking like a literal Bene Gesserit priestess, and The Darvish, dressed in fabulous self-made sparkle, were co-hosting a special online fundraiser edition of beloved Berlin performance party Queens Against Borders. The funds raised went to free self-defense classes for queer and trans refugees.

Olympia was attacked and beaten in the street, here in Berlin, on Easter Sunday this year.

She had to go to the hospital and have reconstructive surgery. There was a fundraiser for her needs as she convalesced, and she is ok. She has mostly recovered physically. The pain, horror and grief stays with us all. A visible, political, central figure in Berlin’s queer community was gay-bashed on the street. Meanwhile in the US, Black trans people are murdered weekly.

How can we LITERALLY protect queer and trans lives?

Olympia and Darvish had the idea that one thing that could help is giving queer and trans folk some more self-defense skills. Here in Berlin we have self-defense schools like Pretty Deadly Self Defense, where my friend Liliana teaches, and more. So QAB had a fundraiser, with performances by Berlin’s gorgeous queer, trans and enby folx! Gieza Poke sang her wonderful slut-positive intersectional Wet Underwater Pussy song.

The Darvish premiered an incredible video, Who I Am.

I love to draw The Darvish! Last time was during Queerantina, a solidarity fundraiser show.

Wizzy dancing in the street by Suzanne Forbes Aug 12 2020Here is Wizzy dancing in the street to Gaga’s “Rain on Me”.

Wizzy, performer and organizer of Queer Syria, is one of my favorite people in Berlin to draw!

Queens Against Borders is about celebrating and supporting Berlin’s drag and dance performers who are refugees or asylum seekers. QAB says,

Our Performances are our Voices
That free us from all the traumas and defines who we are as humans. We are here to vocalise our existence with our bodies and art and to say its us against borders

Visit twitch for Apocalypse Tonight, Olympia‘s talk show. You can visit her website to learn more about her work. Follow The Darvish on Insta for hotness, activism, Out HIV ambassadorship and dancing! You can support some of Berlin’s queer and trans refugee and asylum seekers through Queerberg here.

Get-home-safe funds are a crucial way to Protect Trans Lives. Here in Berlin, there are a variety of venues working with Transfeminism.net on a safe travel fund network. Other Nature and Karada House have funds – if you want to shop for sex toys or go to a queer bondage event but are worried about traveling home later, just message them! Café Hydra has one too, for sw’s who want to share community and then Get Home Safe.

I am so grateful to my Patreon Patrons, whose monthly financial support lets me keep documenting Berlin’s queer, political, vulnerable, powerful performers while I work safely at home.