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


The Pansy’s Birthday shows of Pansy’s House of Presents!

Dalaa for Giezas Poke House June 9 by Suzanne Forbes July 8 2020So many incredible performances for Pansy’s birthday!

Dalaa is a fantastic dancer; she was in the first half of the fab evening on Gieza’s Poke House.

If it were not for lockdown, I might never have gotten a chance to draw beauties like Dalaa. Getting across town to Monster Ronson’s is a huge effect for me, and one I am usually only able to make a couple times a year.

Katana Six for Giezas Poke House June 9 by Suzanne Forbes July 8 2020So I am very glad to be able to see every single Poke House and House of Presents show, for this period of time.

You can watch Gieza’s Poke House and Pansy’s House of Presents in Quarantine EVERY TUESDAY at 21:00 for The Poke House and 22h CET for House of Presents!

And see new-to-the-Pokehouse performers like the marvelous, gorgeous Katana Six!

Alexander Cameltoe for Pansys House of Presents June 9 by Suzanne Forbes July 8 2020Always a joy to see and draw Alexander Cameltoe.

Alexander’s show for Pansy’s birthday started in their workshop, which is loaded with tool goodness. Intergalactic Trash Prince  Alexander answered the Batphone and then proceeded to a gorgeous art-laden altar.

Pansy by Suzanne Forbes July 9 2020Note, I did not draw Pansy on her actual birthday.

She was dressed as an adorable baby, and I do not like children unless they are my friends’ children. So this is a drawing of Pansy from another show, when she was dressed as an adorable diner waitress bunny!

BIG NEWS: Pansy’s Pop-Up Pantry is HAPPENING Aug 2!!!

Pansy has been doing a fantastic series on her Insta stories called Pansy’s Pantry, where she demonstrates the baking of fabulous treats, with recipe, and provides education and tips for activism. Now the Pantry is coming to IRL life for a hot summer day!

You can pre-order her legendary key lime pie for pick-up here!

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