The economy was rebuilt in the U.S., Same-sex marriage is legally recognized by the federal government in eighteen states and Nelson Mandela passed away leaving behind a legacy. However, 2013 also brought an array of pleasant events memories and stories for the queer people of color community at Qulture.[highlight color=”eg. yellow, black”]…[/highlight]
Qulture.org is a platform in digital space where we as queer people of color can share our raw stories, unearthed perspectives and lives with the world. We are a diverse group of 50 contributors with 30 bloggers that post between once a week to once a month.
Below is a summary of Qulture’s significant moments for the year that just ended.
1/ Qulture hit 3,000 likes on Facebook.
2/ Qulture’s co-founder, Jacky Guerrero, interviewed President Obama in a Fireside Chat on Google Hangout representing Qulture, the undocumented community and queer people of color.
3/ Qulture hosted monthly hiking trips in the Hollywood Hills for Chinese New Year, Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice (Freddy Lee and Jonathan M).
4/ Qulture was mentioned at SegreGAYtion by our contributor, Ronnie Veliz, a public talk recognizing the stories of undocumented queer Latinos, with surprise guest – Dolores Huerta. (Ronnie Veliz)
5/ Qulture organized two Santa Cruz premieres of the film “Free Angela Davis and All Political Prisoners” in Santa Cruz, raising $200 for the websites’ hosting and maintenance. (Brianna and Jonathan)
6/ Qulture in collaboration with UCSC had 15 undergraduate students conducting media research, queer new media analysis, art-ivism through digital media and collaborative projects related to the network. (Jonathan)
7/ Qulture’s Victor Yates produced and launched over 8 original video projects including Q&A’s and event documentation. (Victor Yates)
8/ Qulture’s new spiritual blog series with daily affirmations by Victor Lomeli inspired a reader to begin a noteworthy community project.
9/ Qulture sponsored the Long Beach Pride Teen Youth by donating hot dogs for the lunch and stickers as keepsakes. (Cyn Da poet & Antonio X Garcia).
10/ Qulture held a fundraiser in Culver City and received $800 in donations going towards development of the mobile app. A special performance/roast by Karen blew the lid off the networking portion of the night (Karen, Brianna…+)
11/ Qulture exhibited a series of vlogs titled “Candid QPOC (Queer People of Color) Memoirs” at the Museum of Art and History in Santa Cruz. We give electronic consumer products the role of the canvass to present webcam videos of individuals discussing their queer ethnic identities. These videos were also launched as a weekly web video series on YouTube.com.