By Sydney Magruder

If you’re not already excited about Creating Change 2014, you should be. Alexis Pauline Gumbs and Julia Wallace of the Mobile Homecoming project are eager to present Fullness: A Daylong Institute on Erotic Power and Sexual Liberation at this year’s gathering. Based on the Mobile Homecoming’s national poetic work on intimacy, the erotic and embodied transformation, Fullness will be an intergenerational interactive Day Long Institute at the annual LGBT conference (hosted this year in Houston, Jan. 29–Feb. 2) that will use embodied healing modalities, poetry, music, transformative small group discussions, and panels to empower participants to clarify their standards for being erotically present, sexually liberated and alive with a focus on the connections between spirituality and erotic practice.

Alexis and Julia when they first interviewed Queen for the Mobile Homecoming project!

Alexis and Julia when they first interviewed Queen for the Mobile Homecoming project.

The Mobile Homecoming is an innovative and loving response to a deep craving for intergenerational connection. A craving that lives in the hearts of queer black same gender loving elders and visionaries. A craving that has taken over the minds of two queer black women. Julia (of Queer Renaissance) and Alexis (of BrokenBeautiful Press) have decided to dedicate the next phase of their lives to collecting and amplifying the social organizing herstories of black women, trans men, and gender queer visionaries who have been refusing the limits of heteronormativity and opening the world up by being themselves in the second half of the 20th century. Their work, visionary and powerful, is worthy of being spread to LGBTQ folks of color around the country.

Creating Change is one of the largest gatherings of LGBTQ people in the country, and has been historically well attended throughout. This year brings new challenges as funding has been reduced for institute facilitators – and they need OUR help to make it happen. ELIXHER is prepared to gift a free t-shirt or pair of briefs to participating donors! Will you be a part? After making your donation, email us at giveaways@elixher.com to redeem your goodies.

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Sydney Magruder is an African-American/multiracial femme lesbian sociologist, ballerina, bibliophile, writer, and green-tea addict about to enter her last year of undergraduate studies at Skidmore College. She wants to write, teach, critique pop-culture, and use music, theater and dance as a means of educating the masses about race, sexuality, gender, and how young people can change the future. Until she figures out exactly how to incorporate all of those individual things into one giant thing, you can find her in ballet class, hunting down a new pasta dish to make, or hogging her family’s Netflix account with Doctor Who and Parks and Recreation.

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