Welcome to the 2017 Texas Queerlesque Festival!
The mission of the Texas Queerlesque Festival is to unify, celebrate, and elevate Queer performers and to push the boundaries of Queerlesque as an art form. We aim to provide captivating showcases of exceptional talent, high-quality education, safe(r) social spaces, and networking opportunities for all members of the burlesque and performing arts communities.
Queerlesque is the space where burlesque and cabaret-style performing arts meet the wild, vibrant, culturally rich Queer community. Queerlesque shows are fabulous spectacles of awesomeness created by, for, and about the queer community, and aim to provide a safe and supportive space for performers of all gender identities, sexual orientations, expressions, and styles.
We define Queer as a personal sexual and/or gender identity that can range anywhere on the LGBTQIA spectrum. Queer is a space where we can see past labels and checkboxes to celebrate gender and sexual fluidity, and share with others our self-defined identity. We don’t want to forget our straight and cisgender allies, though, who are such an important part of our communities and our movement. Although our cast and crew spots are limited to Queer-identified folks, we welcome everyone who wants to celebrate and connect with the Queer community. If you are a heterosexual, cisgender performer interested in helping elevate and amplify the work of queer performance artists, please consider working as a volunteer, offering sponsorship support, and attending the event. We value and appreciate your support and enthusiasm!
TXQF aims to be a safer space for our cast, crew, audiences, and communities. Performances or presentations which include cultural appropriation, racism, sexism, or other themes of oppression and marginalization will not be selected. However, cultural exchange and reflection, social critique, and artistic explorations of difficult topics are encouraged. Content warnings will be provided at the beginning of each show, and performers exploring potentially controversial topics will be encouraged to release artist statements about their work.