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About Queeriosity

Youth Speaks first presented Queeriosity in 1999, the brainchild of two young members of the organization. As part of our ongoing campaign to celebrate young people in the Bay Area, and to give a space for those who are too marginalized to speak, Queeriosity is a place for a diverse population of queer youth and their allies to come together and declare themselves present and unafraid.

The Queeriosity 2016 theme is Answering Our Ancestors. This year our intention is to pay our deep respects to 4 queer literary ancestors whose work and lives still make ripples in our present day queer intergenerational aesthetics. Queeriosity 2016 is an intimate conversation our youth and featured adult artists would like to have with these 4 ancestors.

James BaldwinOctavia ButlerJustin ChinGloria Anzaldua

Queeriosity is a place for queer and questioning youth to simply be, and have their emerging artistic and activist voices celebrated. In partnership with the National Queer Arts Festival, Queeriosity is an annual spoken word and performing arts showcase for LGBTQQ youth, highlighting the voices of a diverse San Francisco Bay Area. It is for all of us that don’t and won’t fit the cookie cutter rubrics of American love and sexuality. If you’ve ever felt your identity overcrowding the boxes, Queeriosity is for you.

Queeriosity is an annual spoken word and performance event dedicated to young people who are reshaping the conversations about sexuality, identity, and community.

Co-Presented by The National Queer Arts Festival

Please email Aimee Espiritu at aespiritu@youthspeaks.org if you are interested in Queeriosity 2017.


It’s All About Continuum

Whack A Mole

I Just Need To Pee

Not One of Those Labels

Keep A Positive Mind

2015 Queeriosity Playlist

Generously funded by The San Francisco Department of Children, Youth and their Families, Grants for The Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund, The San Francisco Foundation, The Kimball Foundation, The National Association of Latino Arts and Culture, The W. Clement and Jessie V. Stone Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The Walter and Elise Haas Fund, The Lia Fund, The Clorox Company Foundation, The S.D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation and individuals who believe in the power of the word when it is in the hands of young people.

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