The B.Steady Project

Our idea to create The B.Steady Project started the way most great ideas come about: with good food, good music, and best friends. We (Chey, Clara, Jai, and Lane, pictured below) were hanging out one day and listening to one of our favorite queer brown musicians, B.Steady, who is a Washington D.C. based artist and YouTube sensation. Often sharing space together as brown queer artists ourselves, our conversations surround the salient issues that effect our communities. So it wasn't out of the ordinary when we thought: what if we brought B.Steady to perform at the Twin Cities pride festival? And from there is where this project began. From there the four of us began meeting regularly to network, organize all of the logistics of our fundraiser, and figure out how to get folks to donate. _________________________________________

The B.Steady Project was created by The B.QullecTivE:

The B.QullecTivE, or the Brown Queer & Trans* Empowerment Collective, is a new community organization operating out of the Twin Cities, Minnesota. After beginning The B.Steady Project back in the end of February 2013, we realized that our work could go above and beyond this fundraiser alone. We realized that we could make spaces that people like us truly needed- space to learn, to create, collaborate, vent, and -most importantly- space to just *be*. And that's what we're all about.

Our Mission:

The Brown Queer and Trans* Empowerment Collective strives to support the social, organizational, political, economic, educational, spiritual, and creative needs of queer/trans* communities of color in Minnesota.

Our Core Beliefs:

We believe every queer and trans* person of color has the right to safe spaces;

We believe every queer and trans* person of color deserves access to life resources such as housing, employment, education, transportation, healthcare, and creative spaces.

We believe that our struggles are interdependent upon each other. None of our needs can be met without an intersectional approach to supporting our racial, sexual and gender identities;

We believe that empowerment will come through communal organization.

Check out our Facebook and Tumblr for more info on The B.QullecTivE, us- the founders, and community events and news. If you wish to contact the B.QullecTivE, we would love to hear from you! Please email us at [email redacted].

Also learn more about B.Steady! Jam out to her music on Youtube or Soundcloud, check out her Facebook and Tumblr
for updates on her performances, and buy her music on Amazon
or iTunes.

Thank you all for supporting brown queer and trans* communities by donating to this project and The B.QullecTivE!

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