Speak resistance

The foundation and future of Pride is resistance. That was as true on June 28, 1969 as it is today. There are a lot of ways to resist, but few things beat the art of speaking truth to power. 

On August 25, we're kicking off Bloomington's annual celebration of LGBTQ+ community and culture with the inaugural PrideSlam competition.  

Note: Registration for the slam is closed but spots are still open for open mic! To register for open mic, email Alex at alex@bloomingtonpride.org.


details

Date: Friday, August 25
Time: 7:30–9:30pm
Location: Rhino's Youth Center (331 S Walnut St, Bloomington, IN 47401)
Cost: PrideSlam is FREE and open to the public. If possible, attendees are encouraged to donate $5 to benefit Rhino's Youth Center. These funds support their free after-school arts programming for teenagers, many of whom identify as members of LGBTQIA+ communities and our allies, in downtown Bloomington Monday-Friday from 3-6 pm year round. To learn more about what they do, check them out on Facebook and online

ground rules

All poets agree to abide by the following rules, terms, and conditions.

prideslam

  • Be ready to perform three pieces (three minutes each with a 10 second grace period) 
  • Top performers from each round will move on (clean slate) with three poets in the third and final round
  • Judging
    • Five judges chosen from the audience
    • Must be impartial human beings who do not know any competing poets
  • Scoring/points
    • Poets will start each round with a clean slate (zero) with no cumulative scores
    • Based on a 10-point scale (1 low, 10 high) with highest and lowest scores dropped and remaining three scores added together; poets with the highest scores advance to the next round
  • Groups of no more than 4 people welcome to apply
  • Prizes: First, second, and third place finishers will received specialized prize packs from Bloomington Pride
  • Registration deadline: Closed (July 31)

queer open mic

  • Five to eight competitors
  • Each poet performs one 3-minute poem
  • No scoring 
  • Day-of registrants accepted
  • To register early, email Alex at alex@bloomingtonpride.org

GENERAL guidelines

  • Don't engage in fuckery
  • Don't promote white supremacy, misogyny, sexism, transphobia, etc.
  • This competition is open to all ages and backgrounds