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 email@example.com.
Date: Friday, August 25
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.
All poets agree to abide by the following rules, terms, and conditions.
- 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
- Five judges chosen from the audience
- Must be impartial human beings who do not know any competing poets
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Don't engage in fuckery
- Don't promote white supremacy, misogyny, sexism, transphobia, etc.
- This competition is open to all ages and backgrounds