n o l o s e 2011: registration info

2012 Conference Program

Friday, September 7:


9am–9pm Registration and check-in

10am–11:40am Concurrent activities:

Making Our Own Choices: Eating, Exercise, and Fat-Positivity
(Morgan Weinert)

Being a radical fatty who wants to take up a new way of eating, or a new form of exercise, can be a minefield of personal triggers, community pushback, and societal pressures. How can we, as fat-positive people, reclaim the joy and empowerment that some of us find in movement and exercise, and eating in the ways that make us feel best as individuals, without feeling the need to justify our choices? Where do we find fat-friendly workout gear? Fat-positive nutritionists? How do we try out new ways of eating without falling back into the "diet-for-weight-loss" wormhole? How do we retrain ourselves to think about exercise for fun instead of for getting skinny? This group discussion will be a space for us to share stories, frustrations, successes, and experiences of reclaiming eating and exercise as joyful parts of our lives that aren't about weight loss.

Medical Self-Advocacy for Fat People
(Amanda Piasecki)
Obtaining quality healthcare as a fat person can be incredibly daunting in the relentlessly fatphobic American healthcare system. Learn some simple tools and techniques to help improve your healthcare experience, share your stories, and exchange health information at this informative workshop. With a lifetime of experience wrangling fat healthcare from both inside and outside the system, long-term cancer survivor Amanda Piasecki and skilled community members will help you turn around the dreaded doctor's visit.

African Spiritual Invocation
(TaMeicka L. Clear)
Alafia! (Translation: "Peace/Greetings.") This workshop is designed to encourage participants to use spiritual creativity as a means to experience the spiritual self in honorable and meaningful ways. Participants will explore creative practices and teachings from the African Traditional Religion (ATR), Yoruba. Through group dialogue, literature, songs, and slight body movement, participants will explore gender neutral/variant deities, deities of size, and the essence of spirituality as self-care, creating spiritual practices to sustain community accountable people/beings. Ashe!

Superfat Caucus
(Facilitated by Sondra Solovay)

 

12pm–1pm Lunch [not included/offsite; boxed lunches available onsite for pre-purchase only

12:00 - 1:00 - Bodacious Beauties: The Amazing Fat Lady Show
(Eileen Rosensteel)
Come on in and meet five larger-than-life ladies of the circus and sideshow! Bodacious Beauties is an entertaining and touching look at the Fat Ladies of the circus and sideshow. Eileen uses real stories and some creative remembering to bring our ancestors to life.


1pm–2:40pm Concurrent activities:

Screw This; Let's Make a Fat-Positive Zine, Right Now.
(Miles & Jetta)
Join Bay Area zinesters Miles & Jetta, authors of "Trans Women Belong Everywhere" and self-loving fatties, in making a fat-positive, body-positive zine, right there. A whole class collaborating on a single project that will be mass-produced and distributed to the four corners of the earth. Some zine materials will be provided by M&J, but feel free to bring any sharpies, stickers, xacto knives, and other arts and crafts supplies you have on you. The finished master copy will be taken to the nearest copy shop, mass published, and distributed later in the conference.

Reframing/Reclaiming Fat Bodies: Is Health a Moral Imperative?
(Rebecca Weinberger and Abby Weintraub)
What are the radical possibilities in ending our pursuit, voluntarily or through bodily changes, of the elusive stamp of "health" (and of "good fatties," as opposed to "bad fatties")? Beyond the clamor to prove our fat bodies healthy, in which we often pit our bodies against each other in a dehumanizing contest, let's question the moral stamp of approval given to "good" health. How/why do we patrol the health of our fellow fatties? What if desire and pleasure were considered vital parts of health? And what about the role of emotional well-being through these everyday battles waged across our bodies? Through facilitated discussion, we'll reckon with the difficult ways in which we've internalized the idea of each other's bodies—all in various and ever-changing stages of ability, age, and size—as cautionary tales.

Into One Piece
(Leyla Eraslan)
This is a narrative-therapy and movement based exercised aimed to allow participants to connect with the emotions they embody and the stories they carry. The purpose of this exercise is to reconnect with those stories, and find ways to integrate them into a whole, gaining a new appreciation for our bodies and all the things they carry. Through discussion and movement, we'll work to find the stories tied to our bodies, and redraft them in a way that restores ownership and empowerment. Accessible to all mobility levels.

40 and Over Caucus
(Facilitated by Lissette Cheng)

 

3pm–4:40pm Concurrent activities:

Fuck Inclusivity, We Want Power: Building Fat POC Power, Part One
(Naima Lowe, Galadriel Mozee, and Geleni Fontaine)
People of Color (POC) do powerful Fat Activist work that needs to be supported, cultivated, and fostered in a variety of ways. One of our biggest obstacles is challenging structural racism and white supremacy within Fat Activist campaigns and organizing. Too often, when POC speak out about racism within our Fat Activist circles, we are told that we are being "too angry," "too sensitive," or "divisive." We are left wondering what to do with our anger when the same mistakes are made over and over again. We are left trying to undo the white supremacy that undervalues the work that we do while consistently giving voice to those who can't or won't recognize their white privilege. This is what happens when we focus our energy on trying to be "included" in a Fat Activist framework that doesn't know how to recognize and cultivate the power of People of Color. The goal of this workshop is to shift the conversation about race in Fat Activism from one about how predominantly white Fat Activists campaigns aren't inclusive enough, to one about building power by and for Fat People of Color. This workshop will take place over two sessions, and will include opportunities for POC and White Allies to work together and in caucus groups to discuss our goals. Part One is for POC only.

Push it Good: Health is Not a Four-Letter Word
(Jukie Sunshine and Sasha T. Goldberg)
Whether we walk, roll, or are relatively stationary at this time, how do we find balance and achieve our fullest potential of health in our fat bodies—and what keeps us from seeking health? Please join us for an intimate, frank, and revolutionary discussion on consciously owning the decisions we make about our health, and the search for alignment of body, politic, and mind. All are welcome; no previous interest in health required!

Pink Elephant: Eating Disorders Within Fat Activist Community
(Amithyst Fist and Becka Green-Gorelick)
This workshop will explore the reasons why eating disorders are often considered taboo for discussion within the Fat Activism Community. By creating a safe space for us to talk about our experiences with eating disorders, we hope to begin a conversation that will allow us to support each both here at NOLOSE and when we return to our lives outside of Fatlandia. This is a closed workshop; we ask that only those who have struggled with eating disorders attend.

Trans Caucus
(Facilitated by Morgan Weinert)

 

5pm–6:40pm Concurrent activities:

RadFatLaw Think Tank
(Sondra Solovay)
We'll discuss the current state of fat law, pressing legal issues, and strategies for change. Legally speaking, things may get worse before they get better; this think tank will strategize to be sure the "getting better" part happens. For those in the legal arena, and anyone interested in fat civil rights law.

NOLOSE Community Heart Circle
(Max Airborne, Red Karpman, and Eileen Rosensteel)
Available each day of the conference. Heart circles are talking circles in which we speak and listen from the heart about whatever's in our heart at the moment. The magic of a heart circle comes as much from the listening as from the speaking. Heart circles are a chance to discover the meaning together, in community. Talking circles are generally attributed to the Woodlands tribes of midwest North America, and have been used by many Native communities for decision making, teaching, listening and learning. "Heartcircles" have also come to many of us via Radical Faerie community.

Uncomfortable Conversations: Learning How to Talk About the Hard Shit
(Ames Beezer and Kate Bishop)
This workshop is designed for anti-racist and white allies as a counterpart to the POC-only session of "Fuck Inclusivity." Participants are encouraged to attend the second part of "Fuck Inclusivity" on Saturday to do further strategizing work around fat politics and race. Building on recent conversations in our movement about race, let's come together to openly discuss our privileges and strengthen our community. Bring yourself, your fears and guilt, along with your hopes and dreams for our community. We will practice our communication skillz and learn from each other about: how to "fuck up well;" how to wield our white privilege responsibly, and without guilt and shame; how to raise questions effectively when we witness questionable behavior; how to ask ourselves critical questions about our activism that reduce the likelihood of alienating our allies.

POC Caucus
(Facilitated by Irene McCalphin)


6:30pm–8:30pm Food Truck Dinner Party!

Enjoy delicious food truck treats (included in your entrance fee) from local Bay Area culinary geniuses. Includes vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and meat options. Helpers will be available for those not able to wait in line.

6:40pm–7:30pm POC Meet and Greet!

6:40pm–7:30pm NOLOSE Board Feedback Time

Come sit with some NOLOSE Board members and voice your concerns, excitement, ideas, and more.


8:00pm–8:20pm Fat Shabbos Blessings

Kick off the conference with Friday night blessings, led by rabbi Elliot Kukla. All are welcome!


8:30pm–9:30pm Welcoming Address and Fatshion Show!


9:30pm–11:00pm Crafts, Games, and Singing Mix 'n Mingle

A Night at the Theater Games
(The Grand Lordy von Glitterpants)
The Grand Lordy von Glitterpants of the Great Glitter Isles is delighted to host an evening of improvisational and other theater games for your uproarious enjoyment. Will the games be fat-themed? You'd better believe it! Games are open to people of all abilities, and no theater experience is required. And if you'd rather not participate, we love an audience. When you play theater games, everyone wins. Come on by!

Poolside Singalong!
(Red Karpman and Elizabeth Miller)
Come sing along with us! We have some musicians, some song sheets, some karaoke tracks on our phones, and access to a whole internet full of lyrics. From Ani Difranco to Jill Scott to Phil Collins, we will do our best to hit everyone's favorite. Accessible across musical abilities (and genre preferences), bring your instruments and/or smart phones if you have them, and just come to connect in a fun, interactive, low-pressure situation with your fellow fat queers!
 
Fatscouting Badge and Sash Crafting Sesh
(Rachel Kacenjar and Kate Bishop)
FAT CRAFTS! Make Fat & Queer scouting sashes and badges! We'll provide the supplies and you provide the creativity. What have you accomplished, overcome, learned of, or released that deserves commemoration? Make a Fatshionista, Chub Love, Fat Femme, Butch Bush, or GenderBlender patch! Sport your achievements on a dapper sash and let everyone know you earned your Wide Pride.

Speed Friending!
(Juana Tango)
NOLOSE is filled with awesome folks just waiting to befriend you! How do we navigate getting to know new people, and enhance the conference experience by forging budding friendships? It's speed friending! Just like in speed dating, you play musical chairs/tables, and via a series of quick questions and exercises, come to know other conference attendees. Break the ice, and transition from friendly strangers into strange friends!


11:00pm-12:00am

Fat Queer Speed Dating
(Nicole Bourgoin and Elizabeth Miller)
By popular demand (our own), we bring you: Fat Queer Speed Dating! Looking for a low-pressure way to find romance, conference booty, or all of the above? Come join us for a fast and friendly facilitated speed dating party. Pairings will be a gender free-for-all and accessible for people with a variety of mobility needs. We know it's late, but it will be awesome! All are welcome!


'Til late: Pool party!


Saturday, September 8:


8am–10am Registration

8:15am–9:30am – Early morning activities:

Dressing the Fat Body: What Does Fatshion Mean to You?
(Margitte Leah)
For fatties, fashion can be an incredibly fraught issue. Problems of access and societal pressures to "hide" our fat often leave us frustrated. And yet, fatshion can be a wonderful thing. Many of us have MAJOR feelings about our clothes, and we like to share our fashion stories with each other. This workshop aims to discuss fat fashion and the ways we use clothing to fashion our*selves*. Where do our emotional attachments come from? Why are we so eager to share fatshion with each other? Why is fatshion so often a gateway to fat political consciousness? Let's explore these questions and more! All genders and presentations welcome.

Belly Dance for Every/Body
(Miasia)
Dance your way to a greater connection of mind and body. Utilizing isolations of the various parts of the body from the head, neck, and shoulders to the chest, waist, and hips to the thighs, knees and feet, we will explore finding movements to suit our individual bodies. We will explore movements rooted in Middle Eastern Dance, better known in this country as Belly Dance, to enable each person to take advantage of their unique bodily strengths, and perform movements that express their personal connection to the music. This workshop is accessible to people using scooters, chairs, and wheelchairs.

Out, Fat, and Strong: Empowerment Against Public Harassment
(Geleni Fontaine and Brenda Jones)
We carry all that we are when we move through the world: our hurts and fears, as well as strengths and resourcefulness. This impacts both our ability to respond to public harassment and our feelings about how we do it, and many of us have to respond to this form of violence every day. Join us in this workshop as we share and create strategies, challenge internalized and externalized blaming, and explore ways to heal and grow strength individually and in community.

Lesbian Caucus (facilitated by Amithyst Fist, Lynn Ellen Marcus)

8:30am–10am – Breakfast 


10am–12pm Keynote Address: Collette Carter (see homepage description).


12pm1pm Lunch [not included/offsite; boxed lunches available onsite for pre-purchase only]

12:15–12:45 – The Fat Body (In)visible: a film screening
(Margitte Leah)
Join us for a screening of Margitte Kristjansson's 2011 film, The Fat Body (In)visible. Fat activists Keena and Jessica's stories detail the intricacies of fat identity and the intersections of race and gender with fatness; the women themselves find new and inventive ways to be proudly visible subjects through the strategic use of fashion and social media. The film explores important tactics used by both women to enact visibility on their own terms, while simultaneously encouraging others to join in celebrating body diversity.

 

1pm–2:40pm Concurrent activities:

Taking Back the Fat Ladies
(Eileen Rosensteel)
Most of us have felt like a freak at one point in our lives, but have we looked at who our freaky ancestors really were? Eileen has been researching the lives of the fat ladies of the circus and sideshow for several years, and wants to share the info she has gathered. The women who were professional fat girls led lives of both triumph and tragedy, and should be remembered as part of the body acceptance movement.

Striking Back for Beginners
(Michael Loewy and Nat Pyle)
Based on our Fat Studies course, this workshop unpacks size bias and challenges the so called scientific evidence about "obesity" so that folks newer to fat liberation can discuss, understand, and feel confident about the arguments and issues. In our class, we also rely heavily on queer liberation (as well as feminist and race discourse) as a model for fat liberation, as well as discussing the fat gay men's scenes internationally.

Fuck Inclusivity, We Want Power: Part Two
(Naima Lowe, Galadriel Mozee, and Geleni Fontaine)
People of Color (POC) do powerful Fat Activist work that needs to be supported, cultivated, and fostered in a variety of ways. One of our biggest obstacles is challenging structural racism and white supremacy within Fat Activist campaigns and organizing. Too often, when POC speak out about racism within our Fat Activist circles, we are told that we are being "too angry," "too sensitive," or "divisive." We are left wondering what to do with our anger when the same mistakes are made over and over again. We are left trying to undo the white supremacy that undervalues the work that we do while consistently giving voice to those who can't or won't recognize their white privilege. This is what happens when we focus our energy on trying to be "included" in a Fat Activist framework that doesn't know how to recognize and cultivate the power of People of Color. The goal of this workshop is to shift the conversation about race in Fat Activism from one about how predominantly white Fat Activists campaigns aren't inclusive enough, to one about building power by and for Fat People of Color. This workshop will take place over two sessions, and will include opportunities for POC and White Allies to work together and in caucus groups to discuss our goals. Part Two is designed for allies to work together and with POC.

2012 Fatty Swimming Pool Olympics: Do the Fat Strikes Backstroke!
(Joe Libin and Sondra Solovay)
Have you been honing your zombie stroke and crab hop for the past year? Tirelessly practicing your imaginary-balance-beam routine? Competitively diving for sunken treasure? Neither have we, but come compete in the 2012 Swimming Pool Olympics anyway! All you need is a fictitious fat country of origin and the willingness to be silly. All events are in the pool, so you must be a competent and fearless swimmer to participate. All athletic abilities are welcome. Festooning of champions will occur.

Disabled Caucus

3pm–4:40pm Concurrent activities:

Find Your Voice: How to Make Your Argument Advocating for Fat Acceptance
(Deb Burgard and Linda Bacon)
It's a skill to make the Body Liberation argument, and a skill to manage the stereotyping you face. We will briefly cover the health and social justice arguments so participants will feel better equipped to speak up. Next, we will look at the ways each us may feel either vulnerable or credible—being in a fatter/thinner body, alike/different from the other person, in a subordinate/managerial position, having "professional credentials"/not, having other marginalized identities/privileges, etc.—to problem-solve how to (as Marilyn Wann says) expand the livable space!

Interrogating Cool Culture in Fat Community
(Amanda Piasecki)
What is cool? Is coolness an emerging value in various fat cultures? How do we perpetuate hierarchical social relationships in fat communities? Does the trauma of fat pariah social status impact how we treat one another? How do fat people benefit and suffer from being cool or not? How do we preserve our authenticity as the community grows and changes? In this workshop, we'll explore these questions and more, giving voice to often-unspoken anxieties about the nature of our individual and collective investment in social hierarchies and the impact of social status on empowerment.

Costuming for EveryBODY
(Miss Cherry Tart)
Even if you've never sewn a stitch, Cherry can guide you towards creating gorgeous costumes that highlight what you love about your body, and won't break the bank. This class covers the basics of burlesque/cabaret costumes ranging from theory to practical. Learn different methods for enhancing with color, embellishments, and accessories, while getting tips on picking materials, colors, and shapes to compliment your stage persona and act concept. Discover techniques for small sewing projects, choosing the right tools for the job, and modifying existing pieces for better fit and more sparkle. Open to all genders.

NOLOSE Community Heart Circle
(Max Airborne, Red Karpman, and Eileen Rosensteel)
Available each day of the conference. Heart circles are talking circles in which we speak and listen from the heart about whatever's in our heart at the moment. The magic of a heart circle comes as much from the listening as from the speaking. Heart circles are a chance to discover the meaning together, in community. Talking circles are generally attributed to the Woodlands tribes of midwest North America, and have been used by many Native communities for decision making, teaching, listening and learning. "Heartcircles" have also come to many of us via Radical Faerie community.

Working Class Caucus (facilitated by Bit Mason)

5pm–6:40pm Concurrent activities:

Channeling Creative Vision
(Nomy Lamm)
Do you have a sense that there is something wanting to come through you—a voice, a story, a vision—but haven't had time, space, or encouragement to let it out? Do you get a lump in your throat or put yourself down every time you try to express yourself? Do you long to unveil creative potential and develop your skills? Come share your creative dream and participate in voice work and writing exercises to support the ongoing emergence of a vibrant, deeply felt, fat radical artistic cultural movement.

Collective Responsibility: a Discussion on Community-Based Decision Making
(Elena Escalera)
As a community, are we ready to take responsibility for making decisions that affect the structure of NOLOSE? There is currently no means for the community at large to make decisions. This will be a discussion about what such a collective decision-making process could look like. Bring your experiences with creative problem-solving, deep democracy, and anything else that you have seen work in community.

Fat Sluts, Hungry Virgins
(Virgie Tovar)
Virgie Tovar—fat girl, fat activist, and sexologist—invites you to this down'n'dirty workshop. We'll discuss, dissect, and brainstorm around fatness and sexuality, sluthood, shame and celebration, pleasure, desire for the fat body, unapologetically sating our erotic hunger, and erotically (re)casting our bodies.

Fat Allies Caucus (facilitation TBA)


6:40pm–7:30pm – Break/Concurrent Activities:

NOLOSE Board Feedback Time
Come sit with some NOLOSE Board members and voice your concerns, excitement, ideas, and more.

12-step recovery meeting


7:30pm–9pm – Dinner

9:30pm–11pm Saturday Night Cabaret, Featuring Big Moves

Bay Area powerhouses Big Moves present their 2012 dance spectacular Jazz Hams, now with even more special guests!

11pmFat-Positive Queer Porn Screening

This event will feature queer porn hand-picked by plus-size porn star and queer porn icon Courtney Trouble. Selections will include clips from across the spectrum of queer porn (including Courtney's work), which means a diversity of bodies, sexual identity, and genders will be shown. This is an explicit screening (XXX). Screening to be followed by a Q&A with Courtney Trouble!

11pm 'til late Fat Karaoke!

By popular demand! Sing your fat little heart out, and dance along while your fellow fatties rock out. KJ Cupcake will keep the tunes flowing.


 

Sunday, September 9:


8:15am–9:30am – Concurrent activities:

When You Don't Fit in the Desk
(Valerie Wetlaufer)
A discussion about being fat in academia. For students, teachers, grad students and anyone who wants to join. We'll discuss the issues facing the fat academic both physically (as the title suggests) and topically. How do you study fat when your committee members are fatphobic, for example? Finally, we'll move the discussion toward how Fat Strikes Back against the ivory tower, and still gets tenure.

Personal Finance Tips, Tools, and Tricks for Fat Folks
(Lissette Cheng)
This workshop will aim to be interactive, participatory and fun. We'll discuss how to use capitalist resources in a subversive yet legal way. Come learn and share practical ideas about alternative ways to stretch, grow and save your precious dollars. For the last twenty years, Lissette has been working in the financial services field and has learned, both on her own and through various job positions, how to maneuver through different financial services and systems that exist in our society: banking, insurance and investments.

Fighting Fatphobia, Fighting Ableism
(Gus Allis)
This workshop attempts to provide fatties with the tools to fight fatphobia without resorting to the familiar ableist tropes. Instead of focusing on the often knee-jerk reaction of proving our worth as human beings by insisting that we are "healthy" and "fit," this workshop centers on defending our own bodily autonomy, whether we are fat, disabled, both, or neither. Furthermore, this workshop attempts to promote solidarity between fat people and people with disabilities, and to prove, once and for all, that a fat anarchist does not have to defend themselves and their anarchism through ableism.


9:30am–12pm – Sunday Brunch Salon Readings from Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love, and Fashion

Hosted by anthology editor Virgie Tovar and co-host Genne Murphy. In so many ways, NOLOSE was the birthplace of Hot & Heavy. It was just last year that the call for submissions was posted on the bulletin board right here at the Econolodge. A year later, the idea has become an unapologetic call to arms, an ode to liberation and love, and a truly incredible body of work that chronicles the stories of thirty-one fatties. The editor and nine of the contributors—who together comprise nearly one-third of the book's contributors—are NOLOSE community members. Featuring commentary from Virgie, and readings from the following contributors:


12pm–1:40pm Concurrent activities:

Art for Your Heart
(Bit Mason)
Art releases us to be who we are. We are all artists, in different ways. Come be creative! Draw, paint, color, collage, and most of all, EXPRESS yourself! Be it abstract or self-expression, join the art explosion. Come get ideas on how to be an artist, and join us to create, to express, to bridge our logical selves to our spiritual/Artistic selves. Supplies will be provided. Bring your creativity, an open heart, and an open mind.

Designing a Set of Best Healthcare Practices for the Well-Being of Higher Weight People
(Deb Burgard)
The APA is developing clinical guidelines for the treatment of "obesity," an exercise that will likely enshrine the current ineffective and harmful "weight loss" (cycling) interventions. Higher weight people deserve a set of best practices that ethical, culturally competent healthcare providers would follow. In your dreams, how would you obtain and use really great medical and psychological care? Come and contribute your ideas for a set of standards for the physical and emotional health care of higher-weight people, standards that we hope could become the norm for ethical and informed providers everywhere.

Fat and Hygiene: Reaching the Final Frontier
(Nomy Lamm)
Being fat means more flesh to take care of, and more to work around. The painful and embarrassing "fat and smelly" stereotype can be compounded when we are afraid to acknowledge the reality of our bodies, or when tasks of self-care are difficult to perform. How do you deal with this? Let's share tips, tricks and stories about learning to love and tend to our fat, our folds, and the parts of us that can be difficult to reach. This is a conversation and infoshare, so please come ready to Go There.

NOLOSE Community Heart Circle
(Max Airborne, Red Karpman, and Eileen Rosensteel)
Available each day of the conference. Heart circles are talking circles in which we speak and listen from the heart about whatever's in our heart at the moment. The magic of a heart circle comes as much from the listening as from the speaking. Heart circles are a chance to discover the meaning together, in community. Talking circles are generally attributed to the Woodlands tribes of midwest North America, and have been used by many Native communities for decision making, teaching, listening and learning. "Heartcircles" have also come to many of us via Radical Faerie community.

Sex Workers' Caucus (facilitated by Juana Tango)

 

2pm – 4pm Community meeting and Volunteer Appreciation Ceremony: all conference attendees' presence requested
This is your opportunity to meet as a group with the Board, hear about the state of NOLOSE as an organization, discuss business at hand, and offer feedback and thanks to each other.

 

 

Beautiful Feelings
Benefits of Gymnastics
Free Pricing