Panel discussion with Dr. Kaila Story, Jaison Gardner, Victoria Syimone Taylor, and Dawn Wilson
This event is part of the “Dialogues on Gender” series at the Speed Art Museum in conjunction with Strange Fruit and the exhibition Breaking the Mold: Investigating Gender at the Speed Art Museum. This series features groundbreaking discussions each month in June, July, and August.
A dialogue on contemporary feminism featuring the art critic Paddy Johnson will take place on Friday, July 20th at 6pm. A dialogue on drag as subversive tool will take place on Friday, August 17th at 8pm. The July and August events are part of our “After Hours at the Speed” programming.
Location: Grand Hall
In 1973, transgender activist Sylvia Rivera delivered a powerful and provocative call to action at the Christopher Street Liberation Day Rally in New York City in which she admonished the largely cisgender, white, middle-class gay and lesbian crowd for their indifference toward and neglect of the issues facing poor and POC transgender people. As the crowd shouted objections to her being handed the microphone, Rivera chided, “ya’ll better quiet down” and listen to the social and political plights of trans and Gender Non-Conforming (GNC) people.
WFPL’s Strange Fruit podcast co-hosts Dr. Kaila Story and Jaison Gardner will be joined by professional DJ and entertainer Victoria Syimone Taylor and civil rights activist Dawn Wilson for a multimedia presentation and panel discussion on past and present POC trans leadership, activism and justice initiatives.
About Jaison A. Gardner
A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Jaison A. Gardner has been a social justice activist, health educator, and community organizer for more than 20 years. He is the co-creator and co-host, with Dr. Kaila Story, of WFPL’s Strange Fruit: Musings on Politics, Pop Culture & Black Gay Life, a popular award-winning weekly podcast focusing on social justice and pop culture. Jaison is a co-founder of Black Lives Matter Louisville and is a current board member of the Louisville Pride Festival and a steering committee member of Louisville’s forthcoming LGBTQ youth homeless shelter, The Sweet Evening Breeze. He is a frequent presenter, moderator, and event emcee whose work focuses on a variety of issues, especially the intersection of racial justice and LGBTQ liberation. Jaison firmly believes that a threat to justice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
About Dr. Kaila Adia Story
Dr. Kaila Adia Story is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Women’s & Gender Studies and Pan-African Studies and the Audre Chair in Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Louisville. She is also a co-creator and co-host of WFPL’s Strange Fruit: Musings on Politics, Pop Culture & Black Gay Life, a popular award-winning weekly podcast focusing on social justice and pop culture. Her research examines the intersections of race and sexuality, with special attention to Black feminism, Black lesbians, and Black queer identity. Dr. Story has appeared on Huffington Post Live a number of times discussing issues that relate to race, sexuality, popular music, and gender. She has also been featured in the Feminist Wire’s series “Feminists We Love,” as well as been featured in Elixher’s Magazine’s “InspiHERed” series. Most recently, Dr. Story was featured in Go Magazine’s “100 Women We Love” Series.
About Strange Fruit
Dr. Kaila Story and Jaison Gardner host a five year running weekly podcast of musings on politics, pop culture and black gay life. With over 200+ episodes, “Strange Fruit,” represents what is known as the best thing about public radio. Contact #TeamStrangeFruit at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Commentary about Strange Fruit
“Strange Fruit: Musings on Politics, Pop Culture, and Black Gay Life, is an irreverent weekly podcast that combines thought-provoking discussion and humor to navigate complex subjects. Recent episodes have covered a wide range of topics including sexual fluidity, mental health, and black elitism. Hosts Jaison Gardner and Dr. Kaila Story have an undeniable on-air chemistry that makes even the most difficult subject matter enjoyable to listen to…”-Simon Says Blog, 2018
“Dr. Kaila Story and Jaison Gardner. Long time hosts of the podcast, Strange Fruit, the pair (also best friends) regularly provide listeners with funny, engaging, and serious “musings on politics, pop culture and black gay life…”-LGBTQ+ Community Coalition
“Team Strange Fruit fit the bill. Gardner is an activist and Story is an academic, so they are able to bring different perspectives to the subjects they tackle”-Eli Keel, Insider Louisville, June 20, 2017
“One of the things I love about Strange Fruit Podcast is that it represents my dreamy hope of what public radio stations and community collaboration can yield when it comes to original programming”-Kelly Moffitt, Flyover Podcast Newsletter, July 13, 2017
“Fans of shows like Another Round and the Show About Race may want to check out Strange Fruit, the podcast from community activist Jaison Gardner (Jai) and University of Louisville professor Dr Kaila Story (Doc), who take deep dives into politics and pop culture from a black gay perspective”-Melissa Locker, The Guardian, June 27, 2016