Reina Gossett and Grace Dunham, “It” girls of social justice, are throwing a fabulous party this Saturday, July 11th and you should totally go! Summer Nights on Jupiter: Lucky Stars is a queer reading and gender-affirming romp, taking place at the historic Le Petit Versailles community garden on New York City’s Lower East Side
Reina calls Jupiter her guardian angel, always dropping quarters in the piggy bank. Grace is in love with Athena, the trans warrior who broke her way out of Jupiter’s skull. July 11th is a night of performance and party about freaks, all undesirable in their own ways, making life and getting lucky, getting life and making luck.
There will be music, readings, musical performances and more. B.Y.O.BrownBag and dress to impress yourself. While debauchery will surely abound, this event is about making space for the LGBTQ pioneers, contemporary ruckus makers, and everyday queers who are doing the hard work of thriving and being fabulous in these tumultuous times.
A lot of it is about the histories that [Le Petit Versailles] occupies, and calls and speaks to. So, whether it’s the many people who died from HIV/AIDS, who are still alive, who are locked up survivors, who are navigating gentrification and state violence. All of that is there, and the way that we want to structure and create space for that is really important for other people to be like ‘I feel safe, I feel accounted for, I feel like my presence means something.’ Whether that’s a person who is no longer alive, or a person who is tweeting and facebooking… or writing articles on Autostraddle! We want you there. — Reina Gossett
The garden is wheelchair accessible, and the staff will be present to escort partiers to nearby accessible restrooms. Please don’t forget your glitter.