The 2019 International King Conference and Show

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In June 2019, the King Conference will bring together, for the very first time in the Caribbean, a cohort of transmen and masculine-presenting lesbian, bisexual and queer (LBQ) women from around the world to document, develop and theorize the experiences of transgender men and masculine-presenting LBQ women, globally. Launched in 2017, the King Conference was created as a result of the important issues raised by participants at our then local event, the King Show. This year, the King Conference seeks to:

  • Provide training and information in advocacy, community building and health so that trans gender men along with masculine-presenting Lesbian, Bisexual and Queer women can enhance and create spaces within their own local and regional context
  • Collect research data from participants through our Your Story research project about their lived experiences as part of the Out of the Margins: a Global LBT+ Rights Project organized by Stonewall.
  • Develop an international performance – The King Show – to celebrate the existence and achievements of trans men and masculine-presenting LBQ women globally
  • Produce an anthology of the findings, sessions, conversations and performances from the King Conference and Show

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The King Show, piloted in 2016, is a performance space for trans gender men and masculine-presenting Lesbian, Bisexual and Queer women. The King Show showcases art, talent and non-toxic forms of masculinity defined by and performed to community members. I Am One has hosted separate installments of the conference and the show in the past three years, but for the first time both projects will be done as one event, with the King Show on the final night of the conference. In 2019, the King Show International will feature participants from Venezuela, Belize, Eswatini, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, Guyana, and Trinidad and Tobago who will all vie for the title of “International King”. The King Show promotes an environment that is safe and supportive of LGBTQIA issues, with a particular focus on trans and LBQ masculine culture. The Show aims to:

  • Promote and celebrate the lives of trans men as well as masculine-presenting Lesbian, Bisexual and Queer women
  • Facilitate the creative expressions of members of the trans and queer community in a safe environment
  • Provide assistance in certain aspects of masculine culture such as grooming, public speaking and deportment
  • Spread awareness of this marginalized, at-risk population for the purpose of greater understanding and acceptance in public spaces

Empowering and celebrating the diversity of LGBTQIA persons of Caribbean heritage