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Last revised: 30 Jan 2002

GENERAL INFORMATION

OVERVIEW OF THE QUEER DISABILITY CONFERENCE

The QD conference is the first international gathering of disabled queers. We are using both these terms broadly. All queers and all people with any types of disabilities are welcome. Also warmly welcome are significant others, friends and allies.

This gathering at San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California, USA will begin with registration on Saturday evening June 1,2002 and continue through breakfast on Tuesday June 4,2002. Very low cost housing is provided at San Francisco State University.

WHAT
This 2 day gathering is earth-shaking. For the first time in history, a wide range of disabled queers and allies will be coming together. We will be THINKING, laughing, EATING and even ROOMING together. (more on the program)

The program has 3 intersecting perspectives:

  1. COMMUNITY: What are disabled queers doing and discussing?
  2. ACADEMIC: What is the state of research and academic thinking by and about disabled queers?
  3. ARTS: Artistic expression of disabled queers.

WHO
If you are interested in the intersections of queer (l/g/b/t/I and more) and disability (all kinds), then this is the conference for you. Whether you think of it as "queerly disabled" or "queerly and mentally challenged" or "queer with an alternative body" or "l/g/b/t/I blind" or "mcs tranny fag" or "rainbow deaf" or "sick chick" or even "labels are not meaningful to me," you are WELCOME at this conference. (more on definitions)

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REGISTRATION

The conference will have a sliding scale for registration. If our fundraising is successful, we are hoping for registration fees to be: $50-100 for both days.

The conference committee is committed to making the conference as accessible as we possibly can. We take access seriously. We are planning for sign language interpreters, real-time captioning, print materials on braille and computer CD, wheelchair accessible meeting spaces and housing, a quiet room, a scent-free conference, and other access as requested.

Registration Form

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OTHER EVENTS IN THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA

SUPERFEST XXII--International Media Festival on Disabilities
The film screenings of award winners from this year’s competition will take place on June 1st and 2nd, from 1-5 p.m., at La Pena Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave., in Berkeley (near Ashby BART.) Tickets for each day are $5-$10, sliding scale and will be sold at the door. The "Meet the Filmmakers Reception" will take place on June 2nd, from 6-7 p.m., followed by the awards ceremony from 7-9 p.m. Both of these evening events are free. More information on Superfest XII.

The Society for Disability Studies is holding their annual conference in nearby Oakland on June 5-9, 2002. More information on SDS conference.

June is Gay Pride month and San Francisco celebrates all month long - with film festivals, conferences, and parties. More information on Gay Pride month.

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TRAVEL INFORMATION

The conference is on the campus of San Francisco State University.
How to get there
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Parking and local transportation info.

The campus is in the western part of San Francisco, California.

FLYING TO SAN FRANCISCO
The San Francisco Bay Area has 2 major airports: Oakland Airport and San Francisco Airport. Both are linked to the Bay Area transportation systems. For those people participating in both the Queer Disability Conference and the Society for Disability Studies conference, note that the Queer Disability Conference is closer to the San Francisco Airport, while the SDS Conference is closer to the Oakland Airport.

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR WHEELCHAIR USERS: Wheelchair accessible transportation to and from airports is not great. From the San Francisco Airport to points in San Francisco, you can use SuperShuttle. From the Oakland Airport or San Francisco Airport, you can use Bayporter. But neither has accessible service as part of their regular runs. So you must reserve it far in advance, and often wait for them to change vans to bring you the accessible one. Also it is almost impossible to get them to transport more than one wheelchair rider at a time. If you are able to use public transportation with your luggage, it might be easier and less hassle. From San Francisco Airport, take the SamTrans bus to the Colma BART station. From Oakland Airport, take the AC Transit bus to the Coliseum BART station.

BAY AREA TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS
In addition to the information at the SFSU website, here is a general overview of San Francisco Bay Area transit systems.

MUNI
Within San Francisco, the MUNI runs buses, streetcars and cable cars. The "M" streetcar runs from downtown San Francisco out to SFSU. The MUNI system is partially accessible. The downtown stops and SFSU stops are accessible. But if you need wheelchair access, you need to check the system before you use it. Before you decide to stay anywhere but SFSU, make sure you are near one of the accessible transit stops.

BART
The BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) system is a fixed-route system for San Francisco and the East Bay (Oakland, Berkeley, etc.). You need to use an elevator, escalator or stairs at each stop. If you need to use the elevators, phone BEFORE you go the BART station at 510-834-LIFT (834-5438).

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NO SCENT POLICY

In order for the conference to be accessible to folks with multiple chemical sensitivities, we must ask everyone to NOT use any scented products. See: How and Why to be Scent-Free

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FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO VOLUNTEER:

email: QDConference2002@hotmail.com

FOR PROGRAM INFORMATION:

email: QDProgram@hotmail.com

On the web at www.disabledwomen.net/queer

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