How do we love ourselves,
our bodies and each other
in the face of oppression?
video interviews with queer & trans leaders
exploring this essential question
This is the big question in my life these days, and I know I’m not alone -- which is why I’ve invited queer and trans leaders to share their thoughts and practices with us in this year’s Queer Body Love Speaker Series.
I'm Elizabeth Cooper, and I host this online speaker series around Pride month each year. The 2017 Queer Body Love Speaker Series consists of 30-60 minute, pre-recorded video interviews with queer and trans leaders from around the world exploring this essential question.
Personal and spiritual development in the Western world often tries to forget that we are humans living in bodies in society. And… we are humans living in bodies in relationship to other people. Our cultures and the systems we live in affect how we see ourselves and literally how we feel in our bodies.
It makes sense if you’re struggling with really experiencing your own, embodied sense of self worth. Most mainstream cultures teach us to de-value our authentic selves.
And there is another way.
Choosing self-love isn’t an individualistic endeavor. We need each other. We need to hear and know that we are not alone in the struggle to love ourselves. We need possibility models, hope, inspiration and practical ideas and tools to support us in really committing to self-love.
That’s why I’m so excited to share these amazing interviews with you. It’s time to explore what it really means to take pride in all parts of ourselves. It’s time for us to learn from each other how we CAN love our ourselves and each other in the face of oppression -- and through it, to the other side.
You are so worthy. Let us show you how you too can believe that.
Elizabeth Cooper is a Queer Body Love coach, an artist and a guide. She hosts the annual Queer Body Love Speaker Series each summer around Pride Month. Elizabeth coaches private clients, lead group courses and workshops, and facilitates retreats so that you can learn to live and embody your own liberation. She lives in a 13 person queer collective in San Francisco, travels to present her work, and works virtually with clients all over the world.
After growing up in Japan and Brazil, Elizabeth moved to the Bay Area to make queer, experimental performance art. She studied Anthropology, Gender & Sexuality Studies and Dance at Princeton University and has completed immersive, residential programs at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Massachusetts and Antioch Buddhist Studies Program in India. She blends her academic background in cultural politics of the body, feminism and queer theory with her passion for the power of movement and meditation in her Queer Body Love coaching business. She loves helping you feel at home and beautiful in yourself, your body and your communities.
About The Queer Body Love Speakers
In the Queer Body Love Speaker Series, I wanted to interview people who critique the dominant paradigms -- and who envision a different possibility -- to share their lived experiences, wisdom, and questions. I reached out to people whom I want to influence our thinking about love, bodies and community. For these beautiful humans to share their messages for us to use as guideposts to orient as we choose the culture we want for ourselves.
Each speaker is walking their own path, and have agreed to share, openly and honestly with us, about questions that elude easy answers. They have been brave in sharing their thinking on these big questions with us, right now and right here. In conversation with these brilliant people, I encountered so many experiences, perspectives and wisdoms different than my own -- and that was thrilling.
Some of the confirmed, badass speakers include Ragen Chastain, Sonya Renee Taylor, Marcia Baczynski, Sinclair Sexsmith, Vivienne McMaster, Robin Wilson-Beattie, Vanessa Rochelle Lewis, Sam Dylan Finch, Dara Hoffman Fox, Ashleigh Shackelford, Anna Kunnecke and Nick McArthur, Caleb Luna, M'kali-Hashiki, and Tabias Wilson. Sign up below for updates and/or watch the Queer Body Love Facebook page.
These inspiring, provocative leaders thinkers will help us explore the big, deep, complex question...
"How do we love ourselves, our bodies and each other in the face of oppression?"
We’ll also be exploring the following questions:
- How do you define personal and collective liberation?
- What’s a specific way that oppression has snuck its way into your thinking and feeling?
- How have you overcome that internalized oppression?
- What inspired you to choose yourself? How did you do that?
- Why is self-love important and political?
- How does self-love relate to our relationship to other people?
- What does our body have to do with all of this?
- What’s a moment when you realized that your individual, embodied, lived experience is impacted by larger systems?
- How has this knowledge impacted the way you live?
These interviews will show you a multitude of different ways of approaching self & body love -- or rejecting it (!) -- so that you can explore your personal next steps towards agency and liberation.
How it Works
We will begin the Queer Body Love Speaker Series 2017 when we have a group of 1000 folks signed up and ready to enjoy the interviews. This is a collective movement, and will be infinitely more powerful the more people who watch, participate, and let this change their lives.
You get the interviews emailed to you on a daily basis when the Queer Body Love Speaker Series 2017 begins.
What are you waiting for? Ready to explore Queer Body Love? Join us.
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Each interview will be available for 24 hours to stream on any internet ready device, and we’ll discuss them in the Queer Body Love Facebook group. If you’d like to take the interviews home with you they’re also available for purchase.
Accessibility: interviews will be available as videos with captions and transcripts.
What you'll get:
- 15 interviews you can stream via the internet (each one available for 24 hours once event begins)
- The closed Queer Body Love Facebook Group
- A 2017 Queer Body Love Speaker Series workbook with questions to support your integration of the talks
- A free body love meditation
- Weekly love letters from me post series completion
What to look forward to:
- Real, open, deep conversations with queer and trans leaders
- Stories about loving yourself in the face of oppression
- Inspiration, hope, and concrete, practical ideas
- Thought provoking questions to continue to ponder yourself
The whole series will soon be available for purchase so you can have lifetime access to the interviews. If you're interested in that option and would like to be notified as soon as it's available please email email@example.com.
You are not alone. Let’s envision new possibilities together -- and love ourselves even in the face of oppression.
That’s a challenging yet thrilling prospect… and there’s something fundamentally hopeful about going there together. A different way of being is possible. We can make it. Together.
And that is why we’re asking ourselves -- and each other -- "How do we love ourselves, our bodies and each other in the face of oppression?"
And of course it can be intimidating to even look towards the ways in which we hurt ourselves, our bodies and each other, let alone what love could look like. Personal and collective trauma has embedded itself and manifests in us and our relationships. It’s hard to unravel, and it can feel lonely to carry. Learning from each other helps. A lot.
The Queer Body Love Speaker Series is a beautiful opportunity to be part of intimate conversations, both from leaders in our communities and with each other. It’s about how we can choose ourselves. How you can choose yourself.
These interviews will challenge, inspire and change you.
Psst… it takes a village!
With huge projects like this, and especially in keeping with the themes of the series, I think it's incredibly important to recognize that I did NOT do this alone! So many people have supported the birthing of this project, and I want to take a moment to recognize them. Click here to see who made this amazing project happen behind the scenes.