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In the July issue...

  • Turn Up the Volume! Our Virtual Pride Concert Amplifying Black Keys 🎙
  • Rest & Reflection: Ring of Keys on Hiatus for the month of July 🗓️
  • Do You Feel Our Hearts Saying Hi? Ring of Keys Virtual Ensemble Video 🔑

PRIDE STARTED AS A RIOT

Black. Lives. Matter. Ring of Keys presented Turn Up The Volume! A Virtual Pride Concert Amplifying Black Keys on Saturday June 27th. This was a space for recognition, healing, and celebration for our Members. We raised almost $1,000 to support our Key performers and The Marsha P. Johnson Institute, an organization named after activist, self-identified drag queen, performer, and survivor Marsha P. Johnson, a prominent figure in the Stonewall uprising of 1969. 

If you missed the livestream, you can watch the recording in the video above (or click here)!

Music Direction: Dionne McClain-Freeney (she/her) 
Music Supervision: Julianne B. Merrill (she/her)
Host: Cynthia Nesbit (she/her) 
Video Production: Alice Hakvaag (she/her) 
Producer: Andrea Prestinario (she/her) 

Featuring performances by Keys:
Amara Brady (she/her) 
Mickey Angel Canada (she/her) 
Stephanie Everett (she/her)
Niani Feelings (she/her)
Dionne McClain-Freeney (she/her) 
Danyel Renee Geddie (she/her) 
Mizz June (she/her)
Janelle Lawrence (they/them) 
Zeniba Now (she/her) 
Camille Marissa (she/her)
Cynthia Nesbit (she/her) 
Imani Russell (they/them) 

Concert graphic created by Key Morgan Dean (they/them)

More About The Marsha P. Johnson Institute


The Marsha P. Johnson Institute (MPJI) protects and defends the human rights of BLACK transgender people. We do this by organizing, advocating, creating an intentional community to heal, developing transformative leadership, and promoting our collective power.

We intend to reclaim Marsha P. Johnson and our relationship as BLACK trans people to her life and legacy. It is in our reclaiming of Marsha that we give ourselves permission to reclaim autonomy to our minds, to our bodies, and to our futures. We were founded both as a response to the murders of BLACK trans women and women of color and how that is connected to our exclusion from social justice issues, namely racial, gender, and reproductive justice, as well as gun violence.

REST & REFLECTION






















Ring of Keys and its Team of volunteers are taking the month of July for rest and reflection. We will be off the grid but will reconvene in August! We look forward to being in touch then!

Look out for UNLOCKED: The Big Queer Summer Festival, happening on our social media platforms, beginning August 3rd!

Do You Feel Our Hearts Saying Hi?

In honor of Pride 2020, we put out a request to all our Keys toward creating a Virtual Ensemble video. 34 Keys quarantining in 16 cities answered the call! We closed out Pride with this anthem on identification: our namesake! Stay safe, keep fighting, and keep opening doors!
Do you have work that you want us to showcase? Let us know! Reply to this email, or use the hashtag #ringofkeys on your social media posts so we can know about all the great stuff going on with our Members.
 
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