4. National Queer Theatre Presents: Criminal Queerness Festival

An image depicting a still from the reading, "Courage Rebirth" by National Queer Theatre.
National Queer Theatre at Lincoln Center. Photograph courtesy Desmond Picotte.

Free and open to the public, National Queer Theatre presents their Criminal Queerness Festival in honor of Pride month. Readings, short talks and activists talks from queer activists worldwide bring to light the queer experience, with a particular lens on regions where being queer and trans continues to be criminalized. Works from Kenyan and Ugandan playwrights center stories of marginalization and criminalization, bringing to light the range of experience queer and trans folk experience internationally.

With a focus on the East African queer experience, Criminal Queerness Festival particularly centers regions where being a member of the LGBTQ+ community results in persecution. The festival specifically focuses on de-stigmatizing queerness in hostile spaces. The festival takes place at Lincoln Center from June 21-24.