Archive for June, 2010

Ah Kua Show Supports Mongolian Transgender Cause

June 29, 2010

Ah Kua Show is speaking to the Mongolian LGBT regarding financial support and publicity through the show following a tip-off from Carla LaGata.  Here’s the email from Carla LaGata from Transgender Europe’s “Transrespect versus Transphobia Worldwide” (TvT) research project:

The TvT research project receives a lot of information on the situation of trans people worldwide. At the moment we are particularly concerned about the situation in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia.  GBT people in general have to live under extreme conditions and at the moment especially the transwomen of Ulaanbaatar are subject to physical violence, gang rapes, abductions, and death threats. They are being told that they will be killed if they continue to be who they are. The perpetrators belong to a well-organized ultranationalist group, which is protected by the police. We received all this information from the Mongolian LGBT Centre, the only group that cares for LGBT people and especially for the transwomen in Mongolia. They managed to get two transwomen out of the country after they received death threats. In February they produced a really shocking documentary. You can watch it
in Youtube with English subtitles:

Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zBjKxycXWQ
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3bhuMQutgU
Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56CK_U3vjKs

The transwoman appearing in the documentary has received a death threat after the documentary was shown. The Mongolian LGBT Centre managed to get her out of the country.

The Mongolian LGBT Centre has no funding and its activists are working voluntarily and under extreme conditions as they are threatened by the ultranationalist group, too. They already tried to abduct an activist.

I think it is absolutely important and urgent that we support them, exchange with them and include them in our networking and movement.

At present the Mongolian LGBT Centre is leading the development of non-discrimination legislation. This will be a long-term process, but it is a much-needed step forward in terms of the protection of human rights in Mongolia. Last weekend they started filming an awareness campaign for LGBT rights, using high-profile people from a range of different fields, which will be broadcasted over a series of months with accompanying informational and promotional material.

If you have any means to support them (financially, knowledge-wise, contacts etc), please do so and contact them at:
www.lgbtcentre.mn  –   info@lgbtcentre.mn

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Authorised Company Representative Sought for New York Fringe Showcase

June 1, 2010

As you may know the Ah Kua Show will be staged at the New York Fringe this year.  We are looking for an authorised company rep for the show.  The rep has to be New York based.  This will be a paid position (mutually negotiated).   The work will really kick in in July (one day of training) followed by the actual staging of the show in August (sometime between 18 to 26 Aug 10).  The job description is given below.  If you are keen, please email leona@leonalo.com.

ACR duties
ACR – Authorized Company Representative – The ACR is your company’s sole FringeNYC contact and House / Company Manager. The ACR must be the sole representative that contacts FringeNYC staff with questions. This person must be present at your show’s load-in and tech, and every performance (not on stage or backstage) to answer any questions about your show that the box office manager and venue director will not be able to answer (remember that there will be 10 – 14 shows in each venue, and the venue staff will not know everything about each one), including any questions regarding ticketing and settlements.