Last Call

Last Call is a multiracial collective of queer artists, activists, and archivists. Drawn together by the closing of the last remaining dyke bar, Last Call creates innovative, multi-platform performances and events that document and interpret neglected queer history, creating connections between those who lived this history and those who have much at stake if it is forgotten. We conjure up intergenerational gathering places where the movement for queer liberation is carried forward.

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Category: Arts & Culture
Parish: Orleans
In addition to performance, there are four interwoven components to Last Call: (1) a digital archive of oral history interviews; (2) a podcast series to cull these interviews into rich half-hour stories; (3) community events that bring together queer people across lines of race, class, gender-identity and generational difference; and (4) a volunteer run next-generation support system for queer elders. We are committed to building work rooted in multiracial collaboration and intergenerational exchange.

Since 2012 Last Call has interviewed more than 25 LGBT elders in New Orleans, and in doing these interviews, we realized just how estranged we, as younger queer people, have become from an entire generation of our elders. Over the last four years, we've hosted community events to attempt to bridge this divide, including listening salons, creative intensives, dance parties, drag shows, work-in-progress showings, and oral history workshops.

This year Last Call is touring Alleged Lesbian Activities to Boston, MA, Berea, Kentucky and other cities across the US. We will begin our tour with site visits where we will conduct interviews of people who frequented lesbian bars in these communities. As we tour we will create podcasts from these interviews, and scenes to be performed in or alongside the work allowing Alleged Lesbian Activities to become a performative patchwork quilt memorializing lost lesbian spaces all over the country.

At home in New Orleans we are expanding the archival and intergenerational work of the organization to the wider LGBT community of New Orleans while continuing to prioritize the stories of women, trans* and gender non-conforming people, and people of color through the continuation of Queer Histories//Queer Futures (QHQF). QHQF is a triadic program of monthly events including workshops, salons and creative intensives administered by Last Call in partnership with the New Orleans LGBT Community Center. QHQF kicks off with a series of intergenerational oral history and audio production workshops for queer young adults and allies.
"For all of us who love story-telling, who are on a journey to understand the shoulders we stand on and the future we can build."
- Julia Dezen, about "Alleged Lesbian Activities"