How, and where, do we remember sites of queer/trans history? Which bars are memorialized in history and which are bulldozed over? Fifty years on from the inceptive Stonewall Riots, do we sometimes get tired of remembering? Is this okay? In this performance, we will perform a dual kind-of mourning, for Selena and for the Midtown bar Sally’s. Selena, the Tejana pop star, performed her legendary last performance at the Houston Astrodome in 1995. And Sally’s Hideaway & Sally’s II, bars situated around Times Square and populated largely by trans women of color, are reported to have existed, in different locations, from 1986 to 1997. What do these two events and spaces have to do with each other, if anything? Moving within the possibilities and difficulties of remembering each, this performance proposes a space for fatigue, joy, exhaustion, desire – and all their messy complications.
Presented on the occasion of Y’all Better Quiet Down, a joint exhibition at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division and the Leslie-Lohman Museum, curated by Jeanne Vaccaro and Nelson Santos.