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Pride Month in San Francisco there's still time to register for the Fresh Meat Festival virtual shows!

Karen Madej

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I must admit the title of the festival alarmed me. Did fresh meat mean steak and lamb chops or perhaps burgers and corn dogs? Are corn dogs even considered meat? I thought I'd better do some research before sharing festival dates with you.

First off, I found a British sitcom named Fresh Meat which is based around the lives of four university students. If you have a delicate constitution, I beg you not to watch the clips. Some may hit too close to the bone for those not used to profanity and lewdness. The show has to nothing to do with Pride Month and the Fresh Meat Festival. It ran for four seasons and Rotten Tomatoes' critics scored it 87/100, so you might enjoy it.

Let's explore some definitions from various dictionaries. One of Collin's Dictionary example sentences includes a quote from the Times, Sunday Times (2012).

You don't have to do very much to make fresh meat delicious.

Wiktionary, among other uses, offers:

A person or group of people who arouse one's interest, either as a new target for deception, humiliation or ridicule, or as a potential love interest or one-night stand.

Freshmeat from The Urban Dictionary shares a quote by LinzBelle December 13, 2005, which comes closest to what the sitcom mentioned above is about:

Hot young men/women college freshmen.
There is quite alot of freshmeat this semester, I think I'll have a taste.

This last one from the Cambridge English Corpus meshes nicely with the state of play for San Francisco's poor and poverty-stricken folks. Also, nothing to do with the Fresh Meat Festival.

The recent availability of fresh meat and vegetables has helped to diversify the diet, but only for the families that can afford such small luxuries.

So what exactly is the Fresh Meat Festival?

Two weeks of fabulous theatre, dance, and music. That sounds like fun. Even though the coronavirus forced founding Artistic Director and transgender choreographer Sean Dorsey to take the festival online, you won't be disappointed. His program includes amazing yesteryear shows from the archives. I picked a compilation video from 2011 for you.

I don't know why but when I saw two women ball dancing to Sweet's Ballroom Blitz I burst into tears. Their dance struck something in me. Maybe it will in you too.

INVOCATION, the first Video Postcard from Sean Dorsey Dance in 2019 heralds the arrival of a multi-year project called The Lost Art Of Dreaming. The choreography makes me wish I had those kinds of moves, don't they make you feel the same way?

In December 2020 his CONJURE/STIR video did indeed evoke stirrings and conjured a quiet joy in my heart. I'd love to hear what you thought and felt while you watched it.

The third arrived in February 2021. Pardon the puns but this video postcard cast a spell of moving in water that made me feel as though I was in a strong but silent dream. How did it make you feel?

Fresh Meat is celebrating 20 years of productions. Sean Dorsey champions "transgender and non-gender conforming communities." Based in San Francisco, he believes "art is a powerful tool for social justice."

If I've convinced you to register in advance for this two weekend series of shows which self-proclaims they are:

Edgy, exquisite, extraordinary dance, theater and live music featuring trans and queer artists!

Click for the 20TH ANNIVERSARY FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL, scroll down the page read the message in red, scroll down some more and click on the #superFRESH programs of your choice. You'll need to hustle if you want to see #superFRESH Program 1 on Friday, June 18 at 5 pm PDT.

But don't fret if you miss it, you still have #superFRESH Program 2 on Saturday, June 19 at 5 pm PDT, and #superFRESH Program 3 on Saturday, June 19 at 5 pm PDT.

I signed up for all three and made a small donation to help towards the artists' fees.

The Fresh Meat Festival definition, to me, portrays love, acceptance, and a freedom of spirit for all transgender and queer folk. Fresh or old hands. I believe exceptional people attract other exceptional people of whatever gender they live their lives as.

“Equality means more than passing laws. The struggle is really won in the hearts and minds of the community, where it really counts.” – Barbara Gittings

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