Bilicious creator/producer Susannah Layton’s story
When I came out as bisexual, I was living in one of the world’s most LGBT friendly cities, San Francisco. I wasn’t prepared for the lack of bisexual community to welcome me; instead I experienced the invisibility of bisexuals within a strongly visible lesbian and gay community. As a bisexual, I often felt dismissed or misunderstood by both the gay and straight communities. And so it became my personal goal to help build bisexual community and visibility in San Francisco and beyond.
In 2007, while browsing the program for the annual National Queer Arts Festival in San Francisco, I was shocked to discover there were no bisexual events being produced that year. So I grabbed the opportunity to respond to a call for entries for the 2008 event. My passion for the visual and performing arts fueled my desire to create a multimedia theater production, which would showcase bisexual artists and provide an opportunity for the audience to engage in a conversation about bisexuality. The Queer Cultural Center awarded me a Creating Queer Community grant to produce the first Bilicious Show, which became the only featured bisexual event in the National Queer Arts Festival that year. After three successful annual productions in the festival, in 2010, I moved the Bilicious Show with me to Boston, where I currently reside.
Why you should support the Bilicious Show
As a sexual minority group, bisexuals need cultural events that represent our community to feel visible, accepted, and understood. Bilicious is a bisexual-themed multimedia variety show, featuring music, comedy, dance, poetry, and personal video interviews with the cast. Playfully mixing serious issues with entertainment, the Bilicious Show helps to demystify stereotypes about bisexuality while presenting positive images of bisexuals. It also encourages a dialogue about sexuality with the audience, through an interactive and often lively Q&A discussion with the cast and producer, which immediately follows the show.
In Boston, the Bilicious Show doesn’t have the support of a festival or grants, that's why I am reaching out to you. Previously a one-night only event, the show’s growing popularity amongst theatergoers of all persuasions has encouraged me to expand the show to two nights this year on November 8 & 9. This requires higher costs to produce the show, that's why I need your help.
How your donation will help make a difference
Your donation will help contribute towards the following costs of making the Bilicious Show possible:
- Filming personal interviews with the performers, which will be featured as part of the show.
- Theatre and rehearsal space rental.
- Marketing and publicity (e.g. postcards, posters, programs).
What Bilicious can offer you
In addition to receiving my immense gratitude, you could get some great perks for your donation, including: VIP tickets to see the 4th Annual Bilicious Boston Show, even a drink and conversation with me after the show! For our West Coast and long-distance supporters, we have fabulous Bilicious merchandise, including bumper stickers, t-shirts, and mugs!
Other ways you can help
The Bilicious Show would greatly appreciate it if you would please help spread the word by linking to this fundraising campaign on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and other social media tools.
THANK YOU!Susannah Layton
What people have said about previous Bilicious Shows
“A bridge between gay and straight communities.” – The Boston Globe
"As a gay man...I wanted to say how much I enjoyed this event. I was entertained and educated...it brought me a closer clarity and gave me a deeper depth of understanding to the man that I am so honored and thrilled is my bisexual boyfriend!" - Ronnie C Rice Jr.
"I say this with all honesty – it was probably the best bi event I’ve ever attended. Thank you for doing so much for our community.” – Nicole Kristal, co-author, The Bisexual’s Guide To The Universe
"The show was phenomenal! …It was truly awesome to see so many bis and bi-friendly people in one place! The energy of the show was so great for all of us! It ministered to our hearts, minds and spirits!" – Kinnari Kreme, Bay Area Bisexual Network