Fed Up Fest is an all ages, annual music festival dedicated to elevating the visibility of radical queer, trans, gender non-conforming, and intersex people in punk and hardcore scenes. It is also a fundraiser for a local organization that centers its work around the queer and trans community. It encompasses music, art, and workshops, and actively confronts and challenges the perpetuation of oppression and abuse in these scenes.
We live in a homophobic and transphobic culture that is reflected within punk and hardcore scenes. The FUF collective aims to combat this culture by making punk a site of resistance to systemic oppression. We work to build and strengthen bonds between punk, queer, radical, and activist communities, and aim to center marginalized voices within these communities. We hope that Fed Up Fest creates a space of defiance, empowerment, pogoing, and change.
El Rescateis the beneficiary of Fed Up Fest 2017. El Rescate is a Chicago-based organization in Humboldt Park that provides an array of services to queer and trans youth, particularly queer and trans youth of color. From their website:
“El Rescate Transitional Living Program provides culturally appropriate, identity-affirming housing for homeless LGBTQ and/or HIV-positive youth ages 18-24 through a continuum of solutions. As part of this program, youth have access to the HIV prevention services offered by Vida/SIDA as well as employment/educational resources and Living Skills Training.
Distrust amongst homeless youth around adults is very high and often for good reason. Out on the streets all alone, they had to form friendships and negotiate boundaries in survival mode. El Rescate is a stable setting where they learn to live with peers, set rules for common areas, share a bedroom, respect for others and especially for themselves.”
El Rescate is turning 5 this year, and can use the money received from the fest to continue in the fight to end homelessness and create sustainable systems for young people who are queer, trans, POC, and/or HIV+.