“Young, Black, Queer and Poly: Navigating in Spaces that Were Never Meant for You”
This session is a series of interactive conversations meant to explore and unpack intersectionality between age, race, and sexual orientation, through a polyamorous lens. Broken into two parts, the first being led by Jae Rice, and the second facilitated by Tori Rice, “Young, Black, Queer and Poly…” will examine the relationship between identities and determine what roles each one plays in the navigation of the other. Jae and Tori will also discuss the unique ways they personally move through the world as visible Black poly figures, and how their other identities shape their non-monogamy. This is a session meant to encourage real conversations about how identity effects non-monogamy and how non-monogamy effects all other identities, separately and collectively.
Bios: Jae Rice (they/them) and Tori Rice (she/her) are Cultural Producers, curators, and artists from Chicago. Married for over 8 years, the duo conceived their theoretical child, smallWORLD Collective a few years ago. smallWORLD is an artist collective and consulting group aiming to build and strengthen a plethora of communities. Through sWC, the Rice’s have curated events throughout the city of Chicago, including their weekly event E N E R G Y, which has thrived every Sunday for almost two years. sWC provides a profusion of services, including professional djing and photography services, wardrobe/image consulting, and non-monogamous support for individuals and couples. Jae and Tori’s passion is creating meaningful and intentional spaces, then watching those spaces grow and intersect.
With backgrounds in Business and Politics, the Rice’s also strive to perpetuate those aspects into the communities they build, and are involved in. Jae and Tori’s also dedicate their time to the normalcy of polyamory. While acting as visible poly figures in the community, and providing education and safe spaces for individuals wanting to explore new or existing polyamorous relationships, they hope to help abolish oppressions and stigmas associated with polyamory, and specifically polyamory within Black communities.