WTF Is Queerly Complex?

Queerly Complex is a creative enterprise by Lead Artist Jason Wyman and Queer Retailer John O'Reilly that helps Queerdos and our comrades find their place in the cosmos, explore their complex feels, and express their radical beliefs.

It started in 2007 as a blog where Jason published posts that helped them document and chart their course through time and space. In 2021, Wyman and O'Reilly officially launched www.QueerlyComplex.com to create a platform for Jason's visual work. Since then, it has quickly grown into a whole cosmos of events, services, initiatives, collaborations, media, merchandise, and limited-run goods that bring together Queerdos and our comrades to co-create pathways towards our collective liberation from shame, punishment, domination, and oppression. 

Queerly Complex is broken into five main sections:

  • Queer Love 2023, a Queerdo-run initiative to spread our Queer Love Manifesto all over 2023 by coordinating a Calendar of Events, Service Directory, and Map of Venues,
  • Services / Hire Us!, including Creative Coaching, Chaos Poetry, and Tree of Change with Crystal Mason,¬†
  • Shop, our landing page for all our Queer Comfortwear, Accessories, and Limited-Run Goods,¬†
  • Blog & Events, our public-facing inquiries, explorations, celebrations, and gatherings that bring together our ideas, our values, Queerdos, and our comrades, and¬†¬†
  • QC Cosmos, an introduction to the people, values, ideas, and dreams that co-create Queerly Complex (Coming soon!)

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WTF Is Queer Love 2023?

Queer Love 2023 is: 

  • a Manifesto declaring who we are, how we see the world, what we believe, the dreams we hold, and the commitments we make to promulgating Queer Love,¬†
  • a Calendar of Events that seek to uphold and further our Manifesto,¬†
  • a Service Directory of Businesses & Organizations who value mutual care & aid,¬†
  • and a Map of Venues committed to ensuring sanctuary for Queerdos.¬†

Queer Love 2023 is for anyone who:

  • Seeks camaraderie with other Queerdos
  • Produces gatherings (online or virtual) that bring together Queerdos to share, exchange, celebrate, or showcase all the things that make us Queerdos. (Examples include a Drag King performance showcase, a conversation about Queer Caregiving, a workshop about end-of-life planning for kinksters, a virtual gallery exhibition of trans artists from around the world, networking events for artists and cultural producers.)¬†¬†¬†¬†
  • Provides artistic, creative, or professional services (e.g. coaching, photography, bookkeeping, marketing, fiscal sponsorship, grant writing, event production, etc.) to Queerdo artists (discounts for Queerdos strongly encouraged!)
  • Operates a venue that offers sanctuary to Queerdos and offers space rental for Queerdo artists and producers (discounts for Queerdos strongly encouraged!)¬†¬†

Queer Love 2023 is a Work-In-Progress.

It was initially drafted by Jason Wyman, Crystal Mason, John O’Reilly, Trayvon Smith, Ash Tré Phillips, Jessie Sunday, Teddy Benjamin, and Midori. It comes with a Creative Commons 4.0 License, so anyone can use and remix it for any purpose, while giving credit to ALL of the people who initially drafted the first Work-in-Progress.

WTF Is Queerly Complex Creative Coaching?

Queerly Complex Creative Coaching specializes in helping Queerdos and our comrades explore your complex feels so you can more creatively express your radical beliefs in ways that better reflect who you be.

We know how to listen deeply for what’s said and left unsaid, ask just the right questions that reveal insights hidden in plain sight, and offer solutions that artfully move you towards your visions and dreams. 

Our Creative Coaching starts with a 20 minute Intake Call to assess your needs, wants, and desires. By the end of the call, we will know whether Queerly Complex Creative Coaching is a match for your current situation or project. With deep connections to a wide range of consultants, business partners, and independent artists, even if we are not a match you will leave the Intake Call with leads on how to move from where you are to where you want to be.   

If we are a match, the next step on our journey will be a 60-75 minute Dreaming Session. During this Dreaming Session, we will discover a central line of inquiry or a seed for dreaming. Then, Wyman will walk you into a dream space, which you will be in for 10 minutes. You will then be invited to document your dream, thoughts, connections, or lines of inquiry. Wyman will then ask a series of questions about your experience. This process always reveals creative prompts or actions that will help you take steps towards your dreams and desires in a manner aligned with your identities, cultures, and values.  

Queerly Complex Creative Coaching is built upon two and a half decades of providing high quality, easy going, and adaptive creative consulting services to artists, musicians, filmmakers, journalists, dancers,  gallerists, designers, educators, counselors, social workers, organizational leaders, activists, movement organizers, and entrepreneurs by queer, anti-binary San Francisco artist, educator, and facilitator Jason Wyman. Wyman uses an intuitive, emergent approach that offers concrete & creative tactics that move clients from dreams to actions to realities.

All our clients gain a queer perspective of their situation, issue, problem, or question and leave feeling heard, seen, and valued. 

Some results of Creative Coaching services include:

WTF Is the Queerly Complex Shop?

We Queerdos deserve to feel comfortable in our own skin no matter our gender, sexuality, body size, disability, place of birth, family, race, or class.

That’s an Herculean feat when we’re incessantly bombarded with shame and guilt for being too queer or weird or different by family members, neighbors, and the Monied Class. It can make feeling our complex feels and expressing our radical beliefs hella difficult. And yet we must still feel it all and we must still speak our truths for our collective survival depends on it.   

The Queerly Complex Shop offers a selection of Queer Comfortwear and Limited-Run Goods that makes expressing ourselves, navigating the chaos, and finding our comrades a bit easier and way more fun. With a penchant for boldness and exuberance, Queerly Complex designs provoke playfulness and evoke curiosity. 

And our Queerly Complex logo proudly displayed on all of our apparel, art, and merch means whenever and wherever you see it, you’re in the presence of Queerdos & comrades.

Queer Comfortwear is our armor as we go out into a world hostile towards Queerdos.

It’s soft to the touch, bold on the eye, and hangs just a wee bit loose, which means it fits perfectly. When you put it on, you feel more at ease with who you are and able to say what you want, need, or desire to say. Queerly Complex Queer Comfortwear will become your absolute favorite apparel any time you just want to be you.           

For John, Queer Comfortwear started as a black t-shirt, the one piece of apparel he’s worn every day for over three decades. It started with band tees, like Coil, Soft Cell, and Siouxsie and the Banshees. Wearing them helped him find his people in 80s and 90s LA, people he’s still dear friends with today. John learned the simple black t-shirt is more than just a tee. It’s a canvas upon which you can broadcast a message that helps you find fellow Queerdos and our comrades. 

Queer Comfortwear for Jason could be a dress, a hoodie, a pair of sweats or leggings, a cap, a blouse. It is any piece of apparel that can go from cooking in the kitchen to lounging in the park to dancing on the dancefloor and still feels like it belongs. Jason’s played with gender their whole adult life, so Queer Comfortwear is any item you adore because it adorns you in a way that helps you be who you want, need, and desire to be.

Limited-Run Goods Vs. Art

We are always creating at Queerly Complex. It’s how we have fun, chart our course through the chaos all around us, and discover the things we love, detest, and crave. Creation is liberation, and that is art. 

Every now and again, we stumble upon an idea, a mantra, an image, a method of making, an artform, a tool that seems especially relevant to the present moment. It begs us to be more than a thing we keep to ourselves. Instead, it demands to become a sketch, a limited edition print, a seasonal product, or some other good. These items are Queerly Complex Limited-Run Goods.   

Every Limited-Run Good is available for a limited amount of time with a limited quantity. These higher priced items financially support Queerly Complex in working towards our vision of a sprawling, distributive complex of spaces that contribute to the collective generation of Queer Love, Family, Art, & Culture. Purchase yours today, and know that you are helping cultivate sanctuary for Queerdos. 

We want to be clear: Queerly Complex Limited Run Goods are not our art. We believe art is the human drive to make meaning of this cosmos through numerous forms for cultural expression. As such, art can never be sold or purchased. 

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WTF Is The QC & Queerly Complex Events?

On August 28, 2007, shortly after Jason¬†married¬†John, Jason¬†got the courage to launch a blog called¬†Queerly Complex¬†on Blogger.¬†They shared deeply intimate portraits, from ‚ÄúPiss Trigger‚ÄĚ to ‚ÄúThe Fight with the Knife,‚ÄĚ of¬†their weird, queer life. It was radical¬†candor¬†through artistic expression, and¬†it was a call for¬†them to figure out who they were, where they fit into the world, and who were their comrades. ¬†

The QC, a blog, continues this tradition by offering insight into the messy, chaotic, wondrous world of Jason Wyman & their fellow Queerdos through articles, illustrations, poetry, Queerspells, and so much more.

It is a platform to reveal their hidden vulnerabilities, share tactics that help them find their way, and celebrate the camaraderie and solidarity of Queer Love. Along the journey, Wyman will chat with fellow Queerdos and comrades, invite guest artists and writers to share their art, work, and stories, and may even publish a collection of select posts in print. The QC, a blog, is a free offering to all who seek some clarity, want to dream, and are working towards our collective liberation from shame, punishment, domination, and oppression. 

Queerly Complex Events bring Queerdos and our comrades together in mutual care, support, and aid to cultivate camaraderie & solidarity through art, media, and storytelling. 

Queerly Complex Events build on over two decades of Wyman producing intergenerational arts, media, healing, and education events, programs, and fellowships in the fields of youth development, community organizing, civic engagement, filmmaking, political education, and distance learning. All Queerly Complex Events focus on facilitating connection between guests with ease, grace, and care. Attention is paid to cultivate as accessible an environment as possible and communicate directly when known barriers to accessibility exist.

Coming in 2023, Jason in partnership with Crystal Mason will be producing workshops on tactics for cultivating belonging in virtual and physical space.

If you would like to stay informed, please sign up for the Queerly Complex newsletter to get invitations directly to your inbox. 

 

How does Queerly Complex give back?

With over 25 years in the business of nonprofits, Wyman has come to deeply mistrust the ways in which charity is conceived, financed, and administered, so Queerly Complex does not practice charity.

Instead, we co-create mutuality.

For Queerly Complex, this means dedicating a significant portion of our time & resources to cultivating a culture that celebrates, practices, and propagates the creation of horizontal, distributive networks of care, aid, and support for queer, trans, immigrant, Black, Indigenous, disabled, and poor artists. In our 20 plus years of creating these kinds of networks in the fields of youth media, youth development, and education reform, we know that this work is so often un- or under-funded and that the labor of writing and getting grants takes away from the labor needed to sustain and propagate horizontal, distributive networks. 

That’s why Queerly Complex is committed to:

  • continuing to provide in-kind administrative support to Queer Love 2023, the Immigrant Artist Network, and Queer Art School throughout 2023,¬†
  • selling a series of limited-run goods with 100% profits going to provide seed funding for Queer Love 2023, the Immigrant Artist Network, and Queer Art School,
  • co-creating and publishing free, culturally-relevant and -specific tools, models, and tactics that make learning about, co-creating, and propagating distributive, horizontal networks easy, fun, and inspiring,
  • co-producing free events that convene Queerdos and comrades¬†as a means to connect and potentially co-create across borders, territories, practices, traditions, cultures, identities, abilities, and beliefs, and
  • providing up to 20 hours of in-kind Creative Coaching to poor or low-income, youth or elder Queerdo artists.

Hiring Queerly Complex services and shopping at our store allows us to continue co-creating pathways towards liberation through the propagation of horizontal, distributive networks without worry of where financing for these networks comes from.

The world is a much better place when we are free to be our full, gloriously, queer selves.