In­ter­sec­tional spin on an 18th cen­tury idea

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The Bleux Stock­ings So­ci­ety is a group of cis­gen­der and trans­gen­der women and non-bi­nary peo­ple that gather on a monthly ba­sis to host live lit­er­a­ture shows. A theme is an­nounced in ad­vance and the pieces sub­mit­ted that best fit the theme are cho­sen to be read by their au­thors. Each per­former is then given five to seven min­utes to read their work aloud. A por­tion of the $10 cover goes to a women’s char­ity.

Gear­ing up for the “Tri­umph”-themed show­case on Jan. 15, co-founder Amy Te­cosky pointed out that this show will be the group’s two-year an­niver­sary.

“I started it in Jan­uary of 2016 with orig­i­nal co-founder/pro­ducer, El­la­ree Yea­gley,” Te­cosky told Ge­or­gia Voice. “The Bleux Stock­ings So­ci­ety, or BSS, was born out of a de­sire to pro­vide a space for of­ten un­der- rep­re­sented voices in a safe, com­fort­able en­vi­ron­ment. The hope was that we would serve as a jump­ing-off point for writ­ers who were new to per­form­ing and wanted to test the wa­ters.”

The show is near and dear to the heart of co-pro­ducer Rita Les­lie too.

“For me,” she ex­plained, “my ori­gin story is two-fold be­cause I ac­tu­ally per­formed at the very first show. So when asked to jump in as co-pro­ducer about a year-anda-half ago, it was a no-brainer. I knew BSS was spe­cial and I couldn’t wait to add value to an al­ready thriv­ing live-lit com­mu­nity.”

Te­cosky said she came up with the idea for the group when she was in high school.

“The orig­i­nal Blue Stock­ings So­ci­ety was an aca­demic and cre­ative salon for women in the 1750s,” she said. “It was a rad­i­cal idea for the time pe­riod. Af­ter join­ing the Atlanta lit­er­ary com­mu­nity, I re­vis­ited the idea; I loved the con­cept of women (both cis and trans) and non-bi­nary peo­ple hav­ing their own ‘salon’ of sorts — a space to reflect and

By SHAN­NON HAMES

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