Queer. Fat. Political. Commemorating the life and work of Judy Freespirit. July 24, 2011


Queer. Fat. Political. a flabulous star-studded, politically inspired evening of fierce fattitude and performance sponsored by the GLBT Historical Society.

Sunday, July 24, 2011
@ the GLBT History Museum – 4127 18th Street
$5 donations are requested but no one turned away for lack of funds!

This event will commemorate the life and work of fat activist Judy Freespirit (who has an archive at the Historical Society) and will feature performance from the legendary FAT LIP Readers’ Theater, Jezebel Delilah X and others! Performances will be followed by a discussion/Q&A and is meant to create dialogue between generations of fat queer activists.

If you have questions or want a jpeg of the flier send me an email at nyboheme@yahoo.com

Thanks and big fat tummy rubs!

Virgie Tovar, Event Organizer
Read more about the GLBT Historical Society and the GLBT History Museum at www.glbthistory.org

Judy Freespirit was an architect of the fat liberation movement. She was a founding member of the Fat Underground and of FAT LIP Readers Theatre. She was a performer, an activist, a lesbian, a feminist, and all around fearless shit kicker.

Cathy Cade, a member of the GLBT Historical Society Women’s Committee, has completed an archive for Judy Freespirit which can be viewed at the GLBT Historical Society. Pieces from the collection will be on display at the July 24 event.



Sharonah Robinson aka Sharon Lia Robinson

Judy Freespirit introduced me to fat feminism at the Women’s Center in Venice, California, circa late 1973.  Because of her inspiration,  I then joined the first fat women’s problem solving group, circa 1974, in Venice, Ca.  Today,  I  continue to work with body image in my art and writings. Blessings, Sharonah Robinson (aka Sharon Bas Hannah).  For examples of my size esteem work and Rubenesque Landscape project, see www.sharonrobinson.org

Laurie Ackerman

I dreamed about you last night Judy and heard your soft voice which I am starting to miss.  It still lives in my head.  I remember going to your apartment when the kids were small and lighting the menorah with you.  I remember your wonderful chicken soup and all the good things that sprang from your kitchen.  I miss you Judy.   We all do.

Kata Orndorff

I met Judy in the mid 80s when I lived in Sonoma County, CA. and was looking for a place to live She was in a 2-bedroom sublet for the summer and needed a roommate. A mutual acquaintance in the lesbian community gave me her phone number.

She did not tell me that Judy was a fat woman involved in the Fat Liberation Movement. But Judy did just fine educating me about fat politics. It was one of those “aha” feminist moments for me. Judy had such a clear understanding of the way that society oppressed women around body image. As well as the double whammy of then getting many of them on the seesaw between starving themselves to lose weight and then gaining it all back plus more because of the body’s healthy reaction to being starved.

I reconnected with Judy in the 90s at a co-counseling conference for disabled people. By then I had become chemically sensitive. Judy was there for me during some difficult times in my life. When my partner left me after moving to Tucson she called me every week to do co-counseling by phone on her dime. I was able to travel to the Bay Area to visit and interview bisexual women for a book I was working on because I stayed with Judy in her environmentally safe condo.

In the last several years Judy and I have kept in contact by phone, talking to each other every few months or so. She knew she could share with me the struggles she was having in her life. I knew I never had to censor how difficult and, at times, painful my life is with Judy. She understood.

Judy I know you’re fine. I know you truly have no limits now. I know you’re in a state of bliss. So, I know it is for my loss of you that I mourn. I miss you, dear friend.

Kata Orndorff

Program from the memorial

For those who were unable to attend the memorial on Nov. 6, you can download the program booklet that was distributed there.

Judy Freespirit Memorial Program

CL Post

Hola:  Judy was my neighbor on Orange St. and her spirit inspired me.  We served together on the homeowners’ assn. board and faced some interesting communal challenges.  When Judy married herself, I smiled and had my horizon further expanded.  Judy helped her Mother, as I’m helping my Mom.  So many parallels and so much resonance.  Every time I feel a breeze across my life, I’ll think of Judy.  Cuidate, CL

Elizabeth Fides Chiment

I knew Judy many years ago, and, as for so many of us, she inspired, challenged, and nurtured me. My heart is heavy tonight…but knowing that Judy’s Free Spirit is finally Free, I look up at the late fall sky, and the huge harvest moon, and I believe she is smiling at us all.

Judy changed my life in so many positive, loving ways. I am profoundly grateful for her strength, her courage, and her delightful love of life.
elizabeth fides chiment

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