Rainbow Leadership Summit 22

The last time we did a leadership summit was 2013, 2014 and there was that thing in 2016 that I am going to make count. The best part of putting our minds together is the amount of connectiveness that comes from it. While some might consider waiting for the Theme Camp Summit which will happen soon after our event, ours is focused on the queer neighborhoods at Burning Man.

In 2019 the BMorg/Placement Team conducted an experiment to make a 2nd Queerborhood in another part of the city siting that there was a lot of camps asking for placement in that area. They wanted to spread out the population because camps that were a part of the LGBTQ experience were typically desirable neighbors in most cases.

  • East Village: The original Queerborhood* along the 7:30 sector that sustained the LGBTQIA community since the 90’s that had grown and contracted over the years. The anchor camp is Comfort & Joy and houses a lot of the iconic camps of the original settlement of queer campers.
  • West Village: BAAAHS has become the anchor camp for that neighborhood which has welcomed a lot of camps who willingly migrated over. The feedback after the 2019 burn was really good and there was talk before the pandemic to really take it up a notch.

East and West Village were coined by Xian Williams who we know as being a really respected and dynamic leader. The *Queerborhood has been given a lot of names very loosely over the years including Gayborhood, Rainbow Road and other that were merely meanderings of ideas depending on the year.

  • Nacho Daddies and Burner Buddies have been amazing contributors to Queer culture at Burning Man over many years with their gay oasis out at 4:30 and J since the earth cooled.

It is important that the pop-up queer communities out there are seen and welcomed. That they are also a part of the conversation and are heard as we participate with each other and build to the future.

The Summit

We would like to welcome all queer camp and community leaders bringing their magic to the community. With a focus on the 2022 Waking Dreams event in Black Rock City, how does 2 years away from the playa at a structured Burning Man event change our operations and resources? We also want to welcome our ally camps to participate and learn more about LGBTQIA voices in the community and how we can participate more with each other in the future.

  • March, 2022
  • Kabuki Hotel, Japantown, San Francisco > click for room reservations <
  • Tickets to the event > Click for Eventbrite <

There will be a small, limited continental breakfast for those who want it before we open. We will serve coffee, tea and water until it is gone.

  • Friday
    • 9pm to Midnight: Cocktail Mixer
  • Saturday
    • 9:00 – Registration Opens: Get your lanyard and program
    • 9:00 – Continental Breakfast (until gone)
      • UGC Suggestion Forms Posted with Drop box
        Participants will offer their own course they would like to see on Sunday in a panel discussion.
    • 10:00 – Opening Comments – Sakura
      • Welcome from Toaster
      • Meet the Board
      • Thank you to the Production Team
      • Guest Speaker – M
      • Guest Speaker – Pl
      • The Queerborhood and its history (N & T)
      • Break for Workshops
    • 11:15 to 12:15 (2 panels led by:)
      • Sakura A – West Village with Xian Williams
      • Sakura B – East Village with (?) C&J
    • 12:30
      • Pending
    • 13:30 Lunch
    • 2:30 Placement and Black Rock City – Sakura
      • Welcome back from Toaster
        • The Past & The Future (2016 Panel about motivation of our community)
      • Guest Speaker – L
        • Cultural Direction Setting 2020 – What does that mean for 2022?
      • The Theme Camp Summit – Coming Soon
    • 3:30 Warm-up & Break
    • 3:45 Logistics, Combining Resources and Community – Sarah Benjamin
      • What does the landscape look like for Water, Food, Trash
      • Don’t get fooled by charlatans!
    • 4:30 Break
    • 4:45 Closing Comments for the night
      • Camp Directory – Joel Sposky
      • Queerburners Blog – Toaster
      • RIDE – Queerburnes POV – JRNexus
      • Queerdome – Ariel or ….
  • Sunday
    • 9:00 – Registration Opens: Get your lanyard and program
    • 9:00 – Continental Breakfast (until gone)
    • 10:00 – Opening Comments – Sakura
      • Welcome from Toaster
        • Connectiveness and Community on the Playa
        • A Story from 2019 – Being Lonely at Burning Man
      • _______ – Ariel
      • _______ – Pending (Que Vida?)
    • 11:00 – Break
    • 11:15 to 12:15 Panels
      • Sekura A: Creating spaces that are accountable and safe – Pending
        • Being able to go into spaces that do not feel that way – or not
      • Sekura B: Doing the work for RIDE – not just being woke – Pending
    • 12:15 – Break
    • 12:30 – UGC 1 Breakout – See room door for subject
      • Sekura A
      • Sekura B
    • 13:15 – Lunch Break
    • 14:00 – UGC 2 Breakout – See room door for subject
      • Sekura A
      • Sekura B
    • 14:45 – Break
    • 15:00 – Gathering of Participants – Sekura
      We will have a microphone where participants can share their experiences for the weekend and ask questions.
      • Welcome back
      • What did you learn this weekend?
      • Resources for Camp Leaders & Community Leaders
    • 16:00 – Stretch and shake your booty
    • Closing Ceremony
    • 17:00 Event Closed

Tickets will be required by everyone attending. There will be a wrist band indicating your ticket. If an attendee or speaker needs a complimentary ticket it will come through the production team and will be managed by the Production Lead and Check in.