Headshot of Mitali Purkayastha smiling as they dance at Tenderfest 2.0 Trans POC Dance and Music Festival. Pic by Gwen Park. www.gwenpark.com

We’re an SF Bay Area -based, queer + trans people of color crew of artist-activist-healers. We make sassy sexy art to help build a culture of social justice, with an emphasis on healing justice.

We think you’re cute.

Speaking of cute, check out the pic above: Mitali Purkayastha spreads love across the gender multiverse thru Bollywood dance at the Tenderfest 2.0 Trans POC Dance and Music Festival. Pic by Gwen Park. 


Who We Are

How We Started:

Devi was burning out hard from unsustainable roles in social justice movements. All their friends were, too. They asked around for tips and ended up with tons of stories from activists and organizers about what INCITE called the nonprofit industrial complex, or as Dylan Rodríguez wrote in The Revolution Will Not Be Funded“the managed control of dissent.”

Devi also noticed they were way more effective at reaching people’s hearts and minds on stage with a microphone than at a demo with a megaphone. They wanted to help build social justice culture that thrives on:

  • collaboration, not competition
  • courageous conversations, not shit-talking
  • healing from trauma, not perpetuating it
  • joy, fun, humor, play, sexiness and sass, not dull, drab, doom-and-gloom, “I’m better than you,” and “don’t talk about sex” tones

So after talking with beloveds connected to Critical Resistance, Dignidad Rebelde, INCITE, Mangos With Chili, POOR Magazine, Queer Rebels, QWOCMAP, Sins Invalid and others, they recruited a dream team of long-time activists, organizers, artists, cultural workers and healers to launch Peacock Rebellion. Our first cabaret show, Agen(c)y: Nonprofit Dreams + Disasters, debuted in Fall 2012.

How We Do the Thing:

We amp the artistic work of queer and trans people of color, with an emphasis on trans women of color, trans and gender non-conforming people of color with disabilities, and others often under-supported in queer  spaces.


Peacock Institute for Social Transformation (PIST)

trains QTPOC activists, community organizers, and the cutie down the block as cultural organizers for collective liberation

Peacock Productions

brings live shows to cute spaces. contact us to bring us to your school/town/hamlet.

Liberating Ourselves Locally
a queer and trans people of color -centered Maker Space for social justice

Arts Services
help build the field of social justice arts

Liberate 23rd Ave Coalition Work
With our neighbors, we’re co-organizers of the first queer and trans people of color -centered land trust in the US!

Tenants and residents of the Liberate 23rd Ave. campaign. More info at www.free23.org

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