Taking Space Launch

May 16th, 2021 at 1 pm EST

We are thrilled to announce WMN’s third launch for Issue Number 3, Taking Space, will take place on Sunday, May 16th, 2021 at 1 pm EST at the historical Alice Austen House Museum on Staten Island. Alice Austen was a lesbian and photographer who lived in her home with her partner and the consistent subject of her photographs, Gertrude, for over 45 years. This historical lesbian space is iconic and the perfect place to celebrate the lesbian history, and its future.

Alice Austen House is an ADA accessible space, and we will be following covid-19 safety protocols as we gather safely on the front lawn overlooking the water and NYC skyline. Please feel free to BYOB, food, a blanket, and enjoy each other’s company and some dyke content! Directions on how to get to Alice Austen House here

WMN are also planning a virtual launch for all those who cannot attend the event in person. More information to come!

About the Issue

Taking Space is an international open call for those who identify as lesbian and disabled and/or are living with a physical, sensory, cognitive, or chronic illness. WMN believes in representing sectors of the lesbian community that are not always given the visibility they deserve. We want to support disabled artists and writers as we feel the discourse around disabilities, and representation of is lacking particularly within the art world and the lesbian community. Since intersectionality is at the crux of everything, Taking Space is a creative space that illuminates the intersection of disabilities and lesbianism’s inevitable overlap. It is important to provide this platform in order to unlearn, listen, and support the visibility, experience, and talent of disabled lesbian artists. 

For this issue, we will have guest editor, Zee Monteiro, who is based in London, UK, and is a community organizer, blogger, poet & activist who identifies as neurodivergent. Both in their writing, talks, and their poems they challenge the audience to reflect and engage on topics relating to Blackness, Queerness, Female Masculinity, and Vulnerability.  Their work focuses on creating safe spaces for LGBTQ+, Black, and POC groups within society and on the digital platform. With their website, Zee is determined to discover and bring to light the truest stories of Queer Black History and document their personal journey navigating the world.

Read more about the issue here


Please register to attend the event below. We’ll email you further information closer to the event date.

How to Get to Alice Austen House

Alice Austen House is located at 2 Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island, NY. The information below is from the Alice Austen house website.

From Manhattan by Public Transportation

Take the Staten Island Ferry at Whitehall Terminal located at the southern tip of Manhattan. The subway lines that stop at the ferry terminal are the 1, R (to Whitehall Street), and the 4/5 (to Bowling Green.) Once on Staten Island, take the S51 bus (Bus Ramp B) to the corner of Hylan Boulevard and Bay Street (about a 15 minute ride.) 

From Manhattan via Brooklyn by car

From the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel (toll) or the Brooklyn or Manhattan Bridges take I-278 West to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to Staten Island. Take the first exit on the right, “Bay Street”. Continue to the end of street (School Road) then turn left onto Bay Street. Continue to Hylan Boulevard then turn right and follow street to water and house.

From New Jersey toll bridges

From the Outerbridge Crossing, Goethals or Bayonne Bridge follow signs to Route 278 East. Exit 13 at “Clove Rd./Richmond Rd./Hylan Blvd.” Continue on service road (Narrows Road South). Just before the fifth traffic light turn left onto Hylan Boulevard and continue to water and house.  There is a gravel driveway that brings you behind rear of the house, please feel free to park in the gravel lot.  Enter the house on the water side.


There is a small gravel parking lot behind the museum, accessible from Hylan Boulevard. Street parking is generally available along Edgewater Street at the corner of the museum.


There is a ramp entrance to the historic home from the parking lot at the rear of the house. The public areas of the museum are largely wheelchair accessible since the galleries and period rooms are on the first floor. For more information about accessibility, please call (718) 816-4506 x10.