Juba Kalamka

is most most recognized for his work with performance troupes Sins Invalid and Mangos with Chili, and as cofounder of the queer hip hop group Deep Dickollective (D/DC). Kalamka’s personal work centers on intersectional dialogues on race, identity, gender, disability, sexuality and class in popular media.

He received a 2005 Creating Change Award from the National LGBTQ Task Force for his activist work in queer music community and produced the annual East Bay Pride sponsored PeaceOUT World Homo Hop Festival from 2002-2007 which was featured in the 2005 documentary Pick Up The Mic. He regular appears in queer indy porn features since 2003 and toured the United States with the Sex Workers Art Show in 2006. In September 2015 he attended the White House Bisexual Community Public Policy Briefing with more than 40 activists from across the United States.

His essays and creative writing appear in numerous journals and anthologies including Working Sex: Sex Workers Write About A Changing Industry (2007), Vi är misfits! (2009), The Yale Anthology of Rap (2010), Recognize: The Voices of Bisexual Men and Queer and Trans Artists of Color: The Stories of Some of Our Lives (2014). His third solo album Nguzo Sabatage: A Jig School Confidential and first collection poetry, Son Of Byford, will be released in 2019.

Jan Steckle


Jan Steckel was a Harvard- and Yale-trained pediatrician who took care of Spanish-speaking children until chronic pain persuaded her to change professions to writer, poet and medical editor. She is an activist for bisexual and disability rights who lives in Oakland, California.

Her poetry book The Horizontal Poet (Zeitgeist Press, 2011) won a 2012 Lambda Literary Award. Her fiction chapbook Mixing Tracks (Gertrude Press, 2009) and poetry chapbook The Underwater Hospital (Zeitgeist Press, 2006) also won awards. Her creative writing has appeared in Scholastic Magazine, Yale Medicine, Bellevue Literary Review, and elsewhere. Her work won the Goodreads Newsletter Poetry Contest, a Zeiser Grant for Women Artists, the Jewel by the Bay Poetry Competition, Triplopia’s Best of the Best competition, and three Pushcart nominations.

Jan Steckle

Josephine Gash

We want YOU to present at SF Bicon!

We’ll be accepting speaker submissions through May. We especially encourage PoC, trans and nb folks to apply to speak. We’ll consider almost any topic, no matter how weird you might think it is! Sci fi, art, pop culture, race, politics, mythology, fashion, health, self care, gaming, radical resistance, queer heroes - anything you find exciting, we’ll probably find exciting too. Facilitated conversations, panel discussions, lightening talks, and presentations are all acceptable formats.

We would love to hear from allies in the broader rainbow community, too. We want this conference to be fun, eclectic, and exploratory.

We will try very hard to confirm that we’ve received your submission, but keep in mind that we are as bare bones an operation as it gets.

*Keep in mind humanistic and inclusive ideals. Terfs, misogynists, and racists are not welcome here.

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