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Bebe Zahara Benet, Rakesh Satyal and Emanuel Xavier to Perform at Benefit for Words Without Borders

June 10, 2010

New York City, N.Y. -- Words without Borders (WWB) magazine announces the line-up for Queer is the World/Word, a benefit hosted by Therapy Lounge and featuring RuPaul's Drag Race winner Bebe Zahara Benet, Lambda Literary Award winner Rakesh Satyal, and actor, author, poet, director, and music artist Emanuel Xavier.

In celebrating LGBT History Month, Words without Borders continues its commitment to providing a forum for the stories that are often untold or hidden. The Queer Issue, the first in an annual series focused on the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities, features stories and poetry from around the world that explore the queer experience.

The event will take place at Therapy Lounge in New York City at 348 W. 52nd Street from 6pm-8pm on Wednesday, June 16th. Tickets are $20 and all proceeds benefit Words without Borders. Tickets can be purchased online at

Bebe Zahara Benet, Rakesh Satyal, and Emanuel Xavier will all read selections from the "Queer Issue " Mr. Satyal, also a talented jazz singer will perform musical selections for the audience, and Emanuel Xavier will be debuting his new music video, "Legendary," as part of the evening's performances.

Rohan Kamicheril, WWB Editor, stated, "We're delighted to pair this stunning company with the work from WWB's Queer Issue. It's a fine testament to the new vitality that art gains when we bring it across borders and into the hands of new readers, and artists like Bebe Zahara Benet, Rakesh Satyal, and Emanuel Xavier."

Words without Borders is committed to creating new and innovative forums for the best translated literature from around the world. Our occasional reading events are designed to bring these works to life for as diverse an audience as possible.

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