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"To the victims of the purge...

...who were surveilled, interrogated, and abused; who were forced to turn on their friends and colleagues; who lost wages and lost health and lost loved ones - we betrayed you. And we are so sorry." Today, Canada's prime minister delivered an apology to LGBTQ2 members of the Canadian civil service and military whom the government attempted to purge between the 1950s and 1990s and to people who were criminally convicted for same-sex acts in the years when they were illegal. This included introducing legislation to expunge their criminal records. In addition to the apology, a settlement with the victims of the purge was also announced today. [more inside]
posted by mandolin conspiracy on Nov 28, 2017 - 20 comments

Queer in the Deep South

The rest of the country sees queer life in the Deep South as being really tragic and utterly challenging and ultimately ending in suicide, so, what I wanted was to sort of elevate these stories and sort of celebrate them in the way that I saw them flourishing.”
'New Deep South' Series Explores LGBTQ Life in Mississippi. [more inside]
posted by Grandysaur on Nov 27, 2017 - 6 comments

State of the Space Gay

Thor: Ragnarok Is Quietly the Queerest Superhero Movie Yet versus Thor: Ragnarok's Valkyrie Shows How Far We've Got to Go for LGBTQ Representation on the Big Screen
posted by Artw on Nov 8, 2017 - 42 comments

Hola, Papi!

Hola Papi! is an advice column by "writerTwitterer, and prolific Grindr user John Paul Brammer", that tackles topics like cultural appropriationinternalized homophobia, and mental health concerns with empathy and humor. [more inside]
posted by ITheCosmos on Nov 7, 2017 - 15 comments

“Complex women, interesting women, women who defy stereotypes...”

There is One Good Thing About 2017: Lots of Queer Women In Games [Waypoint] “2017 has been an infuriating, sad, disgusting year, politically. But it has also been a great year for games, and maybe the greatest year so far for games starring or about queer women. Prey (my GOTY pick thus far) was amazing for so many reasons, not the least of which was a very cute and well-done relationship between two women in a main quest storyline (and, again, the protagonist if you picked a woman character). Life is Strange: Before the Storm leans heavily into the gay. Butterfly Soup, which I wrote about a bit a few weeks ago is a hilarious visual novel about four young queer Asian-American women who play baseball. At least, from what I've played, that seems like a higher-than-usual percentage of mainstream games featuring queer women front and center. In all of these instances—outside of Life is Strange—we're talking about queer women of color.” [more inside]
posted by Fizz on Oct 24, 2017 - 13 comments

an informal inquiry

The Informal Inquiry Into Gender and Sexuality Differences is a detailed attempt to inquire about intra-LGBTQ attitudes, beliefs, and identities on online communities. Released initially in June, it has currently amassed over 4,000 responses and will continue to collect responses until August 1, 2018. Interestingly, the survey's curators are happy to answer any and all questions about the data collected to date and provides the raw (and anonymized) dataset for anyone to view every 500 responses. While the survey team is not a university-affiliated unit, it is particularly interesting in the broad flexibility and diversity of identity terms available to respondents.
posted by sciatrix on Oct 6, 2017 - 17 comments

"Please Listen with an Open Heart"

Queery is a hour-long weekly (or biweekly or...) podcast where standup comedian Cameron Esposito talks about queer life with a guest, usually someone from the entertainment industry. [more inside]
posted by GenjiandProust on Sep 30, 2017 - 3 comments

Your homework for Bi Visibility Week

100 Must-Read Bisexual Books
15 Must-Read Bisexual Non-Fiction Books
37 Books By, For, or About Bisexual or Otherwise Non-Monosexual People
The Bi-Bibliography
Bi Book Club, which recommends Deadpool, among others.
posted by Grandysaur on Sep 23, 2017 - 15 comments

Bodies Like Oceans (VERY NSFW)

Shoog McDaniel, is a southern, queer, non-binary, fat photographer and artist living in Gainesville, Florida. "My work is about highlighting bodies and lives that are often overlooked by popular society. I enjoy photographing fat bodies, trans bodies, and queer bodies. People`with gap-toothed smiles and missing buttons. I capture images of my friends. With little exceptions, I have a connection with the humans in my photos and I intend to show that through the intimacy of my portraits. I strive to connect the viewer of each photo to beauty within themselves, through understanding the brilliancy of diversity, by showing them that there are many ways to be beautiful." (ALL LINKS VERY NSFW) [more inside]
posted by Grandysaur on Sep 18, 2017 - 18 comments

Top or Bottom: How do we desire?

Three great minds consider what queer memes of a top shortage reveal about the racialized orders of desire and new directions for gay critique.
posted by Blasdelb on Aug 18, 2017 - 31 comments

A Sign Of Trouble: The HIV Crisis In The Deaf Community

In July 2016, Smith, who identifies as black, gay and deaf, presented to a doctor seeking pre-exposure prophylaxis. Despite his knowledge of PrEP, the HIV infections rates in the black queer community and his willingness to take the drug, one thing stood in his way: a hearing doctor. The doctor told Smith that Deaf people should not be having sex. Journalist Matthew Rodriquez (twitter) writes about the unspoken HIV crisis in the deaf community for Into, the online lifestyle magazine from Grindr (yes, that Grindr - note: not a link to Grindr)
posted by MCMikeNamara on Aug 15, 2017 - 17 comments

The Beauty and Tragedy of Altering Library Books

DIY book alteration, genderbending, Johnny Law, and unfortunate consequences. Not the first interesting story you have read about queer English couples.
posted by kozad on Aug 9, 2017 - 3 comments

Conversations with people that hate me

"Hi. Is this Josh?"
"Yeah, it's Josh."
"Sooo. . Back in January, you wrote: You are the most pathetic human being I have ever seen on the internet in my entire life. . . . Josh, what inspired you to write that message?"

Dylan Marron* (previously) has a new series: Conversations With People That Hate Me, where he tries to get to know some of the people that have left him hateful messages. [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate on Jul 31, 2017 - 38 comments

Making Homes

A photo essay by Shahria Sharmin about the dual lives of hijras in Bangladesh.
posted by bardophile on Jul 7, 2017 - 10 comments

"The Straight Men Who Made America's First Gay Record"

Like a magic mirror held up to America's heteronormative postwar culture, its music reflected a dignified, and seductive, vision of gay life. Just below the album's title read the teaser: "For adult listeners only—sultry stylings by a most unusual vocalist."
55 years ago Lace Records released "Love Is a Drag", where a male vocalist sang standards written for female singers. The people behind it were a mystery until one of them contacted J. D. Doyle of Queer Music Heritage in 2012 and was interviewed (transcript, mp3). YouTube has a few tracks: 1, 2, 3, 4. Doyle put the LP in context in an interview with Color Magazine.
posted by Kattullus on Feb 18, 2017 - 17 comments

"We tend not to recognize the value of minority identity."

The term "horizontal hostility" was coined in 1970 by Florynce Kennedy, a renowned Black intersectionalist feminist and civil rights organizer, to describe infighting and aggression in groups of marginalized people. Judith B. White and Ellen J. Langer applied the concept to psychology in their paper "Horizontal Hostility: Relations Between Similar Minority Groups" (1999) [PDF], looking at Jewish congregations and varsity soccer teams, and finding prejudice aimed at "more mainstream" groups. In 2006, they went on the study the same phenomenon among vegetarians and vegans [PDF]. The concept has also been used to explain prejudice against bisexuals and light-skinned people of color and even the 2016 US primary race, among other divisions.
posted by thetortoise on Jan 31, 2017 - 17 comments

Why Peter Hujar is Portraiture's Forgotten Hero

"Who? Although many would recognise the work of Peter Hujar – his famous photograph of Susan Sontag reclining, for example, or his affecting shot of transgender actress Candy Darling on her deathbed – the American photographer and his impressive legacy are frequently overlooked." Thirty years after his death, Peter Hujar is finally getting his due: a traveling retrospective, organized by the Morgan Library & Museum. [more inside]
posted by mandolin conspiracy on Jan 23, 2017 - 11 comments

Masaki C. Matsumoto on the queer experience in Japan

Maybe it’s cool to be accepting of queerness in your state. Or you may live in an area where it’s cool to call someone “faggot.” [...] like, do you identify as a “cool” ally or a “cool” bigot? [...]I think that’s a huge difference between Japan and the U.S. In Japan, LGBTQ+ people are a joke. It’s “fun” to act like a bigot. It’s “boring” to be accepting.
Anime Feminist [previously] interviews Masaki C. Matsumoto, Japanese vlogger and queer activist.
posted by Sokka shot first on Dec 14, 2016 - 19 comments

Where can we get some drugs?

Isaiah Lopaz is an American artist living in Berlin. After years of racist comments, he printed some of them on t-shirts and asked a friend to photograph him wearing them around Berlin.
posted by frimble on Nov 16, 2016 - 55 comments

It might be the best movie of the year, and it's a Black gay love story

Moonlight (official site with trailer) [more inside]
posted by thetortoise on Nov 6, 2016 - 14 comments

“It matters what you get out of the book.”

Greg Rucka on Queer Narrative and Wonder Woman [Comicosity] [Interview] “Ah. We’re talking about the “Northstar Problem.” The character has to stand up and say, “I’M GAY!” in all bold caps for it to be evident. For my purposes, that’s bad writing. That’s a character stating something that’s not impacting the story. I get nothing for my narrative out of that in almost any case. When a character is being asked point blank, if it’s germane to the story, then you get the answer. But for me, and I think for Nicola as well, for any story we tell — be it Black Magick, be it Wonder Woman, be it a Batman story — we want to show you these characters and their lives, and what they are doing. We want to show, not tell.”
posted by Fizz on Oct 1, 2016 - 19 comments

The Queer Poor Aesthetic

There’s a viral and ironic trend that i’ve been lately noticing in and beyond my TQPOC community: my wealthier friends own everything but their class privilege. I couldn’t “be myself” in a space built for people like me. I couldn’t identify with people I shared identities with. The identity that significantly affects my daily life was erased in a culture that consumes identity politics. The only times my anti-capitalist housemates mentioned class was when it was theoretical and not about them personally, as if being marginalized makes you entitled to know how every kind of oppression feels. It’s easy to hide behind your oppression.
posted by the uncomplicated soups of my childhood on Sep 28, 2016 - 53 comments

“We said we wouldn’t do that!”

Harry Potter and the Possible Queerbaiting: [The Guardian] JK Rowling’s Cursed Child has drawn fire over its story of male friendship, which some readers feel flirts coyly with gay romance – but it is a change from the usual stereotypes. [more inside]
posted by Fizz on Aug 16, 2016 - 28 comments

The best there is at what he does...

The X-Men Made Me Gay - comic by MeFi's own The Whelk. [more inside]
posted by Artw on Aug 15, 2016 - 20 comments

"To be masculine-presenting is to be weird, abnormal, ugly, bad"

Why Does Hollywood Have A Problem With Unfeminine Girls? [spoilers for Stranger Things]
posted by AFABulous on Aug 14, 2016 - 94 comments

The Tanzanian wives

?In the Mara region of northern Tanzania, Abigail Haworth discovers an empowering tribal tradition undergoing a modern revival
posted by Joe in Australia on Aug 7, 2016 - 7 comments

Do we talk about golf or birds?


posted by
stoneweaver on Jul 21, 2016 - 17 comments

Queer People Are Magical // Our Secrets are Transformative

BEND Our presence, our ability to live, leaves love notes for the seeds yet to bloom. [more inside]
posted by stoneweaver on Jun 22, 2016 - 6 comments

Some kind of self made TLA releases hell

Every movie listed under Netflix's LGBT Romance category, ranked.
posted by The Whelk on Jun 10, 2016 - 49 comments

"History shows us that minorities do not count until they are counted."

What is it like to be queer in China? UNDP has just launched Being LGBTI in China – A National Survey on Social Attitudes towards Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Gender Expression. With 30,000 respondents, the survey is the largest to date on the topic in China. [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on May 18, 2016 - 2 comments

I needed something more individual and complicated.

Tattoos and Disability: "I’m not myself without this body, and you know what? I like myself. I’m not supposed to, and getting here was scary and took a long time but now that I am, I don’t plan on leaving. [...] Putting this art on my body, setting it apart even further from others, made me realize that disability is nothing if not queer. Think broadly: curious, odd, different, outside of our norms. Disability will do that to your body, orientation be damned."
posted by stoneweaver on May 5, 2016 - 7 comments

Queer Theatre at La MaMa (1962-1980)

Queer Theatre at La MaMa (1962-1980): This exhibit, which was created by Pooja Desai, a student in NYU’s Program in Archives/Public history, looks at theatrical experiments from La MaMa’s early years (1962-1980) through a queer lens. Using objects from La MaMa’s Archives, Desai reconstructs a history of the plays, production companies, playwrights, and directors who presented work on La MaMa’s stages that either reflected a “queer sensibility” or were relevant to queer/trans/LGBTQA audiences.
posted by roomthreeseventeen on May 3, 2016 - 3 comments

the marketing team jokingly referred to as a “lesbian suicide musical.”

Selling Queerness: The Curious Case of Fun Home (SL Atlantic)
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Apr 27, 2016 - 41 comments

How magic helps me live with pain and trauma

I love my cane, but I rarely hold onto it without rage..."My first cane was black like tourmaline, a crystal used as an aid against jealousy, negative thoughts, destructive forces, and internal conflicts; I’d adorned it with Hello Kitty stickers."
posted by stoneweaver on Apr 20, 2016 - 14 comments

"As long as she thinks of a man, nobody objects to a woman thinking."

Reader on Revolutionary Feminism "The Revolutionary Feminism reader includes a century of debates between communist, anarchism and radical feminists, extending from 1890 to 1983. Groups in 21 cities and four countries did study groups on the Revolutionary Feminism reader in the fall and winter of 2015. This collection is beautifully laid out, easy to share, and includes a lot of great material on lost traditions of queer and women's liberation movements." From Mefi's own alexkollontai, via MetaFilter Projects. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Apr 13, 2016 - 11 comments

I Looked at my Body and Said Yes: where disability and style meet

I think I’d gotten it into my head that disability is always, on some level, supposed to feel bad. Like if I fought myself all the time, I was somehow doing it right. And then I got tired.[...] I didn’t want to do battle every time I got dressed anymore.
posted by stoneweaver on Feb 24, 2016 - 12 comments

Her Story

Her Story is a 6-episode new-media series that looks inside the dating lives of trans & queer women as they navigate the intersections of desire & identity.
The show is co-written, co-produced, and co-starred by writer and One Billion Rising organizer Laura Zak and founder of The Trans 100 and We Happy Trans Jen Richards, and also stars Angelica Ross, founder of Trans Tech Social Enterprises. (CW: One of the side characters is hella transphobic, and there's smatterings of casual transphobia.)
posted by divabat on Jan 19, 2016 - 11 comments

Bryn Kelly

Bryn Kelly, writer, performance artist, voice behind The Hussy, activist in the transgender and PLW HIV/AIDS communities, hairstylist and Lambda Literary fellow, died on Wednesday.
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Jan 16, 2016 - 41 comments

Hot Allostatic Load

Porpentine, creator of excellent games such as Ultra Business Tycoon III (previously) and High End Customizable Sauna Experience (previously), writes on the topics of PTSD, exile from feminist spaces, online and offline harassment and abuse. Hugely insightful and amazingly relevant.
posted by odinsdream on Dec 24, 2015 - 17 comments

Equality is necessary, but it is not enough.

"Last week the Empire State Pride Agenda, one of the nation's largest LGBT advocacy groups, announced its closure. This came on the same day that staff members of Freedom to Marry finished packing up their cubicles, and a few weeks after cutbacks had been announced by other gay equality groups. For decades the LGBT movement has advocated for legal equality. The new LGBT movement should recognize that equality is necessary, but it is not enough." [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Dec 23, 2015 - 55 comments

The history of lesbian slang--or the absence thereof

Last week, the BBC radio programme Woman’s Hour ran an item on the American documentary film "Do I Sound Gay?" The film explores what’s popularly known as ‘the gay voice’, a way of speaking that identifies a man as gay (though not all gay men have it, and some men who do sound gay are actually straight). The Woman’s Hour feature ranged more widely over the subject of gay language, including a lengthy discussion of Polari (previously: 1, 2). But it was all about the boys–-until, towards the end of the item, the presenter broached the inevitable question: do lesbians also have a language of their own? Nothing comparable to Polari--but we do have some historical evidence of in-group lesbian slang.
posted by sciatrix on Dec 15, 2015 - 15 comments

TEDxCUNY

Today at TEDxCUNY, protestors took the stage in honor of Sonia Guinansaca, a migrant queer poet whose speech was pulled this week. (protest begins before the 7 minute mark of the video)
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Nov 20, 2015 - 17 comments

Grown men and women put tighty-whitey underwear on a goat--competitively

Over the years, gay rodeos have become a centrally welcoming space for LGBTQ people in rural areas and an important place for people of all genders to compete in events which have been historically divided strongly along gender lines (such as bull riding and barrel racing). They've come a long way from their origins as a means of raising money for charity. But the people who participate in gay rodeos are aging and attendence is declining, raising questions about the future of gay rodeo. A new documentary shines a spotlight on this important piece of LGBTQ history.
posted by sciatrix on Nov 18, 2015 - 11 comments

Unauthorized Copies of Femininity

"These are just a few things I think about when I think about home and love and queer girl friendships. I think about queerness as a community made from the tectonic plates of trauma—from a history/lineage of trauma, as well as formed from people who have sometimes been harmed for being queer. By strangers. By their families. I think about femininity specifically, in regards to queerness." - When Queer Girl Friendships Burn Too Brightly
posted by stoneweaver on Nov 16, 2015 - 6 comments

At least there's Big Boo

Why Don't Queer Butch Women Exist in Games? Meanwhile, Julie Compton wonders Why Hollywood Can't Get with Butch Women. And Jack Halberstam asks, Is the Butch Back?
posted by thetortoise on Oct 15, 2015 - 40 comments

The Saint of Dry Creek

Patrick Haggerty was a teenager in rural Dry Creek, Washington, in the late 1950s. He remembers the day he first had a conversation with his father about being gay. [more inside]
posted by nadawi on Oct 12, 2015 - 8 comments

Twenty Hours and Ten Minutes of Therapy

Twenty Hours and Ten Minutes of Therapy Reflections at 50 on being young, scared, and coming out. Allison Green taped the therapy sessions she had when she was 23. Years later, she listened to them and wrote about what, and who, she heard.
posted by listen, lady on Oct 8, 2015 - 13 comments

"I’m too mad to love anyone right now"

"There Aren't Enough Bricks in the World to Throw at Roland Emmerich’s Appalling Stonewall" - The first reviews of Roland Emmerich film about the Stonewall riots are in. They are not favorable.
posted by Artw on Sep 22, 2015 - 77 comments

Meet Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, Black Woman Theoretical Physicist

Dr. Prescod-Weinstein talks about her inspiration, teaching herself what she needed to know, how she keeps balance in her life, and being one of 89 black women with a physics Ph.D., and the only theoretical physicist. [more inside]
posted by Deoridhe on Sep 18, 2015 - 20 comments

When Microsoft's "Family Safety" is unsafe

Microsoft accounts have a feature called family accounts. And with Windows 10, Microsoft automatically emails parents a weekly activity report that includes all websites visited by the child, time spent in apps, etc. if they have a family account set up. [more inside]
posted by floatboth on Aug 25, 2015 - 120 comments

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