People often talk about a hierarchy inherent in the acronym LGBT: that gays and lesbians garner the most attention and representation, while the "B" and the "T" get left out of the conversation or are excluded on purpose, even within the queer community. Meanwhile, some identities are left off altogether.
• The Canadian iPhone app store is no longer using the word "redskin." As Native Appropriations reports, search results for a "Washington Redskins" app returns "Washington R*****ns." [Native Appropriations]
• ABC Family is developing a new horror series with genre veteran Jamie Lee Curtis. "Titled The Final Girls, the drama revolves around a group of girls who have, in essence, survived their own personal horror stories and are brought together by a mysterious older woman (Curtis) to channel the stress and scars of their experience for some greater good." [Deadline]
• According to the new Census data, women with full-time, year-round jobs are paid an average 77 cents for every dollar paid to men with full-time, year-round jobs – a gap that hasn't gotten any smaller in the last 11 years. The racial disparities of the wage gap persist unchanged, too: African American women are paid an average 69 cents for every dollar paid to all men, and 64 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men. Latinas are paid just 58 cents for every dollar paid to all men, and a mere 54 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men. [HuffPost]
Photo: Ma Rainey and her backing band in 1925. Via NotesOnTheRoad.com
When Gertrude "Ma" Rainey—known as "The Mother of Blues"—sang, "It's true I wear a collar and a tie… Talk to the gals just like any old man," in 1928′s "Prove It on Me," she was flirting with scandal, challenging the listener to catch her in a lesbian affair. It might not seem like a big deal to us now, but back then, pursuing same-sex relations could get you thrown in jail.
If you don't know the work of Australian artist TextaQueen, lucky you, getting to learn about the portrait artist for the first time. The "felt-tip-marker super-heroine" creates bright, colorful drawings that incorporate cultural imagery into self-portraits and drawings of others. Though they're created with such simple art tools, Texta's portraits show complex layers of identity, shaped by her perspective as a queer, political, Catholic-raised, Australian person of color.
There is some quality gay TV on the airwaves right now. According to GLAAD, about four percent of series regulars in the 2012-13 season were LGBT, many of them on massively popular shows like Glee. Similar things can be said of movies—recent films like The Kids Are All Right include queer love in their stories and receive Oscar nominations in return. The visibility of LGBT characters on TV and in film has had a stunning turnaround in the past 20 years, considering how taboo the subject of queerness has been historically. And, for me, it raises a question: where the heck are all the queer characters in video games?
• Also in questionable censorship news, Clear Channel refuses to air ads about women's reproductive health care on the grounds of indecency. Sign WAM's petition to unblock this important information from the airwaves. [Women, Action, & The Media]
• Robin Thicke's song "Blurred Lines" is all over the radio this summer--Boylesque group Mod Carousel teamed up with vocalists Caela Bailey, Sydni Devereux, and Dalisha Phillips to challenge the song with this great genderswap parody. [Huffington Post]
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Orange is the New Black—the new Netflix original series premiering July 11—is a prison drama. But that's definitely not all it is. Following naïve yuppie Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling) as she enters a women's prison for a 15-month stay, this rich, tactile show delves into gender and sexuality in a deeper way than first meets the eye.
Founded in 2008, arts group Queer Rebel Productions has made it their mission to showcase queer artists of color and connect generations.
"We are a multi-generational, Queer Black and Asian artist-activist couple," explain co-directors Celeste Chan and KB Boyce, via email. "Queer Rebels is our lovechild: beautiful and rebellious, aesthetic and experimental, born from our experiences as people of color in punk and DIY scenes, and created with riotously gay love and joy."