This mix is inspired by openly queer artists who are making electronic/dance/house/groovy/SHAKE-IT tunes. When times are tough, you've gotta keep movin'. Queers know that sentiment all too well. There's nothing like a great mix to lift the spirits and move the body!
This mixtape is curated by Dani, who is a member of the queer punk-house band Du Og Meg and loud gay bands Love & Caring and Forever. She also DJs groovy vinyl records and does some writing for She Shreds (the Magazine for Female Guitarists and Bassists). You can check out the work recorded at her studio, Sister Secrets, and email her here.
Recently, I talked with Indian-American romance novel author Suleikha Snyder about her work writing romance tales starring people of color. “Don't people like me deserve a happy ending, too?” she said. This same question should be asked for people across the spectrum of sexuality, especially in the romance where the plot is often built around relationships leading to either tragecy or happy endings.
There are lots of romance novels featuring LGBTQ characters, but readers likely have to seek them out. Last week, I interviewed two editors at specialty romance presses about the queer-centric titles they publish.
If crack-smoking mayor Rob Ford is all you know about Toronto, then you have a lot to learn. While the Canadian city has become internationally infamous for the disturbing antics of its unfortunate mayor, Toronto has cultivated one of the most exciting and diverse queer feminist art scene in recent years. From last Halloween’s Lesbian Feminist Haunted House to numerous experimental queer bands, Toronto has a community that supports media makers who push the political and artistic envelope.
The literary world gained a valuable new addition last week with the launch of new literary journal THEM, which focuses on the work of transgender writers.
Debuting on December 13, THEM proclaims itself to be the nation's first literary journal to specifically focus on trans* voices. While there arenumerous literary journals that highlight LGBT issues and writers, and a couple trans*-focusedanthologies, THEM is the first American journal that publishes only the work of people who identify as "within the trans* umbrella" (using the term "trans*" with the asterisk to include who have non-binary transgender identities). The volunteer-run biannual journal features writers from around the country, seeking to create a space that amplifies trans* voices.
Guinevere Turner first made a name for herself with her debut film, Go Fish, cowritten with director and then-girlfriend (although they broke up mid-shooting) Rose Troche. Turner went on to direct many short films, wrote for The L Word (and played the elusive heartbreaker Gabby Deveaux), not to mention cowriting the scripts of American Psychoand The Notorious Bettie Page.
Turner is now working on her feature length directorial debut with Creeps, a film about a chosen family of somewhat aimless twenty and thirty-something friends living in L.A. in the nineties. I had the privilege of interviewing Turner about Creeps, and the ongoing Indiegogo campaign to crowd-fund the project—it's over in four days!
By the time it won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, the French film Blue is the Warmest Color was well on its way to being one of the most highly praised—and most controversial—films of the year.
When Star Trek first appeared on screen in 1966, it set the model for all sorts of shows to follow—including the theme of unrequited homoerotic relationships. The devotion of Kirk and Spock, full of longing glances and a sexless intimacy, sparked a whole new genre of queer fanfiction and, to this day, keeps fans rabid for every small moment between the two.
These days, TV is full of couples like Kirk and Spock. While these close same-sex relationships can be sweet portraits of loving friendships, they can also cross a line to be queerbating—shows create queer subtext but yank it away before getting to actual feelings, actions, or any clear understanding of the relationship.