Author: Joelle Bayaa-Uzuri

Gay For Pay And The Exploitation of Queer Identity

Gay For Pay And The Exploitation of Queer Identity

In a time where the LGBT community is fighting for their rights, their visibility and for their voice to be heard, “Gay for Pay” acts to silence them, and essentially erase their identity as being real.  Because Hollywood and social media are oftentimes the only way cis people experience LGBT people, what “Gay for Pay” does essentially is make the community and the expression a joke.

AfroPunk And Its Devotion to Queer Identities

AfroPunk And Its Devotion to Queer Identities

As the festival continues to grow, it continues to reevaluate its own identity, as well as its place as a black queer mecca.  Since some of its earlier booking choices, the festival has adopted the slogan “No Sexism, No Racism. No Ableism. No Ageism. No Homophobia. No Fatphobia. No Transphobia. No Hatefulness” and made it a point to openly stand against intersectional oppression.

LGBTQ+ Social Media Influencers to Watch

LGBTQ+ Social Media Influencers to Watch

Besides basic communication and connections, social media has also become a tool for artists to effectively express their art and share their talent with the world.  Coupled with its reach, social media propels creatives and artists to higher heights and the status of Social Media Influencer.

Tan France Did Not Create The French Tuck – Women Did

Tan France Did Not Create The French Tuck – Women Did

The French Tuck is an example of a concept that has first been done by women, but taken and repackaged by a man; presented as something unique and ‘new’.  The idea of the French Tuck was something already practiced by many women (especially queer-identifying women) many years prior (Fashion blog Man Repeller’s founder, Leandra Medine, has been seen using the haphazard tuck since 2004).

Leyna Bloom’s Push To Be The First Trans Victoria’s Secret Model

Leyna Bloom’s Push To Be The First Trans Victoria’s Secret Model

It was her past that drove her to succeed and break down barriers and walls in the modeling world.  It was that continued determination and persistence that garnered the attention of famous fashion brands such as ‘The Blonds’ and ‘Chromat’.  While she built a name for herself, she still faced many hardships and struggles within the modeling industry.

Rainbow Coalition: LGBT Pride, the Rainbow, and Corporate Commodification

Rainbow Coalition: LGBT Pride, the Rainbow, and Corporate Commodification

While most people mark the beginning and the end of summer by their significant holiday markers (Memorial Day in May, and Labor Day in September), I actually mark summer by the beginning and end of the Pride season festivals.  Starting as early as the first weeks of May, Pride festivals celebrate not only the legacy of our rich LGBT history, but also the current and ongoing fight for social and political equality.