Category: Lifestyle

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.

ClexaCon hosts East Coast “Make It Queer: LGBTQ Web Series Workshop”

ClexaCon hosts East Coast “Make It Queer: LGBTQ Web Series Workshop”

The hands-on style workshops taught by industry professionals are focused on the pre-production, production, post-production, and distribution phases of web series creation. Event attendees can also participate in speed pitching sessions where creators will get the chance to pitch their concepts to a series of industry members for feedback, exposure, and the potential for development opportunities.

Oliver Mayer Sets the Stage For His New Play, Members Only

Oliver Mayer Sets the Stage For His New Play, Members Only

The play’s story takes place in the 1980’s during a time in America’s history when people are forging racial and sexual identities while dealing with the growing soon-to-be-named HIV/AIDS crisis. Pedro Quinn is also grappling with boxing over the age of 40 and fighting for the right to be himself on his own terms.

A Legacy at Risk: Why RuPaul’s Views on Gender & Race Feel Problematic Today

A Legacy at Risk: Why RuPaul’s Views on Gender & Race Feel Problematic Today

Whether you watch RuPaul’s Drag Race religiously or you’ve never seen an episode, you’re likely familiar with the eponymous legend behind the television phenomenon. RuPaul is famous not just for portraying an impossibly beautiful drag queen and leading a hit TV series, but also for wielding considerable influence both within and beyond the LGBTQ+ community. However, as public consciousness shifts, Ru’s brand of unapologetic realness has begun to create controversy.

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).

Disengaged Gives Us The Space To Question Marriage Equality

Disengaged Gives Us The Space To Question Marriage Equality

The series follows a couple, Jules (Hannah Pearl Utt) and Sydney (Jen Tullock), in a committed partnership who find themselves thinking about marriage following the United States Supreme Court same-sex marriage that made it legal in all fifty states. The story provides commentary on the pressure that many couples have felt to get legally married post-ruling.