Tag: lgbtq

What D.E.B.S. Reveals About Race In Queer Cinema

What D.E.B.S. Reveals About Race In Queer Cinema

Do people of color in Hollywood have a responsibility to cast POC, write roles for POC, and prominently present POC to their audiences? Do writers and directors in marginalized identities have a responsibility to provide chances for their marginalized peers to gain exposure, prove their talents, and grow their careers?

The Complicated Issue of Passing

The Complicated Issue of Passing

I attended a black trans women discussion years ago, and the discussion of appearance and how it relates to physical discrimination and harassment came up.  The moderator, an older black trans woman well into her fifties, directed the group to me and said, “This is how you all need to present yourself to the world.  (In order to pass) you need to represent yourself like this young lady.” Now, this took me by surprise and the idea of me being labeled as ‘passing’ within the group left me with a multitude of complex feelings.

Andrea Ngeleka and Tiffany Patterson Talk On Film “Sigourney Weaver”

Andrea Ngeleka and Tiffany Patterson Talk On Film “Sigourney Weaver”

“I just wanted to create a world where queer black characters main issue or problems isn’t that they are queer or black,” said Ngeleka. “There are silly things that they go through that’s dramatic and a little funny, and there’s some truth to it, but essentially it’s normalizing the fact that their issues don’t derive from the fact that they are queer and black.”

“Dyke Central” Is The Amazing Intersectional Show We Didn’t Know Existed

“Dyke Central” Is The Amazing Intersectional Show We Didn’t Know Existed

Dyke Central is a show (available through Amazon Prime) based in Oakland. It follows a group of gay, trans, and queer characters as they try to find their footing in their love lives and careers. It’s reminiscent of The L Word, except way better because the characters are all people who could actually exist. I’ve met and been friends with people who are a lot like the characters in this show.

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.

Justy, Staten Island Music Artist, Creates Songs With Positive Representation

Justy, Staten Island Music Artist, Creates Songs With Positive Representation

Twenty-three-year-old independent singer/songwriter, Justy, from Staten Island, New York began writing music at 12 years old. In 2016 she released her debut EP Saudade V1 which garnered press from lead singles such as “Can’t Explain It.” Her unique blend of R&B, Jazz, hip-hop, on songs like “Feelings” have given listeners a perfect blend of nostalgic and contemporary rhythm and projects such as 1995 (2017) and Soul Food (2017) contributed to her growing buzz. The young artist has recently released her first single, Insecure, whic

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.