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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.

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.

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).

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.