Posted by xMech on January 28th, 2012 at 08:00 am
Queer Noir is an art blog that is produced by queer poet and performance artist Topher Cusumano. Queer Noir seeks to showcase the gritty, non-conformist, queer underworld through writing, visual art, and audio installation. With the help of his Trans-man best friend, Topher has created a safe haven for queer, feminist, gender-fucked, art.
Starlight was a delightfully Queer character in the 80’s cartoon series Rainbow Brite. I had a picture of him on my Trapperkeeper and once got in load of trouble for telling my teacher I was his boyfriend.
Filament is a British magazine, which is available in most countries. Although it is ostensibly a women’s magazine and the photoshoots are of men (and couples that include men), they often use androgynous and genderqueer models.
I love this cover from their fifth issue, from last year. The model on the left is male bodied and the model on the right female bodied, you discover by the end of the seduction photo shoot inside. That issue is sold out now; I just wanted to let you know about a cool mag which embraces gender fluidity alongside traditional gender identity.
Pedro aka Strangelfreak recommends…
A photoshoot I made for a project on Non-heteronormative family units, in this case is Lorena who is an M2F trans, Claudia genderneutral (wearing my beard) and Filippo Putrefashion who is a genderfucker… I hope you like it.
Rachel Stamp is a rock/glam/metal band that bend the rules of Gender from the off. All of the band members are gender-ambiguously glam, and I always found David Ryder-Prangley absolutely AWESOME (so much so that when I was lucky enough to meet him and I couldn’t put two words together). With hits such as ‘Stealing Clothes From Shelley Barret’, Dead Girl(“When I was thirteen years old, I dressed in my girlfriends clothes, all they boys at school wanted to punch me and all the girls wanted to get in my bed) and the infamous ‘Home Made Sex Change’ what’s not to love about this quirky little group? Especially when the music is so brilliant!
Montefusco said she’d faced opposition from the moment she graduated the Motorcycle Mechanics Institute in Arizona, where she was laughed at for applying for a job at Harley-Davidson because she was a female. Even when she landed a job the company, Montefusco said she didn’t get a workbench to use.
“I worked on the floor, on my hands and knees, for the first four months,” Montefusco, 30, said. “A lot of the guys didn’t even talk to me.” She left the company after she was told she’d never make it as a mechanic, and started her own business, Black Widow Bike Works, in Toms River. After three years of working long days in a rickety building trying to convince people that she could do top-notch work, Montefusco decided to give up her dream and pack it north. But then her girlfriend pushed her to give it one more shot.”
Check out more of this story here.
StormMiguel Florez recommends…
In the age of quick-fix internet consumption, I fear for the extinction of the art of the full length record album. Shawna Virago’s album “Objectified” gives me loads of hope (and evidence) that great musicians are still making great albums!
From beginning to end, the personal, political, and raw “Objecified” takes the listener on a rockin’ journey of a fierce gender-f*cking pioneer. To boot, each song is a masterpiece in its own right. Ms. Virago’s lyrics are whip-smart, and all kinds of profound; and her tunes are a complex mix of roots, punk, and glitter-twang. Seriously gender-forkers, check it out and see what I’m talking about!
This is one of the coolest YouTube videos I’ve ever come across – I don’t know who this guy is, but he sums up so many of the odd, funny, awkward, self-contradicting sensation and thoughts that result from having a body that doesn’t match one’s identity but loving that body anyway. I’m genderqueer, not trans, but I still find what he has to say about what it’s like to have a vagina to be hilarious, heartening, and thought-provoking. I hope it brightens some other people’s days as much as it brightened mine.
In their own words Born This Way Blog is, “A photo/essay project for gay viewers (male and female) to submit pictures from their childhood (roughly ages 2 to 12), with snapshots that capture them, innocently, showing the beginnings of their innate LGBT selves. It’s OUR nature, our TRUTH!”
Although the emphasis is placed on sexuality instead of gender, the pictures submitted are almost entirely of cute children breaking free of their assigned gender roles in small or big ways.
Eli Clare is one of my favorite genderqueer, queer, disability, and class activists. Zi is also a great racial justice ally. This book is poetic, personal, and powerful. One of my favorite sections includes the lines— “The body as home, but only if it is understood that bodies can be stolen… The body as home, but only if stolen bodies can be reclaimed.”
I highly encourage reading Eli Clare’s work and checking out hir website.
A very informative website about all things neutrois. I’ve had a hard time properly educating myself in regards to neutrois, but this looks like it will put an end to that.
Juli Myers recommends…
This is, without a doubt, the best and most accurate portrayal of a trans woman’s life (and I am speaking as one) that I have ever read. The story is narrated from the points of view of all of the main characters, and the thoughts and feelings of the trans woman in this book could have been lifted from my head. She and her situation are treated with what can only be described as love. Over the years, I have read many reviews of this book, some good, some so-so. However, from the point of view of someone who could be the main character, it’s a must-read for anyone – trans or not.
This site is a good resource for younger men of color in transition. As well in general a learning tool for anyone seeking a better understanding of what happens during female to male transition. The information is very open and no holds are really there. You can tell as I speak with a lot of passion and thought. I’m very open to questions and would love to share my story with everyone :)
Glitter Politic is self-love blown open. Glitter is an external expression of a unique and multifaceted light that shines within each of us. Harnessing that light and directing it outwards is extremely challenging in a world that makes it so easy to hate ourselves and each other.
By embodying a politic of glitter, we accept and perpetuate the radical notion that there is enough room for all of us to shine. We believe that by nurturing an ethic of compassion, kindness, and bad-ass love for ourselves, we can create space in our communities where love is not a limited resource. With a glitter politic, we are banishing the normative, oppressive, patriarchal, capitalist, imperialist ideology that the world isn’t big enough for all of our beautiful bodies, ideas, and voices.
Queers singing in the streets of Göteborg, Sweden.
It’s a webcomic about a black ops government project tasked with the capture, rehabilitation, and reintroduction to society of nonhuman sentients, with a title that’s a reference to the Velveteen Rabbit.
The main character is a heterosexual transvestite psychologist with an amazing fashion sense nicknamed “Tip.” Skin Horse is easily the best depiction of transvestitism in any form of literature, ever, and that’s not a claim I make lightly. It catalogs the trials and tribulations of being non-heteronormative in a heteronormative world perfectly, while still maintaining a feeling that Tip is accepted and loved by his coworkers.
I’ve admired Zhang Jigna’s (see also http://zemotion.deviantart.com/) photography for a long time. And I was especially taken by these shots of Daniel Landroche. The blog post has a (brief) interesting bit of commentary on different people’s conception of beauty. These photographs in particular stand out to me for capturing a kind of elegance we don’t often see associated with male beauty. These aren’t the images of stereotypical male strength or of dominance that most frequently make up our images of men.
I was hesitant at first, when starting to learn about it, but the more I read the more I became convinced: this is an Awesome Idea.
Apply for the program, and they’ll match you up with a queer, transvariant, bifluid, anything-out-of-the-GBLTQRSTX-hypercube-spectrum PERSON, from a prison from across Canada and the US. It’s your choice how often to write and your chance to make a difference and give some connections in a person’s life that is hell enough in prison without being ‘different.’
Ney Matogrosso is a gay Brazilian singer who first became popular in the ’70s. At the time, being gay was considered taboo in Brazil, so he never officially came out. Nevertheless, he didn’t let the conservative values of the country hold him back. He had a stage personality more flamboyant than Elton John and Liberace combined, and it came complete with outlandish costumes and hip shaking only a Brazilian can pull off.
Most impressive of all is that at 79, he is still just as fabulous today as he was all those years ago. As a Brazilian, I could not be prouder to have a musician such as him representing my country.