Posts Tagged: LGBT
Back in 1994 in San Francisco, Sini Anderson and Rumpus contributor Michelle Tea cofounded Sister Spit, a “a weekly, free, all-girl open mic” that challenged the status quo of the male-dominated open-mic scene.
It wasn’t long before they took the show on the road, “with shows every night in a different dive bar, art gallery, queer club, sushi restaurant, punk basement, community space throughout the USA.”...more
As a queer woman of color who writes young-adult fiction, Malinda Lo “was a little bit taken aback by the sheer paucity of books I could find about queer characters of color.”
If you, too, have been seeking those sorts of books without much success, look no further: Lo has compiled a list, which, though (hopefully) not exhaustive, is a great resource for many young readers starving to see themselves represented in media of any kind....more
Crossing Over, a documentary by director Isabel Castro, follows three transgender women—all of them undocumented Mexican immigrants—as they seek asylum in the US.
“Although this started as a project to raise awareness about the complexities of immigration,” Castro told Buzzfeed, “it has grown into one that is trying to raise awareness about transphobia (both in Latin American cultures and in the United States.)”
For more details, including a beautiful trailer, check out the film’s website....more
In an interview for the Young Adult Library Association’s blog, YA novelist Malinda Lo talks about writing within certain genres—young adult, fantasy/sci-fi, feminist, LGBT—and how it can be both confining and liberating.
…I know that labels can be a useful way to find something you’re interested in.
This slideshow is a few weeks old, obviously, because it was posted for Independence Day, but there’s no wrong time to read about queer American history.
Some topics covered: Was James Buchanan the first gay president? How important was same-sex attraction to the transcendentalist movement?...more
The new issue of SF Weekly features the life stories, translated from their own words, of four gay and transgender Latin American immigrants who came to San Francisco in the 1980s.
The pasts they left behind are as dissimilar as the routes that led them to San Francisco, each a complicated journey shaped by the societies who challenged them....more
More than a few people have questioned, chafed, and commented on Collins’ decision to identify himself as a black gay man — rather than simply as a gay man. And that’s where I step into the ring.
At BuzzFeed, Saeed Jones writes about the importance of race as a factor in NBA player Jason Collins’s coming out....more
“Whereas in the past, most trans books were non-fiction, either how-to or memoir books, we’re starting to see novels and short fiction coming from trans authors in North America,” explains Leger. “It’s a great time to be a trans person who loves books!”
Next covers the surge in literature by transgender writers and the places that publish them.
DC Comics’ “New 52″ gambit, in which they scrapped all their series’ storylines and replaced them with new ones, did away with many of the characters that kept the DC Universe diverse in terms of race, gender, and sexuality.
But the good news is that the company has introduced a new character, Alysia Yeoh, “who is not only a strong and interesting character, but is also bisexual, Asian-American, and as of now, openly transgender.”
Check out this Autostraddle post for more details....more
Here’s a BuzzFeed list that’s definitely worth reading: 100 Amazing Trans Americans You Should Know.
They’re artists, educators, activists, and more, and they’re doing great work all over the country.
Click through to read stories of where they’ve come from and where they’re heading....more
When a community college in a small New York town hired Rumpus pal Conner Habib to speak about sex and culture for a campus Sex Week, he was psyched. After all, he’d grown up gay in a small town and knew firsthand how important it was to combat senseless taboos by talking openly about sexuality....more
It’s about a year old now, but whatever: this primer on black lesbian cinema is too good not to read.
Salamishah Tillet walks us through twenty years of movies by and about queer women of color, from Watermelon Woman, a mockumentary about a 1930s actress playing mammy roles, to last year’s radiant indie film Pariah....more
Lambda Literary feature “The Banal and the Profane” returns with a post by Leon Baham.
Each installment involves an LGBT writer chronicling a week of life day by day, and Baham also organizes things alphabetically; his topics range from “Adult Relationship” to “Sleepyhead” (who needs those letters after S anyway?)....more