Sunday, January 30, 2011

B.Steady: A Beautiful Find

B.Steady is one half of the lost bois, a queer girl hip-pop duo out of DC. I YouTube stalked this girl for a minute and what I gathered was someone very talented and real. Such positive energy. I dig her style and her music, and so I had to share!

Friday, January 28, 2011

New Sexual Health Brochure for Lesbian & Bisexual Women by Meem

By: Koi-Fish

Hot off the press is this new sexual health brochure produced by Meem with the support of Dr. Hasan Abdessamad. Make sure to read it and share it with friends. Produced by Meem’s health coordinator Koi-Fish and designed by Mimiscule, this is a beta version of the soon to-be-published brochure. If there is specific information that you would like to see and isn’t appearing here, please email If not, stay tuned for the final version. Always better to play it safe!

Check out the slideshow, "a prevention guide to sexually transmitted infections among women who have sex with women," which you can also view in full screen. We’ve also put together a PDF version you can download.

Bekhsoos is a queer Arab magazine published weekly by queer and trans folks at Meem. We cover topics related to (homo)sexuality in the Arab world. Our objective is to fill the gap of lesbian- and transgender-produced writing in the Arab world through articles, reports, investigations, personal stories, opinion pieces, and creative writing.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


Her voice is wonderful...

Go to Shape What's to Come for a free mp3 download of this song and others.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Spike Lee Protege Takes Sundance by Standing Ovation

I've wrote earlier about the short film Pariah that I was (and still am) dying to see. Well, the extended version made it to Sundance 2011, got 4.1/5 stars on the Sundance site and went so far as to receive a standing ovation. 

At the club, the music thumps, go-go dancers twirl, shorties gyrate on the dance floor while studs play it cool, and adorably naive 17-year-old Alike takes in the scene with her jaw dropped in amazement. Meanwhile, her buddy Laura, in between macking the ladies and flexing her butch bravado, is trying to help Alike get her cherry popped. This is Alike’s first world. Her second world is calling on her cell to remind her of her curfew. On the bus ride home to Brooklyn, Alike sheds her baseball cap and polo shirt, puts her earrings back in, and tries to look like the feminine, obedient girl her conservative family expects. 

With a spectacular sense of atmosphere and authenticity,
Pariah takes us deep and strong into the world of an intelligent butch teenager trying to find her way into her own. Debut director Dee Rees leads a splendid cast and crafts a pitch-perfect portrait that stands unparalleled in American cinema.


Happy Black Girl Day?

In light of all the frustrating, disheartening and depressing news that so often tarnishes the name and the existance of Black women, I am declaring today a special day. Not just any day, but Happy Black Girl Day! No talk of who doesn’t want us or what we can’t have because we’re Black. Just happy Black woman stuff. Tweet it, blog it, text it, call your friends and tell them all about it. Kiss a Black girl today, love a Black girl today. It’s our day to be HAPPY!  

-Sister Toldja

Happy Black Girl Day

Le Coil: A Revisit

I adore this site. And I adore Julia Sarr-Jamois.

Fafafini [Samoa]

Life Lesson of the Day

Learn it well:

Love Me If You Dare (A Tragik Film) [*****]

A Trans Man of Color's Experiences on Invisibility and Hypervisibility

via theGAQ

Friday, January 21, 2011

New Lesbian Short Film: Sara [****]

It's premiering today (now) on Autostraddle.

The LNF Show Having Another Casting Call

Casting call for The Lovers and Friends Show this Sunday Jan 23rd!Looking to fill various roles. These roles are non paid but great for experience.

Isabella - sexy, mischevious feminine lesbian Latina in her late 20's. She's spoiled, devious and always gets what she wants (must speak Spanish) 

Trent - Muscular gay male in his late 20's early 30's. Dominant, aggressive, and abusive. (any ethnicity) 

Michelle - sweet feminine lesbian in her 20's. Very stylish, artistic and business minded (black or hispanic) 

Carina - vibrant hispanic heterosexual woman in her 50's. Former drug addict.

Man - forceful, arrogant, in his thirties (hispanic)

Please email us at for more info!

ALERT! San Francisco Queer Women & Genderqueer People of Color

I'm not going to say how jealous I am right now...

Free: Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project Workshops
Two free workshops are being offered starting this month:

Workshop for LBTQGNC Youth of Color (18 to 25 yrs)
Mondays, Jan 24-May 9, 2011 6:30-9:30pm

This workshop is offered to LBTQGNC Youth of Color (18 to 25 yrs):
Queer women, Lesbian, Bisexual, Same-Gender-Loving, Two-Spirit, Transgender, or Questioning young women of color and Genderqueer/Gender Non-conforming youth of color who are African Descent/Black, Asian/South Asian, South West Asian/North African, Pacific Islander, Chicana/Latina, Native American/
Indigenous/First Nations & Mixed-race. 

Workshop for Queer Women & Genderqueer People of Color (no age restrictions)
Thursdays, Jan 27-May 12, 6:30-9:30pm

This workshop is offered to:
Queer women, Lesbian, Bisexual, Same-Gender-Loving,Two-Spirit, Transgender, or Questioning women of color and Genderqueer/Gender Non-conforming folks of color who are African Descent/Black, Asian/South Asian, South West Asian/
North African, Pacific Islander, Chicana/Latina, Native American/
Indigenous/First Nations & Mixed-race.

Pretty Little Liars Back with More Lady-Gay Stuff

Spoiler Alert

The first season of Pretty Little Liars resumed this month, and while the show took some steps forward (in the lesbo department), by the latest episode I started to get the feeling it was retreating. Emily (played by heart-throb Shay Mitchell) comes out to her parents, and shows a great deal of resolve and strength with her un-accepting mother. However, by episode 113, Maya, Em's lady-love, was getting shipped off to boot camp or some shit. Let's hope ABC Family is doing more than sending a brief, superficial message for It-Gets-Better purposes, and will give Emily some serious character development...

You can watch new episodes here.

Far Away by Marsha Ambrosius

via bLaKtivist

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Reteaching Gender and Sexuality Home Stretch!

Reteaching Gender and Sexuality by PUT THIS ON THE {MAP} has just 3 days left to reach $10,000! These kids can truly make a difference. They need to raise only $3,700 more or they won't get any of the money they've worked for so diligently. Dig deep, y'all, if you can. Give these youth an opportunity to reach out to their peers. You can pledge quickly and easily here.

OkCupid Lovin Us Gays

It's true that in terms of queer women, OkCupid has accrued quite a following. This is also true for queer women of color (or maybe I just live in Atlanta). And now, Autostraddle just informed me there's more to be excited about:

1) Mad lesbos are knee-deep in OKC, meaning it's perfectly normal that I am too.

2) Us gays can now hide our profiles from the straights. I find this feature particularly wonderful for the ladies. I can't tell you how many straight dudes have viewed my profile. That's sketch... you know... being that it's a dating site and I don't date dudes.

Happy dating!

Gay Glory at the Golden Globes

A brilliantly brutal Ricky Gervais on Sunday hosted what many are calling one of the most memorable—and gay-glorifying—Golden Globes award ceremonies in recent history. 

Gervais’ scathing jokes at the expense of celebrity nominees and presenters alike left the star-studded audience squirming and viewers at home snickering at the British host’s unapologetic, Tinsel Town-affronting gall. Despite a smattering of stuffy critiques that Gervais “went too far,” the ceremony proved refreshingly entertaining and veered as far as possible from the forced-polite banality of many glitzy awards evenings. It also racked up quite a few accolades for “Team Gay”—from individual winners to films and TV shows teeming with LGBT themes. 

The night was filled with Glee—and we’re not just referring to the ebullience exhibited by the lucky celebs lugging home statuettes. Fox’s uber-popular, chock-full ‘o gay show Glee scored three big wins, including Best Television Series - Comedy or Musical, a Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for TV accolade for openly gay actor Chris Colfer, and openly lesbian fan fave Jane Lynch’s grab at a G.G. in the counterpart category.

In his acceptance speech, Colfer denounced the current epidemic of bullying—very apropos considering his Glee character’s struggles with anti-gay harassment and Colfer’s own orientation.

"Most importantly, to all the amazing kids that watch our show and the kids that our show celebrates, who are constantly told 'no' by the people in their environments, by bullies at school that they can't be who they are or have what they want because of who they are. Well, screw that, kids," Colfer said. An effortlessly charming and jokingly self-aggrandizing Jane Lynch made it a point to thank her wife and children in her speech. 

The Kids Are All Right—in which Annette Bening and Julianne Moore play a lesbian couple whose children meet their sperm donor, and for which both thespians earned Best Actress in a Motion Picture nominations—did “all right,” as well. The film won the GG for Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical, and Annette Bening took home the prize for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical.

Natalie Portman received the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama for her jarring and complex portrayal of a ballet dancer spiraling into insanity in Black Swan (complete with frenzied [and pretty damn hot, if we may say so] lesbian sex scene with costar Mila Kunis).

“Ten OTHER Things Martin Luther King Said” by Jay Smooth

Monday, January 17, 2011

Pakistan's Lesbians Live In Silence/Unveiled [****]

NPR did a short piece on a lesbian Pakistani human rights lawyer. Check it out.

Also, since we're on the subject, check out the German film Unveiled (Netflix). In terms of lesbian flicks, I find it to be one of the better ones. It received 7.4/10 stars on IMDB:

After the Iranian authorities threaten to prosecute her for loving a woman, Fariba (Jasmin Tabatabai) assumes a dead man's identity in order to survive. Denied asylum in Germany, Fariba is locked in a detainment center, where her male cellmate commits suicide -- and she spies a window of opportunity. Assuming his identity, she takes a job in a small country village, where she struggles to keep her secret from a well-meaning female friend.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

NOH8 Campaign Hitting the South

Adam Bouska's NOH8 Campaign is coming to Atlanta (today) and New Orleans (Jan. 23). My stomping grounds, most definitely. It's $45 for a solo shoot and $25/person for a group shoot. If you're in the ATL, definitely make your way over to The W Atlanta in Midtown to get photographed by a famous photographer for an important cause... for just $45. Good deal, if you think about it. Make sure to put on your best face and your best white t-shirt!

The W Atlanta - Midtown
188 14th Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30361

The W New Orleans
333 Poydras Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

Visibility Project (rough cut): Kit Yan 2011

The Visibility Project is a photographic portraiture series focused on the Queer Asian American identified community. All the participants have identified as female at one time and the project is inclusive to: trans, ftm, mtf, genderqueer, bisexuals, lesbian, gay, intersex, andro, two-spirit, or any other gender or sexual identifications. Definitions of Asian Americans are inclusive to the general: East, Southeast, South Asian, to mixed race, transplants, etc.

The project seeks to break down ethnic, gendered, and sexual stereotypes through the powerful and accessible media of photography and video. Please visit the website at for more information about the project.


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Women Artists Sweep Best of 2010 NYC Arts

Still from Shirin Neshat's Women without Men

G. Roger Denson

For at least a decade, arguably two, there's been ample evidence that an avant-garde not only still exists in contemporary art, but that it's comprised almost exclusively of women. If women's art provokes the strongest reactions, pro and con, it's largely because women have made sexuality and gender not just the subject and context of their art, but the medium to be modeled to suit new social realities and identities. Certainly the strongest work exhibited in New York in 2010 was overwhelmingly by women and reflecting feminist perspectives on sex and gender, to the extent that in every contemporary category I could summon to mind, work by women stood out commandingly.

What y'all know about that?  Shirin Neshat's flick Women without Men has a viewing on Jan. 22nd at the High Museum of Art. I need to work at this place...

Monday, January 10, 2011

Between Women

What do you think of when you hear Between Women... ?

The show "Between Women" brings to life all of the events that altar our lives as individuals, as friends, as lovers and partners... the drama, lies, mystery, friendship, betrayals, secrets, passion, loyalty, and love that comes within any group of women. Based in Atlanta, the circle is comrpised of a variety of women that weave an intricate balance to each other's lives. Between Women showcases the tests and trials that can infiltrate on a circle of friends and their strength and will to go thru it and maintain a level of trust, honor, and commitment with each other.

Brought to you by Mad Studio Productions, Between Women provides an honest look at love and friendship laced with humor, sexiness, and fun. Go there if you dare... Between Women! 

See also, Broken Silence.