Queer Culture

This national icon [of the fetus and the child] is still tacitly white, and it still contains the blueprint for the reproductive form that assures the family and the nation its future history. This national icon is still innocent of knowledge, agency, and accountability and this has ethical claims on the adult political agents who write laws, make culture, administer resources, control things. But most important, the fetal/infantile person is a stand-in for a complicated and contradictory set of anxieties and desires about national identity.
—  Lauren Berlant, The Queen of America Goes to Washington City (6)
Christian Groups Drum Up Protest Against Seoul’s LGBTQ Pride Parade

(Photo courtesy of AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

A drum line of anti-gay activists loudly played traditional Korean drums near Seoul Plaza on Sunday in an attempt to drown out the 16thKorean Queer Culture Festival (KQCF).

As thousands of LGBTQ supporters marched toward the reconstructed Gyeongbokgung Palace, non-affirming Christian groups protested Seoul’s annual gay pride parade, holding placards and shouting slogans like “Homosexuals rights are not human rights” behind rows of policemen. Other anti-gay protesters held cultural demonstrations, such as ballet and body worship performances.

“Our prayers will open the sky and the homosexuals will fall, we will be blessed with victory,” said Lee Young-hoon, head of the anti-LGBTQ organization Christian Council of Korea, Buzzfeed reported.

Despite boisterous protests from anti-gay demonstrators, festival attendees were having a blast inside the grassy Seoul Plaza. LGBT advocates sang and danced as local bands and dance teams performed on stage. Cardboard cutouts of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcomed visitors of the U.S. embassy booth for a photo opportunity. Several booths also sold LGBTQ souvenirs, including gay literature as well as rainbow-colored flags, pins and soft drinks.

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I’m going to bed and hope the white gay hegemony in queer culture is at least purged of sin if not dismantled when I wake up

QUEER BLACK HERstory SPOTLIGHT: Ms. Gladys Bentley. She was a legendary blues artist known for her piano-playing, raunchy lyrics and her signature top hat and tuxedo, headlning gay speakeasies and Harlem’s Ubangi Club and later in Southern California. Bentley was an out lesbian from the get-go, always dressed in men’s clothing, and even tried to marry a woman in Atlantic City once.
Bentley was ahead of her time and its her boldness that paved the way for young people like myself to do what we do. Thanks Ms. Gladys, you the real MVP!

Picture Summary of Different Lesbian Couples

The Teenage Romantics (obsessed with heart-finger photos)

The Hipster Lesbians

The beautiful femmes 

The beautiful buthes

The Proud Interracial Lovers

The Ones Who Grew Old Together

The Succesful Celeb Couple

The Cuddle Monsters

The Cosplayers

The Power Moms!

The sex addicts

The Young Hipster Butches

The Trendy Hippies

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A Comic Con Just For Queers Could Be Headed Your Way Soon

Geeks OUT has launched a new campaign to fund a comic con specifically for the queer community and its allies. Called Flame Con, this event is slated to be a one-day comics, arts and entertainment expo that covers the whole spectrum of queer geek cul…

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Xochipilli is the god of flowers, dance, beauty, and art in Aztec mythology. He is also called Flower Prince because his name can be split from two Nahuatl words, xochitl meaning flower and pilli meaning prince. Xochipilli was also a god of fertility and associated with gender-variance and same-sex eroticism. Xochipilli was seen as the patron of MSM (men who have sex with men), which may have resulted from his associations with Toltec civilization. (Aztecs viewed the Toltecs as their predecessors). 

Well, inquisitive hypothetical reader, there’s a second interesting tidbit in all that “lesbians are more likely to be fat” business. As it turns out, queer girls (lesbians AND bisexuals) are ALSO more likely to NOT THINK they’re fat, even when their BMI puts them in one of the “overweight” categories. On the flip side, straight girls are more likely to think of themselves as fat even when they’re not. That’s right, “overweight” queer ladies tend to be less critical of their bodies than straight women.

Researchers want to call this a problem of self-perception, but I have a different theory. It could be, perhaps, that queer girl culture doesn’t suffer the incessant, unreasonable pressure of the male gaze in the same way that straight girl culture does. After all, if you don’t have to concern yourself with attracting men as romantic partners, it’s considerable more reasonable to not give a fuck about their photoshopped-magazine-and-mainstream-pornography-fueled beauty standards, and you might be less likely to internalize that garbage. A dig through some psychology journals show that I’m not making this up. One study showed that lesbians tended to rate the attractiveness of bigger women higher than straight women did. A later study showed that women who felt a strong connection to the lesbian community scored better in personal body image and had fewer indications of depression.

So, we’ve got an NIH study about fat lesbians, a problematic cultural fixation on weight and weight-loss, and a rejection of heterosexual beauty standard by queer ladies. What’s the takeaway here? It’s that we should be concerned when science and medicine make such considerable efforts to pathologize aspects of queer culture that conflict with mainstream straight culture, especially when those aspects of straight culture are hideously broken, like the fat-hate and weight obsession.

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Untitled (For We'Wha), 2014

We’Wha (1849-1896)
Zuni Lhamana

When Europeans arrived in North America they were shocked that native peoples often interpreted gender differently from them. Not only were many cultures matriarchal, a great many tribes accepted three genders instead of only two. 

Zuni Pueblo, in western New Mexico, honored three genders before the coming of protestant missionaries. Men who chose not to become hunters and warriors became lhamanas, members of the alternative gender that bridged the other two. While they were initiated into male religious societies, they became crafts specialists and wore female garb. They were nonwarriors who moved freely in the male and female worlds.

We-wha was a Zuni lhamana who helped bridge his culture and that of Anglo-Americans. He was one of the first Zunis to experiment with new economic activities, something essential in the changing world of his day. He was a cultural ambassador for Zuni, traveling to Washington, D.C., where no one guessed he was not a woman in the many months he mixed with "high society” there. He assisted Anglo scholars who came to record the ways of his people, but he also resisted Anglo incursions when they seemed improper – once even ending up in jail. 

He was a deeply spiritual person. In this icon he is shown garbed as the man-woman kachina, Kolhamana, a role he filled during his life. His hands and face are painted ceremonially and he is ready to place the sacred mask upon his face. He was well loved throughout his life and his death brought grief to Zuni. The rainbow spirit above his head in the icon emphasizes that he is now one of the holy ones who return to his people with blessings. His photograph hangs in the tribal museum today, and gay Native Americans throughout North America remember him as a spiritual hero and guide.“  // –Robert Lentz

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Clea DuVall on Craig Kilborn, 2003

Hi friends,

I’m currently looking for clips of (closeted) lesbian and bisexual celebrities in interview during which the (typically male) interviewer commits some sort of microaggression against the interviewee, be it talking about the topic of lesbianism too long for comfort or asking the interviewee if she is dating, has a boyfriend (hi compulsory heterosexuality), et cetera.

I’m compiling these clips for a videography project so if you know of an interview with your favorite queer celebrity that fits the description, please submit it to me. There are tons of these from the mid-90s to mid 00s and mostly from late night television, but I do not have a particular date after which the clips become irrelevant. There are some of Chely Wright which are as recent as 2007, and I’m pretty sure there are some with Rosie O'Donnell that date as far back as 1988. The trick is finding them.

So much of my focus on this specific area has to do with the interviewee’s expression upon being unexpectedly asked something intrusive–they fidget, blanch or flush, and avert the interviewee’s gaze. In retrospect, these moments are terrifying to watch because you quickly realize that the line between in-ness and outness is the difference between securing roles and being blacklisted.

a handy translation guide for lesbians dating in queer communities

i present the following guide for any lesbians (read: female homosexuals) who are new to the dating scene, all of which come from women i have know in my community:

“I’m heteroflexible, not straight”

I am straight, but I also objectify women.

“I’m bi, but I could never really see myself having an emotional relationship with another woman" 

I have internalized misogynist beliefs and do not see other women as full emotional human beings.

alt. I have internalized homophobia.

"I’m queer; I had sex with women over 5+ years ago and I’ve only been in relationships with men and I’m engaged to a man”

I believe that I am oppressed even though I am reaping the benefits of being an active heterosexual. Lesbians are really mean to me.

“I’m polyromantic and pansexual in an open relationship with my live-in boyfriend”

I am narcissistic and believe lesbians exist to fulfill my sexual fantasies.

“I think the word ‘woman’ is too heteronormative and cissexist; I identify as a dapper genderfluid masculine of center queer and I’m into hard femmes”

I have internalized misogyny and hide my insecurities behind identity politics that are constantly changing. Also, I read Autostraddle.