What are the salient features of fabulousness? Irony. Tragic history. Defiance. Gender fuck. Glitter. Drama. It is not butch. It is not hot. The cathexis surrounding Fabulousness is not necessarily erotic. The Fabulousness is not delimited by age or beauty. Style has a didactical relationship to physical beauty. The body is real. Style is theatre. The raw materials are reworked into the illusion. For style to be truly fabulous, one must completely triumph over tragedy, age, physical insufficiencies -  and just as importantly, one’s audiences must be made aware of the degree of transcendence, of triumph; must see both the triumph and that over which the triumph has been made. (In this, the magic of the Fabulous is precisely the magic of the theater. The wires show. The illusion is always incomplete, inadequate; the work behind the magic is meant to be appreciated.)
—  Tony Kushner, “Notes Toward a Theater of the Fabulous” from John M. Clum’s Staging Gay Lives.

New Orleans church window shattered 2 days after it hosted transgender town hall

  • Only two days after hosting a town hall to address violence against transgender people, the First Unitarian Universalist Church of New Orleans was vandalized.
  • According to a post on the church’s Facebook page, someone threw a brick through a stained-glass window during a service Sunday morning.
  • “We think it might be in reaction to the town hall meeting we hosted on Friday afternoon, organized by Transitions Louisiana, on violence against transgender people,” the post read.
  • The church has several other ties to LGBTQ communities. It is a venue for LOUD: New Orleans Queer Youth Theatre, which posted a message of support to the church on Facebook.
  • “At this time, we do not have evidence that would link the simple criminal damage to property incident today with Friday’s [town hall],” the New Orleans Police Department said in a statement to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Read more (3/13/17 4:06 PM)
When discussing gay theater, I am always reminded of Blanche DuBois’ proclamation: “I don’t want realism, I want magic!!” It is a sense of theater as a magical space mirroring life but large than life and the sense that theatre best mirrors the performance of gender and the awareness of performativity that have historically been part of the gay experience. These plays all take their audiences and readers to surprising places. There is no way in which we could refer to these plays as “straight” plays. Gay playwrights, even in their most serious moments, remind their audiences of the many readings of the word play, What does theatre mean if it is not joyous, camp, liberating, and magical? It is not somber, literal, or naturalistic.
—  John M. Clum, Staging Gay Lives.

Hi everyone!!

This is in regard to my senior thesis project, a theatre performance about transgender lives.
First of all, thank you to all who have submitted their stories to me. I was blown away by how open to sharing all of you were.

For the purpose of the piece, unfortunately I had to pick very few stories, but I was able to grab some lines here and there to create a voice over montage for the intro (all of which will be recorded by trans people). So many people are represented in my thesis! And it’s exactly what I imagined it to be.

Since some of the people who contributed changed their URLs, I can’t find everyone to ask if they want credit. So I decided to make all stories anonymous, but I give special thanks to those who contributed in my program. If you see this and you contributed to my thesis and definitely want credit, please message me and I’ll make sure (if your story is in the play) that you get credit.

Some stories I had to edit and cut, but believe me when I say I stayed true to every one of those stories and made sure they were accurate to who you all are.

I will post a video of it soon after it goes up! It’s called Oh, Sweet Child. The dates are April 29th and 30th.

Thanks again everyone. It is an honor to tell your stories.

-Ellie D.

I didn’t know Javi Muñoz was gay until I saw the clip from August 14th of him fighting back against homophobes and honestly right now I have tears in my eyes right now because a gay Latino man is playing the biggest role on Broadway right now and he’s doing such an incredible job and as a young queer Latinx kid I’m crying because I have such an amazing role model to look up to

And this is so significant bc yes you hear about gay people in Broadway and in theatre (E. G. Groffsauce) but you NEVER hear about queer POCs, ESPECIALLY not queer Latinxes and definitely not queer Latinx individuals IN LEADING ROLES, and I’m so happy and so proud that I and future queer Latinx theatre kids have Javi to look up to and I just

I hope he knows that his existence and his playing this fantastic role in such an influential musical, which has become such a big part of my life, is an inspiration to me and to us all. Seeing myself represented in a community I love and respect is something I never could have imagined a year ago.

Thank you so much, Javi.

fervid as a flamesongs from musicals that are about girls who like girls, sung by girls who like girls, or can be interpreted in a girl loving girl way

tracklist: i. take me or leave me - rent || ii. i like girls - volleygirls || iii. what is this feeling? - wicked || iv. you’re my world - shout! the mod musical || v. legally blonde remix - legally blonde: the musical || vi. old fashioned love story - the wild party || vii. the way you move - volleygirls || viii. for good - wicked || ix. ring of keys - fun home || x. one hundred easy ways - wonderful town || xi. something bad is happening - falsettoland || xii. bosom buddies - mame || xiii. forget about the boy - thoroughly modern millie || xiv. what you don’t know about women - city of angels || xv. who will love me as i am? - side show || xvi. changing my major - fun home || xvii. what about love? - the color purple

If you’re LGBTQ+ and involved in theatre, I need your help!

So, I’m writing an essay on LGBTQ+ people in theatre, and if any of you would be willing to be “interviewed” (by which I mean answering some very open-ended questions about your experiences and opinions and all that), it would mean the world! 

If this doesn’t apply to you, but you know someone you think would be interested, then please pass it on! 

Thank you!

‘Dear Mr. Charles, Do you enjoy gay theater?’ I am gay theater. All right, I will now give you the entire history of American gay theater, in sixty seconds. Go!
      (MR. CHARLES stands, and there is a dramatic lighting change, as he free-associates rapidly.)
'Jimmy isn’t like the other boys-do you know what you are-he’s no son of mine! I’m just so lonely and sick of my own evil.-he was a boy, just a boy-Bill was my buddy, and our love was pure and strong, but those things they’re saying- they’re true, about me! I’m so sick and ashamed, Karen! Do you know what you are? I am a thirty-two-year-old, pockmarked Jew fairy, and that was when my father saw me backstage, in my wig and my tights, and he said, take care of my son.             (Singing)
I am what I am!
       (in a gravelly voice, as Harvey Fierstein)
I just wanna be loved, Is that so wrong? But Doctor, what’s wrong with David, with all the Davids? Our people are dying, and the Mayor still won’t say the name of the disease- Maria Callas!
        (He raises his arms as graceful as wings)
Let the great work begin!
        (He raises his arms again)
Let the great work begin, part two! When you speak of gay theater, and you will-be kind. Because it’s all about love, valour, and gratuitous frontal male nudity!

Mr. Charles, Currently of Palm Beach by Paul Rudnick

(How many shows can you identify in this?)

have-you-seen-this-man  asked:

velvet, chainsaw, ribbon 💟

velvet: your favorite era for fashion and aesthetics

tbqh modern day like. queer nature/art/theatre/etc person. pastels and earth tones and cool hair colors

chainsaw: your favorite sound

cat purring, rain outside, my gf’s laugh

ribbon: your favorite color combinations

peach and gold, mint and gold, all the cool toned colors

Love is - something I know. I don’t know how we got here, I don’t know why touching you makes me so happy, but I know - that seeing you, or even thinking about seeing you, makes me feel like - I don’t need to know anything else.
—  The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told
Review - Gay & Lesbian History for Kids: The Century-Long Struggle for LGBT Rights by Jerome Pohlen

Oh Gay & Lesbian History for Kids.  I wanted to love you.  I came so close….. but then you crashed and burned. 

Despite the title Gay & Lesbian History for Kids actually starts strong.  It identifies Alexander the Great and Emperor Hadrian as bisexual on page 4 so perhaps I got my hopes up….. but once it gets past Stonewall, its like bisexual and transgender people just stop existing.  If bisexual people are in this book, they are in boxes off to the side, showing that we do exist but aren’t really all that important to the narrative.  There is nothing on the history of tension between lesbians and mainstream feminism about the similar antagonism towards bisexual women in the movement. No Brenda Howard and Sylvia Rivera is not identified as bi. 

And the first mention of Sylvia Rivera in this book deadnames her.  I was shocked.  I’ve been a big reader of queer history for over a decade and I’ve never come across Rivera’s birthname before because IT’S HIGHLY DISRESPECTFUL AND NOT RELEVANT TO HER WORK.  Rivera is mentioned a few times but there is no real depth or explanation of her work.  Transgender rights and transgender people are all but forgotten after 1970, with no mention of their issues of violent hate crimes or employment discrimination.  And despite some valiant attempts at diversity in the beginning of the book, it is as though queer people of color in this history just stopped existing or mattering after the 1960′s. 

The one possible saving grace of this book is the activities.  Holy hell they are awesome!   This would be the perfect book to use with a girl scout troop or day camp or sunday school.  I’m all about teaching kids queer history by teaching them to make their own protest signs/songs/buttons/symbols, performing scenes from queer theatre, reading banned books, and forming their own movements around issues that are important to them.  I just wish those awesome activities could be in a book with less problematic trans content and bi erasure.  

Look if you are a school or librarian or parent and the choice is this book or nothing (or god forbid this book and the unmitigated pile of ahistorical dreck that is Ann Bausum’s Stonewall), then pick this book.  It’s got some good moments in the beginning and the activities are top notch.  But overall it is very much a white Gay and Lesbian book, so bisexual and transgender people continue to search for adequate historical representation in our children’s nonfiction.  Sigh. 

- Sarah

trigger warnings for: violence (though discussed a 10 year old appropriate level) and dead-naming 

Stagedoor Manor Fired Me Because I'm Gay. Basically.

I’ve spend a lot of time in the last 9 months thinking about how to write about my experience at Stagedoor Manor, yes that Stagedoor Manor. The Stagedoor Manor with a book, and a documentary and a movie and all those starry alumni. My quick and dirty answer to what Stagedoor was like for me is telling people I’d like to burn the place to the ground. The long answer is what I discuss with my therapist every week, and the medium answer is what follows.

Before I get too deep into my story I’ll give you this disclaimer, when it comes to the people whose lives intersected mine and are mentioned in this piece, I don’t take the involuntary outing of other individuals lightly. I came of age in a queer community that taught outing was something left solely to each person to out themselves and no one else. While I admire my queer mentors and deeply respect the pain that has been caused by the involuntary outing of my brothers and sisters, I believe in this case it is impossible for me to tell my story without it overlapping the stories of others. And while I might be taking away their choice to come out where and when they wish, I believe my story is a story that must be told truthfully. More importantly, I believe we live in a time when those among us clinging to their perceived heteronormativity to protect themselves from the world, or in this case the world from them, are those among us who are hurting the gay community the most. I know there are still many places in the world where an essential tool of survival for gay men and women is to hide their orientation, but if there is one place on earth where any gay man or woman should be able to be free to be themselves it’s at a theatre camp.

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queer filipinx theatre artist still navigating her identity and always ready to start a fight!!
here for the brown skinned artists trying to create create create and have their voices heard and bodies respected (especially in an industry where it’s acceptable for me to be the only asian let alone asian womxn staffed in a nationally ranked american theatre–diversity in popular media has a long way to go)

so here’s to afad, today and every day

No, but guys.  Fun Home took Best Musical.  Hedwig took Best Revival last year.  Two years in a row, two shamelessly, explicitly queer stories - BOTH WHICH ARE ABOUT ACCEPTING YOURSELF AS YOU ARE EVEN IF YOU FUCK UP ALONG THE WAY - have taken top prize in their category, with their lead actors from both winning Best Actor for their performances.