If my boyfriend and I we were characters in a newspaper comic strip, we would be The Lockhorns, as opposed to the cherubic ”Love Is…” nudists. That’s just about all you need to know going in.
I am in awe of how we return to loving and opening to new relationships after all the endured hurts, missed opportunities, and past failures. If you’re too young to know yet or have been lucky enough to be spared – warning, warning – heartbreak is on the horizon. Sorry to be the messenger, but everything ends. And if you’re a bit older, having already experienced the loss of a lover or two or many, you too can point to scars that conclude with reasons.
In honor of Transgender Awareness Week, even the most heart-of-gold LGB person may not fully understand how difficult it is to be a transgender person. Coming out is only a small fraction of the quiche. That’s why I’ve decided as my own little ode to Transgender Awareness Week to list Thirteen Easy Steps to Becoming Transgender!
So, a couple of years ago, I had the awesome pleasure of attending Philly Zine Fest. One of the most interesting people I met was my table-mate. This cool, queer, femme comic book artist with a cursive (!) typewriter. On and off, I kept up with Sassafrass Lowry’s various projects through blogs and the zine community, but recently was hugely impressed with the scale and scope of a book she compiled about queer homelessness. I think it’s such an important issue, relevant and often overlooked. Sassafrass was kind enough to answer some of my questions.
I’m about to talk some shit on Cee-Lo’s catchy-as-hell tune, Fuck You. Gasp and clutch the pearls, but it’s happening.
Last Saturday night, Mr. Gay USA opened to a trilogy of Gaga songs with sexy dancers, an amazing drag performance and a complimenting brass section behind her. Stunning performance aside, is there a need for a Mr. Gay USA? How is this night going to be different from any other big party that comes to Voyeur?
These boys have flown in from all over the country to compete for the title os Mr Gay US 2010 – who will it be. Miss Information sits down and talks with them all and gives you a behind the scenes peak!
Our twenties are all about transformation. We choose careers. We enter into long-term relationship(s). We rent/buy our first apartments. We win Mr. Gay titles. Well, maybe that’s not all of us. But 20-year-old Michael Probe can boast such an accomplishment…and he went through a transformation all his own to score the sash.
Queer in small towns isn’t the same as gay in a city like Philadelphia. Community is less about sharing resources and stories, about forming friendships and families, and sustainable long term partnership in small towns. It’s more about survival, and what you sacrifice for some sense of identity.