Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore

Nia King: Web Comics for the Queer Set


QTPOC Comics by Nia King – Oakland Artist, Activist and Anarchist Growing up as a Queer, Black/Lebanese/Jewish woman, King is more than adept and equipped to author a comic calling on the life experiences of two queer people and their interracial relationship. The tagline for the King’s tumblr reads: “I’m mixed. My partner is trans. These… read more

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore and Sassafras Lowrey Discuss the Queer Margins


Sassafras Lowrey, an author and advocate for homeless LGBT youth, chats with Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore about gay culture, queer writers, and their new works. Lowrey’s new book, titled Roving Pack, explores the lives of homeless queer teenagers. Sycamore is the editor of the in-your-face new work, Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots? Flaming Challenges… read more

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore: Keeping the Pot Stirred


” Whatever happened to our dreams of sexual splendor only bounded by the limitations of imagination? Gay sex is now more about regimentation than experimentation, following the hideous rules rather than creating new possibilities for loving, lusting for and taking care of one another.”

Author Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore talks with Lambda about straight white respectability, queer desire, and the “It Gets Better” campaign…. read more

'Why are Faggots so Afraid of Faggots: Flaming Challenges to Masculinity, Objectification, and the Desire to Conform' edited by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore


Collected from across a continua of class, age, race, gender, sex, and geography, these academics and activists, professionals and students–for whom the personal is political and vice versa–raise their voices in complicated and varied attempts to problematize and deconstruct the assorted issues related to homophobia (externalized and internalized)…. read more

Free Cupcakes, Heart-shaped Refreshments, and Some Truly Sweet West Coast Readings


Anyone in San Francisco looking for a provocative literary event to attend this Valentine’s Day? Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore is hosting a release party of her new book, Why Are Faggots so Afraid of Faggots?: Flaming Challenges to Masculinity, Objectification, and the Desire to Conform, published by AK Press. Held at the San Francisco Main Library at 6 PM, contributors Jaime Cortez, Tommi… read more

[Video] Philip Clark reads from 'Persistent Voices' in SF


Inspired by the anthology Persistent Voices: Poetry by Writers Lost to AIDS, edited by Philip Clark and David Groff, several writers including Judy Grahn, Kevin Killian, Kirk Read, and Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore among others read poems from the book at Magnet near the Castro in San Francisco. For upcoming events and information visit their Facebook… read more

Is There, or Should There Be, Such a Thing as 'Trans Lit'?


There’s a problem right away. If someone like Gore Vidal or Jeffrey Eugenides writes a book about a trans person it is hailed as brilliantly edgy, but if a trans person does the same thing it is likely to be rejected as the work of a self-obsessed weirdo…. read more

Interview: Martin Duberman


Gay liberation changed Martin Duberman’s life. In the 1960s, Duberman taught history at Princeton, hardly a bastion of radical thought. Yet he found himself invigorated by nascent counterculture movements and became a champion of the left, penning essays in the Times and serving as faculty advisor to the Princeton chapter of Students for a Democratic… read more