Dancing with Audre Lorde: A Lesbian Memory

Audre Lorde described herself as “Black feminist lesbian poet warrior mother,” but repeatedly said that description was not enough to capture and hold her complete identity…. read more

Mykki Blanco Calls on Queer Academics for Inspiration

Hip-Hop grenade Michael Quattlebaum, under alter-ego Mykki Blanco, exploits sexual ambiguity in her music and troubles the gender roles, refusing the stereotype of rap music. She tells The Village Voice: In all my press releases, I make them use the word ‘her.’ Even if you’re looking at a picture of Mykki Blanco shirtless in baggy… read more

L. Lamar Wilson: Sacrilegion

“It is my hope that my work forces us to face our fears of HIV/AIDS. Life has brought me intimately close to facing my own, and I hope Sacrilegion gives readers their own sublime experience in the mirror.” Sylvia Plath once remarked, “I think writers are the most narcissistic people. Well, I mustn’t say this, I like… read more

Feminist Texts to Read, AP Stylebook Updates, Azealia Banks Controversy, and Short Stories in the Digital Age

This week marks the 50th anniversary of Betty Friedman’s The Feminine Mystique, a groundbreaking novel first published in 1963 that is thought to have ignited second-wave feminism in the United States. In honor of the anniversary, Flavorwire.com has created a list of “10 Essential Feminist Texts That Everyone Should Read,” including Sister Outsider, a collection… read more

LGBT History Month in the UK: Reflecting on Sexuality as Portrayed in Young Adult Literature

B.J. Epstein, lecturer at the University of East Anglia, UK, asks us to consider representations of LGBT characters in literature and prompts a discussion on how to avoid inaccurate, sometimes damaging portrayals. While the progress LGBT communities have made in these past years can invoke marvel, Epstein feels some “leaps” are not as successful as others:  “The… read more

Moving Forward by Looking Back

There are plenty of ghosts in New York City. And this PRIDE, we take a measure of what poets are among them. Haunting the halls of queer poetry salons and community centers is an entire generation lost to AIDS. “Art is not living, it is the use of the living” said poet and activist Audre… read more