“Gender self-determination is vital and I can feel great about who I am when I am at home. But I live a life where I engage with other people and doing what feels good for me is a lot more challenging when I step outside the door. With pronouns specifically, it’s hard not to feel like you are dependent on others to ‘validate’ your gender, or rather, it’s hard not to feel like your gender is not valid when people use the wrong pronoun.”
truly feel blessed that / i’m hard to find on facebook / shout out to my name
curious to know
how many other people
fav’d their gyno’s tweet
Mary Meriam doesn’t flinch at female eroticism, at emotional turmoil, at social upheaval, at the truth of human cruelty. She also doesn’t flinch at rhyme, rhythm, formal constraint, or ancient forms of poetry and language.
Have some love poems by queer & lesbian poets along with your Hallmark cards and chocolates.
“I love emojis,” I babbled at an attractive friend as we walked. “They’re either very clever or entirely inscrutable. Which is how I’d like to be at all times.”
Although it is an individual’s work, it feels collective and empowering to see so many voices and ideas represented in this set of glosa poems.
Queer Canadian poets tend to be experimental, to push against boundaries. They tell it like it is, challenge our ways of thinking, and actively organize for change. Their words are hilarious, heartbreaking, and wise. Here are some queer Canadian poets — mostly female-identified — whose words have changed my world for the better.
I told myself 2015 was the year of living my truths. I’m excited to have a guide in this book, and in Leah’s soulful mission to love and be loved — the rest of it be damned.
“These poems are middle fingers to the law, to the man, to history, to the future, to the people who continue to fight us for our lives.”
For National Poetry Month, an ode to the queer poets who talk about their love, fight for justice, and helped me save myself.
Because every day should be celebrated with sexy lesbian poetry.
Texas is idiotic, Janet Mock on Clair Huxtable, things you can donate to or show up at, women doing things like being journalists in the Middle East, having jobs in movies, getting Amtrak residencies, riding bikes, changing sports, being fucked over (that covers a lot of this actually), and SO MUCH MORE. Welcome to your link roundup!
“This not just your average poetry reading with people standing stoically reading prose or page poetry. This is a rock show of poetry. This is aggression, fierceness, tenderness, passion, tears and jubilance.”
“For me, as a black, lesbian, masculine-of-center woman, I thank her for showing me how to make my invisible self visible.”
Sometimes a peach is not really a peach.
“8. Anything to do with clams, really.”
Write Bloody Publishing is giving away a stack of books to two lucky Autostraddle readers!
“The work I do is all about how we make peace with the body, our own and other people’s bodies. I can’t have that conversation without talking about my queerness, or my blackness, or my size, or my mental health, or trans issues, or disability. It’s about everybody’s right to be on this planet.”
I ended up taking advantage of the fact that I was on the margins. I used the power of invisibility to crack open spaces at the edges. The power of performance is impermanence — nobody could catch it and say “here’s proof of what she is saying or doing.”