There were some moments of anti-racist creativity that were so sublime, I’d like to take a moment to honor them. These are the top ten moments of radical art or artful activism that I encountered in my own little world this year.
“And I thought how interesting is it that America can be this dark star, death star, and also at the same time this incredible shining light.”
By supporting an artist, you can buy your friends or family something they’re guaranteed not to have seen before. When they ask you where you got it, just wink and say “I know a gal.”
“Aside from bringing another deck to the world, I’m excited to create a deck that illustrates a blend of mind and body outcasts. The deck originated as a ‘queer deck’ but its definitely grown since that. I want to focus on people’s cultural and subcultural backgrounds, I want to blur fundamentalist spirituality, but maintain a lot of the traditional concepts behind the images.”
My favorite images are always those from the first look. They are so genuine, unfiltered and moving.
Through an exhibition of both contemporary artwork by a slew of trans artists and a truly impressive selection of archival documents from the Kinsey Archives and the University of Victoria Transgender Archives, Stamatina Gregory and co-curator Jeanne Vaccaro work to fill in the gaps between what many see as signs of mainstream progress and the true, vast history of trans people’s lived experiences.
Same-sex couples, butch and femme identities, queer youth speaking out, gay life in Japan, LGBT athletes and so many more projects from incredible photographers looking to give visibility to a historically hidden population.
Finding a tarot deck that completely sings to you can be hard. Finding one that sings to you and is queer at heart is even harder. To help with that, I made you this wee roundup of queer-friendly tarot decks on my radar.
We tell stories to stay awake. We tell stories to communicate. It is how we come to know each other. It is a part of our culture. We may be black, brown, white, queer, undocumented. We come from swamps, foothills, and sandy pines. We have different histories and experiences, but we came from this place and we shape this place.
‘Daily Misfits’ is a daily observation journal showcasing unique, versatile, culturally diverse and nonconforming queer fashion.
A visual/observation/fashion journal by Yao Xiao.
“In contrast to cheesy maternity shoots or tabloid “baby bumps,” Sophie’s photos show our animal hunger, our exhaustion and our inability to keep up with the housework.”
Like those cheesy inspirational prints for your office buy way, way, way better.
Co-founder and photographer Gia Goodrich aims to empower women to feel beautiful no matter their gender expression or personal identity.
It’s time to introduce you to my last and final monsters. These were the people I had wanted from the very beginning, actually, they were pretty fully realized into their own identities — working with everyone else in the project involved pulling out their narratives a lot more to get what we wanted, but for these three… my muses! It was not so difficult.
There’s no denyin’ it, tarot and tattoos go together really well.
“I used that lip gloss, that purple holographic, because I knew it would look great on her, but I wanted it to look like she just ate some futuristic fruit and she was so happy about it she didn’t bother to wipe her face. The glitter in her hair looked like a halo in the dark. After the portrait she told me she planned on sprinkling glitter in her fro on a regular basis.. She couldn’t stop smiling.”
“A feminine monster, happy chaos in rainbows and minty lip tar.”
“You can take makeup off or pile it on, and it can mean so much to you and how you see yourself. That’s powerful. That’s very potent. That’s witchwork.”
“Over the next few weeks, I’m gonna guide you through portraits and their stories, and how to get the looks if you so desire. If anyone would get these photos, it’d be you babes, right? My queer family. These are all pictures of us. They always were.”