I moved to California from Shanghai at fourteen and threw myself into learning how to be an American. It’s a lot like doing drag.
“So many women were able to see their music icons in a lineup where they weren’t the minority. That just doesn’t happen at large scale mainstream festivals.”
Bestselling author of The Incendiaries is out as bisexual, proud, and giving us big feelings about eyeshadow and representation.
Do you remember the first non-verbal ~thing~ that made you look at someone and realize they were probably queer? Here’s a quiz about various non-verbal (visual! written! music! etc!) ways we communicate our queerness.
From afar (and also from close-up, let’s be real), Dinah looks like a sea of lesbians whilin’ out getting sunburnt. Now, that’s either your dream or your hell depending on your feelings about sun, pools, and parties.
“I can’t pay my rent with being a vampire, Rachel… can I?”
“When I opened the bar in 1991, we had a jukebox. Yeah that’s about it. Back then folks were not so intent on being in fabulous spaces. They just wanted a safe space to congregate.”
The history and art exhibit opens tonight and runs through June 30 at Plummer Park in West Hollywood. Zines! Avengers! Arrests! Street resistance! And a grassroots organizing panel!
I met up with Amber of Amber’s Closet to experience a couple days in her life as an influencer and YouTuber while raging at Krave Spring Break. Basically, she’s never off the clock, even when the party is off the chain.
Honestly this year was the wildest I’ve ever seen it. Maybe it’s the political climate but everyone turned out for a good time.
“I use my art as a form of activism. I want my art to convey pride and courage, fearlessness through bold color. Creatively, this IS the time for artists to rise and do our part.”
Protip: leave around the time you see clowns passed out on the floor.
I visited two Pride parades in Portugal and I’m here to tell you all about it!
Kaylah’s face is the official face of a queer art exhibition stacked with badass queer artists including Chelsea Barg, Shannon Lester, and Shelley Penner, among others.
We eased into the raging with a potluck of queers.
As one speaker said, ‘a federal official suggested that maybe it was best to cancel the festivities – we said back, maybe you don’t know who we are.’ We stand up, fight hate, and spread love.
“It sounds like the start of a fairy tale, except The Woods doesn’t lead to witches that boil children. It leads to neo-feminist witches who can read your horoscope, make kombucha and tattoo your pinkie. They’re pretty hot.”
This year I decided to DO Dinah (as opposed to last year when I ran away and went camping). It’s basically “how long can I survive in the heat before I die” and then “how long can I stay at this party before I pass out” and repeat.
“In Berlin people talk about it, expats especially, in hushed, reverent tones. The sound system, which is supposed to be one of the best in the world. The DJ acts you’ve never heard of with names like Fuck Buttons. And that magical moment in the morning when the blinds at Panorama Bar are yanked open and the suddenly-illuminated, all-night revelers start to cheer.”
“I’ve loved dance ever since I was convinced I was Sporty Spice and my living room was Madison Square Garden. I started classes at age 12 and haven’t stopped since.”