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First Trip

  • The Real World: Pedro movie will hit MTV April 1st. For ye younguns; Pedro was the first gay HIV positive man ever on television. (@nerve)
  • You must check this out right now — it’s what the photo above is from — Sophia Wallace‘s Truer “seeks to engage the viewer in questioning pervasive visual depictions of truth in love, gender norms, and feminine beauty.” (@artslant via @sugarbutch).
  • Via Illinois native Intern Vashti: Civil Unions bill moves to Illnois House Floor. Vashti says: “The battle for gay rights isn’t limited to the coasts — if this bill passes, Illinois will be the first Midwestern state to allow any sort of legal recognition for homosexual couples.” (@the chicago tribune)

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Riese is the 39-year-old Co-Founder and CEO of Autostraddle.com as well as an award-winning writer, blogger, fictionist, copywriter, video-maker and aspiring cyber-performance artist who grew up in Michigan, lost her mind in New York and then headed West. Her work has appeared in nine books including "The Bigger the Better The Tighter The Sweater: 21 Funny Women on Beauty, Body Image & Other Hazards Of Being Female," magazines including Marie Claire and Curve, and all over the web including Nylon, Queerty, Nerve, Bitch, Emily Books and Jezebel. She had a very popular personal blog once upon a time, and then she recapped The L Word, and then she had the idea to make this place, and now here we all are! In 2016, she was nominated for a GLAAD Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism. Follow her on twitter and instagram.

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  1. Wow! That’s so exciting! I guess if the civil union bill in Illinois passes, MO might be on the way to that a bit sooner (probs still a while though because it’s actually been banned in MO)…

  2. Thanks for posting my work. Actually, Truer is a winner in the showcase on ARTslant.com. It’s always exciting to win and I’m even more gratified that the work is getting mainstream art interest.


    Truer is an autobiographical love story. The title is aimed at challenging the idea of a singular truth regarding love, sexuality, and gender. This body of work was inspired by the resplendence of an unfolding relationship. Through photographs of intensely private moments both joyful and in conflict, Truer seeks to engage the viewer in questioning pervasive visual depictions of truth in love, gender norms, and feminine beauty. Truer situates itself within a largely unseen history of photography of lesbian lives by lesbian photographers.

    Thanks again.


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