It’s Sunday! And my ENTIRE immediate family will be here in 13 hours! For a WEEK! I haven’t yet cooked anything for them to eat after traveling all day, and more importantly, I haven’t mopped my floors in two weeks and you can tell! I have so much to do before they get here, and I’m so anxious about it, I’ve started just pretending it’s not happening, which is my worst and most hilarious coping method for things with a deadline. Anyway, this week’s news is way more interesting than me panicking because of my own procrastination! So let’s read that instead!
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+ Tessa Thompson is definitely the GOAT in this new MIB trailer.
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+ Check out some queer family photos at the Milwaukee Art Museum:
Speaking of holy families, in the museum’s lower-level photo gallery is queer black photographer John Edmonds’ montage of 11 images, entitled Holy Family. It’s arranged in the manner of a Renaissance altarpiece and consists of portraits of gay black men and women. It’s a part of “Family Pictures,” a special exhibit featuring the works of nearly a dozen African American photographers. The show is of particular LGBTQ relevance for its inclusion of two queer artists: John Edmonds and Lyle Ashton Harris. In the exhibit’s exploration of the spectrum of family structures from blood relations to the “close knit,” their works recognize the validity of our alternative family.
The queer take on the theme expands the concept of family into a realm most LGBTQs will easily recognize, namely a family by default. It’s the circle of friends and lovers (some fleeting, others enduring) who provide us with those natural familial comforts and companionships that our natural families often can’t—or won’t—afford us. Some define it as our “logical family” versus our “biological family;” it’s particularly prevalent in communities in which homophobia prevails.
Have a wonderful day, and a great week, and a happy Christmas, if that’s your thing! I hope you don’t get too dragged down by the post-Christmas week and are able to relax and laugh with people you love. I love you so much! Happy holigays queerdos!