“Prince — the musician, the icon, the gender-bending dreamboat — taught me that the best and only thing I can be is exactly whatever I am. It doesn’t have to make sense to anyone else as long as it keeps me alive and sparkling.”
Quotes from a new Rolling Stone cover story just make explicit the themes she’s been shredding about for years.
“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.”
“I’m going to talk to you about my favorite things of the moment: looking terrifying (but also festive! Holiday appropriate!) and suits. Also: short hair. I feel like we all may have these things in common, maybe?”
So why can’t anyone seem to talk about her the right way?
“The truth is if I do find someone while I am out tonight, I want them to know that I am not good at being a girl, that there are other things about me beyond my precarious femininity that I value more, and that if things work out, I will expect them to value.”
Taking the Catholic prayer card where it has never gone before.
Forget marble statues and artsy films. Our models are living, breathing masterpieces of style.
There will be art. And go-go dancing. And queer literature. And a pamphlet about the common misconceptions about being genderqueer. It’s going to be magical.
“If I wear my heart on my sleeve – and I do these days, much to the shock and dismay of a butch gone prematurely tender – then the sleeve itself is my masculinity.”
How is sexism perpetuated in anime and manga? What is the role of women in geek culture? Just some of the interesting topics covered by my visit to the East Coast’s largest anime convention.
“…yes, this was a terrible hate crime and attack! But I will not let that change who I am! I will continue to wear makeup and live a fabulous gay life!”
Two plug-ins that will turn the internet into your personal queer happy place.
This book is the most awesome book I have read in a really long time and you should read it too. Immediately.
“If you feel it, Rock it.”
Laura’s Team Pick: See what happens “you do you” gets turned on its head.
In which we remember a whole year of sharp-dressed queers and the confidence they’ve given you, with a look ahead to even more Dapper Q, right here on Autostraddle!
Anita Dolce Vita from dapperQ helps you navigate the potentially problematic world of retail dressing rooms.
Gender binaries thrive online. What else can we expect from a space that is essentially nothing but ones and zeros?
Be the change you wish to see in the world! And help this artist do the same.
“It’s not like, ‘Okay, today I want to look like a man, or today I want to look like a woman. I want to look like me. It just so happens that some of the things I like are feminine.”