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comic attack interviews c. d. kirven

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Speaking of LGBTQ representation in comics, remember when we introduced our contributing columnist C.D. Kirven and mentioned that she will soon release her comic book, The TAO Diaries?  She was recently interviewed by ComicAttack.net, a cool site that provides comic previews, reviews and more.  So cool! The interview explores the historical exclusion of queer characters in comics and current trends concerning LGBTQ comic characters.   Super interesting fact that I did not know: “Homosexuality was banned in mainstream US comics by the Comics Code Authority (CCA) until 1989 (ComicAttack.net)”.  C.D. analyzes in depth how LGBTQ characters are portrayed in comics and discusses the negative social perceptions and problems that arise from the exclusion of queer characters.  Check out ComicAttack.net’s interview with C.D. here!

This is all very inspiring; I’m going to have to start reading more comics!

this week in gender bending: queer art coming your way!

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Some of my favorite gender benders and queer activists have been quite prolific lately, and I just wanted to share news about some exciting ongoing tours, recently published books, and more.

Kate Bornstein – Kate and S. Bear Bergman collaborated this past year to create the anthology Gender Outlaws:  The Next Generation, which contains stories, comics and art by young trans and genderqueer contributors.  Kate’s original book Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and the Rest of Us opened up a lot of needed dialogue about the complexities and diversity of gender, and this new collection takes a look at how perceptions of gender have changed in the fifteen years since it was published.

S. Bear Bergman – Bear is on tour this fall/winter with the most excellent Ivan Coyote.  Their Dangerous Mammals: Please Don’t Feed or Tease the Animals tour is mainly focused on the East Coast (alas no Seattle stops planned), but promises to deliver an amazing night of clever dialogue and masterful storytelling.  This tour in part celebrates …

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notable queers: c. d. kirven

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C.D. Kirven is a lesbian activist based out of Dallas, Texas who is definitely not standing still in the face of inequality.  She is an astonishingly prolific artist and is in fact a writer, film maker, photographer, and digital artist all rolled into one.  Even more exciting, she has offered to guest write for us at genderpanic and will be contributing editorials about current trends in news and politics!

It’s actually a bit hard to choose what work of C.D.’s to mention first.  Notably, she will soon release The TAO Diaries, the first comic book with a black lesbian protagonist.  This isn’t her first venture into writing, as she has already published a coming of age novel What Goes Around Comes Back Around, which was nominated for a Lambda Literary award.  She is especially active in combating racism and same-sex domestic violence and  is the co-founder of the Texas nonprofit Get Equal Now, whose focus is on empowering the local queer community.  Through this organization, she has organized events such as …

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notable queers: vivek shraya

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Vivek Shraya is a synth pop artist from Toronto who has shared the stage with artists such as Tegan and Sara, Team Dresch and Melissa Ferrick and who seems well on his way to becoming a Renaissance man.  I immediately felt a kinship with Vivek after checking out an Xtra! interview with him where he expressed that “queer visibility is paramount” and also after noticing that he is originally from Edmonton, Alberta, which is incidentally one of the two Canadian towns I have ever visited.

Aside from releasing five albums of electropop, Vivek has recently released a collection of 20 short stories, God Loves Hair.  The official release description of it states,

God Loves Hair is an exploration of sexuality, gender, racial politics, religion and belonging through the eyes of a tender and intellectually curious child. These twenty short stories follow the protagonist into realms he sometimes doesn’t understand but he emerges with the poignant insight, sophistication, and honesty that only the voice of a young mind can convey. Each story is accompanied by …

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call for queer writers

Oh!  Here’s something very important.  Kate Bornstein and S. Bear Bergman (two very talented and charming individuals who write about queer issues) are compiling an new anthology, “Gender Outlaws:  The Next Generation”, and are seeking submissions of short stories, art, poetry, etc.

The deadline for submissions is September 1, so submit soon! Check out the link below for full details and submission information.

gender outlaws:  the next generation – call for submissions