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Queer Life and Culture

Gatekeeping in the LGBTQ Community

By Ari Levine. In many ways, the LGBTQ+ community is amazing. We are diverse, proud, and beautiful. But unfortunately, some parts of the community are excluded from spaces or conversations due to gatekeeping within the community. Sometimes it’s in little ways, sometimes in open ways. Today, let’s talk about all those ways and how we can support our fellow community members. Not “X” Enough One of the most common forms ...
Queer Faces

Queer Faces – Anna Olver

Queer faces is an ongoing series on Fashionably Femme. The goal is to highlight queer artists and professionals, to put a face to their art, and help promote them and their work. By Zoë Mikel-Stites In April, Dannie and I sat down with Anna Olver to discuss her artwork, and how the development of her own genderqueer identity has both influenced and been reflected in it. Anna identifies as genderqueer and demisexual, but says that the term ...
Queer Life and Culture

Queer Identity and Tattoos – An Interview with Jordan Lentz of Copperplate Tattoo

As promised in our post about Queer Identity and Tattoos, here’s an interview with Chicago-based queer tattoo artist Jordan Lentz. Jordan can be found at Copperplate Tattoo in Chicago. For contact info, please check out her Instagram bio. Our creative director Dannie has been tattooed by Jordan and highly recommends her to anyone looking for super realistic nature work. Tell us about yourself – you, your work, your story, ...
Books

Queer Book Corner – The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell

By Eti Berland When you’re a kid, is there anything more magical than cardboard? It holds endless potential to become whatever you can imagine. It gets even better when you can share that experience with a friend who accepts the imagined worlds you’ve created and together, you journey to lands beyond. The evergreen concept of kids making things from common objects has been given new life in the 2018 middle grade graphic novel, The Cardboard ...
Queer Life and Culture

What is Bisexual Culture?

By Zoë Mikel-Stites A few months ago I sat in my friend’s basement surrounded by queer, non-binary, bisexual and pansexual friends. We had pooled the pizza money and red wine and settled in to the couch to talk about our experiences in the middle of our respective spectrums. At the end of the night, after commiserating, comparing, discussing and hugging over our shared space between definitions, Kimberly posed a question to the group: ...
Queer Spaces

Queer Spaces – Cohen and Green

Queer Spaces is an ongoing series spotlighting aspects of the queer community with a focus on events, businesses and spaces that are welcoming and supportive of LGBTQ+ folx. We interview owners, administrators and employees from queer friendly fashion lines, coffee shops, resource centers and anywhere else we can find to somewhere to shine a spotlight on the community and those who support us. To kick off our Queer Spaces series, Dannie and ...
Queer Life and Culture

Queer Identity and Tattoos

By Dannie Levine Tattoos have always been part of one’s identity. From its beginning, the history of tattoos has been inherently rooted in showcasing one’s identity to the world. For some, it’s showing cultural aspects of their life. For others, they are memorials and more. They’re also a huge part of queer identity with some awesome history that carries queer tattoo culture into present day. Queer Identity and ...
Femme Features

Femme Feature – Dannie

WELCOME!  Welcome to Femme Features. Femme Features is a series featuring femmes from all nooks of the LGBTQIA community. These rocking folks are activists, educators, bosses, parents, entrepreneurs, and all sorts of amazing human beings. Join us as we explore femme identity as so much more than a label, but truly a way of life. You can check out all of our queer femme fashion, lifestyle, and activist profiles here. Dannie is a ...
Queer Life and Culture

Dating While Bisexual

By Ari Levine I came out to most of my friends at 23, and to my parents at 24, but I knew I wasn’t straight long before that. I didn’t stay in the closet for the reasons you usually hear, though. What kept me in the closet was biphobia. Dating a Bisexual Person and They Didn’t KnowI dated men exclusively from age 17 through 23 and not once did I tell them that I was bisexual, not even the guy I dated for nearly three years. ...
Queer Life and Culture

What People Miss in Their Queer Loved Ones’ Lives

By Bryant Harland Content Warning: Homophobia, Transphobia Chicago Pride 2018 is in the top-10 happiest moments of my life. I fully embraced the Hot Topic-mall-goth-femme aesthetic that I’d always wanted, but had never had the courage to go outside in. What can I say? My sleek red-and-black dress, femme docs, and black shawl just make me feel so damn good. I was surrounded by friends from all over the queer community, and – although a ...