Thursday, June 30, 2011
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Friday, June 24, 2011
I wanted to make my readers aware of a cool project headed up by Kay Paiva. I sat down last week to interview for Kay's "The Butch Project" and it was such a fun, interesting and in my opinion, amazing project to preserve our history as queer people. Check out the info below and if you ID as butch or a butch appreciator (like me) then I urge you to contribute or interview for this project.
The Butch Project was created in March 2010 in a response to the numerous personal ads that would state: “no butches,” “butch women need not contact,” “ONLY FEMMES,” “not butches, androgynous okay.” Within my community, I found butch culture depleting, resentment building, and the community ripping at the seams. In a complete panic, I sought my surroundings for people who identified as “butch.” And, with a lot of disappointment and little surprise, noticed – for the first time – I was alone in my butchness.
Though each subset of the queer community faces their own issues and complications, I wanted to focus on this recent phenomenon of butch-phobia and the disappearance of strong butch culture and community. We need to connect. We need to share stories. We need to create an anthology, develop a community, and present a source of inspiration for those queer women/womyn/transmen/genderqueers/bois/etc. in a new generation who are facing discouragement. We need to expand and integrate our stories so that one day this anthology, this project, will serve to give a better understanding of the “butch” community. The project asks for your stories and your voices to be heard to serve the butch community justice. The only way to truly represent “butch” is not in one opinion, one format. The project is open to interviewing and collecting writing pieces, pictures, etc. from everyone identifying as butch or butch appreciator.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
If you'll be up in SF for pride, check out this event put on by the ACLU of Northern California. There will be not only mimosas but politically active folks there too! *wink wink*
Are You Card-Carrying and Proud? Join us at San Francisco Pride 2011
We're having a breakfast party before we march in the San Francisco Pride Parade and you’re invited to join us for both. (Yes, there will be mimosas.)
SF Pride Breakfast Party
9-10:30 am, then we march
ACLU office: 39 Drumm St, San Francisco, CA
Meet at our office to march with us in one of the biggest & best Pride Parades
The ACLU has been fighting for LGBT rights for most of our organization’s history. We defended gay bars in San Francisco during police raids in the 1950s. We stopped an attempt to quarantine people with AIDS in the 80s. We sued after Prop 8 passed. Last year we fought to let Constance McMillen take her girlfriend to prom.
Today, we're working to bring full LGBT equality in every community, and we’re making progress. Just last week the California Assembly passed Seth’s Law, which would give schools the tools to stop bullying.
In honor of our ongoing struggles, and celebration of our victories, we hope you’ll join us in one of the country’s largest celebrations of LGBT Equality: San Francisco Pride.
Meet at the ACLU of Northern California office at 39 Drumm St. for breakfast and mimosas between 9-10:30 am on Sunday, June 26. We’ll leave at 10:30 am to head to our spot in the Parade. It’s going to be fabulous, we promise.
Friday, June 17, 2011
And who can beat a $5 cover?!
Check out the info below:
June 29th - BURLESQUE PERFORMANCE Don't miss a rare opportunity to see La Cholita perform burlesque at a small venue in LA!! She will be performing in the Babes in Bettys Burlesque show featuring the Diamond Bettys and The Ghosts of Echo Park!
ONLY $5 8pm 21+ Bordello 901 E First St Los Angeles
Monday, June 06, 2011
In my last post, I promised info on some of my new exciting projects, so as promised here's some info including a way in which YOU can help!
I'm going to be styling some looks for "Queerture: A night of rocket science and fashion design", which will be part of the Queer Studies Conference at UCLA this October!!!!
I'm going to have about 20 models. My styling concept is 2 fold. My initial concept is already solidified (I'm keeping it on the DL until the fashion show), but the second part of my concept hasn't yet come to me because I'd like to have YOUR input as part of my creative process.
I've been thinking about the concept of femme and community and knowing that my own view of femme differs from others. I want to think outside my own box and bring in ideas of other folks into the mix! This is where you, dear reader come in. If you would please take the time to answer the following questions that would be amazing!!! I'm going to turn the responses into a word cloud & spend an afternoon listening to the songs that people submit and then go from there!
Please also share the link to this questionnaire far and wide. I'd like to have as much data as possible. Thank you for your time xoxo
Friday, June 03, 2011
I have to admit, I'm awful with scheduling time to do things like blogging/working out/journal writing. And if you know me IRL, you know that I always say "If it's not in my google calendar, it NEVER happened." So my goal, dear readers, is to actually SCHEDULE time to update my blog. I love this little blog because it's had so many rebirths. It's seen me at my happiest and my saddest (for those of you that have read for a while, you know this). Sometimes I think about deleting old posts, since they're not really congruent with where my blog is going now but then I stop and think, and say to myself "these experience are all part of YOU, why should you take them down from YOUR blog?"
I just wanted to check in :)
If you're not aware, I'm SUPER active on twitter (@laura_luna) so if you're on twitter, give me a follow <3
I also want to thank you for reading my blog. It means a lot to me that you are here. <3