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FEATURE: College students use multimedia project to explore intersections of race, sexuality, and gender performance

Our names are Erica West and Kyle Lopez, and we are both juniors at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. We are the co-creators of Collage, a multimedia creative project which investigates the influence of race, gender, sexuality and other markers of identity and difference on the personal styles and gender performances of queer people of…

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Added by Gender Bent on May 3, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Activist/artist Amandla Stenberg on gender identity: "They/Them Makes Me Feel Comfortable"

Revolutionary young activist and artist Amandla Stenberg recently told fans on Tumblr that gender neutral pronouns like “they/them makes me feel comfortable”. Pronoun preferences are important personal statement for anybody to make and are crucial to respectfully referencing and addressing others. In…

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Added by Gender Bent on April 27, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Femme empowerment community b.Girl Movement celebrate black female photographers with "Boundless" exhibition

b.Girl Movement is an digital feminist community and platform that explores and promotes positive representations of black women that acknowledges the full spectrum of our identities. Is essence, b. Girl Movement celebrates black girls and gives us a ‘boundless’ space for self-expression, growth, and unified empowerment.



On May 13, b.Girl Movement…

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Added by Gender Bent on April 20, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

OP-ED: Can gender-neutral fashion be an act of protest against oppressive gender constructs?

I’m sure you’ve all seen more than enough of the ever-so popular ‘Morning Routine’ video’s on YouTube, but let me outline a slightly more realistic one for you. It would go something like this: My alarm goes off at 7:30AM, prompting me to drag myself out of bed. I begrudgingly give in. I then walk to my closet and decide, “How much street harassment am I willing to put up with today?” This is usually a rhetorical question because I realize that regardless of how much I try…

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Added by Gender Bent on April 7, 2016 at 2:08pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Chicago-based Black and Brown Punk Show Collective creates space for queer, trans, and intersex punks of color

Chicago is home to Black and Brown Punk Show Collective, a a DIY community for queer, trans, and intersex punks of color. The collective was formed by Chi-Town transplants Monika Estrella Negra and Donté Oxun who quickly encountered ugly homophobic, transphobic, and sexist comments in the punk scene. “These punk dudes gave me the name 'the faggot' or…

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Added by Gender Bent on April 6, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: Musician/activist Mykki Blanco goes in on the Gay Establishment’s exclusion of gay black men

After Sony songwriter Jesse Saint John tweeted an observation about the inclusivity (or lack thereof) of POC within the public and private gay community, musician and activist Mykki Blanco fired off a series of tweets (and is sill going at it) under #GayMediaSoWhite about tokenism and white supremacy. Similar to the ways in…

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Added by Gender Bent on March 30, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: São Paulo’s Batekoo party hosts 8th black LGBT nightlife event

São Paulo’s black LGBT Batekoo party comes to its eighth edition and has been a point for the expression of Brazilian black diversity. As the Salvador edition (which we talked about …

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Added by Gender Bent on March 29, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Photo essay "Vagina Dentata" promotes the liberation of the modern woman within patriarchal society

Vagina Dentata (Latin for toothed vagina) derives from folklore, it has been explored by several religions metaphorically, illustrating the ‘dangers’ of female sexuality. The teeth are usually removed by force in these tales, thus attempting to ‘glorify’ manhood as superior. In a sacred Aino text written in 1886 - ‘The Island of Women’ – A chief and his sons are seduced by women who sprout teeth in their Vaginas every spring, but the chief still walks away with his…

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Added by Gender Bent on March 23, 2016 at 6:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Fictional web series "BOXX" follows the lives of trans and queer London-based black artists

"BOXX" is a fictional web drama series that follows two black, London-based trans artists while they create a documentary about their lives and experiences. "BOXX" earnestly tells the unheard stories of trans and queer people of color who deal with and discuss issues of diaspora, mental health, familiar…

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Added by Gender Bent on March 15, 2016 at 4:26pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Director Nneka Onourah’s "The Same Difference" documentary explores black queer frustration & discrimination under heteronormative gender roles

“Which one’s the man?” People readily ask of gay and queer couples, ignorantly viewing queer relationships through a heteronormative lens. This limited understanding of romantic and sexual relationships forcing queers into another hetero-centric system of gender roles, which their queerness (likely) didn’t fit into in the first place. This attitude towards or understanding of romantic/sexual relationships is, obviously, greater than the occasional bone-head asking…

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Added by Gender Bent on February 17, 2016 at 6:52pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Brooklyn-based GIRL BE HEARD amplifies young female voices through theatre and activist work. Now performing their new play ‘Embodi(ED)’

Check out Brooklyn-based GIRL BE HEARD, a female-centric non-profit theatre and activism company that encourages and supports girls to amplify their underrepresented voices to create original work that unpacks their thoughts and concerns about political issues. GIRL BE HEARD has performed at TED conferences, The White House, The United Nation, and they’ve even toured…

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Added by Gender Bent on February 12, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

OP-ED: Human right's groups fire back at misogynistic and patriarchal virginity scholarship in South Africa

You may have heard that a South African mayor is doing something pretty gross by offering scholarships for girls and women who can prove their virginity, by way of periodic medical examinations. 16 of those scholarships have been recently awarded. Surely, this has nothing to do with…

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Added by Gender Bent on January 27, 2016 at 12:45pm — No Comments

FEATURE: musician/actress/activist/general bad-ass Amandla Stenberg comes out in Teen Vogue

Last week, musician/actress/activist/art hoe collective co-founder Amandla Stenberg came out as bisexual during her Snapchat take-over of Teen Vogue magazine, in honor of her February 2016 cover. “As someone who identifies as a black, bisexual woman I’ve been through it, and it hurts, and it’s awkward and it’s uncomfortable… but then I realized because of Solange and Ava DuVernay and Willow…

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Added by Gender Bent on January 11, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: Self-described "Afrotransfeminista" activist-writer-academic Maria Clara Araújo speaks on prioritizing transgender acceptance and safety in academia

19 year-old Maria Clara Araújo’s activism is one that focuses on the (not so) little victories trans women of color should have on a day-to-day basis. Be it hanging out in public spaces, having authentic relationships with one’s parents, but most specifically—the right to hostility-free education and work opportunities.





A few years ago, Araújo had dropped out of high school. “From an early age, the school setting was hostile to me,” she told…

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Added by Gender Bent on December 30, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: "Building community for the Black LGBT aging" (via Elixher)

"As LGBTQ/SGL people of African descent, we often have to fight for acceptance in society at large and in Black communities. Imagine growing older, retiring, looking for housing and having to add ageism to this battle," writes Dr. Imani Woody in a new Elixher OP:ED on the Black LGBT community's aging population . "For many, these challenges translate into fear, isolation, depression, going back into the closet and even suicide," she adds. Dr. Imani Woody is the…

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Added by Gender Bent on December 16, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: "In Their Own Words, Actors On Being Black And (Openly) Gay In Hollywood"

In a new and insightful writeup for the LA Times, reporter Tre'vell Anderson has interviewed some of Hollywood's openly black gay actors; exploring just what life when working in a seemingly progressive industry whilst at the intersection of your "non-white race and non-heterosexual identity". One of the interviewees is actress Dalila Ali Rajah, who says: "People go with what they know and a lot of the people who are in casting and positions of power at networks, their…

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Added by Gender Bent on October 21, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

OP-ED: Not My Pride - An Open Letter to NC Pride from the Black Queer Woman you assaulted.

It is not okay for North Carolina Pride to violently silence LGBTQ people of color. Whether I was singing on stage, drumming in the parade or cheering from the sidelines, Pride Festivities were a yearly highlight for me. I first participated in NC Pride with Cakalak Thunder, the radical drum corp known for showing up in solidarity with many struggles, from celebrating freed prisoners to protesting occupied Palestine. We marched with Southerners On New Ground (a Queer…

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Added by Gender Bent on October 6, 2015 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Art Project/Publication Chicos Explores Being Gay and Black In Brazil, With Visual Artist Felipe da Cunha

Check out the latest from gay art project/publication Chicos. In their new editorial, Chicos feature 23 year-old visual artist Felipe da Cunha from Belo Horizonte in Brazil; and explore what it’s like when you’re gay and Black “in a society that is still racist and homophobic”. See some extracts below and…

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Added by Gender Bent on September 14, 2015 at 7:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: Dolly Stud Magazine - A Platform For Black Lesbian/Bisexual Women, Created By Paris Based Couple Thara and Sandra

Meet Thara and Sandra, the two women behind Dolly Stud Magazine - the first french media site for black lesbian/bisexual women. Thara and Sandra, who are a Paris based couple of French Caribbean heritage, created the site three years ago. Their aim: advance the visibility of black lesbians and strengthen the lesbian community as a whole. Their name is a reference to the the different types of women found in the lesbian community (feminine "lipstick" lesbians,…

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Added by Gender Bent on August 4, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: To Queer Things Up - An Interview with Trans-masculine docu-series creator Avatara Smith-Carrington

'To Queer Things Up' is a documentary web-series described by Rutgers University – Class of 2015 graduate & creator Avatara Smith-Carrington, as “a running dictionary of the word queer as defined by queer identified folk.” Check out my interview with Avatara below. 

By Kristen McCallum, AFROPUNK Contributor.…

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Added by Gender Bent on June 5, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

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