Last week I had the pleasure of taking the What Dyke Looks Like project on the road to New York City.
Bruce (the official wdll minivan) was loaded to the tits (what? He can have tits, vans conform to no gender binary) for the 10+ hour drive to NYC. It should be noted that the drive could easily be done in 9 hrs if you’re not accompanied by a femme with a bladder the size of a Dick Cheney’s heart.
I’m going to be posting images from the trip on the facebook and as individual blog posts, but I wanted to take this time and give a shout out to all of the people and organizations that helped get the word out about the NYC shoots.
Yes they helped me, but I also strongly believe in what they do within our community and if you don’t find something interesting from at least part of the list below, then I’m taking back your queer card. !
Also I met someone who literally was a card carrying stud. Laminated and everything, like, for realz.
In no particular order:
dapperQ: They put out a call for participants for me and posted a “sneak peak” of some of the project images on their site. Much to the chagrin of a few she monsters who I can only assume don’t like fun. I’m kidding of course the WDLL project is a safe space where everyone can get together to love it, hate it, process it all and have a little hummus.
dapperQ is a visibility project that celebrates the inner and outer beauty of masculine-presenting lesbians, gender-nonconformists and genderqueers, and transmasuline individuals of all colors, shapes, and sizes. dapperQ does have a fashion focus. But, more importantly, it serves as a vehicle to explore fashion as a social construct, providing our readers and writers with a safe space to document and discuss how gender role expectations, particularly with respect to gender identity and expression, shape who we are as individuals and as a community.
I photographed Sinclair and Kristen in Toronto on Canadian Thanksgiving (like American but earlier and all the dishes are maple based) which was a blast. We did a fun kind of sexy film noir look that worked really well within their dom/sub dynamic.
Sinclair and Kristen have helped immensely with spreading the word and encouraging people to get involved. Also S writes some pretty great smut and teaches workshops on things like how to rock your cock (my words, not the actual title of anything in real life probably) etc.
Sinclair Sexsmith writes the award-winning personal online projectSugarbutch Chronicles: The Sex, Gender, and Relationship Adventures of a Kinky Queer Butch Top at www.sugarbutch.net. With works published in various anthologies, including Best Lesbian Erotica 2011,2009, 2007, and 2006 collections, Sometimes She Lets Me: Best Butch/Femme Erotica, Visible: A Femmethology Volume II, Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme, and more, they are a columnist forAfterEllen, Fearless Press, and the Lambda Literary Foundation. They are the guest editor of Best Lesbian Erotica 2012, and their first full-length anthology, Say Please: Lesbian BDSM Erotica was published by Cleis Press in Spring 2012. They are on the board of the Lesbian Sex Mafia in New York City and the 2013 BUTCH Voices National Conference, and serves the Body Electric School as a coordinator, with whom they have studied for nearly ten years.
Liz Gold, Rhino Girl Media
Because of her big brains she also runs Rhino Girl Media and 14karatliving. It’s almost as if everything she touches turns to ahem, gold.
The mission of Rhino Girl Media is to promote the innovative and creative work of Queer, LGBT and indie artists and business people. RGM also strives to build partnerships with corporate entities that value inclusiveness, diversity and social change.
Besides she and her girlfriend Lisa Haas cooking me dinner and offering a couch to crash on should I need it, Stephanie writes for Curve magazine and has recently finished her memoir “Beautiful Wreck.”
Lisa is the star of the film”Codependent lesbian space alien seeks same” which I can only assume is a biopic.
Twenty-five year old Stephanie Schroeder arrived in New York City in 1990 with edgy good looks, attitude to burn and undiagnosed bipolar disorder. Her unflinching memoir chronicles her trajectory through the worlds of queer political activism, corporate America, intimate partner violence, unwilling parenthood, erotic discovery, 9/11…and three attempted suicides. Repeatedly falling through the cracks of the U.S. healthcare system, Schroeder became her own advocate, found help and began a healthier life. Readers will find both entertainment and inspiration in the rollercoaster twists and turns of this “beautiful wreck” of a memoir.
A low-fi sci-fi quirky comedy following the adventures of three lesbian space aliens on the planet Earth, sent here to look for love in order to save their planet.
- Starring: Julian Brand, Lisa Haas
- Directed by: Madeleine Olnek
- Runtime: 1 hour 16 minutes
- Release year: 2011
- Studio: Sundance