I’ve been mulling over the gay zulu wedding fiasco over the past few weeks. I was excited to see it, but something left me unsettled. Here are my thoughts, inspired by a TEDTalk by one of my favorite writers, Chimamanda Adichie, “The Danger of a Single Story.”
In light of the struggles of LGBTI Africans, the desire to celebrate any kind of progress – especially when it comes in the form of a gleeful Zulu wedding – is understandable; the vibrant ceremony presented a sharp contrast to the media’s grim and, at times, gruesome depiction of violent homophobia on the African continent. However, it is dangerous to assign wide-sweeping gains to all LGBTI Africansbased on the perceived victory of a few.
What of gay Africans who view marriage as the least of their problems – young people, for instance, who have been disowned by their families and, above all, seek a stable alternative to homelessness? What about transgender women who experience rejection (and violence) from both gay and straight communities alike? And lesbians–forced to live in fear of so-called “corrective rape”–will marriage mean social acceptance for them, too?
If we’ve learned anything from criticism of the same sex marriage equality movement in the U.S., it’s that too much emphasis on marriage as a pathway to acceptance could only end up benefiting a small segment of the LGBTI community (e.g. gay men, or members of the middle class–while the groups most at-risk e.g. women, youth, transgender people, etc.–are likely to go unheard, and even unfunded.”
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'Cause this is so familiar. Multiply by Q, T, and (POC) and yeah…
Nominate your favorite queer women, trans people, and gender non-conforming poets of color for our Q-Trends list in celebration of National Poetry Month. The only condition? They need to have a website/online web presence we can link to.
Inspired by Pariah: My Personal Story about Coming Out as a Nigerian “Boi”
“My cargo shorts and graphic tees weren’t exactly what my mother had in mind when she envisioned showing off her daughter who’d “just returned from America with an MIT degree!” to her friends at church.”
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Introducing VINE, “The Instagram of Video”: Let’s Make a Queer Woman of Color Love Scene
Vine, recently acquired by Twitter, allows users to post 6-second videos to share with their followers. It’s just like Instagram, except instead of photos, you get to scroll through a reel of short videos! Be forewarned: if you search about Vine online there will be A LOT of articles about age restrictions and porn. But don’t worry–I’ve been using Vine for a few weeks now and I have yet to see any naked people. (But, hey, if naked people is what you’re looking for, they probably won’t be too hard to find!)
The great part about Vine is that you have a feed just like on Twitter or Instagram and as you scroll, the videos just start playing on their own. No tapping and waiting for the video to buffer one by one (*cough* Youtube)!
You’re probably thinking that this sounds cool enough but why are you reading about it on QWOC Media Wire? Well, this is our call to all of you to start making QWOC art which we can reshare via our Vine account! The possibilities are endless, and we’ve got a few ideas for Valentine’s Day.
Sistah Sinema Makes Black Women’s History, Launches “The Netflix of Queer Women of Color Film”
On February 14, 2013, Sista Sinema will be launching their newest project in partnership with BestFilms.com: Sistah Sinema Online, a database of films that can be purchased and streamed instantly. Think “Netflix of queer women of color film.”
The site will launch with over twenty films available to watch instantly from your computer, including some popular black lesbian classics. As an exclusive, Isis revealed, “We executed a four movie deal for Sistah Sinema online with First Run Features for The Watermelon Women, The Early Works of Cheryl Dunye, Lavender Limelight, and The Owls.”
Currently films will be available for pay-per-view style streaming, but as the site gains momentum, payment will switch to a monthly subscription fee allowing the viewer to watch unlimited. “The plan is to grow it into a national distribution network for queer women of color films.”
Forging New Partnerships: QWOC Media Wire To Lead QWOC Film Discussions
To this end, QWOC Media Wire and Sistah Sinema have recently entered a partnership to foster more dialogue around films and other visual media produced by queer women of color.
Says Spectra, outspoken media advocate and founder of QWOC Media Wire, “As a media advocacy organization, our mission is to promote media produced for and by queer women and trans* people of color, as well as lead national conversations about representations of queer people of color in LGBT and mainstream media... So, this was a natural pairing for us.”
As part of the partnership, Sistah Sinema and QWOC Media Wire will be collaborating with queer women of color filmmakers on PR and press communications in anticipation of feature releases, including offering audiences sneak peeks, exclusive filmmaker and cast interviews, and more. “In a society that often places QWOC on the margins, QWOC Media Wire is a critical space and platform to foster discussion of queer women of color movies…”
“It’s not enough to make films, or write books,” says Spectra, “They need to be discussed and critiqued by informed audiences. Hence, publishing film reviews and facilitating discussions about film with other key players committed to QWOC visibility in media–sites like Elixher.com and non-profit programs like Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project–are an important part of our strategy. We’re really looking forward to it.”
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