Daniel Torres (he/him)
Sappho (also occasionally spelled Psappho or Sapphus) is recognized as one of the most influential lyrical poets of both her period and all time, having been referred to as “the tenth Muse” by Plato himself. It’s well known that she is often portrayed as one of history’s most iconic lesbian figures. The term “lesbian” itself is a derivative of the name of her birth island, Lesbos, just as the adjective “sapphic” is a direct play on her name.
4/1/2021 0 Comments
Shoshana Weinstein (she/her)
Long before I began to question my sexual orientation, the characters I identified with on TV were the goofy, awkward ones. They misinterpreted the dialogue of other characters, wildly misread social situations, and were generally seen as weird or quirky. They never “got” the joke. And as a kid and younger teen I saw these characters and went, “Hey! That’s me!” I didn’t mind being seen as weird, and I knew I had friends and family who loved me. Yet at the same time, it often felt like every social interaction followed a script and I was the only one who didn’t know my lines. (If only I could have called out for stage directions.) Eye contact was excruciating; facial expressions were impossible to read. Sometimes people acted as if I was supposed to somehow know how they were feeling, but they never told me, so I just… didn’t. Then in my senior year of high school I was diagnosed with autism and I went, “Oh.”
smitty smith (they/them)
danez smith — a black, queer, poz writer — published their most recent poetry collection on Jan. 21 2020 titled “Homie.” smith is an extremely accomplished poet who has performed on many stages and garnered notable awards for their work. they are the author of previous works such as “Don’t Call Us Dead,” “[Insert] Boy,” and “Black Movie.”
3/1/2021 0 Comments
Content warning: Mention of Nazis and rape. Reader discretion is advised.
The following interview contains spoilers for “Nashville” (1975, dir. Robert Altman), “Chocolate Babies” (1996, dir. Stephen Winter), and “Jason and Shirley” (2015, dir. Stephen Winter).
Folks, I hope you’re ready for a doozy. The following conversations were conducted with Stephen Winter, the writer/director of some of the most bizzarely brilliant queer films of the last thirty years (both of which are available to view on Vimeo), as well as the exhiliratingly strange podcast “Adventures in New America.” On Oct. 28, 2020, we sat down to discuss his creative history and wound up in a heated dispute regarding the nature of one Jerry Lewis. I hope you enjoy- I certainly did.
Smitty (they/them) | Entertainment & Creatives Editor
give me love, mother. before it’s buried with the white noise from your tv screen. when you’re asleep, after i’ve come home from a long night of loud music and louder trees, i try to step around that creaky floorboard by your door. i believe that grinding myself down to static is better than trying to find what’s missing between us.
Rose Younglove (she/they)
One critique of modern media is the lack of Black queer characters in TV and film. Many queer Black viewers find themselves saying, “I just don’t see myself in media.” Today I have put together a list of queer Black characters in media. Here is a list of 27 shows featuring Black queer characters!
2/1/2021 0 Comments
Folks, if you haven’t heard about Reena Pang, then you are missing out on some of the best queer indie folk this side of the Stonewall. She’s the local ukuleleist behind such albums as “Songs for Sapphic Sweethearts” and “New Home,” and recently performed on campus during the rallies preceding G.E.O. 's strike. On October 17th, 2020, we sat down to discuss her illustrious career. At the start of our conversation, everything seemed fairly standard. By the end, the secrets of the universe had revealed themselves to us. We hope you enjoy - we certainly did.
Dyanna Bateman (she/her) // Graphic Design Editor
Finally a Christmas movie with lesbians as the main characters! What could possibly go wrong? Warning: Lots of spoilers!
Natalie Gilbert (she/her)
You are driving home from work. A job you insisted you would never take. A job you despise, but altogether tolerate because it has a good health insurance plan and can help you build up your 401k. Back when things like health insurance plans and 401k’s didn’t seem to matter you told yourself that you’d never be caught dead working a job like this. But here you are, in the place you never hoped to be, doing things you never wish to do. In grad school you had grandiose visions of becoming a big-time corporate lawyer. You know, the type that negotiate big time trade deals and patents? The type pulling down seven figure salaries. But now you are just a filthy estate planner, your only clients are older couples trying to keep their children from cheating each other out of every nickel and dime. Or occasionally you will service the newly married couple who look at each other with so much hope and passion, and you assure them that any plan is better than no plan in terms of matters of the estate, but the whole time you will be thinking about when was the last time your wife had looked at you that way, or better yet, had she ever looked at you that way? But, despite all this there you sit, stuck in the never-ending cycle of profiting off of other’s inevitable death. But hey, there are much worse things to profit from, right?
Natalie Gilbert (she/her)
A Far From Comprehensive, yet somewhat useful guide to being Queer at UM.