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SUP QUEERLIES, This week #THEQUEERLYPROJECT takes a trip down to South Beach to remind you that IT'S SPRING! While there I was lucky enough to catch up with a legendary local DJ, the self-styled Kiki-Daniella, at her opening set for the 2014 edition of Miami’s infamous Winter Music Conference. The Venezuelan native is a staple on the electronic music scene that’s been over 20 years in the making. Her unique “fusion of Tribal, Progressive, and Deep House beats” has the likes of Discotekka and Ultra Music Festival knocking on her door for appearances. Her gregariousness certainly doesn't hurt either; the disarmingly sweet 5’ 7” brunette has a few deliberately seductive mannerisms. Her teasing banter is intensified by an accent that’ll make you go weak at the knees. My weekend in Miami started off with spurning the line to a Guy Gerber event because it was 1AM and I was maddeningly sober. My girlfriend and...
Happy Mid-March, queerlies! Thanks for tuning in for our latest edition of The Queerly Project. This week I chose to go on a slight tangent from our premise into the oft-silent realm of eating disorders. From the lanky silhouette of Shane to the svelte swank of Andrej Pejic, it’s clear that there is a certain look in vogue for the queer folks of contemporary times. Boyish and beautiful is the aspiration of many in the quest to androgynously perfect. I can’t even begin to enumerate the beautiful people I know who disparage their bodies because they don’t fit this mold. In a statement of courage, my close friend Rose has chosen to come forth with her struggle. Today, she is a survivor of the bulimia that once ruled her life. I feature her portraits and her story to highlight her new-found body positivity. My hope is that she may do the...
Photo by Daren Sanchez Hey DC, endless winter getting you down? Cure those blustery blues with a strong dose of 1000% Tropipunk! The rad crews of Anthology of Booty & Maracuyeah are using their global reach to heat up Judy’s Restaurant with the rockin’, fun, highly danceable Kumbia Queers. “The Kumbia Queers are one of the most important bands of the Latin@ underground and new cumbia revolutionary artists,” says AoB and Maracuyeah collective member DJ rAt. “Their shows are legendary for making everyone dance, with a fury.” The Kumbia Queers hold a special place in both DJ collectives’ hearts. After a quick Q&A with band co-founder, vocalist and lead guiro player Ali Gua Gua, WTGG became a huge fan as well. Read our interview with Ali and get your ticket for this Friday’s show. Let that queer punk in 2/4 time warm you right up. WTGG: Some of our readers are cumbia...
Friends, lovers, queerlies, trolls on the Internet tubes – Thanks for tuning in for the latest release of #TheQueerlyProject! The theme of this photoshoot was intimacy and detail. I wanted to speak about the micro-identifiers we project into the world; they are the visual threads we have selected from the pool of human existence and entwined with our own histories to weave the skins we wear. That being said, this week I had the honor of photographing a wonderful local artist & musician, Jonquille, a.k.a. SOLSIS. A D.C. native to the core, she embodies the unique energy that flows through the queer community in our little corner of the universe. She is not only a bassist and composer, but also works as a party promoter, an educator and a painter. She’s eloquent, stylish, ambitious and a wonderful mix of gender norms. Jonquille is truly a beautiful Washingtonian soul, and I would...
Photo by Kelly Kai Anne Alexander and Christine Tran are queer DMV natives who found each other in Brooklyn and decided to start their very own collaborative coven… of artists. Drawing on John Updike for inspiration, they named themselves the Witches of Bushwick and have spent the past year and a half concocting potions of dance parties, magazines, eye of newt, music and art shows. Ok, no eye of newt. But it’s been magical enough to catch the attention of folks at The New York Times and New York Magazine. This Thursday, they’re returning to the area along with fellow DMV-ers (and current Brooklyn residents) Signe Pierce and Alli Coates for a screening of Pierce and Coates’ docu-art film American Reflexxx – a “technicolor spectacle that raises questions about gender stereotypes, mob mentality, and violence in America.” Following the viewing, there will be a Q&A with the filmmakers. As with...
#thequeerlyproject The best part about being out and proud is shamelessly checking out the gay objects of my desire. I no longer feel like I need to be stealthy when I see an androgynous person strutting down the street; my head swivels in their direction with clear interest. It’s no surprise that I also no longer clear my search history when I look for eye candy on the Inter-webs. It was in the midst of such a shameless search that I became aware of the dearth of good photos of smoking hot queers. Lo and behold, #thequeerlyproject was born! The impetus for this social media invasion of #sexyqueers and #hotlesbians is to change the type of content that surfaces when gaybies in small towns (or any queer desert) Google "sexy queers" or "hot lesbians." In other words, I’d like to help us spread the term "sexy queers" and reclaim the...
If you’ve ever suited up for a special occasion, or for just another night on the town ‘cause you fancy, you’ve probably had to choose between: A) A frumpy, boxy or frilly piece of old lady garb B) A men’s suit that’s tight around the hips, long in the sleeves and bulky all over But if you’ve got a few dollars to drop and a tape measure handy, those days are over. Saint Harridan, a suit manufacturer that launched in fall 2012, is selling off-the-rack suits and dress shirts designed specifically for women and transmen. With shorter and narrower sleeves, an extra chest measurement and more room in the hips, these are not your mother’s (or, more importantly, your father’s) suits. The company’s based in Oakland, but they’re coming to Baltimore this weekend and D.C. next week to set up pop-up shops and fit local dandies for dapper threads. Dom...
I never thought I would write the following words to my editor: “I NEED to write about Beyonce, and Where the Girls Go needs to let me.” Like many grrls, I fell in love with Destiny’s Child in the 90s. When the group began coldly swapping out members, I solidified myself as Team Latoya and Latavia and vowed never to fall under the spell of Queen Bey. That all changed at the end of 2013 when I came out as a Beyoncé stan. One Friday – right after it was released – I downloaded Beyoncé’s self titled visual concept album. I’d had a good night tip-wise, and I wanted to be in the know when I tuned into the coming week’s The Read. I listened in surprised silence to about half of the track "Mine," before realizing this wasn’t going to be like my previous Bey listening experiences. I queued...
This is the third in a series of posts introducing you to (or re-acquainting you with) the rad DJs who'll be steering our intergalactic expedition to the year 2014. Have you RSVP'ed and bought your tickets to BLASTOFF: A New Year's Eve Space Oddity? Who are you? I'm DJ Junebullet. Where are you from? I'm local. What music-related things have you done? When I moved back to D.C. after college I got involved with Ladyfest DC, and through that I co-founded an all-female DJ collective called the First Ladies. The collective was really active for a few years—I DJ'ed everywhere from NYC to Berlin—but now we only do the occasional educational and outreach event. Ladies-only instrument classes, that kind of thing. I helped co-found Girls Rock D.C. And I've done a few queer parties here in D.C.—HottBoxx, Be:XX and mostly recently, She Rex. Right now I'm focusing mainly on my band, Coup Sauvage and the Snips....