Femmytomboy by Jera Brown

Janelle Monae- classic example of Tomboy Femme style. Portrait by aogwhatisthishith.

I’ve always been a little femme and a little tomboy – a princess and a jedi, comfortable with mascara and power tools. Both terms, femme and tomboy, have visual components: they’re tied to certain fashion choices, as well as mannerisms, even one’s presence. But to me, they’re also tied to how I relate to men […]

Author Interview: Janet Hardy on being a Girlfag

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Name: Janet W. Hardy Age: 57 Location: Eugene, OR Who are you, and what do you do, in your own words? I’m a publishing generalist, I guess. I’ve run a couple of small publishing companies and done all the kinds of work that entails – writing, editing, design, production, marketing, bookkeeping, you name it. These days, […]

Book Excerpt: Girlfag: A Life Told in Sex and Musicals by Janet Hardy

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In 2005, I came out (publicly, I’d been out to myself for years) as a Girl Fag. What the heck is a Girl Fag you ask? It’s not easy to define, but in a nutshell it’s a mostly female-aligned person who is attracted to men but feels more in step with gay male sexuality than […]

Is Marriage Prom for Grown-ups? by Anonymous

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I swear to god all my friends are getting married this year. Well, not all of them. A bunch of them got married last year. But there’s something nerve-wracking about the girls I used to bitch about being single with getting hitched while I’m….still single. I think it’s awesome that they met people they considered […]

Dear MsBehaved: Jonna Ivin Answers It For You

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Dear Ms. Behaved, Almost every day after school my friends and I go to Chick-fil-a to hang out, get something to eat and do homework before going home. Lately, because of all the controversy surrounding that company I would rather not go. I have a cousin that I’m really close to who is gay and […]

In Search of Lady Bears: The Challenges of Dyke Dating in Southern Cities

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Preface by Bianca: When Rashaun sent me this piece, I initially thought it was just about challenges related to lesbian dating, but after reading it, I realized that this essay is just as much as what it’s like to participate in the gay scene in the South, and how divergent her experiences are from my […]

Kinky Fashion Report: IML Weekend Chicago, 2012 (NSFW)

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Hello Darlings, Hope you all had a wonderful three day weekend! Memorial Day weekend is a very special thing in Chicago, because we host the INTERNATIONAL MR. LEATHER pageant (aka IML), which is SRS BIZNIS!!! What is International Mr. Leather, you ask? It’s an annual competition where (mostly) gay leathermen compete for the title of […]

Dear 15 Year Old Me, I’m Writing to Tell You It Got Better by Robyn Harper

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Yesterday was a tough day for you. That time you spent in the bathroom will forever remain in your memory. You made your admission, to yourself. It was in your head before, but yesterday felt like your first real recognition of it. You held on to that sink so tightly as you leaned over it. […]

The Best Wilson Phillips Spoof You Ever See

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According to the creator William: I was eating there with my girlfriends and they were telling me how [they support anti-gay organizations]. I was like, “Oh that sucks about the gay thing.” And then, I got diarrhea from it, so I was like, “F— this, I’m gonna write a song.” The fact that they come after […]

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