The visibility of lesbian culture in modern America is greater than ever before, however, it is plagued by stereotypes. The stereotypes run the gambit from the glamour of The L Word to the overly sexualized lesbian fantasy of the male sphere. Popular culture’s display of lesbian couples such as Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi […]Read more "Butch Today, Femme Tomorrow"
Holly came from Miami, FLA Hitchhiked her way across the USA Plucked her eyebrows on the way Shaved her legs and then he was a she She says, “Hey babe, take a walk on the wild side.” Said, “Hey, honey, take a walk on the wild side.”  I first heard Lou Reed’s 1972 song, […]Read more "Take a Walk on the Right Track"
When I was in sixth grade, I was diagnosed with scoliosis. Nothing life threatening, just a moderate curvature of the spine. Unfortunately, I’d have to wear an ugly, bulky back brace for the next five years. I was devastated. In middle school, I wanted to be like everyone else, to blend in with my peers. […]Read more "Concealing and Revealing Ourselves"
On an impromptu night out last summer, two friends and I descended upon the Stonewall Inn in New York’s West Village. As soon as we entered the bar, a drag queen named Enchilada ushered us upstairs to watch her performance. Enchilada put on quite the show: she sang, she danced, and she roasted some of […]Read more "Now’s the Time to Quit Stonewalling"
Ralph Fasanella’s monumental landscapes of the urban working-class were his way of raising social awareness and fomenting change. Fasanella acquired his ideology from his mother, an anti-fascist and union activist. Though he spent the early years of his adult life as a union leader, he quickly discovered his skill with a paintbrush. Fasanella was a […]Read more "Installing Visions of a Brighter Future: Tyree Guyton"
We remember the Holocaust, in part, to ensure that it never happens again. But the dream of “never again” has yet to become a reality. Even today, the Burmese government permits attacks on civilians, particularly those of ethnic minorities. In the Darfur region of Sudan, millions have been displaced and hundreds of thousands have been […]Read more "Translating Memory into Action"