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best parenting moment ever

The Fosters. Awesome show.

Weeps hysterically

I really need to catch up on this show.


Valerie, the first Black female cartoon character on a regular Saturday morning cartoon.


Valerie, the first Black female cartoon character on a regular Saturday morning cartoon.


Biscuits & Gravy Zine

Volume 1: Love, Resilience, Possibilities

Biscuits & Gravy is a zine seeking to uplift and centralize the unique experiences of Southern Black and Brown Femmes in Queer culture. This zine aims to envision what community can look like when Black and Brown Femmes have the space to share our stories, lives, pain, love, and bodies on our own terms.

Biscuits & Gravy is a project grounded in anti-oppression, intentional solidarity, and authentic accountability in recognition of the institutional systems of power and global dominance that furthers white supremacy, colonialism, patriarchy, classism, ableism, anti-blackness, transmisogyny, cultural genocide, and various other forms of marginalization and violence.

The theme of our first issue will be “Love, Resilience, and Possibilities.” In a November 2012 interview, poet, writer, editor and educator Warsan Shire stated, “At the end of the day, it isn’t where I came from. Maybe home is somewhere I’m going and never have been before.”

Let’s envision what home can be. How will we love? How will we persevere? How do we reach a place, a love, a world, for which we have no blueprint. Biscuits & Gravy seeks submissions from Black and Brown Queer Femmes grappling with these questions, desiring transformation. Please submit works up to 1000 words. Submissions can be, but are not limited to:

  • poetry, fiction, personal stories
  • photos/selfies
  • artwork
  • collages
  • quotes
  • music

Please send your submissions for consideration to Deadline for submissions is May 30th, 2014.


Proud to be ELIXHER’s cover girl! In the Body Issue we create a space to celebrate our bodies, our narratives and our truths.

I’ve written about my experience shooting the cover and helping shape the theme of the issue with ELIXHER editor in chief Kimberley McLeod.

Lastly, I will be joined by Kimberley and the other queer women of the Body Issue who bravely bare all — Kim Crosby, Mia McKenzie and Tiona McClodden — on Thursday April 24 for a LIVE conversation via Google Hangouts at 3pm ET/12pm PT.


Can we talk about how fly these buttons are? 

They were created by The Multicultural Center at UW-Madison, an initiative called Crossroads, which hosted me last night for a talk about Redefining Realness.

I will wear the one with my name sharing space with TWoC legends, Miss Major, Marsha P. Johnson, and Sylvia Rivera until it falls off my chest!

Do this on Thursday April 17, Pittsburgh

Queer Femme Tour: Glitter Roadshow at Irma Freeman Center on Thursday April 17 Thursday April 17th, 2014 // The Irma Freeman Center for Imagination, Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA // Show 8.00p // all-ages // $7 - 15 sliding scale

The Heels on Wheels Glitter Roadshow is a NYC-based group of queer femme-inine spectrum artists and organizers that tours the US & Canada annually with a dazzling, diverse cabaret of performance art works and acts of resistance by queer folks of femme-inine spectrum genders. The Glitter Roadshow combines multi-media, literary and performing arts, music, participatory art, and fierce looks onstage to trouble the question: what and who are queer femmes?

The show itself consists of six touring performers and local acts – including Pittsburgh locals Bekezela Mguni, Joy Kmt, and Nichole Faina!

The 2014 Glitter Roadshow touring artists are Damien Luxe, Heather Ács, Shomi Noise, Sabina Ibarrola, Angel Nafis, Alvis Parsley, and wrangler artist Lizxnn Disaster. The fearless artists rampage from hi-femme to femmedrogyny in a wild revue of visceral poetic performance, emotional escape plans, high femme drag, multimedia mermaids, and rocknroll you can sink your heels into!

Tour listings HERE: http://www. here: on Wheels is also FUNdraising:

Shomi Noise plays guitar and reads from her zine series “Building Up Emotional Muscles,” the story of her journey as a Bolivian immigrant navigating U.S. culture and finding herself through alternative music scenes. Damien Luxe’s multimedia “Femme Footprints In The Sand” plays with mermaids and powdered milk to explore thriving past poverty and trauma. Heather Ács’ “Welcome to the Waldorf Hysteria” uses multi-media high-femme drag histrionics to reach beyond language and ask, what do we gain when we lose control? Angel Nafis’ poetry celebrates the everything and everywhere of her world, of love and divinity, of her black girl brilliance in its vastness and depth. Alvis Parsley’s heartfelt confession draws on their experiences as a genderqueer Asian while questioning the roles of institutions, authority, and the ecosystem of the arts with both humor and tenderness. Sabina Ibarrola melts down and melts hearts in a pop culture performative exploration of breaking up and breaking through with the help of karaoke and Carrie Bradshaw. This year also includes a video program including work by Celeste Chan & Nomy Lamm, Ellie Beth Krnich, Jacqueline Mary, Louis Chavez & Demian Diné Yazhi’, and Kristin Li.

Please tell your friends & come out to see the glitter and grit for yourself!! Don’t miss the fifth Heels on Wheels Glitter Roadshow!

Tickets available here or sliding-scale in cash at the door:

Full details & event listings at: http://www.

Heels on Wheels is a Brooklyn-based group of interdisciplinary artists who create performance-based cultural works and community events that have a feminist and radical agenda, are produced from sites of femme/inine-positive queer embodiment, and reveal the power in under-represented communities. More about the event, the artists, and the Heels on Wheels here:


#black #brown bodies on #white sheets… My #heart #deucedimples #qpoc #qwoc #poc #woc #beautiful #cute #natural #afro #big #hair #relax #nikon


It has a been a long, cold winter in Pittsburgh.
But we are waking up! Check soon for new qtpoc interviews and keep an eye out for upcoming events and news!

So happy that spring is here,

Team Q&B

It has a been a long, cold winter in Pittsburgh.
But we are waking up! Check soon for new qtpoc interviews and keep an eye out for upcoming events and news!

So happy that spring is here,

Team Q&B

Q&B & friends welcome Janet Mock to Pittsburgh!


NEW VIDEO! (By Hartbeat)

loves them so much!

Grace Jones by Andy Warhol 1986

Grace Jones by Andy Warhol 1986