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Hip Hop’s Queer Pioneers

Hip Hop’s Queer Pioneers

Author: Paige Cohen

September 21, 2012

Queer acceptance in the hip hop culture has been, as Details describes it, hard-won—“reggae, country, and metal, rap is responsible for the most explicitly antigay rants to ever go platinum.” However, the new generation of queer rappers are pushing the envelope, promoting queer acceptance by “bringing their art, undiluted, straight to the masses,” and we’re happy to say, often with a positive response. Details profiles seven of hip hop’s queer MC’s with influences ranging from openly gay French poet/novelist Jean Cocteau to Marilyn Manson:

Ultimately, the artists in this portfolio are linked by their sexuality, but queerness is not a genre of music. It’s just one facet of who they are—and just one way in which they’re pushing hip-hop forward.

Off-Broadway LGBT History

Lambda Literary Award nominee and playwright Jon Maran’s The Temperamentals, a play about the formation of the Mattachine Society—America’s first LGBT rights organization—will be making an “off-Broadway return.”

From Autostraddle:

Dubbed as “Mad Men meets Milk,” The Temperamentals caters to society’s inexplicable desire to watch European-American men smoke cigars and sip gin while wearing Italian suits. But more importantly, the play schools audiences in 1950s LGBT history. As marriage equality becomes an unprecedented talking point at the Democratic National Convention, these stories about gay pioneers could not be more timely.

The play also delves into the love story of the organization’s founding members, Harry Hay and Rudi Geirnrich. Learn more here.

Book Excerpt: The Drama Behind Repealing ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

Check out this excerpt from Alexander Nicholson’s forthcoming book Fighting to Serve, which is centered on the backstage negotiations that led to the Pentagon’s 2010 repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”  [Advocate]

Sasha Grey is Writing an Erotic Novel That’s Being Compared to Fight Club

Bisexual actress and star of the 2009 experimental film The Girlfriend Experience secures a deal for The Juliette Society, an erotic novel “described as Fight Club set in a highly sexualized world with an assertive female protagonist.” [Flavorwire Books]

[ Photo: Leif via Details]
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About: Paige Cohen

Paige Cohen is a graduate of The New School M.F.A. program. Her writing appears or is forthcoming in PANK Magazine, Berfrois Magazine, Gertrude, BuzzFeed LGBT, T(OUR) Magazine, and Writer's Bloq Quarterly. Her short films have been featured in the San Francisco Frameline, New York NewFest, and Salem Film Festivals. She currently lives in New York City.

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