211100_179930742056314_47432_nThis week I was invited to screen the short film I made with Tina Horn and QueerPorn.TV, What Makes Us Queer, at the Michagan Womyn’s Music Festival happening this summer.

The organizers of the MWMF have steadily enacted or fought to enact Womyn-Born-Womyn (but since trans women Can and Are often “born womyn,” I will simply say that they have fought for an anti-trans policy) for the past 30 years, refusing trans women at the gate until just recently, where they are allowed to come, but not without a tremendous amount of pressure to leave.This year Lisa Vogel (Michfest founder and producer for the past 38 years) made it plain and simple in an open letter: MWMF is “WBW” only space and how dare we challenge that lived experience, that “sisterhood” – clearly stating that the “trans community” is not part of the “womon’s community.”

(If you are unfamiliar with the 24 year old struggle for trans women inclusion on the land, please read this essay by Emi Koyama http://eminism.org/readings/pdf-rdg/whose-feminism.pdf or this article written in 2003 by Michelle Tea http://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/transmissions-from-camp-trans-2003)

The main organizers of the festival continue to make excuses and attempt to protect themselves from the blatant fact that trans women are women, and should be welcome in any women’s only space.♥ Read the rest

*This blog post is a BLOG JINX! entry, posted simutaneously with my good friend Jiz Lee on an identical subject. We have tackled this subject before, but thought we could use a re-visit as it’s close to election day. You can read Jiz Lee’s post on Measure B and Safer Sex here.♥ Read the rest

I am excited to be flexing my writing skills on Fleshbot this week, as they feature a few posts a day written by your truly! I turn 30 years old this week, and one of my birthday wishes was to take over my favorite adult/porn blog and turn it into a queer porn wonderland of my own design.♥ Read the rest

For quick info, forward yourself to the event page or check out the Facebook Event Page for the 4th installment of my pride party, Queerly Beloved! (or just buy the tickets for $7 already!)

Queerly Beloved started 4 years ago when throwing a party in my backyard with a few performances, some great DJs, and some Jell-O shots seemed like way more fun then going to any of the mainstream “Pride” parties in San Francisco.♥ Read the rest

Woo! One of my favorite artists in theee whole wide world, Laurenn McCubbin, did an incredible painting of me! I recognize the outfit from my time spent on the Upper Floor at the formidable Kink Armory – I must have been looking good that night or something… hah!♥ Read the rest

A discussion-oriented sex-positive salon for folks of all sizes, Fat Sex is a safe space for fat people and our friends to talk about our bodies and desires – including topics like body positivity, self esteem politics, fetishization/ hyper-sexualization, erotica/performance, and tips, tricks, and techniques for having fat sex!♥ Read the rest

Featured photos reminiscent of Madonna’s epic nude hitchhiking photo taken with Dylan Ryan and trans performer Billy Castro; cover story written by Caitlin Donohue retells a queer adventure in Vegas for AEE and explores the difference between “lesbian” and “queer” pornography!

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From Carol With Love

“Exhibitionism for the Shy is the theory, Live Sex Show is the praxis… xox Carol Queen”

I read Exhibitionism for the Shy when I was “eighteen” and it changed my life. It informed my decision to be a phone sex operator, a burlesque dancer, and eventually a porn star.♥ Read the rest

Jiz Lee made this wonderful graphic. I like it. 🙂

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