Velvetpark's Official Top 25 Significant Queer Women of 2011

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Velvetpark's Official Top 25 Significant Queer Women of 2011

Tiona McClodden set out to document a part of black herstory this year with the production of the feature-length documentary film, Untitled Black Lesbian Elder Project. Through nearly a dozen candid profiles of black lesbian elders (ranging in age from their 60s to their 80s) and accompanied by archival footage and personal ephemera, McClodden, the executive producer and director of the award-winning feature-length documentary, black./womyn.: conversations with lesbians of African descent, determines to “reveal rare images of black lesbian life and history...and also [to] bring to light a number of black lesbian underground movements [in order to solidify] a black lesbian presence within overall American black history.” (Currently, McClodden and her producer Lisa C. Moore are touring the USA to both screen their extant work and also to continue interviewing black lesbian elders. For more information, check out their Kickstarter page or their Facebook page.)

5. Leader of La Frontera - Cherríe Moraga, Activist, Playwright, Poet, Scholar

Since the publication of This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color in 1981, Cherríe Moraga has dedicated herself through her scholarship, art (as a playwright and poet) and activism not just to the feminist cause or Chicana feminist cause, but, more acutely, to advancing, exploring and advocating Xicana feminism—with an “x” to signify her personal and political investment in civil rights as a queer, Chicana lesbian. This year, Moraga published the capstone of her lifelong achievements—which range from book awards (PEN West, Critics’ Circle, an American Book Award) to being named a USA Rockfeller Fellow in 2007: A Xicana Codex of Changing Consciousness: Writings, 2000-2010. In 2012, Moraga will debut her first play in fifteen years, New Fire: To Put Things Right Again, a dramatization of Indigenous American mythologies “to tell a 21st century story of rupture, migration and homecoming.”

6. Haute Queer-ture - Tania Hammidi, Writer, Performance Artist, Curator

Tania Hammidi made 2011 a signature year in butch*/stud/trans/masculine-of-center fashion by curating QUEERTURE, an LGBTQAI fashion show the final event of UCLA’s “Queer Fashion Conference,” as well as by publishing Judgement Day: Fashioning Masculinities, a coffee table style book celebrating butch and trans-masculine fashions and styles. To be clear, Hammidi is no fan of the “fashion police,” saying “[w]e don’t need to replicate the snobbery of the mainstream world—Instead, it would behoove us to foster environments where LGBTQ’s feel good about their bodies and looks. Style is where it’s at. Style is something unique to each one of us.” Hammidi currently teaches at California College of Arts in San Francisco and is looking forward to curating another fashion show this coming year about bringing visibility to the developmentally disabled.

7. The Cravat Makes the Wo/man - Kate Ross, Fashion Designer & Entrepreneur

(photo. Sophia Wallace)

Brooklyn-based designer Kate Ross is the creator of the exclusive neck-wear line Distinguished Cravat. Her attractive, non-gender-specific bow ties have been patronized by people in both the queer and straight communities. You can find the “distinguished cravat” in a Beyoncé music video and donned by the likes of Janelle Monae. Every piece by Ross is hand made and often times made with vintage fabrics that tend to run out because demand is high. Her take on classic, seamless designs has ushered in a new era of masculine of center design that can be worn by both men and women: “All that I am is presented in my designs. When I create something I keep in mind that I would want to wear it myself.”

8. Punk-Intelligentsia - Daphne Gottlieb, Poet & Author

Comments [8]

Conlite's picture

I had forgotten about Hege

I had forgotten about Hege and Toril!  And such dyke heroes should not be forgotten!  Thanks for pulling this list together.

Tosha's picture

saw Pariah this afternoon

it was so good i wanted to stand up and cheer.  Moving, real, and real funny too.

Marcie Bianco's picture

got sidetracked the other

got sidetracked the other night but am definitely planning to see it this coming week! everyone's been raving about it! (we'll be running our own review of the film this Monday!)

Jess Glenny's picture

Good list.

I really enjoy this site, but I'd love to see more UK content in general. Do you need a UK correspondent?

Marcie Bianco's picture

Jess! yes! email me, please?

Jess! yes! email me, please? let's set this up!

Jess Glenny's picture

Will do later.

Off to teach now.

Steph's picture

Okey dokey, glad to see

Okey dokey, glad to see there's at least one Brit (that I know of) on the list!  I have mixed views on Jeantette but her memoir is a work of brilliance and she is a champion of the english language which can only be a good thing.

A belated happy christmas to everyone and here's to 2012!  Gonna be a biggie here - not only do we have the Queen's Diamond Jubliee (bring on the double bank holiday) it's also the London Olympics.  Me, gf and pooch are running off to France for the whole 2 weeks - it's gonna be hell on earth on the trains and tubes so we'll leave it for the tourists!

Marcie Bianco's picture

happy holidays, Steph! 

happy holidays, Steph!