Velvetpark's Official Top 25 Significant Queer Women of 2013

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Velvetpark's Official Top 25 Significant Queer Women of 2013

This year, Catherine Lord co-authored with Richard Meyer the most comprehensive queer art history book to date, Art and Queer Culture (Phaidon Press). Lord and Meyer have culled through every genre and movement from the late 19th C. to the present, from the neighborhoods of Holbron to Harlem, covering artists from Oscar Wilde to Jasper Johns, from Mickalene Thomas to Wu Tsang. They elucidate how queer lifestyle was/is not only an inspiration but the subject for the artists’ works. This history, as Lord and Meyer, conclude is not an evolution from outsider to assimilation into mainstream society, but a history of the liminal. The book finds queer art and artists existing between the cracks of high and low art, public and private life, between the deviant and the normal. This is work will be one for the college classroom and your bookshelf.

6) "The Philosopher" – Beatriz Preciado, writer / professor

When it comes to the study of gender and sexuality, many eyes now turn to Beatriz Preciado, a Fullbright Fellow, a professor of Political History of the Body, Gender Theory, and History of Performance at Paris VIII, and the author of a seminal piece of queer theory in Manifiesto Contrasexual. Other works by Preciado include Pornotopía: Architecture and Sexuality in Playboy During the Cold War, a finalist for the Anagrama Essay Prize, Anal Terror, and Testo Junkie: Sex, Drugs, and Biopolitics in the Pharmacopornographic Era. One of the core themes of Preciado’s Manifesto involves rebelling from our bodies and heterosexual normativity as a form of activism: “What is important is not to be ‘queer,’ but to maintain a critical attitude towards the excluding and normalizing effects of all sexual identity.”

7) “Songbird” - Brandy Clark, singer / songwriter

Country music has long been the bastion of good, old American values — a pickup truck, some cold beer, and a good woman were just about all anyone would ever need or want. Tradition, for tradition’s sake was all there was to it, really. So what does a country-loving, out lesbian have to do to finally crack through the lavender ceiling that k.d. lang and Chely Wright have previously chipped away at? Write a handful of hit songs, it seems. At least that’s what Brandy Clark did. Landing The Band Perry’s “Better Dig Two” and Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart” at the top of the charts landed Clark’s name at the top of many go-to lists. Then, in October, she issued her own debut album as a solo artist with 12 Stories. While the stunning set may not find its way to the top of any charts, it has found its way onto numerous Best of 2013 lists, and rightly so.

8 ) “Out Loud and Proud” – Haneen Maikey, activist / author

As the co-founder of two Palestinian activist groups, Haneen Maikey is on a mission to educate the Middle East about diversity through both alQaws for Sexual and Gender Diversity in Palestinian Society and Palestinian Queers for BDS. The author of The History and Contemporary State of Palestinian Sexual Liberation Struggle, Maikey has also been a loud voice in condemnation of Israel: “If you want to do me a favour, then stop bombing my friends, end your occupation, and leave me to rebuild my community. I'm aware that my society has a long way to go in terms of human rights and social issues, but it's my responsibility, not yours."

9) “Firebird” – Katy Pyle, performance Artist / choreographer / dancer