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This reading by House of Ladosha member Juliana Huxtable was recorded at the Fag City reading event at Envoy Enterprises on October 10th 2012, and I’m happy it is online in full-length now. A text version of “Unfriendly Black Hottie (Queen Read 1+2)”, a powerful and hilarious take on everyday-transphobia and -racism (starts around 4:40), can be found on Neon Ladosha’s blog. For the second part of the reading please visit Juliana’s Vimeo page.

London hosts again its 27th queer film festival and to open the show the BFI will premier I am Divine in Europe, a documentary on the life of legendary cultural terrorist, actor, drag queen, performer and singer Haris Glen Milshead, best known as Divine.

Director: Jeffrey Schwarz

Across 11 days over 100 titles will be screened including a rare screening of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. In fact there is even an even dedicated to the bisexual genius called We Love David Bowie. The program is divided into three categories: Hearts, for emotional and romantic films; Bodies, for films focusing on sex, identity and transformation; and Minds, celebrating films reflecting on community, politics and the arts. We delved into the list and picked our favourite films form from each category:

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Sir New York is a young high-end-streetwear/ sportswear label with a twist founded by Brooklyn based designer Auston Bjorkman, a graduate from the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. Bjorkman, who has also studied Patternmaking, Couture Sewing and Fashion Design in San Francisco and used to design fetish and leather gear for Mr. S Leather, describes the label’s latest collection as inspired by “dying glaciers” (<3), while combining print with different techniques and materials such as natural and technical fibers and neoprene.
The pictures of the collection I posted below were shot by photographer and Original Plumbing editor Amos Mac, who has featured the designer in the zine’s fashion issue (#5,) in 2010. The complete shooting can be found on Facebook, for an alternative version focussed on model Shaun Ross and all other Sir NY collections visit the label’s website. All pictures (c) Sir NY / Amos Mac.

In one of his most famous works from 1998 Los Angles based artist, filmmaker and writer William E. Jones takes a close look at Eastern European gay porn movies and displays the asymmetric power structures under which they are produced. All images used for the movie are scenes from films shot between 1993 – 1998, the time when production companies like Bel Ami became powerful new players in the industry. ”The Fall of Communism” analyzes the various ways in which symbols of the former Soviet Union are depicted in the films and shows how unexperienced young men from countries such as Hungary and the Czech Republic are ruthlessly swallowed by the emerging new market.
A full-lenght version of “The Fall of Communism” can also be found on williamejones.com, where you find a complete overview on Jones work.

Via beige, memphis

In 2003 Beijing/Canton based photographer 223 (civil name Lin Zhipeng) has started a blog, on which he published short texts and photographs, portraying his own and his friend’s everyday live. The website quickly became more and more popular and many followers started to get in touch with 223 to meet him, have sex with him and get photographed by him. At the same time the new-born photographer started exhibiting his photographs, printing first publications and doing shootings for fashion and art magazines such as iLook, S Magazine, beaux magazine or Vision Magazine. His series “In Existence” is currently shown as part of the exhibition “Secret Love” at the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities in Stockholm amongst the work of other young Chinese photographers such as Ren Hang, who we just recently featured here.
About his work 223 says: “Sexuality and gender have become a central theme for me: the ambiguous; the frivolous; wet kisses exchanged between men; female fetishism; bodily closeness; sexual lust… some viewers flock in, curious, delighted; others snort in derision at the decadence and decline. But I just want to find a freer expression in my photo art. In China’s tradition-laden environment, it may seem as if we of the younger generation already have freedom, but it is freedom that we seek.” For a longer statement please visit the “Secret Love” website, for many more pictures please check out 223′s website. All pictures below courtesy 223.

Directed/edited by Planningtorock. More about the song here.

GODDESS is a new fashion label founded by designer David Siferd, a graduate from the fashion department of the Kent State University in Ohio, who has also attended the Paris-American Academy. His first collection, simply entitled “Volume 1″, is now available on the label’s website and combines digital prints with shiny materials and suburban chic. The collection comes with a beautiful look book that can be ordered online as well. We’ve interviewed David about his approach as a designer and his idea to create streetwear that breaks with the usual stereotypes. For more pictures of the collection please check out www.goddessclothingco.com.

Since I was very young I knew I wanted to be a fashion designer. Growing up I would always like to draw people and I loved imagining clothes for them to wear. When I was older I moved to college and studied fashion design in Ohio where I grew up, then also studied design in Paris and New York. It had always been my plan to have my own label, and when one of my friends began his own label just after graduating, it really inspired me to start my own label as well.

How would you describe the influences for your first collection? Did you have a certain “traget group” or scene in mind when you designed it?

The main idea for my first collection was essentially to make a number of pieces that I loved, and that were something completely new. I was inspired by my friends and a few people whose style I admire – people who are originals, who always do and wear what they want regardless of society’s standards. When I go shopping for clothes these days, I feel so bored and uninspired by what I see; everything seems to be targeted for a certain specific demographic and I find that a bit patronizing and unsavory. Instead with GODDESS I want to create designs that anyone can feel inspired by and comfortable to wear.
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+++ CocoRosie have released a beautiful new track entitled “Gravediggress” (cover above), which will be on their new album “Tales of a Grass Widow” (due May 27 in Europe)/ 28 in North America). Stream and download it here:

+++ Kool Thing have a catchy new single entitled “TV Tower”, which will be the leading track of their debut album they’re about to release on March 4. Stream the tune here:


+++ Check out gender-bending new videos by Big Freedia (“Feeling Myself”), Potpourri of Pearls (“Shadow On My Shoulder”) and Kids On TV (“Dazzler”, below)

The internet doesn’t provide much information about Engel Leonardo, except for the fact that he is based in the Dominican Republic (supposedly in Santo Domingo), works as an artist and filmmaker and has directed two beautiful music videos full of nature scenes, religious symbolism and subtle, multi-facetted eroticism. His latest video was shot for the song “Morí Viví” by El Gran Poder de Diosa, a collaborative project by musician Eddy Nuñez, former member of the Santo Domingo based band Rita Indiana y los Misterios. It is a wonderful follow-up to his clip for “Da Pa Lo Do” (“There’s Enough For You Both”) by Rita Indiana y los Misterios from 2010, which commented on the difficult relationship between Haiti and the Dominican Republic in its own powerful way. I’ve posted both videos below, you find a third one entitled “C-70″ on Leonardo’s vimeo page and a fashion video he directed in December on YouTube. I’ve found out about Engel thanks to the wonderful club fonograma blog.

“Morí Viví”

“Da Pa Lo Do”

Berlin queer underground and DIY heroes Scream Club have two pretty good reasons to celebrate these days, and we celebrate with them: Not only has the electro-hip-hop duo just released a beautiful new video to its new single “Fire” (directed by Berlin based artist Chris Wiegand and shot in Stockholm) …

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John Cameron Mitchell
might not have a new film out at the moment, but he’s in Berlin for the film festival with plenty of other activities keeping him busy. On a break from writing the stage sequel to Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Mitchell was invited by the Berlinale Talent Campus to speak about cinematic depiction of sex for Thursday’s “Some Like It Hot” panel at HAU1. Later that night, he and I will join Shortbus stars PJ DeBoy and Paul Dawson for MATTACHINE Berlin, the first European edition of their semi-legendary NYC dance party, taking place at Monster Ronson’s.

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SADAK is a Berlin based fashion label founded by designer Saša Kovacevic, who has graduated at the Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weißensee in 2010. Kovacevic was born in Serbia and was a dancer at the National Theater in Belgrad before he decided to dedicate his live to fashion – the label’s name refers to a traditional sleeveless jacket from the Balkan. The designer has just recently finished the shooting for the lookbook for his new collection “Mendeš”, which pays tribute to one of his friends from Bosnia, who lived as a refugee in Amsterdam after having to leave the country as a result of the war. The collection is a mixture between traditional Bosnian costumes and Mendeš’ very own style. Below you find a little preview of the last four SADAK collections (full collections linked in the headlines or on Facebook) – the beautiful spring/summer 2013 looks will soon be distributed via WUT Berlin (Tokyo). All pictures below (c) SADAK by Daniel Samo Bolliger.

AW 2013/14 “Mendeš”

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