I’m BLAME201 a queer artist from France. I started making art in 2013. I’m also running a DIY fanzine called Teenage Paranoids which is focused on industrial, psychick, queer, cut-up, noise, acid and porn culture, have a noise label called Sectarian Violences and play in several projects / bands. Continue reading “BLAME201 – Collages (explicit)”
I have a pretty scattered art practice, based in drawing but stretching into books, films, music and all manner other things. I started making comics on a dare with myself. There is a Poem A Day challenge that lots of writers take up over April every year. This year I decide to do a four panel newspaper strip every day. It didn’t occur to me that, I had dared myself into a full time job. Some came out strange. Some came out very abstract. Some came out with more obscure references than is really polite. Some even came out good. Continue reading “Tom Moore – Comics”
Born in 1982, in Lure, France.
I have a mother, a father, a big brother, a big sister, a sister in law, 3 nieces.
Always liked to draw.
Changed home five times from the age of 0 to 15 due to my dad’s work. Continue reading “Lekouzinthomas – Drawings”
Cities. People. Life. The mundane. The ordinary, but magical.
About the photographer:
Axthropix is an Instagramer that frames what may be mundane and banal to many, but seeks to show you the beauty it actually possesses. An avid traveller, she brings her moments from as many places as wanderlust allows her to.
Text by Tobias Daniels
Cover Photo by Mark Stuplin
Queer underground cinema has changed. New voices from around the world emerge every day, bringing unique LGBTQ perspectives to mainstream culture. With easy access to crowd funding and cheap production, how does one film stand out against the rest?Early one February morning I got an email from Verena from TQU, saying she was visiting LA and wanted to connect. We met to discuss my film Black Velvet, my process for making the film and chatted briefly about our own unique (and sometimes-bizarre) experiences with Scientology: the Celebrity Center looming over our heads just across the street from the sidewalk café we were sitting at, the Bourgeois Pig. Verena is at the forefront of a global movement of tastemakers and artists shaping the culture of the future. Listening to her talk about how the Transnational Queer Underground is no longer underground, how it’s at your fingertips and influencing every part of our global society, inspired me to open up about what it’s really like to be an LGBTQ Filmmaker of Color in Hollywood.
We have a new exhibition up by Alex Highet! His collages have already been exhibited at The Club in Berlin this year, but here’s a chance to see some of his lovely artworks for all those of you that are not in Berlin.
I was passing through the main square of a village, selling pelts so I could feed all the children I have at home, when a man tried to stick his hand up my skirt. Without hesitation I slapped him in the face and that’s when he screamed out,
Before I knew it all the villagers had descended on me. A man, carrying a copy of the Malleus Maleficarum, yelled to the villagers,
Eleanor walked up the broken pavement towards the old school, focussing on her feet. Sweat was running down her arms as she balanced two buckets of soapy water in each hand and a bag with brushes on her shoulder. When she reached the hole in the fence, she placed the buckets and the bag under a bush, stood up, and overlooked the dried grassland behind the school. The windows of the nearest apartment blocks were blinded by the afternoon sun. Nobody was to be seen.
Eleanor quickly lifted the buckets and the bag through the fence and climbed through the hole, making sure not to entangle her long black dress in the fence. A large courtyard spread out in front of her, full of grass and shrubs that had pushed through between the paving slabs. Eleanor adjusted her thin-rimmed metal glasses, picked up the buckets and approached the massive building at the end of the yard.
What we know is there are trans people and there are prisons and sometimes the two overlap. It happens all over, but I’m from California, so let’s talk about the US.We have the highest incarceration rate in the world, beating Russia, Rwanda, and China by far. We have about five percent of the world’s population and twenty-five percent of world inmates, spending about $24,000 (€18,000) per inmate per year. The statistics are fuzzier regarding who is transgender, but recent estimates place about 0.3% of adults. A small subset, and yet we are disproportionately arrested. Sixteen percent of US trans people report incarceration at some point, though the spread isn’t even. You can make that twenty-one percent for transgender women, and forty-seven percent for people who are transgender and black.
bell’s roar is the music project of Sean Desiree. Originally from the Bronx in New York City, she now lives Upstate in Albany with her family, where she’s involved in various projects.
She has been making music for a long time, first playing in the band Broadcast Live. After that, she began to develop more of her own sound and started writing her own songs. In the beginning, she just used a guitar and her voice, but gradually she also became the drummer, bassist and ultimately the producer. Now she even makes her own music videos. Very DIY, really great.
For her self titled debut EP that came out in 2014, she teamed up with Cedar Apffel from Natureboy/Two Twins, who rearranged the songs she had previously recorded by herself. She also toured and recorded with Kiran Gandhi, who also drums for M.I.A., and her partner Alisa Sikelianos-Carter sometimes helps out with the lyrics and makes the cover artworks for bell’s roar.
Her first album is going to be released in November 2015 on Firebrand Records, the same label as Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine) and Ryan Harvey (Riot-Folk Collective). This label and bell’s roar seem like the perfect fit, since they both combine music with political and activist ideas.
Sean Desiree also runs South End Pallet Works where she builds furniture out of used pallets and is part of the organizing team for Upstate Ladyfest.
TQU: Why did you choose bell’s roar to be your name as a musician?
For MOM#3 we’ve been collaborating with the organizers of Ladies Rock Camp Japan quite a bit. Nami, one of the organizers, drew the amazing poster that functions as a cover for the magazine and also made an illustration for one of the stories in the magazine. Ritsuko, who I met while she was visiting Berlin earlier this year, introduced us and helped with translating things.
So while we were sitting in Germany getting the magazine ready to be printed, Nami and Ritsuko were in Japan and preparing Ladies Rock Camp Japan. Communicating back and forth, the idea came up to publish the story that Nami illustrated as a zine in Japanese. Together with a tape by Ritsuko’s band gummybear both came out in April 2015 in Japan to support Girls/Ladies Rock Camp Japan, a month before MOM #3 was released in Germany.
In order to give you some background information about our amazing partner in Japan, they answered some questions for us:
Edgewise: A Picture of Cookie Mueller was originally thought of as a film project and turned into a collage of interviews in the style of an oral history sorted by the different periods of Cookie Mueller’s life. The author spoke to about 80 people including intimate interviews with Cookie’s son and her lover who the author accompanied over years recording the memories and anecdotes they shared. With its many photos and illustrations the book is very visually appealing.
Chloé Griffin is an artist, actress and filmmaker living in Berlin. She recently starred in Desire Will Set You Free, a film set in the queer underground scene of Berlin.
In November when Perfume Genius came to Berlin to play a show at Lido, Mareike and I had the chance to interview him. Mareike had met Mike Hadreas, the mastermind behind Perfume Genius four years before, when he gave her one of his first interviews ever.
Unfortunately, the recording device didn’t work so the interview never got published, but you can read a recap of that night here. It was a very intimate and special show with just Mike and his boyfriend Allan both playing the piano and maybe twenty people in the audience. He had just released his first album Learning and it was quite obvious that this beautiful music wouldn’t go unnoticed by a bigger audience for much longer. Since then, things have shifted around quite a bit. His second album Put Your Back N 2 It received much more media attention. This was partly due to YouTube being super prudish and taking down the album trailer from its internet site and the reaction this provoked within the queer community and beyond. Now after releasing his third album Too Bright, he’s been featured on magazine covers and appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman.
Due to a broken tire, Mike and his band arrived later than expected to the venue so we only had a couple of minutes to do the interview with him, but this is what Mareike, me and Mike talked about:
I’m the descendent of a lineage of lycanthropes. As far back as we can trace, the Martins have shed their human coats at midnight of the full moon and roamed the night in packs. Shape shifting is an ability granted only after puberty. Needless to say I spent my childhood in anticipation. I begged my parents to stay up late on the full moon nights to watch them change, to see where they went and what they did. When I was about eight, I convinced them to let me join them on an outing.
It made me thrilled to see who I’d become one day when I saw my parents and older brother sprout hairs all over their bodies, and their teeth grew to resemble ivory blades. Dad threw me on his back before storming out of the house and into the night with the rest of the family. I watched with wide eyes as they sunk their teeth into small animals that they caught in the forest near the house. That night they caught a couple of people. I was young then but presume they were college kids getting drunk by the lake. Pops warned me that with human prey you had to be careful and quick, and to leave absolutely no evidence.
“You have to eat the entire body, Chase,” he told me.
This October Jay Brannan played a concert in Berlin, as part of his world tour. You can read the review of the concert that Mareike wrote for TQU here. Unfortunately Jay only had time for one interview while he was in Berlin, but he answered our questions via e-mail.
TQU: Thanks a lot for that lovely show you played at Frannz Club in Berlin last week. It was really magical!
Over the weekend of 10-12 October 2014 FEMME HIVE a Berlin Femme / Queer Feminine Konferenz will take place in Berlin-Neukölln, Germany, consisting of workshops, skill shares, panels, films, visual art, fashion show, performances and a big buzzy femme celebration party! And even though registration is already closed and there’s quite a waiting list for the conference, there’s gonna be a party at Schwuz on friday, a film night at Villa Neukölln on saturday and a farewell social at Silver Future on sunday that is open to all. So, I hope to see you all there and until then, Elliat was nice enough to answer some questions about the conference to get you all started:
TQU: When and how did you decide to organize the Femme Hive weekend?
Thanks to a post by Scott E. Myers in the Queer East Asian Studies group on facebook I got inspired to publish a list of queer cinema feature films, some of which you can stream online, from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. So I think I’ll be busy watching these, the next couple of days. If you know more movies please add them in the comment section.
Fish & Elephant by Li Yu is often referred to as the first film from the Chinese mainland to broach the topic of lesbian relationships in China.
The story follows a elephant keeper in the Beijing Zoo and her lesbian lover, a fabric saleswoman in an outdoor market. Their relationship gets tested, when her recently divorced mother returns to town hoping to set her daughter up for marriage. Another problem arises, when one of Xiaoqun’s ex-lovers returns to her life with the law in pursuit.
The film was an “underground” production (in that it was not made with official support) and was cast entirely with non-professional actors and actresses.
Once the film’s production was complete, it faced several challenges before it could be seen by audiences. Due to its underground status, Li Yu did not have the support of the Chinese authorities. An attempt to deliver a print to the Venice Film Festival in 2001 led to it being lost. Later screenings, therefore, like at the Toronto Film Festival, for example, had to be on videotape instead of a film reel. Fortunately for Li, copies of Fish and Elephant eventually managed to screen at over 70 different film festivals around the world. However, it was shown only once in Mainland China at a LGBT film festival that was quickly shut down by authorities.
In 2013 Montréal’s Jef Barbara released their second album, Soft to the Touch, on Tricatel. Expatriarch (run by my lovely flatmate and friend, Joey Hansom) organized their concert in Berlin/Germany at Urban Spree on October 18th, 2013 together with Noisekölln. Expatriarch says the album ‚blends velvety glam, shimmering new wave, synthetic R&B and fermented kraut (plus duets with Laetitia Sadier of Stereolab and Sean Nicholas Savage)‘ and I couldn’t find any better words to describe it. If you want to find out for yourselves, you can stream the album at Brooklyn Vegan or watch some videos below.
I first learned about Jef Barbara a few years back, when Jef contacted me asking to get listed on Transnational Queer Underground. I really liked their music and so I took this chance of them playing a show here in Berlin to finally meet and interview Jef. I enjoy the honesty you can feel coming from their music and love the videos that look so lo-fi as well as so creative, and that they put their first album out on cassette. Check out the ‘Les Homosexuelles‘ video from their first album Contamination on the right.
TQU: I read that you created Jef Barbara as a persona. How does that persona differ from the other ‚offstage’ you?
The art of seeing Aboriginal Australia’s queer potential
Since European contact Aboriginal people, such as myself, have been constructed as “straight”. This cultural default has contributed to the difficulty of proving so-called “real accounts” of sexual and…
You can easly guess that in Turkey being gay is still a big taboo. But we are everywhere and we have our own solutions.
In Antakya there is a famous turkish bath full with plenty of good guys. The name is Cindi Hamamı. And from 08.00pm to 04.00am you can meet guys at Big Antakya Park. Best places there are near the Orta Kahve, the way near the pool and the dark hills opposite the river.
In Iskenderun and there is only one park where people can spontanously meet. It’s called “T park” or “Anıt Alanı”.
“On June 30, 2013, we began collecting and archiving the stories of persons identifying as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex from Kenya. We called this project ‘Stories of Our Lives’ (the resulting archive is contained in this book) – and we wanted to do this project for many reasons, but mostly because we wanted to tell stories that are not often heard, stories that characterize the queer experience in Kenya.”
“I will leave the last words to the late Lakota actor, Native rights activist and American Indian Movement co-founder Russell Means: “In my culture we have people who dress half-man, half-woman. Winkte, we call them in our language. If you are Winkte, that is an honorable term and you are a special human being and among my nation and all Plains people, we consider you a teacher of our children and are proud of what and who you are.”
SFSEX – Studio for Subjective Experiences is a temporary Offspace in Essen, Germany.
Over the course of two months three exhibitions will explore themes of sexual subjectification and diversity, as well as the societal intolerance and defamation these themes are inherently met with.
Although we have a long way to go in the fight for equality, it’s cities like Toronto who pave the way for acceptance and support of LGBT expression. This support is reflected in the long history of supporting queer music.
Queerilla is a group that wants to create a safe haven for queers. We do all kinds of stuff but mostly we organize parties, low budget & diy, most of the time in squats or other low profile places, because we want to keep things cheap and non-commercial and accessible for everyone. We do everything ourselves and try to give everyone a chance to get involved, eg. by participating in a barshift or in the cabaret/open stage. Besides parties we also go to marches and protest and work together with other local anarchist inspired groups.
is the largest and capital city of Slovenia and has a great night life scene. The gay scene in Ljubljana is good and there are a good range of gay bars and clubs available. You will be able to find the Ljubljana gay bars quite easily and you can expect to enjoy a great night out with your friends here.
Klub Gymnasivm club and sauna only for gays is located at
Ulics pohorskega bataljona 34 (public transportation: bus 6, 8 – Smelt/WTC, bus 14 – Mercator Slovenceva)
The second best known and popular place is called Tiffany which is located in a small circle of bars and clubs and has a great atmosphere as well as funky music and décor. It is open once a week and offers a good fun place for the gay community to go out to. You can expect to meet some fun people and have a great night out here. The addresses of the bar is: Masarykova cesta 24, 1000 Ljubljana
The third of the Ljubljana queer bars is a place called Monokel which is a great bar for lesbians. All are welcome but it is extremely popular with the lesbian crowd and is the ideal place for pre club drinks and parties. The addresses of this bar is as well: Masarykova cesta 24, 1000 Ljubljana
There is also a gay & lesbian disco (on saturdays and on sundays) Kersnikova 4 , 1000 Ljubljana
There’s not many gay friendly places in Banjaluka or in the region, and even less openly gay or gay friendly places.
In Banjaluka many gays and lesbians go for a drink in Mister X café bar (electro and rock pop music, one of the only alternative place in the city) in the very city center but never openly showing that they are gay.
Apollo Bar & Lounge (gay and lesbian night club) | Address: Jalan Mega Kuningan Barat VII, Bellagio Boutique Mall UG Level 07 & 09, Jakarta Pusat, DKI Jakarta 12950, Indonesia | Phone:+62 21 91275566 | Hours: Open today · 7:00 pm – 1:30 am
La Serafina – a feminist cultural center, with meetings, events, small concerts or parties.
La Mansión 108 – a queer housing project with occasional events, shows and art exhibitions. Also offering rooms for short term rent.
La Otra Vereda – a lesbian karaoke bar, small and with cheap drinks. Feeling a bit like hanging out in a cozy garage. Adress: Estrella 960
Trauma – an old gay disco. It is kind of commercial, but it has a long history and a lot of Trans people hang out here, that don’t necessarily seem to be welcome at other places. The drinks are cheap and music usually starts with pop and becomes more kumbia and latin american music styles later at night. They also have drag shows every once in a while.
OMG (Oh My God) – a relatively new gay disco, a little more modern and expensive but nice people. Disco on the weekends and bar and karaoke during the week.
The Dog, Gossip, Bank, @NE, Switch, Twist, Rockies, Eclipse, The Yard
Powerhouse, The Loft
Powerhouse – the biggest gay club in the north-east with a multi-coloured glass dancefloor. Pop & house music dominate, and Mondays are student nights. Switch – the pre-club party venue, the music is always thumping and favoured by a younger crowd. @ne – stylish and sophisticated bar, with Buy-One-Get-One-Free drink promotions running through the week, and an internet cafe upstairs.
Elsker is a bar for gay guys, girls and transgender, it is a café during the day and really fun bar at night. The address is: Kristian IVs gate – right opposite Det Norske Teatret (The Norwegian Theatre) in the city centre. It’s within walking distance of the national theatre subway, bus and tram stations.
Ett Glass is a restaurant open for all, and popular with the gay crowd. It’s RIGHT in the city centre, on the popular shopping and walking street, Karl Johan’s Gate.
So – a lesbian bar with a tiny dancefloor (with a pole) and often great DJs. You’ll meet every kind of lesbian, from butch to femme to the baby dykes and the bois. Watch where those eyes of yours go, though – you don’t want to piss off that diesel dyke who’s got her eyes on that cute femme you were just checking out. Address: Arbeidergata 2. Open thursday (6pm – 01am) friday – sunday (9pm – 3am). With a quiz every thursday (in Norwegian, though). If you want to avoid that queue in the weekends, don’t wait too long before you go out.
Me nightclub – Lesbian nightclub, not that settled yet, so show up and support the place! Open on fridays and saturdays from 10pm – 02am, Address: Dronningens gate 15
Also, every last friday of the month (not in July) there is a womens night in the basement of a place called 3B. It’s grown to become pretty popular (for Trondheim’s standards). Also starts the night with a quiz, so people tend to show up early. (I think it usually starts around 8pm)
It’s no secret that Trondheim do not have a lot of options for gay people. Therefore they have to find their own places. If you’re heading out in Trondheim, you’ll probably see other lesbians in places like Familien, Supa, Diskoteket and Circus. If you’ve got your gaydar on, you’ll spot them.
Samtökin ’78 – The National Queer Organization.They have a community center and a library in downtown Reykjavik and organize events and the annual Pride parade. Queer.is – The Icelandic Queer student organization. They organize events, especially for young people. Barbara – the gay bar, open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Peijakas! Club is a queer feminist club on the first friday of the month at Pacifico, additional larger venue SuperPeijakas! events 3-4 times a year. Cafe Kupla a non-profit meeting place for queer people at the Satama social centre, takes place about once a month
Queerkerho (Queer Club) a queer night open to everybody on the first Thursday of the month at Cafe Hertta (address: Näsilinnankatu 22).
Turku Book Café a queer friendly cooperative-run vegan cafe. Open Monday to Friday 11-19, sometimes later. Occasionally open on the weekend. Home to Qlub: a monthly queer club with dj’s, dancing and hanging around. Also hosts a wide variety of other cultural events: discussion nights, film screenings… Suxes is the only gay bar in Turku. Mainstream. Has a dancefloor, there’s karaoke a couple of nights a week. Pretty quiet during the week, but usually packed on the weekend.
More info about more mainstream gay bars in different cities in Finland at ranneliike and QX.
1000fryd Self-owned, volunteer-run alternative music venue and bar: Kattesundet 10
Warehouse9 is an artist- and activist-driven organization. We operate a curated live art venue and a bar/art lounge. We curate and produce our own program, and we also initiate co-productions and collaborations with projects from the independent art scene which fit the profile of the venue.
Short Mountain Sanctuary Address: 247 Sanctuary Lane, Liberty, Tennessee, U.S.A. 37095. Radical Faeries Sanctuary in the forest and hour East of Nashville. Radical queer hideout, ranch, and gathering site. Ida Address: A mile away from Short Mountain. May have to email them to procure address. Radical queer communal farm, hosts Idapalooza, hosts shows.
The most famous is club Drive at Rudika sq. Parties are held on Fridays, Saturdays and all national holidays (New Year, Christmas, 8th of March etc.) there.
Another club is called Cactus. It is situated somewhere in the area called Alexeyevka.
There’s also a gay-friendly cafe right in the center of Kharkov (near the entrance of metro “Universitet”). It is called Versay, and there can be found some gays and lesbians in the evening.
“Palau” – 8th March st.13 (from the backyard) Thr-Sun – 7$, travesty show. Gay & Lesbians are welcome.
Love-Club “Vavilon” – Krasnoarmeyskaya st., 10 (TC “Antey”), 6-th floor. Only on Wednesdays. Free Entry. Travesty Show. Gay & Lesbians are welcome.
“D-Club&Cafe” – 8th March st., 13 (behind metro station “Square of 1905”) Thrs, Sun – free entry. Fri-Sat. – 70&. Big travesty, live vocals, acrobatic and strip show. Gay & Lesbians and many Russian celebrities are welcome.