We all live and were born in a nation state. The passports that we have (or don’t have) limit or grant us our freedom to move. Even if we are ideologically against nation states and borders, they are still realities in our lives. People often connect stereotypes with countries they don’t know personally. At TQU we want to challenge these stereotypes and show different artists, activists, events etc. that are all part of the global queer community, and much more diverse than people might expect!

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Have You Been a Good Girl?

by Elizabeth Watkin
The video combines poetry and film to explore and challenge the constraints forced upon women as they grow up: How we blame women for being who they are and blame them when they diverge from who they are expected to be.

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Cherokee Nation Will Now Recognize Same-Sex Marriage

Cherokee Nation Will Now Recognize Same-Sex Marriage “The right to marry without the freedom to marry the person of one’s choice is no right at all,” the tribe’s attorney general wrote in his decision....

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On Being a Queer Musician

by Kat Hamilton
First of all, I love the term “Queer”. There is something unifying and inclusive about it. It covers a lot of ground. In the past year, I’ve really taken to identifying as queer vs. gay or lesbian. I hear it often in the music scene especially…

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The Indigenous Water Protectors

“Gonzales told me that for them, this struggle also means honoring their experience as a two-spirit person and pushing back against the misogyny and transmisogyny they experience. “For me, being sacred in my body...

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Two Spirits, One Heart, Five Genders

Two Spirits, One Heart, Five Genders “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...

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Film Festivals Canada

Fairy Tales – Queer Film Festival Festival international des films LGBT afro-caribeens – Afrocaribbean LGBT international film festival image+nation – Montreal International LGBT Film Festival Inside Out – Ottawa LGBT Film Festival Inside Out...

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Film Festivals USA

Black Alphabet Film Festival Birmingham Shout Boston LGBT Film Festival Cinekink NYC Cinema Diverse – The Palm Springs Gay and Lesbian Film Festival CineSLAM – Vermont’s LGBT Short Films Festival Cinema St. Louis Qfest...

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Linda Villarosa

Linda Villarosa is the author or co-author of three books, including Body & Soul: The Black Women’s Guide to Physical Health and Emotional Well-Being. When she gets the opportunity, she works behind the scenes...

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Sapphire

Sapphire is the author of American Dreams, a collection of poetry which was cited by Publisher’s Weekly as, “One of the strongest debut collections of the nineties.” Her novel Push, won the Book-of-the-Month Club...

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Janet Mock

JANET MOCK is a writer, an advocate and the New York Times bestselling author of Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More, released by Atria Books/Simon & Schuster. Janet...

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Jewelle Gomez

Jewelle Gomez is a writer and activist and the author of the double Lambda Award-winning novel, THE GILDA STORIES from Firebrand Books. Her adaptation of the book for the stage “Bones & Ash: a...

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Roxane Gay

Roxane Gay’s writing has appeared in Best American Short Stories 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, West Branch, Virginia Quarterly Review, NOON, The New York Times Book Review, Bookforum, Time,...

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Cheryl Clarke

Cheryl Clarke was born in 1947 in Washington, DC. She received a B.A. from Howard University and an M.A., M.S.W., and Ph.D. from Rutgers University. Her books of poetry include Experimental Love (Firebrand Books,...

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Writing: Dionne Brand

Dionne Brand is a renowned poet, novelist, and essayist. Her writing is notable for the beauty of its language, and for its intense engagement with issues of social justice, including particularly issues of gender...

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Writing: Fiona Zedde

Jamaican-born Fiona Zedde currently lives and writes in Atlanta, Georgia. She is the author of several novellas and novels of lesbian love and desire, including the Lambda Literary Award finalists Bliss and Every Dark...

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Writing: Staceyann Chin

Staceyann Chin is a Jamaican-Born, Brooklyn-Living, Woman-Loving, Writer/Poet, Political Activist and Performance Artist.   staceyannchin (@staceyannchin) | Twitter Writer. Poet. Activist. Lesbian. Feminist. Jamaican. Immigrant. Radical. Mother. chinpoet@gmail.com. New York City Source: twitter.com/staceyannchin  

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Shine Louise Houston – Crash Pad Series

As the pioneering producer and director of Pink and White Productions, Shine Louise Houston has always had unique vision. Graduating from San Francisco Arts Institute with a Bachelors in Fine Art Film, her works...