LGBTQA+

Coverage of anything and everything in the world of geek culture from an LGBTQA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Asexual) perspective.

Minneapolis’s LGBT Redneck Amanda Costner Talks Surf Ninjas, Garth Brooks, and Redneck Repurposing

On a recent Saturday night, I found myself in the basement of Spring Street Tavern at Comedy Club Underground, waiting for the show to start. Amanda Costner, also known as LGBT Redneck, was hosting a live comedy show to celebrate the release of her first album. Free album download cards were scattered across the tables, and the crowd was markedly different from what you might expect at a comedy show: predominantly female and over 20. Amanda’s friends promptly kicked...

Doing the Time Warp with Minneapolis’s Rocky Horror Picture Show Shadow Cast

The Rocky Horror Picture Show holds the distinct honor of being the longest-running theatrical release in film history, a phenomenon likely no one saw coming when it first debuted in 1975. Rocky‘s staying power can undoubtedly be attributed to audience participation and shadow casts—the groups of actors who perform the entire movie in front of the screen, complete with props, costumes, and rapid improvisation. Audience members also dance along to the Time Warp, throw objects around the theater (when allowed and...

Gadfly Theatre’s Cassandra Snow Talks Geeky Queer Feminism and the Final Frontier Festival

Minnesotans like to boast that the Twin Cities boasts the most theater seats per capita after New York City. While the veracity of this claim may be called into question, there is no doubt that the Twin Cities are a friendly space for theater-minded folks. Where else could you find an inclusive queer and feminist theater that hosts an annual geeky one-act-play festival? Cassandra Snow is a cofounder and senior staff member of the organization in question: Gadfly Theatre. By...

Reproductive Justice Is a Geek Thing, Too

Participating in local geek spaces (like gaming groups and book clubs) requires a time commitment and very often it requires money. As one lone person, this can be difficult. A person with children faces even more hurdles. Will the convention be child friendly? Can I find child care during or at the convention? Can I afford childcare so I can participate in local geek groups and events? Can I afford to feed myself, my child, and still participate in...

Cis Boom Blah: Going for the Joke in Deadpool

According to weekend box-office figures, you’ve probably seen already seen Deadpool. Fox’s film about the Merc with the Mouth has made so much money that unborn children and dogs have probably seen Deadpool by this point, so a review or recommendation would be fairly academic. A review would also be superfluous because even as action movies go, it’s fairly uncomplicated, both in execution and in its marketing appeal—even if you somehow haven’t seen it, you already know whether you’d...

Author Catherine Lundoff and “Peak Queer Lycanthrope”

Catherine Lundoff is a force in genre writing and studies. Her work has found audiences at both a local and national level. She’s produced a series of articles on “deep reading” for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) audiences and characters for SF Signal in addition to her own blogs and books. She’s certainly a force for expanding the vision of what genre writing is, so I took some time to talk to her about the past and...

Grown Geeks: The Reality of Gay Geek Girls

In the previous installments of my Grown Geeks series, I’ve talked with local geeks about nonmonogamy and asexuality within the geek community. This time around, I’m taking a look at the experiences of gay- and lesbian-identified women in the community. In addition to discussing two interviewees, I will also reflect upon some of my own experiences with being a gay geek woman. Being a gay woman in any community can pose some challenges when it comes to things such...

LARP is A Chance to Be Yourself, No Matter How Fluid Your Gender May Be

Live-action role play—LARP—is just like any other kind of gaming, except that it’s completely different. You still pretend to be someone or something you’re not; you still go on wild adventures in a world not entirely like the one you’re used to; there’s still someone in charge making sure that things stay consistent and, hopefully, fair. But where other forms of gaming involve a lot of sitting around, either playing a video game or rolling dice with friends, LARP...

Grown Geeks: Asexual in the City—A Look at Asexuality in the Geek Community

Grown Geeks is a series looking at marginalized sexual and romantic identities as well as relationship structures. In my first installment, I talked about polyamory and other types of nonmonogamy. In this article, I will focus on asexuality. The asexual community frequently flies under the radar of social perception and discourse, likely because we live in a society that places an immense value on sexuality and the sexualization of people, objects, and everything in between. That said, asexual people...

How Labeling Some Costumes as “Gender Bending” Erases Trans Identities

I love gender-bending cosplays. I love seeing female Spider-Man costumes, male versions of Tomb Raider’s Lara Craft or one of the gems from Steven Universe, and any number of other creative reversals—and I think it’s necessary for people to take claim and gender-bend characters, especially since the world of comic and cartoon characters is dominated by men. Similarly, I also think it’s important for people to lay claim to race-bending characters when the industry is dominated by mostly white folks....
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