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Queerbomb is Austin’s alternative pride. It is a community run organization that was founded in June of 2010. Queerbomb celebrates the communities unique and collective pride. It is a free event that includes guest speakers, artists, vendors, a procession through the streets of downtown Austin, and a dance party. Queerbomb encourages and celebrates unabashed pride.
Local graduate student-run literary journal, The New Delta Review, with collaborations and support by Delta Mouth, the literary festival coordinated by creative writing MFA students, came together to present Drag Ball Apocalypse 2017 held at Spanish Moon in Baton Rouge.
“Unrestrained” investigates masculine identity and vulnerability in young males. Exploring the opposite of a traditional man. This body of work, while specifically depicting males, is about going against what is established by society and getting rid of the gender stereotypes, making your own rules, and defining yourself without using social references that fail to define us. My works want to see a world that is not limited, but is a place for spontaneous expression for individuals.
Louisiana photographer Jesse Guillory presents Vestigial. A fine art photography series exploring identity of self, gender, and race.
Baton Rouge native and New York fashion designer Les Patin talks about what drives his passion for fashion design and how that intertwines with his identity both as an artist, and member of the gay community.
The world’s largest drag convention welcomed a sold out crowd during its first trip to New York City, featuring talent from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and celebrities from film, TV, Broadway, fashion, and social media across two days of panels, performances and more
Visit our photo gallery of Noir 96 & Séancé Vol 3, two events that promote the identity of being QPOC.
I fly to San Diego to finally spend a weekend trip with my boyfriend to clear my head and get a new perspective on the current stresses in my life.
Derick Stevens-Jones takes us through how he and his partner, Evan, budgeted their wedding into a magical money-saving DIY event to remember. With the help of friends, family, and local businesses they pulled off the wedding they've always wanted.
Check out the lineup from Brave New Voices' Queeriosity, a safe space for queer poets, during the 20th annual International Youth Poetry Slam Festival including Baton Rouge team member Tyler Scott.
From Issue 01, here is our Q+A with Louisiana photographer Tate Tullier about his beloved fine art photography series Tub Time With Tate.
I am a 31 year old first generation American of Lebanese origin. Despite being born in Louisiana, I spent 15 years of my formative life in Kuwait being exposed to a wide array of different cultures and way-of-living. I never felt like I belonged though, because I was the Arab with an American nationality, always being called out for being different. Then, to come back home and get treated as if I was "Cady Heron", with no true knowledge of how anyone lived in the US besides what I have gathered from watching Hollywood movies and world literature.
Ryan Thaxton shares with us his personal memoir about how he struggled to process the loss of his family home in the recent Louisiana flooding, and how the result of such disaster came with waves of personal victory.
A little throwback to when we were first trying to figure out what kind of story-telling we wanted to focus on as a publication that aims to explore sexuality. Ryan, Sydney, and I spent a Sunday at our favorite bar, Radio Bar, and had a few beers and just talked. That simple. Join the conversation as we talk about growing up in a religious household and dealing with coming to terms with your sexual orientation, the struggles of masculinity vs. femininity, as well as our opinions on polyamory & monogamy in queer couples.
Southern Fried Queer Pride is a queer & trans people of color-led, arts festival and activist organization based in Atlanta, GA. Built on the backbones of MondoHomo, SFQP is a Southern echo of the Stonewall Riots for queer liberation. SFQP offers a platform for artists, activists, and community to expand Southern narratives of gender, race, sexuality, and politcal power.
James Mathis Kane is a local Baton Rouge artists who has explored the world of abstract figure painting in order to capture what it is about his sexuality that helps him accept both who he is both as a person, and as an artist.
For issue 02 of Leur Magazine, Dark Roux Photography shares some of the epically beautiful moments form local Southern same-sex and queer weddings around the Louisiana area.
A popular roller derby tee shirt reads, “Strong. Athletic. Queer.” It was designed by Cristen Perks, aka “Sandy Ravage,” of the Texas Rollergirls, the birthplace of the modern roller derby revival. Women’s sports (like men’s) have always included a number of queer people. But roller derby stands out, not solely because it is the only sport created by women in which the men’s version is the derivative. “It’s roller derby, and then men’s roller derby,” says Karen “Hippie HeadBangHer” Huff, a veteran skater for Red Stick Roller Derby, Baton Rouge’s only sanctioned league. The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA), the international organization that preside over thousands of leagues worldwide, has also recently amended its by-laws with a gender-inclusive statement:
Ever since I was blessed enough to stumble upon Just Daniel and the Queer Sphere on KLSU one rainy night drive home, I knew I wanted to give them the spotlight they deserved. A late-night radio show dedicated to playing queer artists and allies + all alike on public radio?! About, damn, time.
Recently I reached out to Daniel and Mordecai to grab some coffee and talk Queer Sphere and it's impact on student radio, local community, as well as how the show has impacted their own lives and self-identity.
Leur Magazine Issue 01 Launch Party at the Arts Council of Baton Rouge's Firehouse Gallery