What I LOVE about being QUEER

what i love about being queer. 
is the real natural state of mind and feel a human.
it´s natural like the plants, animals. of course we are animals too. so i feel so close to my pachamama 
close to my soul, to my freedom.
close to universe and close to our beautiful earth. 
back to nature, back to basics, back to feel, back to life. 
-Robert Andrógino (born in Monterrey, México.)

what i love about being queer. 

is the real natural state of mind and feel a human.

it´s natural like the plants, animals. of course we are animals too. so i feel so close to my pachamama 

close to my soul, to my freedom.

close to universe and close to our beautiful earth. 

back to nature, back to basics, back to feel, back to life. 

-Robert Andrógino (born in Monterrey, México.)

heartdashfashion:

"White culture is built on male power, a certain kind of male-ness that I’ve never identified with. Maybe it’s the colonial legacy left on its people, but the ideal male in Filipino culture is essentially a domestic, soft, family man with big kind eyes, not a rugged bearded woodsman. (I mean, I can barely grow facial hair for chrissakes!) Culturally, Filipinos are set up with different expectations for gender. For example, I remember getting in a fight with a classmate in Grade 1 over my dad being a nurse. She told me that men couldn’t be nurses. But then there’s this opposing paradigm, because nursing, regardless of gender, is considered to be a sought after profession in Filipino culture. These kinds of contrarian standards have made it easier for me to question what is normal and therefore be more receptive to a queer politic and way of thinking.”

Full interview here!

What I love about being queer is that it forces me to go that extra step—try a little harder, dream a little bigger, help make the world a bit better every day, in every way I can.
Being queer entails—or should entail—solidarity with the underdog, the marginalized, the fucked-over.
It should enlarge your mind, widen your heart, help you step outside of yourself.
Remembering this keeps me from getting too cozy with my own privilege.
-C. E. Gatchalian (Vancouver)

What I love about being queer is that it forces me to go that extra step—try a little harder, dream a little bigger, help make the world a bit better every day, in every way I can.

Being queer entails—or should entail—solidarity with the underdog, the marginalized, the fucked-over.

It should enlarge your mind, widen your heart, help you step outside of yourself.

Remembering this keeps me from getting too cozy with my own privilege.

-C. E. Gatchalian (Vancouver)

What I love about being queer is the sex. And the opportunity to change the world.
-Jane Eaton Hamilton (Vancouver, BC)

What I love about being queer is the sex. And the opportunity to change the world.

-Jane Eaton Hamilton (Vancouver, BC)

What I LOVE about being QUEER is screening next Wednesday at Skeive Filmer / Oslo Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (NORWAY!) as part of “…But seriously.” 

What I LOVE about being QUEER is screening next Wednesday at Skeive Filmer / Oslo Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (NORWAY!) as part of “…But seriously.” 

What I love about being queer is that I’ve learned so much about myself and life (and other people, too) while discovering who and what I am. I love that being queer has opened up my sunnah - my path - and made me so happy to just be myself. Being queer has showed me how to love myself, and it’s the most empowering thing.
-kay holland (chicago / louisville, ky)

What I love about being queer is that I’ve learned so much about myself and life (and other people, too) while discovering who and what I am. I love that being queer has opened up my sunnah - my path - and made me so happy to just be myself. Being queer has showed me how to love myself, and it’s the most empowering thing.

-kay holland (chicago / louisville, ky)
Whenever I am touring or doing readings, inevitably I get approached by Tegan and Sara fans who share touching stories about the ways TnS have moved them, helped them come out, changed their lives. I am always so heartened to hear these stories but never surprised because in so many ways they have done the same for me. They have consistently believed in me and supported my work, and for this I feel incredibly grateful.
But perhaps most importantly, by being fearless, outspoken, and persistent, especially in a world that is often telling queers that we don’t exist or shouldn’t exist, they are two of my greatest inspirations. Through them I have learnt that it’s possible for me to be all of me in everything I do and so much of what I love about being queer is embodied by them.
Needless to say, I am so thrilled to share what Sara Quin loves about being queer:
"What I love about being Queer is that its ME. It has helped define My Art, My Voice, My Aesthetic and My Politics. Being Queer has encouraged me to speak out and to stand up. It’s forced me to take an active role in the world around me and its pushed me to demand the same from others. It’s made me a Role Model. I love being Queer."
-Sara Quin (New York/Montreal)

Whenever I am touring or doing readings, inevitably I get approached by Tegan and Sara fans who share touching stories about the ways TnS have moved them, helped them come out, changed their lives. I am always so heartened to hear these stories but never surprised because in so many ways they have done the same for me. They have consistently believed in me and supported my work, and for this I feel incredibly grateful.

But perhaps most importantly, by being fearless, outspoken, and persistent, especially in a world that is often telling queers that we don’t exist or shouldn’t exist, they are two of my greatest inspirations. Through them I have learnt that it’s possible for me to be all of me in everything I do and so much of what I love about being queer is embodied by them.

Needless to say, I am so thrilled to share what Sara Quin loves about being queer:

"What I love about being Queer is that its ME. It has helped define My Art, My Voice, My Aesthetic and My Politics. Being Queer has encouraged me to speak out and to stand up. It’s forced me to take an active role in the world around me and its pushed me to demand the same from others. It’s made me a Role Model. I love being Queer."

-Sara Quin (New York/Montreal)

What I like about being queer is that it’s liberated me from traditional gender roles. I feel so much freer without them holding me back!
-Zachary Trebellas (Amakusa, Japan)

What I like about being queer is that it’s liberated me from traditional gender roles. I feel so much freer without them holding me back!

-Zachary Trebellas (Amakusa, Japan)

What I love about being queer is
Being in Purna/ Wholeness.
Honouring and reclaiming ways of being that were diminished through colonization.
Rooting in deep spirituality and ancestral wisdom while cultivating a unique balance of “masculine” and “feminine” cosmic energies. Having fluidity and flow in my gender and redefining how love is shared and expressed.
We have existed for Millennium.
Being queer asks me to move through the world with courage and the strength of vulnerability that allows journeying beyond the constraints of normailized ways of existing in our world that often fragment and disconnect ourselves from our own beings and each other.
Aaaannd We make rad art, we have hella stylish fashion sense, and can be really really majikal. 
Also- unicorns.

(they speak to all of the above). 

- nisha ahuja (Toronto, ON)

What I love about being queer is

Being in Purna/ Wholeness.

Honouring and reclaiming ways of being that were diminished through colonization.

Rooting in deep spirituality and ancestral wisdom while cultivating a unique balance of “masculine” and “feminine” cosmic energies. Having fluidity and flow in my gender and redefining how love is shared and expressed.

We have existed for Millennium.

Being queer asks me to move through the world with courage and the strength of vulnerability that allows journeying beyond the constraints of normailized ways of existing in our world that often fragment and disconnect ourselves from our own beings and each other.

Aaaannd We make rad art, we have hella stylish fashion sense, and can be really really majikal. 

Also- unicorns.

(they speak to all of the above). 

- nisha ahuja (Toronto, ON)

What I love about being queer is a lifelong commitment to observe my head-body-heart’s desire and the bravery to let it lead.
-Julie Wilson (San Diego/Toronto)

What I love about being queer is a lifelong commitment to observe my head-body-heart’s desire and the bravery to let it lead.

-Julie Wilson (San Diego/Toronto)

New interview w/ 49th Shelf on the evolution of the What I LOVE about being QUEER project.