This month, watch Ming Peiffer’s play about the women’s suffrage movement and a virtual reading that reunites Ed Harris and Bill Pullman.
With all of the legislative barriers that women face in the fight for satisfactory health care (not to mention a persistent pain gap), it should come as no surprise that, for trans women—and especially trans women of color—the struggle is even greater.
For an art form whose very name evokes faddish glamour, voguing has aged flawlessly—no bags, no lines, lovely. Born out of the New York house-ball scene of the 1970s and ’80s, it was ushered into the mainstream in the late ’80s and early ’90s by Malcolm McLaren, Madonna, and Jennie Livingston’s seminal documentary Paris Is Burning.
In the world of drag, many aspiring queens are taken under the wing of a “mother” for makeup lessons, guidance, and support. The harsh reality for a lot of young LGBTQ people includes being exiled from their homes; in chosen families like these, they can find the support their blood-related families and society deny them.
Today, she is premiering “Skins,” a collaboration with producer Skyshaker — both are signed to Mister Wallace and aCeb00mbaP's FUTUREHOOD label. The track sees LaBeija once again mixing spoken word with music. Her words float atop a heartbeat, growing louder and more distorted with each second. “We sin in dim confines, where the traces of your eyelash can be found on my neckline,” she laments. “I’m grim, I’m torn.”
We’re barely a week into 2017, and the epidemic of violence against trans women of color has already taken 2 lives. With an incoming administration that seems outright hostile to the very idea of queer rights, the situation is urgent.