Trans Designer Femininity, The Double Sword of Expectations

Trans Designer Femininity, The Double Sword of Expectations

I am a Trans Theatre maker; I am a minority in almost every room I walk into. I am a Student, which is facing the odds to get my degree while out. I am a woman Lighting Designer and know it will be a tough climb. But I know, I am a Butch Trans Woman, and I will not change for anyone. I am tough and worked comedy and concerts for five years hearing every imaginable joke about my community, so the skin is as thick as my leather belts. I have been pitted against more sexist clients for events than I can count, my male assistants being spoken to more than me and jokes on crews that abound. I do not complain, but rather point out.

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U.K. 'The Color Purple' star: 'I do not believe homosexuality is right'

U.K. 'The Color Purple' star: 'I do not believe homosexuality is right'

An actress set to star in a revival of The Color Purple is under fire today for anti-LGBTQA+ comments she made on social media in the past.

Actress, Seyi Omooba post a lengthy statement on her Facebook page in 2014 which included, “I do not believe you can be born gay and i do not believe homosexuality is right, though the law of this land has made it legal doesn’t mean its [sic] right.”

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"The Goin' is Great" is a Dance Short We Should All Watch

"The Goin' is Great" is a Dance Short We Should All Watch

I recently stumbled upon a short dance film that seemed to keep popping up on my Facebook feed. I finally watched the short and was overcome with a strange juxtaposition of anxiety and tranquility. These are two emotions that don’t often pair together, and I certainly wasn’t expecting them when I clicked on the two-and-a-half-minute dance clip. But the short showed so much more than just some beautiful choreography.

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Gay for Pay, or Sexuality on Stage

How do you audition someone’s sexuality? That comes up for me more times than I am comfortable with. I am a director who, when given the choice, works on plays and musicals that are queer-themed stories with non-straight characters. As a gay man myself it is also very important to me that I get to work with other queer identifying artists both on and off stage. But, how do I go about getting that information during the auditions process? 

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Mopsa and Pamela in "Head Over Heels" is the Celebration of Love We All Need Right Now

Mopsa and Pamela in "Head Over Heels" is the Celebration of Love We All Need Right Now

I could honestly talk your ear off for days about my love for Head over Heels, which opened on Broadway on July 26th at the Hudson Theatre directed by Tony Award Winner Michael Mayer featuring the music of The Go-Go’s, but I wanted to point out one of the stories being told in this fun, original musical. That is the story of Mopsa and Pamela

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