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PurrVerse: What It’s Really Like On A Queer Porn Set

PurrVerse: What It's Really Like On A Queer Porn Set
PurrVerse: Lesbian Porn
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On the mean girls of lesbian porn. Read More »

One of the first questions people  usually ask upon meeting me is what I do for a living. When I respond casually that I’m a production assistant on queer porn, then the questions really get going. What does a porn PA do, exactly?

I’ll tell you one thing: much to my regret, I am not a fluffer. I know, I know, it’s a great tragedy for me, too.

I dreamed of working on a porn set from when I was a teen, thumbing through copies of Club Magazine and trolling various AOL cybersex forums. I dreamed of being on NoFauxxx or SuicideGirls, and got into erotic modeling intending to take it further. But life got in the way of my exhibitionist dreams, and I didn’t revisit my love for porn until I founded the Ladies High Tea and Pornography Society, a discussion, Sunday tea, and porn appreciation gathering I threw for a few years in London. When, at 27, I started performing in adult films, I never imagined I would one day be on the other side of the camera. Keep reading »

PurrVerse: Autobiography Of A Queer Gamer Girl

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My first real game, the one I remember best, was Zork — good, old-fashioned white text on a black background. I was obsessed with it, the challenges intrinsic in playing it, and the mythology attached. I read the books that came with the series obsessively, and even did a school report (sadly not preserved for posterity) on the Underground Empire for a class in school. Infocom ruled my childhood, inspired my imagination, and got me interested in storytelling. Part of what I loved so much about Zork was the lack of a player description. You were an adventurer, and that was that: no gender, no race, none of that mattered. All that mattered was exploration, creativity, and a willingness to accept that sometimes, if you planned poorly, you’d be eaten by a grue. I didn’t even really think about my character, because it was just me, wandering through the map. There was no default. Keep reading »

Post-Hobby Lobby, Religious Organizations Now Demanding Exemption From LGBT Hiring Order

Post-Hobby Lobby, Religious Organizations Now Demanding Exemption From LGBT Hiring Order

Well, surprise, surprise. Not. Just days after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby — which gives business owners with “religious objections” the right to deny coverage of contraception in health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act — a group of religious leaders are now demanding that they be allowed to discriminate against LGBT people when hiring on that same basis. Fourteen religious representatives sent President Obama a letter, asking that they be exempt from a forthcoming executive order that would prohibit contractors that receive federal funding from discriminating on the basis of gender or sexual orientation. Keep reading »

PurrVerse: The Mean Girls Of Lesbian Porn

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“There are two kinds of evil people in this world. Those who do evil stuff and those who see evil stuff being done and don’t try to stop it.”  — Janis Ian

Judging from the popularity of femme-on-femme makeouts being used to sell products from Versace to concert tickets, one would think that lesbian porn is a big seller. The best thing a pop star can do to fan media attention is fake interest in another woman, after all, so we must be eating up lesbian porn. Right? Keep reading »

Laverne Cox’s Moving “It Gets Better” Video Is A Tearjerker

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Laverne Cox wasn’t always as sure of herself as she is today. Growing up in Alabama with a single mom struggling to make ends meet, she got bullied at school for being feminine and struggled with her gender identity. Hearing her talk about recognizing herself as worthy of love in her own right, rebuilding a foundation with her family and overcoming the shame she felt is incredibly inspiring. It does get better. [Refinery 29]

Conservative National Review Asshat Declares “Laverne Cox Is Not A Woman,” Is Very Wrong [2 UPDATES]

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Last week, “Orange Is The New Black” actress Laverne Cox appeared on the cover of TIME, illustrating a piece about how trans rights issues are “America’s next civil rights frontier.” Cox was the first-ever trans person to appear on TIME‘s cover.

This weekend National Review writer Kevin D. Williamson published a piece entitled “Laverne Cox Is Not A Woman,” which was later reprinted in the Chicago Sun-Times. Why anyone cares what Williamson — whose job is simply “roving correspondent” for the Review — has to say about transgender issues, I don’t know. But his piece — which we will not link to so as not to give it traffic — was so full of ignorant pseudoscience and bias that it couldn’t help but attract (mostly negative) attention. Keep reading »

PurrVerse: I’m A Queer Against Marriage

PurrVerse: I'm A Queer Against Marriage

So it turns out 55 percent of Americans now support gay marriage. I suppose my little queer heart ought to be delighted that we’re slowly stumbling into being treated “just like everyone else.” Instead, if I’m honest, I feel disappointed in the gay rights movement. Keep reading »

Judge Struck Down Pennsylvania Ban On Same-Sex Marriage

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  • A federal judge struck down Pennsylvania’s law banning same-sex marriage today, calling it unconstitutional. PA’s Democratic attorney general said she wouldn’t defend the 1996 law, as she found it unconstitutional as well. Congratulations, PA couples who can now get married!  [NBC News]
  • A man who drugged and raped his wife for three years and filmed it all on his phone has only gotten eight years of home confinement as punishment. [Feministing]
  • Blogger Shanelle Matthews on why California should appeal the Maximum Family Grant rule, which forbids financial support to babies who are born into families receiving welfare. [RH Reality Check] Keep reading »

Kudos To This Portrait Series For Not Erasing LGBTQ Identities While Proving They’re Just Like You

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The Self Evident Truths Project is an ambitious undertaking to photograph portraits of 10,000 people who identify as being anywhere on the LGBTQI spectrum, or anyone who isn’t “100% straight.” According to the project’s creator iO Tillett Wright, the point of the project is to “humanize a vast community” through these portraits, with the ultimate goal being to print out each portrait and display it on the National Mall in 2016, immediately preceding the next presidential election. Read more on The Gloss…

Tyra Banks To Produce Docuseries About Trans Women

  • Tyra Banks will produce a VH1 series called “TransAmerica” about transgender women in Chicago. The eight episode docuseries will feature the trans model Carmen Carrera. [Hollywood Reporter]
  • This woman embraced her period at a moon lodge in the woods so you don’t have to. [NYMag.com]
  • Charity Anne Johnson, the 34-year-old woman who enrolled at a high school in Texas pretending to be a sophomore, also had a boyfriend who thought she was 18-years-old. [ABC News]
  • How to live with your mother when you’re 37, childless and unemployed. (Wait, wasn’t that the plot of “Bridesmaids”?) [The Hairpin] Keep reading »
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