Finding the Fab Five: How Netflix’s Queer Eye Came to Be

Queer Eye, Jonathan Van Ness, Antoni Porowski, Tan France, Bobby Berk, Karamo BrownLeave it to Mindy Kaling to tweet the truth.
“I’m gonna say what we’re all thinking: whoever cast the @netflix #queereye did an incredible job,” she wrote on June 24. And…

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Behind the Scenes of Queer Eye Season 3: The Laughs, the Hugs, the Outfits

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Justin Theroux’s Friendship with the Queer Eye Guys Is Just as Crazy as You’d Expect

If you guessed that Justin Theroux‘s newfound friendship with the stars of Queer Eye just had to be entertaining behind-the-scenes, well, you were quite right.

From the surprising way they became fab friends to the bizarre things they like to do together during their downtime, Theroux did not hold back on dishing all the details while appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live to promote his new movie, The Spy Who Dumped Me.

Kimmel, who enjoyed a real-life friendship with the actor, asked about the crew Theroux seems to be spotted with so often on social media lately, and he sounded only slightly jealous about Theroux’s new pals.

“It hasn’t been the same without you this season because you moved to New York, and you have new friends now,” Kimmel noted before asking if he was friends with all of the Queer Eye stars or some of them. To that, Theroux admitted that he hasn’t become besties with the full-fledged “Fab Five” (yet) but that he is close to Jonathan Van Ness, Tan France, and Antoni Porowski.

“They’ve sort of included me in their little wolf pack,” Theroux explained before diving into the surprising story of how they got to know each other in the first place.

“I was a big fan of the first season. I kind of binged it, and then I did one of those things that I’ve never done before in my life … I was just like ‘I’m just gonna DM them’ ’cause I saw in his stories that he was in New York,” he remembered. “I was making a quiche … I sent him a little and was like, ‘Hey, you probably won’t get this. This is Justin, and I’m making a quiche this Easter, so if you want to come by’ — I knew he was in Brooklyn or something because he was with Antoni, and he immediately hit me back and was like ‘oh my God, yes, okay, right away!’ So, he came over. Antoni didn’t come over that time, but he came over, we had quiche, and now it’s become this kind of thing whenever they’re in town.”

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Considering Theroux has hardly strayed from his traditional muscle shirt with tight jeans and boots clothing combo, it’s probably not too terribly surprising to learn that the fashion gurus have yet to replace everything in his closet, but what you might be surprised to learn is that Theroux claims it’s actually him who does the heavy lifting for the crew’s costuming needs whenever they’re together.

“That was kind of the hope that I’d get these great tips and I’d have a makeover at my house. No, and actually it’s the opposite. I’m usually the one doing the shopping,” he explained. ‘Cause they like some of the stuff that I have in my house. One night we were hanging out and we were about to go out, and then Jonathan realized he needed a crop top. He was like, ‘Oh my God, I need a crop top.’ It was during Pride Week. So, I was like ‘Oh yeah, oh my God,’ so I got a t-shirt, and I cut off the sleeves … We wanted to do a crop top, the one like this that has tassels. We had the malfunction of we didn’t have beads at the bottom to weigh it down, so it just sort of looked like curly fries. Not my best crop top.”

The moment that’s bound to have everyone talking, however, is the night Theroux staged a little sex ed class in his living room.

The actor said that once he learned that his new friends have little to no exposure to the female form, well, he decided to have a little fun with it.

“They had never seen a vagina, aside from what you might see in a textbook or something like that. So, I thought that was a teachable moment,” Theroux remembered with a grin. “I went upstairs and got art supplies. I was like, ‘We’re going to all draw vaginas, and let’s see. I just wanted to … I was dying to know what in their brain that looked like. … So, they sat there and drew the vaginas, and they, to hilarious effect showed me what they came up with … Imagine the most rudimentary vagina.” 

Unfortunately, we will have to leave the results up to our imagination because the images were blurred out, but it sounds like a real riot.


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Queer Eye Season 3 Is Happening and The Fab 5 Are Going to a New Location

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Finding the Fab Five: How Netflix’s Queer Eye Came to Be

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Finding the Fab Five: How Netflix’s Queer Eye Came to Be

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What Were Queer Eye’s Fab Five Up to Before They Were Stars?

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Queer Eye’s Fab Five Wants to Take the Show Global

Queer Eye, Jonathan Van Ness, Antoni Porowski, Tan France, Bobby Berk, Karamo BrownQueer Eye, the roadshow?
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23 Times the Cast of Queer Eye Proved They Are Best Friends in Real Life

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The Queer Eye Guys Are Not Here to Judge You

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Original Queer Eye Stars Carson Kressley and Thom Filicia Reuniting for New Bravo Series

Thom Filicia, Carson Kressley, Queer EyeOver a decade after saying goodbye to the original Fab Fave, Bravo is finally getting back in the Queer Eye business. Sort of.
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Queer Eye’s Tan France Revamps SNL Star Pete Davidson’s Wardrobe

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‘Queer Eye’ Star on Reboot: ‘Helping People is Never Going to Get Old’

An iconic TV series known for its eye-popping makeovers just got one of its own. On Feb. 7, Netflix will unveil eight new one-hour episodes of “Queer Eye” — a freshening up of the groundbreaking 2003-07 Bravo Emmy winner in which five outspoken gay men beautified the lives of hapless city slickers. In its heyday, […]

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Meet Muna: The ‘queer pop’ band who caught Harry Styles’ eye

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A ‘Drag Race’ Queen Kicks Off Pride By Re-Creating A Queer Classic

RuPaul’s Drag Race” contestant Alexis Michelle kicked off Pride month in the “gayest” way possible, teaming up with Broadway’s Andrew Keenan-Bolger for a spirited take on “Get Happy/Happy Days Are Here Again.” 

The tune is a perfect pick for Pride, of course, given its history. In 1963, Judy Garland and a 21-year-old Barbra Streisand performed the duet on “The Judy Garland Show,” and it remains a staple of queer playlists 54 years later. 

Michelle, 32, will return to New York nightspot Feinstein’s/54 Below June 13 for a special Pride installment of “It Takes A Woman… An Evening with Alexis Michelle.” The show, which features musical direction by Brandon James Gwinn, sees the drag queen tackling songs from Broadway musicals such as “Cabaret,” “Hello, Dolly!” and “La Cage aux Folles,” as well as hits by Streisand and Lady Gaga.   

“I fell in love with theater when I was 5 years old,” Michelle, whose real name is Alex Michaels, told HuffPost in May. “The best I can do – as a gay man, a queer performer and a drag queen – is live my life honestly, openly and authentically, and let that authenticity be reflected in my performances. I really do believe that if we all live authentically, that behavior in and of itself has the power to change the world.”

Alexis Michelle stars in “It Takes A Woman… An Evening with Alexis Michelle” at Feinstein’s/54 Below in New York on June 13. Head here for details. 

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Could We Have Already Seen Queer Characters In Marvel Films And Not Even Know It?

Listen up, Marvel fans: a LGBTQ character could be joining the smash cinematic superhero universe soon ― and we might have already seen them. 

In a video interview with The Guardian, director James Gunn hinted at the possibility of existing Marvel characters identifying as queer. Still, he stopped short of mentioning names or any specifics of those characters.  

“There’s a lot of characters in the [Marcel Comics Universe] and very few of them that we’ve delved into what their sexuality is,” Gunn, who helmed both “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” said in the interview, which can be viewed above. “Whether it’s gay or straight or bisexual, we don’t really know.”

He continued, “So I imagine that there are probably, you know, gay characters in the Marvel universe. We just don’t know who they are yet.” 

It isn’t the first time that Gunn has hinted at a possible LGBTQ superhero in the Marvel Universe and specifically in the “Guardians” series. He told the Press Association April 20 that he “would love to be able to” feature a queer protagonist in the Marvel franchise, and quickly clarified, “We might have already done that. I say watch the movie.”

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” starring Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana, opens Friday. 

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Justin Sayre Has A Word Or Two About Queer Stories On Television

Justin Sayre has a few thoughts on the why recent efforts to bring queer stories to television audiences have fallen short. (WARNING: contains graphic language.)

In his latest video for HuffPost Queer Voices, the writer-performer has one stipulation when settling in for an LGBTQ-themed TV program: “At least the hair and makeup will look pretty on people.” In Sayre’s view, however, most shows that have incorporated a queer storyline have failed to measure up in that area ― and others. “I think [studio executives] are afraid that if we’re funny or if we’re loose about things, we’re still not proving to straight people how serious we are,” he said. “It feels really insincere.” 

Sayre’s “International Order of Sodomites” (I.O.S.) gathers once a month for “The Meeting,” a variety show honoring an artist or a cultural work that is iconic to the gay community. The next installment of “The Meeting” hits Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater in New York April 23 and is dedicated to legendary Broadway diva, Patti LuPone. Julia Murney, Cole Escola and Molly Pope are among the performers scheduled to appear. 

You can check out Sayre’s comedy album, “The Gay Agenda,” here. Meanwhile, the latest episode of “Sparkle & Circulate with Justin Sayre,” the official I.O.S. podcast, was released in March featuring an interview with singer-songwriter Gabrielle Stravelli.

You can also view some previous performances from “The Meeting” on Sayre’s official YouTube page. For more Sayre, head to Facebook and Twitter.  

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This Beautiful Magazine Is Elevating The Lives And Work Of Queer Creatives

One year ago, the second edition of Posture magazine, a publication that prides itself in the “creative exploration of identity” and elevating the work of some of the rising queer artists in navigating the modern art world, was released.

Now Posture’s third issue, “The Boss Issue,” focuses on creatives across the spectrum of queer identity who are committed to “making it” career-wise on their own terms. Posture founder Winter Mendelson told The Huffington Post:

“I wanted to create an issue dedicated to people who are working to ‘succeed’ — ie: create personal brands, build companies, become widely known artists, produce massive projects, etc — to show that there are a lot of women of color and queer/trans folks who do wish to ‘make it’ so to speak, on their own terms or within existing industries. On the one hand we have people who rebel against capitalism as much as they can, and some who want to infiltrate problematic systems in order to inspire change. Both goals are valid in my opinion, and The Boss Issue is about celebrating artists, designers, and activists seeking to make global impact.”

Check out some images from this issue of Posture below, as well as a more extensive interview with Mendelson.

The Huffington Post: How has Posture evolved since its inception?

Winter Mendelson: This issue definitely signifies our evolution in ideology, content, and quality. When Posture launched as a blog in 2013, it was actually a blog for “queer women,” whereas now we take a holistic and inclusive approach to identity. I started to realize the problematic nature with gendered language, but also I think a lot of Posture’s evolution was related to my personal identity. I grew to realize that I was genderqueer/nonbinary (versus lesbian and/or female-identified), and I continued to meet more and more people like me, so I wanted to work on a project that reflected reality as well as what I believe to be the future. Our tagline is “the creative exploration of identity,” and what that means is that we feature creative people whose work addresses what is means to survive, dismantle, and/or succeed in a society that is created for the hetero, cis white male patriarchy. Posture is purposefully inclusive and not focused on particular labels.

After putting out two print issues, our network widened a lot, and we were able to work with so many talented people for Issue 03 (The Boss Issue). I have a two-person core creative team comprised of Phil Gomez, our Fashion Art Director, and Asher Torres, our Photo Art Director, and having a talented and dedicated team has impacted the brand significantly. We’re still a small grassroots kind of magazine, but are able to make magic happen with minimal resources.  

We went from printing 200 copies to being nationally distributed, and I am beyond excited to put important stories and perspectives on bookshelves across the world. Up to this point the print has been the centerpiece of the brand, but we’ve got some big plans for digital as well coming up in 2017.

This issue is titled “The Boss Issue” ― what does this mean to you? Why did you choose this theme?

I felt like our second print issue, The Ornamentation Issue, was heavily focused on challenges certain communities face and emphasized a lot of negatives. This perspective is crucial and important, but I wanted to create an issue dedicated to people who are working to “succeed” — ie: create personal brands, build companies, become widely known artists, produce massive projects, etc — to show that there are a lot of women of color and queer/trans folks who do wish to “make it” so to speak, on their own terms or within existing industries. On the one hand we have people who rebel against capitalism as much as they can, and some who want to infiltrate problematic systems in order to inspire change. Both goals are valid in my opinion, and The Boss Issue is about celebrating artists, designers, and activists seeking to make global impact.

How did you chose the subjects you featured in this issue?

Each issue is an organic process when it comes to deciding who will be featured. I sit down with Asher and Phil and we reference our existing database of potential features, and also start adding people that come to mind that would be a perfect fit for our theme. It can take over a month to determine exactly who we want. A lot of the process comes from paying attention to what’s happening in the world and pinpointing exactly who we want to work with.

Why are publications like Posture so crucial during times of political and social turmoil like we’re in right now?

The first thing that comes to mind is the importance of power and ownership. The majority of global media companies are owned by white hetero cis men, even many sites dedicated to women’s fashion or issues. In my opinion it is extremely important to have companies owned and run by LGBTQIA+ and POC entrepreneurs because that affects everything at the core. Posture is a project of longevity, we don’t exist to be tokenized or to give outlets cool points. This is a matter of basic human rights. It’s about proclaiming to society that we’re not going anywhere and deserve to be recognized for the important and ongoing cultural contributions made throughout history by marginalized communities. Posture is crucial because we represent a demographic who are not only on the forefront of innovation and trend-setting, but are the pioneers of change and revolution. Our content has no filter. We publish important perspectives and projects made by communities who are the most targeted always, but especially during what we’re facing now in the Trump Era.

What do you want people to take away from this issue of Posture?

I want people to know that we exist to support the people who are not always seen or heard for the right reasons. We’re a community first and foremost and are always open for submissions or collaboration so please reach out to us with any ideas!

The Boss Issue of Posture is available for purchase in the publication’s online shop.

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Netflix Revives ‘Queer Eye for the Straight Guy’

Netflix has ordered eight new episodes of seminal ’00s hit “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.” The new season will begin production in the spring, bringing on a new Fab Five to replace original stars Carson Kressley, Ted Allen, Kyan Douglas, Thom Filicia, and Jai Rodriguez. Per Netflix, the revival will move far beyond the… Read more »

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Queer Eye for the Straight Guy Is the Latest Reboot Coming to Netflix

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This Dinner Party Handbook Is The Perfect Way To Learn Queer History

An awesome new project is in the works that will provide fodder for an inclusive conversation about queer history while bringing people together in a dinner party setting.

“Serving Pride: The Queer History Dinner Party Handbook” is currently engaged in a Kickstarter campaign but its creators hope to have the handbook complete by June ― just in time for Pride 2017.

“Coming out is, in some ways, one of the most important political acts we do as queer people,” co-creator Joey Stern told The Huffington Post. “We say to friends and family ‘See me, see me like this.’ Learning about our history, teaching others about our history, thats how we say to each-other ‘See us, see all of us.’ It’s not just learning history, but learning it together that really solidifies that experience. You’re not alone, you’re part of vast and connected community.”

Resources like “Serving Pride” are more important than ever, in an era when its easy to lose sight of our history as LGBTQ people and our collective struggles.

Head here to check out the Kickstarter campaign and keep your eyes peeled for more from “Serving Pride: The Queer History Dinner Party Handbook.”

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This Artist Is Using ‘Artivism’ To Break Down Queer Stigma And Stereotypes

A Venezuelan artist is making a bold statement about queerness and art’s power to aid in the breaking down of stereotypes related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) identity.

 

The “I’m Not A Joke” campaign from Daniel Arzola is a series of images inscribed with compelling truths about human diversity that encourages individuals to live as their authentic selves. He wants the images to eventually appear on buses and subways, exposing audiences to the realites of queer experiences in an attempt to breakdown prejudice in a form of activism that he calls “Artivism.”

 

Much of Arzola’s work comes from personal experience as an LGBT person growing up in Venezuela. “I had an violent adolescence because of [Venezuela’s intolerance],” he told The Huffington Post. “When I was 15-years-old they tied me to an electric pole and tried to burn me alive. I was able to escape that but I spent six years not being able to draw because they destroyed all of my drawings. After escaping that I transformed everything into lines and colors instead of returning the violence – I wanted to break the cycle.”

 

The Huffington Post chatted this week with Arzola about “Artivism,” his artwork and what he hopes to see accomplished through the “I’m Not A Joke” series.

Want to see more from Arzola and his “I’m Not A Joke” series? Head here to check out the artist’s Tumblr.

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FABRICATIONS: Meet Queer Fashion Designer And Artist Ben Copperwheat

This is the twelfth installment in a miniseries titled “FABRICATIONS” that elevates the work of up-and-coming queer individuals working in the fashion world. Check back at HuffPost Gay Voices regularly to learn more about some of the designers of tomorrow and the way their work in fashion intersects with their queer identity.

Originally hailing from the United Kingdom, Ben Copperwheat is a queer fashion designer and artist living and working in New York City. His clothing is heavily informed by both his background in screen printing and his work throughout a variety of facets of the fashion industry, and his designs have appeared on the likes of Boy George, Liza Minnelli and Pat Cleveland. Read the interview below to learn more.

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The Huffington Post: What has your journey as a queer artist and fashion designer entailed?
Ben Copperwheat: I was born in Luton, England, 30 miles north of London and lived the first 28 years of my life in the United Kingdom. I had an interest in art at a very young age and drew pictures of Disney characters in my childhood and Madonna in my teens while listening to the pop music my mum would play. At 18 I enrolled in the local art college and, with the nurturing of wonderful tutors, I went on to complete a bachelor’s degree in Creative Arts at Bath Spa University. My aspirations led me to London and the Royal College Of Art of which I graduated with an MA in Printed Textiles in 2001. This jumpstarted my career and since then my journey has been a wondrous ride of exploration and growth.

After graduating I taught textiles for fashion at Northumbria University in England. This was great as I enjoy working with students, but it also enabled me to pursue print design projects with a variety of different people and companies. After two years working in London I felt ready for a big change. It doesn’t get much bigger than New York City! I had visited New York twice before and had fallen in love with its fizzy energy and sky-high possibilities. My cousin was already living in NYC, so this made the transition easier.

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Upon arrival in 2003 I applied for jobs, and almost immediately I was offered a position as a print designer at Calvin Klein Jeans. I worked at CKJ for five years and I had a great time. I learned a huge amount about the fashion industry, met some lifelong friends and travelled the world to cities such as Tokyo, Hong Kong, Berlin, Paris, London, Barcelona, Dehli and Jaipur, shopping for inspiration. During my time at CKJ I also designed print collections for Stephen Burrows, Sue Stemp and Peter Som. In 2008 I desired more freedom so I left my job and transitioned to a freelance print designer.

In 2009, in partnership with my cousin Lee Copperwheat, came the formation of the clothing label COPPERWHEAT. We produced five seasons for New York Fashion Week in a variety of venues including Soho Grand Hotel, the Maritime Hotel and Cappellini store in SoHo. This was a huge learning curve, a tumultuous ride, the outcome of which was some beautifully made, very cool clothes. Ultimately, this label and partnership was not meant to be. In 2012 we went our separate ways, at which point I threw my creative energy into what I know best: screen printing. This juncture felt like a new beginning, and came with it a freedom of expression more vibrant and unrestrained than I had previously experienced. With a print area built into my duplex apartment in Bushwick, I went for leather and printed clothing, wallpaper and interior fabrics. I started selling pieces in Patricia Field’s store on the Bowery and producing commissioned outfits for clients.

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Where have your designs appeared?
Through my work with Stephen Burrows, my prints have adorned the bodies of Liza Minnelli, Pat Cleveland, Gail O’Neill, Alva Chinn, Anna Cleveland and Lily Cole. With the label COPPERWHEAT we were featured in Dazed, Surface Magazine, Vogue Italia, Style.com, collaborated with Palladium Boots, Singer Miguel and Bruno Mars. For my own brand, Ben Copperwheat, my prints have been worn by NBA star Russell Westbrook, commissioned for Will Sheridan, Rod Thomas of Bright Light Bright Light and, most recently, I designed the stage outfit for the Boy George/Culture Club reunion tour and merchandise T-Shirts. Boy George debuted this outfit on “American Idol” in March 2015.

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What does it mean to you to be a queer designer? How does your queer identity intersect with your work?
Queer has always been a tough word for me to embrace, as growing up in England I was bullied for my sexuality from as early as I can remember to the age of 8. Queer was one of the words I was called, along with “bent” and “puffter.” I feel, as time goes on, the word “queer” is becoming more of a friend. So, therefore, to be a queer designer, living in New York City is a gift. I feel incredibly grateful to have the freedom to express myself through my clothing, art and interactions in such a vibrant culture — especially when there is so much oppression and suffering throughout the world. I have been openly gay/queer for over 20 years, so my queer identity is without a doubt synonymous with my work. Bright color and graphic pattern are predominant features in my designs, which is not the norm in current fashion and art. I feel “queer” represents that which is not the norm.

Who does Ben Copperwheat design for? Who is your audience and how do your designs cater to them?
I design for anyone who is looking for something different and visually exciting. My designs are a cross between artistic streetwear and high-end fashion. Whomever wears them brings their own personality and dimension to the prints. I have fans and clients of all ages and backgrounds. I wear my designs daily as I find this to be the most comfortable form of self-expression and I am regularly stopped on the street by a cross-section of admirers. I am inspired by the world around me — in particular New York City — and I feel my work reflects this.

Historically the fashion world has been extremely queer friendly — what role do you think the fashion world has played within mainstream acceptance of LGBT identity?
I feel it definitely has played a part in mainstream acceptance, especially Vivienne Westwood, with her embracement of all things queer. Also, other designers in tandem with popular music, specifically artists such as Madonna working with Jean Paul Gaultier, Lady Gaga with Alexander McQueen, Pet Shop Boys with Jeffrey Bryant to name a few. On the other hand, designers such as Dolce & Gabanna and Giorgio Armani are trying to turn the clock back with recent comments. Such is the push and pull nature of progress.

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What does the future hold for Ben Copperwheat?
With 15 years working as a designer and turning 40 this coming September, I feel that I am only just starting to realize my full creative potential. To be an artist/designer is a lifelong vocation, so with, I hope, at least another 40 years left on this planet I have many great things to come. I am currently in a group show curated by my friend Walt Cessna, “#INTERFACE Queer Artists Forming Communities Through Social Media” at the Leslie-Lohman Museum in New York. I am also planning work for a solo art show in NYC. I would like to show solo again at NYFW when the time feels right — branch out more into interiors (wallpaper/murals/fabrics). I am turning my apartment into a “museum” of my work, where every surface is printed/painted. Design costume and sets for theater. Get back to painting — I started out as a painter while at art school. Continue to nurture relationships with recording artists and performers and design more stage outfits. My ethos is that prints can be applied to anything. The nature of my work is very versatile, and I intend to continue to evolve in this way.

Want to see more from Ben Copperwheat? Head here to check out the website. Missed the previous installments in this miniseries? Check out the slideshow below.

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Sarah Deragon’s ‘The Identity Project’ Challenges The Way We Think About Queer Identity

“The Identity Project,” from photographer Sarah Deragon, challenges the way that we compartmentalize and think about queerness and identity.

The photo series captures the way subjects want to present themselves to the world around them and communicate their personal ways of self-identifying. Mainstream understandings of what it means to be lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) tend to be narrow and specific, but with “The Identity Project,” we can see the infinite shades and hues of queerness that make up the spectrum of human identity.

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The Huffington Post chatted with Deragon this week about her work and how the project has grown.

The Huffington Post: What is your driving vision for The Identity Project?
Sarah Deragon: My main vision for The Identity Project is to expand what we normally understand to be the LGBTQ communities. I wanted to create a photo project that allowed participants to self-identify and stand up and be seen for who they really are. I honestly thought that the project would be a small collection of 50 or so photographs, but the response to the project was so profound that I decided to expand it and travel to several US cities like New York City, Portland, Chicago and soon Austin to photograph more people. I imagine that this will be an ongoing project for me throughout my lifetime.

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Don’t Miss Provincetown’s Film Festival, An Unofficially Queer Cultural Event By The Beach

Unassuming is the name of the game in P-town, a quirky beach community at the tip of Cape Cod. But the Provincetown International Film Festival, now in its 17th year, consistently delivers one of the finest cultural events in the region. As always, a delightfully queer lineup underscores the outstanding selection of narrative features, documentaries and shorts.

The festival kicks off on June 17 with writer-director Leslye Headland’s “Sleeping with Other People,” exploring the complexities of monogamy. From James Franco, “I Am Michael,” the dramatization of a buzzy 2011 New York Times article about gay activist Michael Glatze, closes out the week on June 21.

“The independent filmmaking community continues to produce remarkably high quality work, here and abroad, and our feature lineup is a testament to that!” said Connie White, artistic director of PIFF. “We are thrilled to welcome these new films and filmmakers to Provincetown in June, and we know that filmgoers will be engaged and entertained by these adventurous, thought-provoking and accomplished films.”

The lineup for PIFF 2015:

Opening Night Selection
“Sleeping with Other People” — directed by Leslye Headland
sleeping with other people

Closing Night Selection
“I Am Michael” — directed by Justin Kelly
i am michael

Spotlight Selections
“The End of the Tour” — directed by James Ponsoldt
the end of the tour

“Grandma” — directed by Paul Weitz

“Tab Hunter Confidential” — directed by Jeffrey Schwartz

Narrative Features
“99 Homes” — directed by Ramin Bahrani

“Beatbox” — directed by Andrew Dresher

“Breathe” — directed by Mélanie Laurent

“Fresno” — directed by Jamie Babbit

“Funny Bunny” — directed by Alison Bagnall

“Learning to Drive” — directed by Isabel Coixet

“A Little Chaos” — directed by Alan Rickman

“Meet Me In Montenegro” — directed by Alex Holdridge and Linnea Saasen

“Nasty Baby” – directed by Sebastián Silva

“The New Girlfriend” — directed by François Ozon

“People, Places, Things” — directed by James C. Strouse

“Radiator” — directed by Tom Browne

“The Second Mother” — directed by Anna Muylaert

“Shaun the Sheep” — directed by Mark Burton and Richard Starzak

The Stanford Prison Experiment” — directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez

“The Summer of Sangaile” — directed by Alanté Kavaïté

“Tangerine” — directed by Sean Baker

“Ten Thousand Saints” — directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini

“Those People” — directed by Joey Kuhn

“Tired Moonlight” — directed by Britni West

“Wildlike” — directed by Frank Hall Green

“Yosemite” — directed by Gabrielle Demeestere

Documentary Features
“Alentejo, Alentejo” — directed by Sérgio Tréfaut

“The Armor of Light” — directed by Abigail E. Disney

“Best of Enemies” — directed by Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville

“The Birth of Saké” — directed by Erik Shirai

“Call Me Lucky” — directed by Bobcat Goldthwait

“City of Gold” — directed by Laura Gabbert

“Clambake” — directed by Andrea Meyerson

“Danny Says” — directed by Brendan Toller

“Do I Sound Gay?” — directed by David Thorpe

“Harry & Snowman” — directed by Ron Davis

“In My Father’s House” — directed by Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg

“Larry Kramer In Love with Anger” — directed by Jean Carlomusto

“Listen to Me Marlon” — directed by Stevan Riley

Live From New York!” — directed by Bao Nguyen

“Love Between the Covers” — directed by Laurie Kahn-Leavitt

“Out to Win” — directed by Malcolm Ingram

“Outermost Radio” — directed by Alan Chebot

“Packed In a Trunk: The Lost Art of Edith Lake Wilkinson” — directed by Michelle Boyaner

“Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict” — directed by Lisa Immordino Vreeland

“The State of Marriage” — directed by Jeffrey Kaufman

“The Wolfpack” — directed by Crystal Moselle

The 17th annual Provincetown International Film Festival takes place June 17-21 in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

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Siamese Spots, Queer Female Music Duo, Releases ‘Banter’

Are you ready for this ground-breaking queer female music duo?

Siamese Spots hit the scene earlier this month with their debut track “Banter” — and we’re big fans.

The twosome is comprised of openly transgender artist Chase Marie, who has previously been featured on HuffPost Gay Voices, and Tahlia. The pair hails from the trenches of Oklahoma and cites bands such as Nine Inch Nails and Sleater Kinney and Garbage as influences.

The band is currently writing their debut record, which will be out sometime in 2015.

Check out the video for “Banter” above and visit Siamese Spots’ bandcamp page here.
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Kristin Chenoweth, Queer Eye’s Fab Five and Gary Busey on Oprah: Where Are They Now? – OWN

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Since the Catalan government passed the first of Spain’s regional governmental laws on same-sex partnership in 1998, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and queer culture in Spain has thrived. Spanish Queer Cinema assesses the impact of this significant cultural expression on Spanish Cinema and evaluates the role LGBTQ film has had in creating and shaping identity and experience.Focusing on films from 1998 to the present day, Chris Perriam skilfully analyses the development of LGBTQ filmmaking and filmwatching in Spain and places this within the wider cultural context. Covering lesbian cinema, gay and queer documentaries and short films, as well as mainstream features, the book investigates how LGBTQ films are distributed and how audiences react to them. It includes discussions of film festivals, cultural centres and social networking sites and it places the filmwatching experience within the context of other cultural activities such as television viewing, reading, surfing, downloading and festival–going. It assesses the importance and impact of Spanish queer cinema on the construction of LGBTQ identities and experiences.

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What If the Avant-Garde Were the Moral? On Early John Waters and the Future of Queer Culture

Though I love them all, my two favorite films by John Waters are two of his earlier works: Pink Flamingos and Female Trouble. Perhaps in the current cultural moment of bareback porn and kink on demand via myVidster, words like “transgressive” have lost their meaning or feel a bit retro, but in the context of the ’70s, boy, those films were simply that.

Divine, who was to John Waters what Kim Novak was to Alfred Hitchcock, was more drag anarchist than drag queen. She resisted the impulses that typically dictate how drag gets represented in mass culture — camp and glamor — and carved out a third way, a kind of pre-punk sensibility, that made those early performances so bad-ass.

With Female Trouble Waters introduced the world to cha-cha heels, in the magnificent scene where Dawn Davenport, Divine’s character, goes on a rampage after not receiving the shoes for Christmas. And no one depicts a rampage better than John Waters. No one. The scene with her parents in the living room is one of the best moments in cinema. If camp has a boundary, a wall, an outer limit, they reached it.

Waters does not offer lush, visually breathtaking shots where the camera lusts over its subject; his early guerrilla filmmaking resisted that. His camera is more a co-conspirator that’s in on his antics. Waters is a director of movement, especially when it came to Divine.

The thing you have to appreciate about Divine — and you absolutely must appreciate this — is how she opened a scene. Of course, there are performers of technique, actors who can master a dialect or immerse themselves fully into a character, or even actors who can quite simply exude a luminescent quality. But as Pauline Kael would suggest, to enter a scene, now that’s something that requires talent, one of the rarest, most fun, and most precious elements of an actor’s craft. And Divine could enter a room. She could open a scene. She could focus your attention skillfully.

And what of John Waters and his influence? In her Starbooty phase RuPaul definitely inhabited a persona with a Watersesque sensibility. I also can’t help but think that Lady Gaga is a John Waters invention. Had Divine lived a few more years, she would have worn that meat dress first.

From a political perspective, especially with regard to queerness, the children of Lorde and Foucault rule that roost. It makes me wish that my generation took up Waters and his work more, because the subversive energy of his early films provides not only a lens but a landscape that helps us think innovatively about the possibilities of not only queer politics but queer practice.

Though Mapplethorpe probably gets the most credit as the ultimate queer outsider artist of that era, we forget about John Waters, along with his spiritual sibling, the Italian queer director Pier Paolo Pasolini, both of whom introduced poop eating to movie audiences, Pasolini in Salo, the breathtaking and equally disturbing interpretation of de Sade’s 120 Days of Sodom, set against a backdrop of Italian Fascism, and John Waters in Pink Flamingos. His dominant sensibility, revealing the influence of Jean Genet, seeks to reconfigure the value system not merely to shock but to totally disorient, disembody and ultimately displace. What’s a more rewarding cinematic experience than total disembodiment? To watch those films is to enter a liminal space, with Divine the channel.

Waters is never quite cynical. Pink Flamingos and Female Trouble resist the apocalyptic, dystopian feel of some films when they try to enter into “edgy” territory. What’s more radical than challenging the normal is presenting the perverse, the bizarre, the odd as if they were normal. As Jon Caramanica suggests, “[t]he avant-garde need not be moral.” But what if it were?

I want to single out Female Trouble and Pink Flamingos because I think the films together signal a moment, a sensibility carried over. I mean, Waters plays with similar themes in different ways throughout his career, but the intensity and potency of those early films compels me to remain with them. I am especially interested in John Waters because in our post- or arguably post-post-marriage-equality moment, I wonder if we can find in those early works something of value that helps us imagine the future and the possibilities of not only queer politics but queer culture.
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