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Inspire and be inspired by Carly Thomas and her new album – Lesbian.com

Inspire and be inspired by Carly Thomas and her new

BY CARLY THOMAS
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“With a strong, clear voice, thick with emotion, Carly’s skillfully crafted songs are underpinned with a sincerity and truth that enthralls, she grabs listeners attention with gutsy stories of love and witty onstage banter, yet Carly isn’t afraid to expose her heart in order to help her listeners mend theirs. We can’t wait to hear what’s next.”

Hello friends and supporters of Independent music!

My name is Carly Thomas.

Over the past year I have been piecing together my next release, and now I am welcoming you to be a part of its creation. This is a collection of songs I’ve been carrying with me for the past few years, quietly waiting for their time to shine . While I rustled through all of the moments and melodies, I decided on ten songs to bring to life and send them off into this wicked world. With the help of some amazing collaborators and musicians, we are creating a record of high caliber and a true expression of the journey I have been on as an artist and human.

SUPPORT CARLY’S NEW ALBUM.

To continue the work, I am inviting you to take part in the making of this album. I would be nowhere if it weren’t for my amazing friends, family, and fans. I consider myself so extremely lucky – with your love and support I have been able to follow my own path and live a life of purpose and creativity. Thank you.

When you support this project, you are directly contributing to my musical vision without compromise. You are directly contributing to the livelihood of musicians and friends of mine in an industry that has faced some major challenges this year. You are directly contributing to me as an artist, an artist who is building a career that is deeply rooted in creative integrity.

I want to inspire and be inspired by the world around me, and continue to grow personally and professionally while doing and sharing what I am passionate about. You are a true patron of the arts and in a time when it is needed the most, Thank You.

What exactly you are supporting:

– Pre-production sessions
– Hiring of independent session players: guitar, drums, piano, strings, bass, and more.
– Studio costs
– Producer/Engineer costs
– Mixing and Mastering
– Artwork and design
– Marketing and PR

I am asking you to be a part of this with me, and in return I’ve got some great rewards and unique perks that will only be available for this fundraising campaign. I can’t wait to share what I have been working on!

The road to success is filled with twists and turns, especially in a constantly changing ever evolving industry. Especially in 2020. Thank you for joining me on this journey.

Pandemic collaboration ‘Sunday, Someday’ out now – Lesbian.com

Pandemic collaboration ‘Sunday, Someday’ out now – Lesbian.com

Sunday, Someday is a compilation album created by a group of like-minded musicians who began meeting virtually each Sunday after their planned tour together was cancelled due to the pandemic. Alt/punk band Nervus (UK), pop/rock trio Potty Mouth (LA), indie/folk/punk songwriter KOJI (PA), singer/songwriter Solstice Rey (PA) and multimedia artist Full on Mone’t (PA) contributed songs to the album, while crew members who would have been on the tour lent their creative and promotional support. Queer-run independent label Get Better Records will release the album on March 26, 2021.

While the album developed initially to support a member’s fundraising efforts for top surgery, when they reached their fundraising goal, the focus shifted to supporting aftercare expenses and LGBTQI+ youth initiatives. In partnership with Harrisburg, PA coffee roaster Little Amps, Get Better Records has launched a pre-order bundle benefitting the LGBT Center of Central PA’s afterschool program by funding acoustic treatment for youth with sensory needs.

This commitment to supporting queer community members is deeply personal for the group, as the bands involved are comprised primarily of LGBTQI+ people, including members who identify as queer, trans, non-binary, and agender. “We wanted to be a part of creating more access to LGBTQI+ spaces,” says Ally Einbinder (Potty Mouth). “These are resources none of us were fortunate enough to have growing up.”

Living remotely from one another and in relative isolation during the pandemic actually created more space for collaboration. “When pandemic and uprising hit, our instinct was to turn toward one another, to create together, and to support one another,” says KOJI. “Whether we’re doing mutual aid, community care, or we’re out at a protest, we had each other to make sense of the world and what was going on. This project is just an extension of the care that we give to each other and our communities.”

Every aspect of song production and artwork creation for the album was done within the group: Nervus contributed guitars and drums on both Solstice Rey tracks, Em Foster (Nervus) and KOJI mixed and mastered all of the tracks on the album, Abby Weems (Potty Mouth) designed the album art, and Nervus’ manager Megan Rose designed the website for the project. Collaboration, however, extends far beyond album credits, and the power or sum of the project is based on the invisible work and the creativity that takes place within authentic relationships.

“It’s exciting to work on something with people I feel so connected to and understood by,” says Abby Weems (Potty Mouth). “This release is an opportunity for all of us to use our collective passions, skills, and resources to support each other as artists and as people with our own personal needs.”

“This record is a celebration of living in community,” says KOJI. “It’s a project that asks, ‘what world is possible when everyone’s needs are met?’”

The World To Come – Lesbian.com

The World To Come – Lesbian.com

In this powerful 19th century romance set in the American Northeast, Abigail (Katherine Waterston), a farmer’s wife, and her new neighbor Tallie (Vanessa Kirby) find themselves irrevocably drawn to each other. A grieving Abigail tends to her withdrawn husband Dyer (Casey Affleck) as free spirit Tallie bristles at the jealous control of her husband Finney (Christopher Abbott). Together, their intimacy begins to fill a void in each other’s lives they never knew existed.

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‘Talk to Me’ by Zoe Amos – Lesbian.com

‘Talk to Me’ by Zoe Amos – Lesbian.com

Claire takes a turn for the wild side when she chances into a job at San Diego’s KZSD radio to work with Marly, the sharp-tongued lesbian shock jock of Gayline. Under Marly’s close tutelage, Claire feels the sparks fly as she learns to screen calls and handle board operations. It’s enough that her formerly quiet life has been upended after separating from her husband, and at first, she keeps her feelings hidden. Even as bomb threats force the radio station employees to clear out, Claire’s attraction to Marly’s charisma, wit, and atypical beauty keeps her coming back. Meanwhile, she struggles to maintain a relationship with her teen daughter while her soon-to-be ex makes it clear he wants to try again. It’s two steps forward, one step back as Marly and Claire grow closer and admit their feelings.

Will Marly’s outrageous “anything goes” attitude be too much? As their on-air shenanigans and romance heat up, Marly’s crazed plan to boost ratings threatens their relationship, and ultimately, their lives.

Check it out on Amazon.

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(Her)oics’ Camille Beredjick shares pandemic journey – Lesbian.com

(Her)oics’ Camille Beredjick shares pandemic journey – Lesbian.com

Camille BeredjickCamille is a writer and nonprofit marketing manager living in Brooklyn, New York with her wife. Her essays have appeared in BuzzFeed, Narratively, Autostraddle, Catapult, and elsewhere. She’s also the author of Queer Disbelief: Why LGBTQ Equality is an Atheist Issue. Learn more about (Her)oics.

What made you decide to write this piece?
I wrote this piece to help me understand, process, and ultimately accept what I was going through: a recurring eating disorder, a dark depression, and a deep heartache about how to see myself as anything but a failure. I wanted to work through it and to create the opportunity for connection with anyone who might be going through the same thing. Healing is anything but linear. There are peaks, valleys, and devastating spirals, and it can be hard to make sense of those setbacks when you feel like you’ve already come so far. But in writing the essay, I had a reason to think clearly and intentionally about what I was going through and how I could make sense of it moving forward, and I’m proud of what I was able to do.

What is your writing life like? Do you write during the day, after work, etc.?
Writing is not my primary career; I work full-time at a nonprofit, so my writing tends to be confined to nights, weekends, and the occasional lunch break. I tend to go long periods without writing anything, and then I’ll get bursts of ideas that keep me writing for days at a time. Those creative sparks have been much harder to come by since the start of the pandemic, but I’m excited about what I’m writing next and hopeful that it’ll propel me to keep going.

Where do you see your writing going next? Any firm plans or upcoming publications?
I’m working on a memoir about my relationship with my grandmother, a Holocaust survivor and world traveler who shaped my understanding of mental illness, identity, and how we give and receive love. It sounds very heavy, but her life was actually one of joy and lightness; I’m planning to punctuate the chapters with her favorite dirty jokes, for example. No firm plans for publication yet, but I’m looking forward to writing it either way.

Why do you think people should buy and read the anthology?
We’re going to feel the impacts of the pandemic for much longer than any of us realizes. It’s crucial that we not lose sight of how this time has irreparably changed us and our world, especially for those folks already living on the margins: people of color, women, LGBTQ+ people, people with disabilities, and the like. Reading this anthology is another way of connecting to our shared humanity and ensuring we continue to show up for each other.

What is the theme in your piece and how does it come through? Is that an ongoing theme in your work?
Self-reflection and self-acceptance — and the challenges they open up, particularly in the context of mental illness — are ongoing themes in all my work, including this piece. Writing my story down has long been part of my process of coming to terms with who I am, what I look like, and the space I take up in the world. At the same time, I know that countless others are going through the same or, in some cases, much more challenging experiences as I am, and so I hope I addressed themes of compassion and community here, too.

How will your life be different than before the pandemic?
I hope I’ll be a more empathetic and giving person who can pay closer attention to how I can help someone else. And I’ll never again take for granted the things that I’m missing so much now: regularly seeing family, sharing space with loved ones, unmasked hugs.

FIND CAMILLE
camilleberedjick.com
Twitter: @cberedjick
Instagram: @bookstacam

More from Camille: Bylines in BuzzFeed, Catapult, Narratively, Autostraddle, Mic, In These Times, The Daily Dot, Patheos

Meet (Her)oics author Joni Renee Whitworth – Lesbian.com

Joni Renee Whitworth

Joni Renee WhitworthJoni Renee Whitworth is a poet and curator from rural Oregon. They have performed at The Moth, the Segerstrom Center for the Performing Arts, and the Museum of Contemporary Art alongside Marina Abramovic. ​Whitworth served as the inaugural Artist in Residence at Portland Parks and Recreation, Poet in Residence for Oregon State University’s Trillium Project, and 2020 Queer Hero for the Gay & Lesbian Archives of the Pacific Northwest. They are the founder of Future Prairie, a queer art museum. Learn more about (Her)oics.

What are a few of your favorite essay or memoir writers? Why or what do you love about their work?
I’m interested in themes of nature, future, family, and the neurodivergent body. Some of my favorite writers speak about the senses, healing, touch, and control. My practice is informed by queer mystics such as Carol Maso, Tove Jansson, and Saint Teresa of Ávila. Poetry offers body consciousness, physical devotion, and quiet time as central to a knowledge of ourselves and a higher power or sense of g?d. My writing is also influenced by Lilly and Lana Wachowski, Marina Abramovic, and Richard Bach. I love them for the way they combine in-depth research with playful language and impious, clever writing.

What are three things that got you through the pandemic?
I took intentional steps to safeguard and stabilize my Self and my family in terms of mental, physical, and spiritual health. Luckily we are relatively resilient people, but I tried to be attentive to cravings and negative behaviors, my own especially. Rationalizing rash decisions and making excuses for repeating negative patterns are big red flags. When I’m swimming in dangerous waters, I take immediate action to avoid setbacks and doomscrolling. I got strict around getting a solid eight hours of sleep. This is especially important for anyone who struggles with their mental health. I set specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, timed goals. Stability and security have been so hard to find that I’ve taken solace in any tiny thing that feels good, real, true, and sure. Long walks helped.

I also found stability in maintaining a productive and dynamic routine. We’ve seen plenty of memes circulating about how you don’t have to do anything but rest during quarantine, how you don’t owe anything to anyone, etc. etc. but those sentiments don’t ring true for me. Self-care shouldn’t mean abdicating our commitments to each other. We can’t afford disorganization right now. I’m accountable to my community commitments, and I’m working on developing more robust networks for us.

Who has been an inspiration or mentor in your writing life?
I studied playwriting under Matthew Zrebski and Lauren Weedman, and both teachers were instrumental in helping me find my own style. Playwriting requires a certain immediacy that modern audiences are attuned to (and primed for) by new media. I’ve taken their teachings and extrapolated them to newer forms of storytelling, although my dream would be to write a full-length play someday. Zrebski’s work is community-based, studious, and serious, which I love and want to reflect in my plays and poems. Weedman is incredibly funny, and my writing is decidedly ~not~ funny, but her nuance and attention to detail taught me to be more aware of my environment. Often a place inspires a poem. A place can go so far as to write a poem for you, and all you have to do is stand there and listen and catch it.

Can you imagine this piece developing into a larger work?
Yes, and I am collaborating with a filmmaker friend, Hannah Piper Burns (she/her), to develop my piece into a film. Hannah is an extramundane anthropologist of our culture’s phenomena, detritus, kitsch, and trauma, working across time-based art, text, curation, and divination. She’s guided by the axioms “as above, so below” and “not either/or, but both and yes.” Her project-based multimedia practice evokes ambivalent embodiment, intimacy with complicity, and metaphysical mundanity. We have been having fun experimenting with different mediums and materials. We’re pulling from archival footage extracted from farm simulator games, archival agricultural footage, stock footage, domestic scenes, and psychedelic abstraction to depict acts of homemaking, homesteading, domestic minutiae, and femme competence. We are proud to be queer, femme, neurodivergent artists creating content that reflects our lived experience and intimate subjectivity. What we are working on is greater than the sum of its parts, and that’s what makes collaboration magical.

FIND JONI
Jonirenee.co
IG: @ filbertgoddex
Twitter: @ JoniWhitworth
Pronouns: they/them

Their writing has appeared in Lambda Literary, Tin House, Oregon Humanities, Proximity Magazine, Seventeen Magazine, Eclectica, Pivot, SWWIM, Smeuse, Superstition Review, xoJane, Inverted Syntax, Unearthed Literary Journal, Sinister Wisdom, Dime Show Review, and The Write Launch.

Memior by D’yan Forest’ – Lesbian.com

Memior by D’yan Forest’ – Lesbian.com


By D’yan Forest
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An 86-year-old stand-up comedian’s lifelong journey from prudish Bostonian to scandalous Parisienne, and beyond…

D’yan Forest has always done things her way – or her ways, because she’s lived a dozen different lives. She’s been a desperate Boston housewife, a New York night-club singer and a Paris swinger. She’s been the only Jewish girl in a Christian choir and the female pianist. She had day jobs teaching basketball, piano and sex education. She dated Paris’s second-ever female bus driver, a transsexualrock guitarist and a defrocked nun. She also managed to get German friends to visit Nazi concentration camps, on her personal quest to understand why her European relatives were massacred.At 86, D’yan is still a working stand-up comedian and musician, but she’s much, much more than that, as this hilarious but heartfelt memoir reveals… Written by D’yan Forest with Stephen Clarke, bestselling British author of books like 1,000 Years of Annoying the French and A Year in the Merde, and co-writer of D’yan’s latest stage show, Swingin’ on the Seine.

Please enjoy an excerpt from her Memoir I Did It My Ways.

It was in 1983 that I met Nell the nun. She had just moved to Southampton, Long Island, after divorcing her husband (yes, some nuns have husbands).

Maybe I need to give you some background.

I was interviewed for an article in one of the Hamptons’ newspapers, and the writer, a lesbian friend called Artemis, came over to my apartment in the Village with the newspaper to show me. She phoned ahead and asked if it was OK to bring a friend with her.

“Sure,” I said, “who is it?”

“She just arrived from Puerto Rico.”

“Great, a ray of tropical sunshine!”

“Well, she’s not from Puerto Rico. She was just living there. She’s from Long Island.”

“Oh, OK.” Not quite so exciting, after all.

“She used to be a nun.”

“A nun?” Even less exciting. I guessed Artemis was dragging this friend around to liven her up a bit after all those years in a convent. “Bring her over. What’s her name?”

“Nell.”

“Nell? As in death knell? Great!”

It turned out, though, that I was wrong to be pessimistic. Nell was lively, lovely, a lot of fun, and cute.

We all went out for lunch in the Village, and Nell gave me an edited version of her life story.

“I put on the cowl just after high school,” she explained, while tucking into a grilled cheese sandwich and a mug of beer. This former nun clearly enjoyed the pleasures of life. “It was a Catholic school,” she said, “and I’m pretty sure the principal got a bonus for every girl she turned into a novice. She convinced me to sign up by telling me the convent would put me through college for free— – which they did, except as well as studying, I had to cook and clean all day for the ‘qualified’ nuns. They kept telling me, cleanliness is next to Godliness, but in my case, it was next to slavery.”

We laughed at Nell’s ironic take on nunnery, but this wasn’t the worst of it.

“Every Saturday,” she said, “they made us novices join in flagellation sessions.”

“Flagellation?” I’d heard the word before, but only in Parisian sex clubs.

“Yes. The nuns used to lock us novices in a room decorated with nothing except a painting of the Virgin Mary looking sorry for us. And we’d have to stand in a circle, lift up our habits and whip our naked backs with a thin metal chain.”

“Oh my God.” Artemis and I were listening as if Nell was describing a cheap porno film.

“So, there was this circle of bareback nuns, whipping ourselves, trying to keep quiet because we didn’t want to give too much pleasure to the sadistic nuns listening outside the door.”

“Wow.” I was wondering whether it was erotic or sick.

“No wonder I turned out kinky,” Nell added, which was the clincher— – erotic it definitely was. “While I was at the convent, I fooled around with a few of the novices, too.”

“Did you get thrown out of the convent?” I asked.

“No, the Mother Superior offered me missionary work in Puerto Rico. I didn’t think I’d be good at converting other people, but I accepted. Maybe I misunderstood what they meant by giving me ‘a missionary position’.”

D’yan Forest’s writing has been featured on Huffington Post, Gay Star News and Frenchly US. She has performed professionally as a comedienne, storyteller, musician, and cabaret artist since the 1960’s with regular performances in Paris and New York. She has performed her cabaret and solo-shows, I Married a Nun, Swinging on the Seine, A Broad Abroad, among others, all over the world with notable performances in New York City, Orlando, San Diego, Phoenix, Greece, Israel, Paris, and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. D’yan started performing stand-up in her 60’s (after 9/11) because she wanted to bring more laughter to the world. She performs (with her ukulele) regularly in Paris and at The Gotham Comedy Club in NYC. She even did a stand-up set in Ethiopia when she traveled there a few years ago. Forest lives by the mottos “love has no age”, and “I can rest when I’m dead. There’s too many new things to experience and explore.”

To find out more about D’yan Forest, please visit www.dyanforest.com

Get to know the (Her)oic EK Bayer – Lesbian.com

Get to know the (Her)oic EK Bayer – Lesbian.com

EK BayerWhat is your writing life like? Do you write during the day, after work, etc.?
I used to write only when I was alone. Since March, my kids have been learning over Zoom, my wife has been working from home, and I am never alone. Writing, especially editing my book, requires a focus that I find very difficult to come by without solitude. Being in the anthology is amazing, as it forces me to remember that I write, that I have aspirations beyond surviving the pandemic with my home and family intact.

What are a few of your favorite essay or memoir writers? Why or what do you love about their work?
I recently read “Eye Of The Heart,” by Cynthia Bourgeault. It was an amazing read, and I have to read it again. She goes deep into the study of other realms and makes a case for humanness being a necessary component of grace, disproving the more common belief that the trappings of being human should be transcended. She is devoutly Christian, but her open-minded approach and memoir format is broad enough to include me, who is not.

Why do you think people should buy and read the anthology?
The stories in the anthology take me on such beautiful and profound journeys, I can’t choose one to highlight. I am humbled to be among this group of writers. Seriously, some are brilliant because of the artistry in the writing, others are raw and vulnerable windows into another world.

Did culture or identity play a role in your piece? Can you share more about how that cultural or identity experience has changed or been a part of your pandemic experience?
In my piece as well as through the pandemic, my queer identity is a backdrop. I’m never quite sure how it plays into my experience of motherhood. Very few of my gay friends became parents; most of my mom-friends I met through my kids. I wonder how this impacts my sense of community. Do we not have another family to pod with because our family doesn’t fit the moms-in-the-kitchen, dads-in-the-den thing? Are other straight moms as isolated as I am? It’s easy to blame being gay, but I think community is more complicated than that.

What is the theme in your piece (grief, love, hope, etc.) and how does it come through? Is that an ongoing theme in your work?
My anthology piece is about the struggle to remain connected to and supportive of my kids, which is an ongoing theme for me. I am perplexed by how open and connected we are with infants, and how that feeling erodes over time. I’m struck by this from my experience as a kid as well as a mom. I write about it a lot.

Did the pandemic affect your career? How?
The pandemic has totally stalled my writing career. My upcoming book publication has been cancelled with the same lack of a plan as my kids’ school reopening. Truthfully, the peril our country is in, between the pandemic, climate change and human rights, makes my book about having kids feel a bit off-topic. Then again, a story about human connection might be just what is needed right now. Anyway, I have to remember it’s not my job to judge, it’s my job to get it done.

How will your life be different than before the pandemic?
A lot has changed over the past year. Between the pandemic, politics, moving to a new home and peri-menopause, I can’t remember what life was like before. It will be a whole new era once we’re able to move on. Just like with every evolution, I hope to keep the good things I’ve learned and let go of the bad. Like – I’ve had more time to listen to my own voice, which is a double-edged gift, but I hope to keep the clarity that gives me. And, while my kids miss their friends and connections desperately, the isolation has freed them from some peer pressure. They are less inhibited now, so I hope to keep that.

ABOUT EK BAYER
Having been commissioned without pay by the CDC to isolate in a bubble with her wife and twin-boys due to a pandemic, EK has discovered she is not cut out to be a short-order chef or a homeschool teacher. Success is currently getting the twins out on a walk in their San Francisco neighborhood. If politics wasn’t so distracting, she could finish her novel. Find her occasionally at https://mamagrit.wordpress.com

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The Aché Project Exhibit – Lesbian.com

The Aché Project Exhibit – Lesbian.com

Black Lesbian Archives Presents: The Aché Project Exhibit. February 20th – March 28th, 2021! We will be discussing the rich herstory of The Aché Project also how we can bridge connections between each other within and beyond our own communities. Stay tuned! Flyer by Kru Maekdo @maekdoproductions#blacklesbianarchives #aché#exhibition #BLAACHE2021

EVENT SCHEDULE
February 20, 2021: The ACHE Project Virtual Exhibit Opening @ 4PM EST
February 21, 2021: The ACHE Project Panel Discussion @ 4PM EST
February 27, 2021: BLA Mobile Herstory Bus Campaign Presentation @ 4PM EST
March 5, 2021: The Origin of Your ACHE & Yoruba Spirituality Panel Discussion @ 4PM EST
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March 14, 2021: The Berlin Years 1984 – 1992 Panel Discussion @ 4PM EST
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