Showcasing LGBTQIA+ modes of expression to expand our visual representation


Best of Qwear Awards

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“There are multiple truths to the way that you can use language. A lot of people would say, ‘Oh this poem sounds like a broken English.’ And that’s very loaded. When you’ve learned English as a second or third language, that kind of voice can just kind of make sense, or is more familiar than you’d expect.”

Wo Chan: Drag, Poetry, and Emotional Survival, Interview by Anna Rae



"The fashion industry reduces racial diversity down to the lightest skin tones, catering to social constructions of white beauty standards. Our bodies are offered up for the benefit of white desire and reduced to a coercive casual passivity."

Queer/Trans Lingerie Photoshoot with Bluestockings & Qwear


Mark Lipman

 “My two legs aren’t the same shape. But then I was thinking, what if I had something that really accentuated my left leg? What if I created this thing to slip over my leg that had all of these ruffled fabrics and bright fabrics, so it’s totally out there and you can’t miss my left leg? What if I wore that to a show and incorporated that into an outfit? How would that feel?”

- Mark Lipman: Songs as Shared Clothing , Interview by Anna Rae




Diana Oh
My Lingerie Play

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"Diana uses {my lingerie play} to construct: a public and collaborative stage, and a conversation about how to look at a woman. “{my lingerie play} came about because I wanted to present the whole woman as a human being. I wanted to humanize the sexual woman.”

The work received widespread attention, and Diana was labeled as an activist and invited to speak on panels and participate in workshops. “I was labeled an activist before I even knew what ‘activist’ meant. I fought it for a little bit because I didn’t want to be pigeonholed. Once I came to terms with it on my own, I was like, ‘Alright, I’m an artist-activist. I’m an artist who’s an activist.’ I felt liberated.”

Diana Oh: Creating the Image of Us, by Anna Rae


Terhys Persad Where Art Thou

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"I want people who don’t necessarily see themselves in art spaces, or who don’t see themselves as travelers, to be able to visualize themselves in those areas. I want the show to encourage people to travel outside their neighborhood or take a look at their local art scene. Contemporary art is often just a reflection of daily life. It is really interesting when you’re able to engage in that way as opposed to, 'look at this weird metal sculpture that means nothing to me.'"

Terhys Persad's "Where Art Thou" Fights Against Exploitative Reporting, by Sonny Oram




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