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Iris Lux

Iris Lux is a writer, DJ, librarian, and pug mom living in Seattle. A queerdo pop culture nerd, they like to write about music, gender, and BDSM. Previously they've written for Bust Magazine and an assortment of music and pop culture blogs. Check out their blog at lavenderfist.wordpress.com
Sir Babygirl Is Serving Queerness On A Platter

Sir Babygirl Is Serving Queerness On A Platter

Sir Babygirl likes to confront pop culture’s erasure of queer people. She laments queer-baiting in pop music, which often hints at queerness but rarely makes it explicit. Instead of queer-baiting, she aims to be queer-serving.

Copyslut, La Llorona, and the Radical Healing Powers of Pleasure

Copyslut, La Llorona, and the Radical Healing Powers of Pleasure

Copyslut flaunts the theatrical charm of a glam band, but that doesn’t mean they’re all flash and no substance. They make bold music about sex work, queer love, and mixed-race identity. I got to interview lead singer Chatz and lead guitarist Ray about their influences, the story of their band name, and how a karaoke performance of Queen’s “I Want to Break Free” started it all.

Transfeminine People Don’t Owe You Traditional Femininity

Transfeminine People Don’t Owe You Traditional Femininity

When I defy traditional femininity, I get harassed, misgendered, or gawked at. I’m a lazy femme who wears makeup almost exclusively at night, rarely shaves their legs and has a deep voice. I’m non-binary and care very little about passing. This inspires a lot of ire in people.

Trans/Enby Yoga: A Haven for Trans and Nonbinary Bodies

Trans/Enby Yoga: A Haven for Trans and Nonbinary Bodies

Trans/Enby Yoga is Lizz’s brainchild: a twice-weekly yoga class for the non-cis folks of Seattle. “It’s a break from microaggressions, that’s what I’m offering,” they said. “It’s a little reprieve from microaggressions where people can be honest and vulnerable in their bodies and not need to have walls up around themselves.”

Shedding a Positive Light on the Trans Experience

Shedding a Positive Light on the Trans Experience

Thriving While Trans: A Love Manual is a literary project with two heads. One is an upcoming multi-genre performance event. It will feature a number of different trans writers, dancers, and songwriters. The other is an anthology of writings, a copy of which comes with admission to the performances. Both the writings and performances focus on personal stories of trans thriving and resilience.

Porch Cat Is A Manual For Finding Joy In Cruel Places

Porch Cat Is A Manual For Finding Joy In Cruel Places

It takes a skilled artist to transform dysphoria, loneliness, and chronic illness into catchy punk tunes you can scream along to in a sweaty basement. Chan Benicki of Porch Cat has the chops to do just that. Their music is tinged with anger and sadness, but never sounds pessimistic. For every moment of despair on their latest album, the self-titled Porch Cat, there’s a balancing moment of hope.

Fear of a Nonbinary Future

Fear of a Nonbinary Future

Here are a few slogans for you: The future is one where nonbinary youth do not feel it necessary to kill themselves. The future is one where we are free to break the binary without harassment or erasure. The future is one where cis folks with an agenda shut the fuck up about nonbinary people, and let us speak for ourselves.

Schoolgirl Skirt: How the Kink Community Encouraged My Transition

Schoolgirl Skirt: How the Kink Community Encouraged My Transition

One of the first garments in my femme wardrobe was a schoolgirl skirt. A black and red plaid thing, so short it barely covered my ass. Steel rings decorated its waistband, punctuating its gothiness. It would have looked perfect on one of the anarchist cheerleaders from that Nirvana video.