One of the headlining musicians at the 43rd Atlanta Pride Festival, Sonia Leigh has played with Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson, Eli Young Band and Uncle Kracker, just to name a few. One listen to this country gal and you’re hooked. Connect with Sonia and find all her music on her website.
I’m bisexual; I lean gay. Whenever there was ever any hint of same-sex romance in the fiction I was exposed to while growing up, I eagerly fixated upon it. Books, movies, live theater–I vividly remember the moment in high school when I was so inspired by the idea that one could think about Holmes and Watson as a couple that I stayed up all night writing songs about them. (And this was way before the internet made slash easily accessible to young people!)
However, sometimes heterosexual fiction likes to play with us, and evoke us to titillate without ever actually giving us representation. Specifically, I’d like to address the trope of situational crossdressing.
By situational crossdressing, I mean the plot device in which a cisgender, heterosexual character is crossdressing not for the sake of their own gender expression or even for fun, but because of something like “if I dress as a man, I will be able to find employment in a traditionally male field” (which is probably the most common.) Examples of this trope are Mulan from Disney (and Chinese legend), Eowyn from Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, and Yentl from Singer’s Yentl the Yeshiva Boy. Cisgender heterosexual women can also crossdress for other non-gender-expressive reasons, as does Leonore in Beethoven’s opera Fidelio. Her disguise gets her a job in the prison where her husband is being unjustly held for political reasons, and she winds up saving his life. [Read more…] about Situational crossdressing and the LGBTQ audience
For the most part I abhor seeing LGBT characters only being portrayed as complete demons, doormat pacifists, or squeaky-clean goody-two-shoes. Those depictions are not what I know, or have lived. The rainbow is too complex for that. I came across this short film while researching and it struck a chord.
B: First, I love your pen name. It just rolls right off the tongue. How did you come up with it?
CB: I wish I had an extremely creative answer for this but I’d be lying if I gave you one. I’ve liked the name Coffey since seeing the movie Green Mile. I was going to go with Coffey B. but decided on Brown when I was completing the copyright application online. It had a cool vibe to it. Stacey Pierce, not so much. [Read more…] about Lessons of Love and Pain – Interview with Author Coffey Brown