Hot Pink List 2013

HOT PINK LIST 2013: Faetopians

our annual tribute to queers who grabbed our attention and held it

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Once a year, a mystical gathering of artists, musicians, cultural visionaries, political agitators, sexual explorers, spiritual travelers, and just plain magickal beings gathers to share knowledge and intertwine in giant spontaneous puppy piles at Faetopia (www.faetopia.org). Read more »

HOT PINK LIST 2013: COMICS GEEKS

Our annual tribute to queers who grabbed our attention and held it

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It's been a big year for queer comics. A movie based on a lesbian comic book, Blue is the Warmest Color, swept the top prizes at Cannes. The first textbook history of queer comics No Straight Lines was released by local hero Justin Hall, and snagged the Lambda Literary Award for Best Anthology. Heck, even Green Lantern went queer in "Earth Two," and there was a gay wedding in Archie's hometown, Riverdale. Read more »

HOT PINK LIST 2013: BOOT BLACKS

Our annual tribute to queers who grabbed our attention and held it

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Midway through Folsom Street's dark Powerhouse leather bar, you'll find the bootblack, toiling away with a kit of rags and polish — break out your Stompers for a sublime shine. "What I've learned is that for me, bootblacking is religion," says seven-year bootblacker Ms. V. "What I do is simple, slow, and uncluttered — and it reveres the authenticity of the boot and shoe above all." She was first introduced to bootblacking seven years ago at Folsom Street Fair. "What a mystical experience seeing this polish-smeared wizard at work," she recalls. Read more »

HOT PINK LIST 2013: DRAG PHANTASMS

Our annual tribute to queers who grabbed our attention and held it

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Hip-hop swagger meets goth-electro darkness, with the specters of legendary club disturber Leigh Bowery and e-art wunderkind Ryan Trecartin shimmering over the proceedings. But why stop there? Add in agitating performance art hijinks and a fundamental decontextualization of drag practices rooted in the shivery, negative emotions that the Internet pukes up on our screens. Read more »

HOT PINK LIST 2013: ACT-UPPERS

Our annual tribute to queers who grabbed our attention and held it

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AIDS-era nostalgia gripped popular culture recently with several acclaimed documentaries (including Oscar-nominated How to Survive a Plague) and the Tony-winning revival of Larry Kramer's play "A Normal Heart" (soon to be an HBO movie with Julia Roberts). But a new generation was also rediscovering the disruptive tactics of ACT-UP. Read more »

HOT PINK LIST 2013: HIP-HOP NATION

Our annual salute to the queers who grabbed our attention and held it

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If anything will tip the scale when it comes to mainstream hip-hop's acceptance of pansexual twerking in its midst (hi, Frank Ocean and Mykki Blanco), it will be the simple fact that this new class of queers just bnrings the game better: pops ass more profoundly, wears the shit out of some Hood By Air, and can channel Aaliyah, Slick Rick, and Le1f on the same track. Read more »