Posts in Queer Culture
Guest Post: Non-Binary Femme Fashion for the Male-Bodied

For people who identify as non-binary, or wake up identifying differently from one day to the next, traditional shopping can feel judgmental and anxiety-inducing. Having no choice much of the time but to shop in either womenswear or menswear sections, it’s quite common to face choices that may fit one’s gender presentation, but not one’s body—or vice versa. A standard misconception is that all non-binary people are on the androgynous side, but this simply isn’t true…as many retailers seem to believe. In other words, if jeans and hoodies can be gender neutral, skirts and lingerie should have the same morphing power.

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Part One: Queer Fashion Series

While queer style overlays with fashion trends in general, the queer community has historically adapted these trends to their own needs. While not as obvious, queer clothing can also be utilitarian, providing solutions to problems experienced primarily by queer people. And finally, clothes are given meaning by society in general, often with an intrinsic moral code built in. Queer people often must subvert or reject these meanings and find their own, often allowing for greater visibility, within subsets of the queer community.

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Guest Post: Is Queer Culture Bigger Than Ever?

While there’s no doubt in my mind that the visibility of LGBTQ people and therefore communities has grown due to increasing acceptance, and while I am certain that people feel more comfortable identifying as queer or gay or trans now than they once did, I do not believe that the number of people who identify that way internally has really changed all that much. Yes, the vocabulary has changed, and yes, social media has happened to all of us. But discussion and magnification do not change the core of real, lived queerdom, do they?

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Transition of Style, podcast

We are excited to announce and support the launch of Transition of Style, a new podcast that explores the ways in which personal style and identity meet. The podcast was developed by two friends, Corinne and Alana, who love to discuss the intersection of fashion and style with queer identity.  The two friends realized that there might be people out there who would relate to their own stories and struggles, and a podcast seemed the perfect way to engage with a bigger audience.  

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Queer Customers in Search of Good Fit

We know first-hand how difficult it can be to find clothing that matches gender expression and style preferences. While online shopping as provided so many more options for queer customers, it still takes copious amounts of time to find products we like online.  And then there is the issue of actual fit, which is hard enough if you fit conventional binary size standards, but very difficult when you fall elsewhere on the gender spectrum. According to QueerCut founder Joshua Williams, "there is a growing need for brands to create clothing specifically for queer customers.”

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