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Coming Out Stories

Coming Out Stories – Magdalen

When did you come out? Any stories? 

Came out in my 20s as a bisexual because I was outed against my will by others at a gig. Often people called me a lesbian when in fact I was bisexual. Took a stronger and more open stance as bisexual to clarify things to my fans and the general public. 

How did coming out impact your career or relationships with others?

I think there are those in my life that fully approve who I am, and there are those that fully condone it, however I have to be myself and that’s the most important thing to me. In general I feel I have experienced less overt homophobia than my gay or lesbian contemporaries in music.  But I definitely have experienced some strange gigs where I got the funny and uncomfortable feeling the promoter hired me because of some kind of bisexual fantasy they had going on in their head. It’s bizarre when that happens but I am not surprised by anything. Bisexual means many things to many people. To me it’s my orientation and a way of identifying myself culturally.  To others it has a fantasy connotation.  When that happens it’s quite annoying, because what they are thinking and what I am thinking in regards to the word “bisexual,” could not be farther apart.

(excerpt from Magdalen’s Out and Successful interview)

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About Miyuki Baker

Miyuki is a resident of the place where circles overlap. As a queer, nomadic, multi-racial/lingual female mixed-media artist activist and healer, she uses common or discarded objects, personal anecdotes, public spaces and performance to make accessible art that brings non-mainstream identities and ideas into maximum visibility. After graduating from Swarthmore College in 2012, she traveled for 14 months as a Watson Fellow to fifteen countries documenting the intersections of art and activism in queer/trans communities in blog posts and self-published magazines while making performance art. The eight magazines Miyuki created on this trip (queerscribe.com) and their strong media following exemplify her illustration/graphic design, storytelling and people skills. Her work has been featured in several magazines such as Hyphen, Broken Pencil and Knik, blogs and radio shows, well-known for their interactive and eye-catching mixed media approach to activism that utilizes both online media and on-site performance and workshops. This fall she will begin the PhD program at UC Berkeley in Performance Studies. You can follow her travels at heymiyuki.wordpress.com and email her at heymiyuki@gmail.com

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