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Coming Out Stories

Autostraddle’s 2014 Calendar Girls featuring Queer Asians

While 2014 is already two weeks in, I wanted to let you all know about Autostraddle’s 2014 Calendar, featuring a group of vibrant and smart women including a couple of Asian folks and plenty of racial and size diversity! The stories about how each of their lives and why they wanted to be a calendar girl are the best part, in my opinion. Check them all out here: Autostraddle 2014 Calendar Girls

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Check out Miss April, Maria, who states that she wanted to be a part of the project for the following reasons:

I am an only child, a first generation Filipino-American, and somewhat of the “black sheep” in our traditional, conservative, Catholic family. As a gay atheist with tattoos trying to pursue a career in sex therapy, I think I turned out to be the complete opposite of what my family expected of me. Yes, this definitely made coming out extremely fucking difficult. After many, many years, I am still currently in the process.

I wanted to be part of this project to be a voice for those “black sheeps” out there. If you are feeling like a black sheep, I say, dye your wool a rainbow, put on your craziest outfit, and strut your stuff! This community of ours is larger than it seems and we will find you, accept you, and love the sh*t outta you.

Awesome! Keep up the great work Maria :)

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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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2 thoughts on “Autostraddle’s 2014 Calendar Girls featuring Queer Asians

  1. Wow! This calender is so awesome, this BLOG IS AWESOME! :D Thank you for sharing this.

    Posted by A Mint Life | January 14, 2014, 9:54 PM

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