EXCLUSIVE chance to interview lesbian author, Kiki Archer!

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YOUR EXCLUSIVE CHANCE TO INTERVIEW BEST-SELLING, AWARD-WINNING, LESBIAN FICTION AUTHOR, KIKI ARCHER.

Here at LGBTQ Culture, I am offering you the exclusive chance to “Question Kiki.”

All you have to do is record a 10-15 second video clip of yourself on your phone asking Kiki a question.

Send the video clip to lgbtqculture@sky.com

Remember to introduce yourself and ask something interesting.

I will be posting her responses sometime next week.

Kiki Archer is a UK-based, best-selling, award-winning author. Her debut novel “But She Is My Student,” won the UK’s 2012 SoSoGay Best Book Award. Its sequel “Instigations,” took just 12 hours from its release to reach the top of the UK lesbian fiction chart; and Kiki’s third novel “Binding Devotion,” was a finalist in the 2013 Rainbow Awards. All quickly became bestsellers in their genre, and Kiki’s fourth offering, “One Foot Onto The Ice,” has been her most successful to date, breaking into the American contemporary fiction top 100 as well as achieving the US and UK lesbian fiction number 1.

Official Website: http://www.kikiarcherbooks.com

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Kiki-Archer/e/B007GNTTN8/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1384044216&sr=8-2-ent

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kiki.archer

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Kikiarcherbooks

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/kikiarcherbooks

Kylie Minogue smooches Elvis’ grand-daughter in new film “Jack & Diane”

The Australian superstar is putting her microphone down and using her mouth for other ventures. How exciting!

Little background: Kylie Minogue is HUGE in the LGBT world. Her fans are very committed to following her and staying up-to-date with her latest hits. She has always been very open to our community; performing at Pride events, LGBT Mardi Gras, and continuous gay venues throughout the world. Why wouldn’t we follow her? She’s amazing!

Back to the film – Jack and Diane, two teenage girls, meet in New York City and spend the night kissing ferociously. Diane’s charming innocence quickly begins to open Jack’s tough skinned heart. But, when Jack discovers that Diane is leaving the country in a week she tries to push her away. Diane must struggle to keep their love alive while hiding the secret that her newly awakened sexual desire is giving her werewolf-like visions.” (IMDb)

Finally, a lesbian horror/werewolf/romance film! Don’t think it’ll be exactly what you’re thinking though. I don’t believe there will be actual wolves as seen in the Twilight saga, but those “werewolf-like visions” do spark my curiosity!

So, where does Kylie fit in? Oh, she fits in just perfectly! Kylie, who plays tattooed character Tara, seduces the young teen Jack who comes to her for some kind of answers. At least that’s what I got from the trailer. Tara asks Jack, “why did you come here tonight?” (psh, I know why!) Jack responds, “I don’t know.” (Yes you do!) :P I love how different Kylie looks in this film. She’s so rugged with her hair all messy, tats on her arms, no glossy lips – not the typical Kylie we’re used to seeing.

“Jack & Diane”, directed by Bradley Rust Gray, will be on demand September 27th, 2012 and in selected theaters November 2nd, 2012! :D

Official website: http://www.magpictures.com/jackanddiane/

Dani Shay: Update

If you have not checked out my prior page about Dani Shay then go ahead and do that :) I wanted to make another post about her because she is really taking a great path with her music. She’s writing music that means something, that sparks change in people, and she’s even making people question themselves and everything around them. I LOVE people like that!

Dani Shay’s official YouTube page: http://www.youtube.com/user/danishay

Her latest song, “Girl Or Boy,” touches the subject of people questioning her sex (female, male, trans), her sexual orientation, etc. I think it’s great that with her you really can’t tell. She is the ultimate question that everyone is dying the have the answer for. In her own words, “What does it mean to be a “girl”, what does it mean to be a “boy”- beyond the biological definition.” 

So, what do you think? Does a girl HAVE to love the color pink? Personally, my favorite color has always been blue :) But after all, I AM a lesbian. Dun dun dun! Please share your own thoughts about the topic, I’d love to hear them and I’m sure Dani Shay would like to also.

The L Word star Leisha Hailey kicked of Southwest flight for kissing her Girlfriend

This is absolutely discrimination! Earlier today Leisha Hailey was escorted off of a Southwest Airlines flight for KISSING HER GIRLFRIEND! Can you believe that? Not that she had a knife, or a gun, but because she showed affection to the person that she loves. WTF Southwest? What’s wrong with you?

Before being asked to leave the plane, one of the flight attendants told them that it was a “family” airline. What is FAMILY to you Southwest? Really, I want to know your definition. Sounds like a bunch of hate spewing out of your mouths to me! The couple then tweeted their frustrations. Leisha’s girlfriend, Camila Grey said:

“So we’ve joined the ranks alongside @BJAofficial and @ThatKevinSmith for being kicked off an @SouthwestAir flight, this time for being gay. @SouthwestAir We didn’t know intolerance and discrimination for slouchy pants, being overweight or being gay was part of your family values”

Leisha said shortly after:

“I have been discriminated against by @SouthwestAir. Flt. attendant said that it was a “family” airline and kissing was not ok. This is an outrage. I demand a public apology by @SouthwestAir and a refund. Hate is not a family value. I will never fly this airline.

We were escorted off the plane for getting upset about the issue. @SouthwestAir endorses homophobic employees. No one made her accountable.”

“Since when is showing affection towards someone you love illegal? I want to know what Southwest Airlines considers as “family”.

I know plenty of wonderful same sex families I would like to introduce them to. Boycott @SouthwestAir if you are gay. They don’t like us.”

The couple is now calling for a boycott of the airline and making sure every LGBTQ person hears about it. And damn right we will boycott!

Southwest had the nerve to release this statement regarding today’s situation:

“Initial reports indicate that we received several passenger complaints characterizing the behavior as excessive. Our crew, responsible for the comfort of all Customers on board, approached the passengers based solely on behavior and not gender. The conversation escalated to a level that was better resolved on the ground, as opposed to in flight. We regret any circumstance where a passenger does not have a positive experience on Southwest and we are ready to work directly with the passengers involved to offer our heartfelt apologies for falling short of their expectations.”

Behavior?! Really? I want to see EVERY straight couple that shows affection towards each other escorted off of their flights then because what they did was just NOT right!

Tweet #BOYCOTTSOUTHWEST!

Parent Support

We already know how tough it is when we are dealing with coming out, but what we don’t realize is that our parent’s and families have a coming out process as well. My mother recently told me she wanted to write about her experience when I was coming out, how hard/easy it was to accept, what the adjustment was like, etc. Luckily my mother accepted me with open arms. Sometimes parent’s and families aren’t very open and can possibly shut you out because they ran into the same closet you just came out of. Right? It sparked my idea to inform parent’s and families that there ARE support groups, websites, and books to help you through it and to give you a better understanding of your children.

http://community.pflag.org/page.aspx?pid=209

PFLAG which stands for Parent’s, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. This website is very informative. It has extensive support, advocacy &  issues, education & programs, an online news room, and also a place for you to take action. This website even has a page dedicated to LGBTQ terminology. This site is one of my favorites and one I hope you take the time to read.

http://www.gayfamilysupport.com/

This website was created by a woman and a mother of 2 gay children. She writes from her own experience, what her children went through, and how she felt during the process. I love that her website has many links to different books you can read. Whether you’re a child getting your parent a book for extra support, or you’re the parent looking for support, there are many options for you to look into. She has a link to personal family stories which lets you know you’re not alone. Other parent’s are right there with you feeling the same way. You can even see what famous people are gay/lesbian! Check it out.

http://www.kidspeace.org/healing.aspx?id=1186

This is an article that I came across and really loved. The woman who wrote it has been a teacher and counselor for over 20 years and a therapist for 25 years. Here is an excerpt from the article:

“Parenting gay children can be challenging, rewarding and ultimately life changing. The level of acceptance of sexual orientation and gender identity by fathers and mothers can detract from or expand a child’s healthy growth and development in countless ways. Too many of our LGBT (lesbian, gay bisexual, and transgender) youth face emotional isolation, rejection, and complete withdrawal from parents that lead many to depression, drugs and alcohol and even homelessness.”

These are just a few of the resources out there. Parent’s, please take the time to check out these websites. And if you’re a child who has a parent(s) or family that needs support, help them out. Go out and get them a book, or maybe print some of the information off of these sites and leave it for them to read. Let’s support each other!