QueerPorn.TV Says No to Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival

This week, QueerPorn.TV took a direct stance against the trans-phobic policies of the 38-year old Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival, when Courtney Trouble declined to allow them to screen the QueerPorn.TV documentary What Makes Us Queer as part of their festival.

Here’s Courtney’s public statement, which includes the e-mail sent to MWMF.

Michfest Wants What Makes Us Queer

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This week I was invited to screen the short film I made with Tina Horn and QueerPorn.TV, What Makes Us Queer, at the Michagan Womyn’s Music Festival happening this summer.

The organizers of the MWMF have steadily enacted or fought to enact Womyn-Born-Womyn (but since trans women Can and Are often “born womyn,” I will simply say that they have fought for an anti-trans policy) for the past 30 years, refusing trans women at the gate until just recently, where they are allowed to come, but not without a tremendous amount of pressure to leave.This year Lisa Vogel (Michfest founder and producer for the past 38 years) made it plain and simple in an open letter: MWMF is “WBW” only space and how dare we challenge that lived experience, that “sisterhood” – clearly stating that the “trans community” is not part of the “womon’s community.”

(If you are unfamiliar with the 24 year old struggle for trans women inclusion on the land, please read this essay by Emi Koyama http://eminism.org/readings/pdf-rdg/whose-feminism.pdf or this article written in 2003 by Michelle Tea http://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/transmissions-from-camp-trans-2003)

The main organizers of the festival continue to make excuses and attempt to protect themselves from the blatant fact that trans women are women, and should be welcome in any women’s only space. Their refusal to switch to a completely trans-inclusive policy breeds the kind of hatred that radscum like Cathy Brennan, owner of trans-phobic threat sites like Pretendbians and Gender Identity Watch, are born from – the longer Lisa Vogel makes distinctions between women and trans women, the more these rad fem hate mongers feed from it.

A simple Google search for “trans woman murdered” brings up multiple unique results daily. In a world where trans women are murdered, abused, and neglected by family at such an alarming rate, this is activism required by ALL feminists.

Violence against trans women is violence against women – and as long as women’s spaces continue to protect the hatred and actively discriminate, all of us must fight.

This year, the Indigo Girls stated that this would be their last MichFest performance unless the policy was changed for good.

I have friends who go, I have friends who boycott, I have friends who go and do activism on the land or help run Camp Trans across the street. I have friends who run Trans Womyn Belong Here, an organization that fights for trans inclusion in feminist spaces like MichFest.

I personally find myself walking away from conversations about MichFest seemingly constantly – I am annoyed by how much space it takes up. I’m from a younger generation of feminism, a riot grrrl, a gender queer punk who has revolted against lesbian separatism and women’s only spaces since birth. A woman’s only space is not mine to participate in. I do, however, make the yearly pilgrimage to Fabulosa Fest, a 5 year old festival that celebrates women’s music, art, film, and health – but invites all genders to participate.

Anyways, I digress. I am FOR SURE not the expert on all of this stuff, and a deep inner shyness is being fought right now as I type this, but here it goes. There are others who say this better, and I give great thanks to my friends who inform me of what’s going on and help me form the words I need to bring this kind of awareness not only to my fans, but also myself.

The express and direct UN-inviting of trans women from women’s spaces, feminist community, and queer/lesbian culture is aggravating to me, and would like to finally come out with my response to this and any future invitation to take part in the MWMF:

My response is that I will not allow my work to be shown at MichFest until it is a truly inclusive space for ALL women.

Trans women are women, and I don’t feel comfortable showing my film where trans women may feel directly unwelcome, unappreciated, othered, or unsafe.

The organizers of the festival have made it clear that this is still an issue, and while I have largely stayed out of it, this invitation gives me a direct chance to align with those that boycott MichFest for being trans phobic and creating an atmosphere for some radical feminists to continue to abuse, threaten, diagnose, and discriminate against trans women.

Until MWMF actively fights the hatred it’s bred, I have no interest in being involved.

My participation in the film festival would require all the following:

1) That the film festival where my film is shown has a clear, direct statement that MWMF is a space for ALL women, and that there be a director’s statement posted before my film that states this as so.
2) That a screening fee of $100 be paid to the Trans Womyn Belong Here organization as a donation to charity.
3) The screening and any discussion space before or after it be officially declared a welcoming space for all women, “WBW” or not.
4) That MWMF as a whole release a statement against the discrimination of trans women, specifically denouncing the abuse and hatred against trans activists by sites like Gender identity Watch and Pretendbians. A good start would be to donate money to organizations that benefit trans women like TGIJP, CeCe MacDonald, SRLP, or Trans Womyn Belong Here. MWMF could also provide scholarships to trans women who want to come to the festival, create fest-sponsored safe spaces on the land, and try to right some of the hundreds of wrongs those on the land have committed in the past 30 years.
I should also declare that I do not identify as a WBW, but as a person, sometimes a woman, and always a feminist.
Thank you for considering What Makes Us Queer – it’s a great film, and I do hope that those on the land get a chance to see it at some point or another!
Yours,

Courtney Trouble

QueerPorn.TV Take’s Over NYC!

Last night in Brookyln, we took over one of NYC’s sexiest queer dance clubs, Rebel Cupcake! Hosted by Courtney Trouble and Bevin (of QueerFatFemme.Com fame) – Rebel Cupcake was one giant make out session. Porn, fashion, femmes, fags, and fierce dance moves collided!

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Thanks to Sugarland for hosting us, and to VIP guest Tina Horn for repping QPTV NYC and letting us have a little co-founder’s re-union!

Thanks to former TROUBLEfilms editing intern Jacqueline Mary for the incredible QPTV backdrop – it was a GIANT TV!

Here’s all the pics from the photobooth, taken by Courtney Trouble! (or click here to see the smaller, SFW set on Facebook!)

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Queer Porn Takeover at SWICH SF Valentine’s Day!

Last week in San Franisco, QueerPorn.TV crashed one of the hottest lesbian dance parties in the city – Switch SF at QBAR, hosted by DJ Jenna Riot and DJ Andre (who DJed Courtney Trouble’s infamous Queerly Beloved Pride Party last year!)

Jiz Lee and Dylan Ryan showed up to go go dance for the ecstatic crushed-out crowd, and Courtney Trouble hit up the photobooth with her camera and one hundred free copies of Fuckstyles, which the crowd gobbled up faster than the cupcakes resident photographer Suck&Blow brought!

Below, you will find the photos that Courtney Trouble snapped, followed by our queer porn favorites from SWITCH’s official snaps (taken by Suck&Blow)  under the gallery, or check out their whole collection here

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Buy Nothing, Watch Queer Porn TV!

Hey Babes!

So, this morning, tons of people hit up stores and got trampled in hopes of buying a few good items, and really ended up with a bunch of mediocre stuff and lots of lost money. Not only does this support huge corporations rather than buying locally (Go Plaid Friday!), it’s really just a big ol’ mess.

Here at Queer Porn TV, we’ve caught onto the awesome phenomena of Buy Nothing Day, and we couldn’t be more stoked. Buy Nothing Day was started as a Black Friday alternative, where for just one day, we make the effort to step back from this crazy economy, to relax, unwind, and “unshop”. For our lucky and diligent fans, YOU, that one, paying such good attention, we are making it so that today you can have your cake (pie?) and eat it, too!! That’s right, in honor of Buy Nothing Day, Queer Porn TV is offering 3 free hours of access to the site, from 9pm to midnight PST!

Aren’t you glad you’re not at Target?

From 9pm until Midnight, PST tonight!!
Username: buynothing
Password: watchQPTV

xoxoxo!

Feel free to share this on Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr!!

 

QueerPorn.TV Fisting Day Post

It’s Fisting Day here at QueerPorn.TV, our favorite sex-positive holiday! Oh let’s just admit it – it’s our favorite holiday of any kind. 

This year, we are inviting you to join us for a FREE live streaming sex education demo by Tobi Hill-Meyer, director of Doing It Ourselves: Trans Women Porn Project.

At 6pm PST, we will turn on our lovely streaming window sponsored by the good queer-loving folks at SkinVideo, so that Tobi and her co star Briar can show you the ropes of Fisting 101 For All Genders!

Click here to go to QPTV Live and tune in at 6pm PST!

To get you ready, here is a free extended clip of Tobi, with Maya Mayhem, in one of our favorite on-set fisting moments:

Also, for a 30% discount in our clip store for ANY DVD OR SCENE CLIP, use the coupon FISTING at checkout. Expires on 10/31/12

 

Check out our blog post from last year, with a break-down of our fisting scenes and some incredibly moving words written by queer porn star Tina Horn.

What Is Fisting Day?

Fisting day is a global event, celebrating and debunking the negative stereotypes of fisting, a sex act that uses the entire hand.

Fisting Day was created in 2011 by co-founders Courtney Trouble and Jiz Lee. Coinciding with the release of the banned and censored film Live Sex Show, directed by Trouble and starring Lee and the legendary Nina Hartley in a fisting scene, Fisting Day began not only a celebration, but a call for awareness – this sex act is banned and censored in most forms of adult entertainment, and that fear is reflected outside of the sex industry as well.

We believe that sex-positive education, exposure, information, and discussion is an easy cure for this fist-phobia!

On fisting day, visit fistingday.tumblr.com for global submissions.  Meanwhile see last years round of blogs as well, here: http://courtneytrouble.com/blog/international-fisting-day-round-up/

QueerPorn.TV at PRIDE!

We are excited to release our extra special Pride Schedule to you – if you’re in San Francisco please come to one of our events and say hello!

Tonight, our documentary is playing at Frameline at the Victory Theatre. We believe it is sold out but if you’re going to see Sexing The Transman, you’ll see our short film before the full feature! There’s an afterparty at The Lexington!

Then, on Friday – you’ll find Courtney Trouble working an awesome daytime photo booth for the San Francisco LGBT Center Transgender Economic Empowerment Initiative at Dolores Park from 3-5pm before the Trans March!

Amos Mac from Original Plumbing and Courtney Trouble from QueerPorn.TV at a Pride Party in 2010!

Then, on Friday night after the Trans March head over to the Elbo Room for the most awesome of awesomeness, the Original Plumbing official Trans March Afterparty, UNOFFICIAL! Original Plumbing is a quarterly print magazine with photos and features geared towards trans men and community. We love this magazine and the guys who run it, Amos and Rocco are old friends of Courtney Trouble, who will be there at the party repping QueerPorn.TV and giving out free copies of Fuckstyles, memberships, and giving away a few tickets to the Main Event….

QUEERLY BELOVED!!!

This year’s quintessential queer pride party is going to be OFF THE HOOK. With Lady Tragik, a queer electro music, rap, and performance artist as our headlining act YOU WILL NOT MISS THIS. FTM porn star James Darling will be stripping, Courtney Trouble will be doing an erotic performance art act, Dorian Faust will be doing her amazing indie burlesque magic – SF femme staples Jenna Riot and Chelsea Starr will be DJing with DeeJay Andre, CUM AND GLITTER will be doing nasty thing to you in the Kinky Kissing Booth/Erotic Cafe – and QueerPorn.TVORIGINAL PLUMBING magazine, and Nick’s Pizza Made In Oakland will be giving away free stuff all day long at this outside daytime patio pride party at El Rio. Tickets are $7 online, or $10 at the door. Don’t wait in line – buy the tickets. And Share This Post and Invite Your Friends. http://www.facebook.com/events/297522756997254/

Queer Porn Pride Party!

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Heeey QueerPorn.TV fans! It’s that time of year where the air gets hot and the babes get hotter… it’s almost time for PRIDE! In the Bay Area we party HARD, FAST, and CHEAP – and my pride party is the biggest event I put on all year – so let’s get FUCKED!

Buy tickets for Queerly Beloved online at Brown Paper Tickets for $3 less than the door, akip the line, and secure your spot – this party WILL sell out!

KEYWORDS:

Courtney Trouble STRIPPING (like you’ve NEVER seen)

JENNA RIOT spinning with Chelsea Starr and DJ Andre

LADY TRAGIK bay area lesbian electro dance HOT headliner – live performance!

JAMES DARLING ftm porn star heart throb doing something nasty

DORIAN FAUST indie queen burlesque Basquiat shaking and starting it up hot and heavy

KINKY KISSING BOOTH with the seriously hot babes from CUM AND GLITTER collective: local queer, feminist strippers, performers, and sex kittens!

CELEBRITY PHOTO BOOTH by the best in town K E E P D R O W N I N G

FREE PIZZA from NICKS PIZZA

QueerPorn.TV’s first film Fuckstyles of the Queer and Famous wins a Feminist Porn Award!

Most Deliciously Diverse Cast goes to…
Fuckstyles (of the queer and famous):
Directed by Courtney Trouble & Tina Horn

sorry we didn’t say much… we really wanted to dedicate the award to the cast! also thanks to nick bakes, ella quincy, and smitten kitten for making some of the impossible stuff happen. this movie was made with love, tailoring our favorite scenes from queerporn.tv into shorter, more perfect pieces, mixing them with music and director’s commentary.

we feel strongly that the scenes we chose for Fuckstyles represent many intersections of the queer community and hope that we are able to continue to give agency to those under-represented in porn in a respectful, authentic, and seriously sexy way. i’ve said it in speeches past, we all belong here, and i continue to maintain that belief with my work. thank you again for the award and if you want fuckstyles, go to queerporn.tv/fuckstyles. THANKS!

– courtney trouble

 

p.s. thank you to nikki hearts and her gorgeous partner for filming this video!

Vegas Baby!

Wolf Hudson, Arabelle Raphael, James Darling, Quinn Valentine, Sophia St James, Tobi HIll-Meyer, and Charlie Spats

There’s just something about walking into an enormous hotel suite on the 19th floor of Planet Hollywood, throwing open the shades to behold a view of Vegas, and turning on the hot tub that makes you feel like you’ve really made it!

As soon as QueerPornTv learned we were nominated for Best Alternative Website, we knew we had to band together to make a big splash in Vegas.

Queer Porn as a genre took the AVNs and AEE by unprecedented storm this year. We gathered Queer Porn Stars Courtney Trouble, Tina Horn, James Darling, Charlie Spats, Wolf Hudson, Sophia St James, Quinn Valentine, Arabelle Raphael, Akira Raine, Tobi Hill-Meyer, and Maxine Holloway into one enormous suite for a spectacularly fun and productive weekend. We were a strong presence at the convention, events, and afterparties. But much more importantly, we stood together as a community, as a unified front of strong-willed, open-minded, sex positive people going against the grain of the industry.

Plus we all looked FABULOUS, don’t you agree?

Tina, James, Sophia, Arabelle, Maxine, Charlie, Quinn, Courtney, Wolf, Akira

Nina, Sophia, Tina, Dylan, Tobi, Courtney, Danny

Charlie, Tina, James, Sophia, Quinn, & Maxine on the red carpet

One highlight of the weekend was a party and sex-ed panel hosted by Smitten Kitten. Sophia, Tobi, Courtney and Tina were joined by Nina Hartley, Dylan Ryan, and Danny Wylde to discuss the future of sexual education from feminist, queer, and progressive perspectives.

 

 

 

The next night we took the red carpet by storm with our glamour and diversity, amusing each other with flirting and Madonna sing-alongs. Our crew made history when Charlie Spats and James Darling became the second two transmen ever to walk the AVN red carpet!  Afterwards, we absconded to a local restaurant for expensive steaks (with marrow!) and cocktails.

Sophia, Quinn, & Courtney pre-gaming!

 

Now that we’re all recouperating in our respective beds, it’s time to think about 2012. We are moving and shaking in the underground and mainstream, but huge strides still need to be made.

Tell us what you want to see in the New Year on QPTV, because as we’re always reminding you, everyone is a queer porn star!

XOXO Tina and Courtney with QueerPornTv!

QueerPorn.TV NAKED in Vegas!

In case you were wondering what we looked like out of our fancy porn outfits and stage makeup, here is a group shot of a few of your favorite Queer Porn Stars in our Vegas mansion over AEE/AVN weekend. (More details to come)

Counter-clockwise from left: Wolf Hudson, Courtney Trouble, Tina Horn, Maxine Holloway, Charlie Spats, Sophia St James, Arabelle Raphael, James Darling, Quinn Valentine