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API Hair & Queerness

LGBTQ API Women and Non-binary People and their experiences with LGBTQ identity, gender, and race.

I never really thought about how hair becomes a performative identity on queerness and how it informs not only our self-expression but also how other people perceive us. That there is a social pressure of “homonormativity” to look a certain way to be accepted and recognized within queer spaces. In fact, it pervades all manners of physical appearance, from our bodies to our clothes, that sometimes it’s easier to be “passing” than to be queer. For queer women, I learned of a perceived “fem-phobia” in the community and for queer men, I’ve experienced the pressure to be adopt a more fashionable wardrobe and hairstyle.

-Jeffrey

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