JD on Being a Queer Artist; Maddow on Marriage – Two Interviews to Read Now

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JD on Being a Queer Artist; Maddow on Marriage – Two Interviews to Read Now

JD Samson wrote an editorial, "I Love My Job, But It Made Me Poorer," published in the "Gay Section" of HuffPo this week.

The piece is revealing; clearly, JD loves making music, writing music, and performing, but being a queer music superstar (MEN, Le Tigre) is not all rainbows and kittens. She articulates, with painstaking precision, the difficulties of leading a life as a queer artist. With no steady income, with no health insurance, JD expresses the precariousness of her daily existence. (Not to mention that, as a queer woman, she earns 54 cents to the hetero male dollar.) Here's what recently happened to her when trying to find a place to live:

I spent days trolling around Williamsburg, looking at shitty apartments with cockroaches lining the doorways, fighting neighbors, rats in the ceiling, bedbugs infesting the linoleum floors, fifth-floor walk-ups and cat-pee-soaked carpets. The rent was exorbitant, availability was scarce, and I was turned down by two different landlords for being "freelance." To be honest, I don't blame them. Not only am I freelance, but I'm lesbian freelance. Double whammy. What was the reason they turned me down? Because it was easier to rent to a rich, trust-fund, straight-guy banker who wants to live in the coolest borough in the world?  Because when he met me he saw a tattooed gender outlaw who makes "queer electronic punk music" and isn't sure when the next check is going to come in? Yeah, I don't blame him. 

Read JD's entire piece here.

The second piece you need to read is Rachel Maddow's candid interview with The Hollywood Reporter. In the interview, she talks about how George Clooney successfully wooed her into appearing in a cameo in his latest flick, The Ides of March. She also, and for the first time, publicly explains why she and her partner, artist Susan Mikula, haven't jumped on the marriage bandwagon, even though (or perhaps because) they have been together for 12 years: "We know a lot of people who have gotten married but I don't think we feel any urgency about it." Elaborating upon her thoughts about gay marriage in general, she says,

I feel that gay people not being able to get married for generations, forever, meant that we came up with alternative ways of recognizing relationships," she explains. "And I worry that if everybody has access to the same institutions that we lose the creativity of subcultures having to make it on their own. And I like gay culture.

Who doesn't like gay culture, R.Maddow? Parkour to you!

Read all of Maddow's interview here.

 

 



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