South Eastern Queer Arts is a collective of artists, photographers, poets, writers, musicians, and craftspeople dedicated to expanding the visibility of LGBTQ+ artists throughout the South Eastern USA, giving another venue to share art. There's much to see here. So, take your time, look around, and learn all there is to know about us. We hope you enjoy our site and take a moment to drop us a line.
Based in Montgomery, Alabama we promote artists living in or from the South Eastern United States. Be sure and visit the websites of our artist contributors and support them by buying their artwork.
Creator of the "Family Matters: LGBTQ Youth Perspectives" - portraits of LGBTQ youth with their perspectives on self-identity.
Carolyn's exhibition was hosted by the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, displayed at Birmingham AIDS Outreach's Magic City Acceptance Center and the Jewish Community Center - all in Birmingham, Alabama. This Pride Month Special was made possible by a collaboration with Amanda Keller- Director Magic City Acceptance Center, and Carolyn Sherer. Our immense thanks for sharing, because - By many sharing - many may be inspired!
Years ago, there were a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations by members of the gay (LGBT) community in response to a police raid at the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village that began in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969.
Back then, the word queer was a derogatory and insultuous name for people in the LGBT community. The initials Q, I, A, + would be added many years later, and today many use LGBTQ+ or LGBTQIA+ to describe our community.
The word queer can be a pejorative when used in certain contexts. It will cause pain when used in a derogatory way or as an insistence that someone is abnormal and, thus, undeserving of fair treatment and love.
It was an insult many narrow-minded people would hurl at those that they deemed different from themselves - especially when it was because of gender or sexuality expression.
So, many years ago, the word queer was an insult. But after the Stonewall Riots LGBTQ+ people began to wear the word as a badge of honor. To say, in effect, “We’re here. We’re queer. Get used to it.” It was a statement that LGBTQ+ persons used in defiance of society’s refusal of acceptance.
Now, we use queer as an inclusive term to refer to those of us who fall outside of cisgender or heterosexual identities, and not as a derogatory term. It is a word we use freely and proudly with no shame.
The word queer also means odd, or different from the norm. And we use it freely in describing ourselves as persons, and here, in this website, it is also used as a description of some of the works that you will find. A double entendre - if you will.
We hope you will enjoy our queer work presented here.
In This Issue
Former Program Editor at FringeNYC - the New York International Fringe Festival, and studied Art, Painting, Art History, and Psychology at the University of Memphis. Greg currently lives in Nashville, TN. Some of Greg's work is featured in our Photography Section.
Tim retired after a 50 year radio & TV career, mostly in Alabama, in 2019, and has been refining his longtime passion for photography since then.
Ari is Research Assistant at the UAB School of Health Professionals, UAB School of Education, and is also the Data Manager for U.R.G.E. ( Unite for Reproductive and Gender Equity)
Shannon Anderson - Graphic Artist
Shannon is a Graphics Designer for S.P.L.C.
(Southern Poverty Law Center)
TBA - Work In Progress
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