Posted By Sandra Alland

Zorras got reviewed! Glasgow’s Lock Up Your Daughters magazine says of our January Forest gig: “The place is rammed...and the show does not disappoint. Reminiscent of Miranda July and complemented by a deadpan delivery, Alland's words are at once both drolly funny and sweetly strange...Y. Josephine's vocals and percussion really shine and embody the set with the kind of soul spoken word frequently lacks.” Sigh, someone I don’t know compared me to Miranda July. I can die now.

The multimedia queer event, Cachín Cachán Cachunga, went great at The Street on Sunday… some highlights were Teodora Vlad’s documentary about being queer in Romania, and songbird Steven Smith playing with his band The Stigs. I screened my video Slippery for the first time, too, which was great because I wasn’t the only one who thought it was funny…. On 31 May, Zorras launch issue two of their zine Maricón, and the usual Cachín team will be joined by Canadian visual artist Karen Miranda Augustine, Greek filmmaker Evi Tsiligaridou, and London poet Sophie Mayer.

In other news, yesterday I caught the exhibition that's part of a 6-month-long LGBTI programme at the Glasgow Museum of Modern Art. GoMA has a yearly social justice project, Sh[OUT], featuring shows, artist talks, residencies, publications & loads of stellar community outreach. The current show, which is just the beginning of this year's project, has works by Nan Goldin, Della Grace Volcano, Robert Mapplethorpe and many others (including locals). My favourite part was Our Vivid Stories, a cracking collection of digital shorts made by LGBTI youth in Glasgow. Free!

Some media have criticized the show’s “pornographic” content and “the wasting of tax-payers money” (reminiscent of negative publicity of Canada’s Banff Centre gay show in the 80s), which shows homophobia is alive and well in Scotland (also saw comments in the visitor’s area like, “Where is the straight show? Why do you have to throw it in our face?” and “Why ruin such a beautiful building with such crap?”). But the show is excellent (and could even use some pornographic content, in my opinion!), and the majority of feedback from the public (including many young visitors) is overwhelmingly positive. Yay GoMA! This is the biggest public project on queer, intersex and trans issues, ever in Scotland!


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