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Queer and Trans POC Artists We Love

A collection of our favorite LBTQ women and gender non-conforming artists of color, curated by QWOC Media Wire executive editor @spectraspeaks. Who's…
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DENISE UYEHARA is an award-winning performance artist, writer, and playwright whose work has been presented across the U.S. and in London, Vancouver, Helsinki and Tokyo.  For over two  decades she has investigated what marks us in our migration across borders of identity through interdisciplinary performance.  A founding member of the Sacred Naked Nature Girls, she conducts workshops for artists and a wide range of communities – LGBTQ, women, people of color. Oregon State University, Performance Artist, Stonewall, Playwright, Interdisciplinary, Nature Girl, Queer, Feminist, Lgbtq
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DENISE UYEHARA is an award-winning performance artist, writer, and playwright whose work has been presented across the U.S. and in London, Vancouver, Helsinki and Tokyo. For over two decades she has investigated what marks us in our migration across borders of identity through interdisciplinary performance. A founding member of the Sacred Naked Nature Girls, she conducts workshops for artists and a wide range of communities – LGBTQ, women, people of color.
LINDA VILLAROSA is a journalist, author, editor and now novelist. For several years, she edited the health pages for the New York Times, working on health coverage for Science Times and for the newspaper at large. She was also the executive editor of Essence Magazine—two different times--where she wrote or edited a number of award-winning articles that she is extremely proud of. Jacqueline Woodson, Black Lesbians, Essence Magazine, Lesbian Women, Black Authors, Talking Heads, She Was Beautiful, Gorgeous, Journalist
LINDA VILLAROSA is a journalist, author, editor and now novelist. For several years, she edited the health pages for the New York Times, working on health coverage for Science Times and for the newspaper at large. She was also the executive editor of Essence Magazine—two different times--where she wrote or edited a number of award-winning articles that she is extremely proud of.
TOSHI REAGON is a one-woman celebration of all that’s dynamic, progressive and uplifting in American music. Since first taking to the stage at age 17, this versatile singer-songwriter-guitarist has moved audiences of all kinds with her big hearted, hold-nothing-back approach to rock, blues, R, country, folk, spirituals and funk. Inspiring Women, Guitarist, Rock Music, Singer Songwriter, Feminism, Lesbian, Dynamic
TOSHI REAGON is a one-woman celebration of all that’s dynamic, progressive and uplifting in American music. Since first taking to the stage at age 17, this versatile singer-songwriter-guitarist has moved audiences of all kinds with her big hearted, hold-nothing-back approach to rock, blues, R, country, folk, spirituals and funk.
SAPPHIRE emerged on the scene with the release of Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire. Sapphire is also an acclaimed poet and performance poet that has been a part of the black lesbian arts movement since the 1970s. She is a former member of United Lesbians of Color for Change, Inc., and self-published a collection of poems, titled “Meditations on the Rainbow” in 1987. Kickass Women, Badass Women, What Is Feminism, Woman Loving Woman, African American Culture, By Any Means Necessary, Famous Black
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SAPPHIRE emerged on the scene with the release of Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire. Sapphire is also an acclaimed poet and performance poet that has been a part of the black lesbian arts movement since the 1970s. She is a former member of United Lesbians of Color for Change, Inc., and self-published a collection of poems, titled “Meditations on the Rainbow” in 1987.
C.C. CARTER is a writer, poet, performance artist, and teacher. She has helped to develop audiences for poetry, music by women of color, writing by women in prison, African American literature and art, and women’s health awareness. As a fund-raiser and board member she has also helped to sustain numerous groups. African American Literature, Fund Raiser, Male Gender, Black Royalty, Board Member, Lgbt Community, Historical Images
C.C. CARTER is a writer, poet, performance artist, and teacher. She has helped to develop audiences for poetry, music by women of color, writing by women in prison, African American literature and art, and women’s health awareness. As a fund-raiser and board member she has also helped to sustain numerous groups.
ALICE WALKERWalker is an American author, poet, and activist. She has written both fiction and essays about race and gender. She is best known for the critically acclaimed novel The Color Purple (1982) for which she won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. In 2011 shooting began on "Beauty in Truth", a documentary film about Walker's life. Famous Americans, Famous People, Alice Walker, Favorite Authors, Favorite Books, People Of Interest, Writers And Poets, Literature Books, Book Writer
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ALICE WALKERWalker is an American author, poet, and activist. She has written both fiction and essays about race and gender. She is best known for the critically acclaimed novel The Color Purple (1982) for which she won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. In 2011 shooting began on "Beauty in Truth", a documentary film about Walker's life.
DORIA ROBERTS (@doriaroberts), a regular on the national singer/songwriter circuit, creates songs that have been described as "a delicious, bohemian blend of folk, jazz and pop". Doria’s versatility as a songwriter and entertainer is never lost whether she is performing solo or with her band. Furthermore, she is an activist, a bodega owner, and started her own record label. Lgbt History, She Band, Food Chain, Record Label, Taylor Swift
DORIA ROBERTS (@doriaroberts), a regular on the national singer/songwriter circuit, creates songs that have been described as "a delicious, bohemian blend of folk, jazz and pop". Doria’s versatility as a songwriter and entertainer is never lost whether she is performing solo or with her band. Furthermore, she is an activist, a bodega owner, and started her own record label.
TRACY CHAPMAN is an American folk, blues-rock, pop, and soul singer-songwriter, best known for her singles "Fast Car", "Talkin' 'bout a Revolution", "Baby Can I Hold You", "Crossroads", "Give Me One Reason" and "Telling Stories". She is a multi-platinum and four-time Grammy Award-winning artist. Rock Roll, Tracy Chapman Fast Car, Revolution, Famous Vegans, Hair Cuts 2017, Best Facebook Cover Photos, Golden Gate Park, Music Therapy
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TRACY CHAPMAN is an American folk, blues-rock, pop, and soul singer-songwriter, best known for her singles "Fast Car", "Talkin' 'bout a Revolution", "Baby Can I Hold You", "Crossroads", "Give Me One Reason" and "Telling Stories". She is a multi-platinum and four-time Grammy Award-winning artist.
FELICIA PEARSON (@BmoreSnoop) is an American actress, author, and rapper. She is best known for playing a character of the same name, Felicia "Snoop" Pearson, on The Wire. She wrote a memoir titled Grace After Midnight. Professional Art, Butches, Snoop, Rolling Stones, Middle East, American Actress
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FELICIA PEARSON (@BmoreSnoop) is an American actress, author, and rapper. She is best known for playing a character of the same name, Felicia "Snoop" Pearson, on The Wire. She wrote a memoir titled Grace After Midnight.
GAYE ADEGBALOLA is an American blues singer and guitarist, teacher, lecturer, activist, and photographer. By maintaining the blues legacy, she now sees herself as a contemporary griot – keeping the history alive, delivering messages of empowerment, ministering to the heartbroken, and finding joy in the mundane. Grey Hair Styles For Women, Thick Hair Styles, Curly Hair Styles, Natural Hair Styles, Short Styles, Short Hairstyles For Women, Gray Hairstyles, Womens Hairstyles, Grey Haircuts
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GAYE ADEGBALOLA is an American blues singer and guitarist, teacher, lecturer, activist, and photographer. By maintaining the blues legacy, she now sees herself as a contemporary griot – keeping the history alive, delivering messages of empowerment, ministering to the heartbroken, and finding joy in the mundane.
MARLA GLEN is an American jazz and rhythm and blues singer. Glen is known for her haunting lyrics, for her fierce commitment to social change and the cause of human unity. Most recently, she has dedicated her time and efforts to the education of children, and was declared the "patron saint" of the Knowledge Festival, organized by Bildung ohne Grenzen (Education without Barriers) in Hamburg, Germany. Lesbian Fashion, Joining The Military, Gospel Singer, Rhythm And Blues, American Patriot, African American History
Marla Glen - Wikipedia
MARLA GLEN is an American jazz and rhythm and blues singer. Glen is known for her haunting lyrics, for her fierce commitment to social change and the cause of human unity. Most recently, she has dedicated her time and efforts to the education of children, and was declared the "patron saint" of the Knowledge Festival, organized by Bildung ohne Grenzen (Education without Barriers) in Hamburg, Germany.
AZEALIA BANKS (@AZEALIAWORLD) is an American rapper, singer and lyricist from Harlem, New York signed to Interscope/Polydor, and formerly known under the pseudonym Miss Bank$. Banks rose in notability in 2011 when she topped NME's "Cool List" for the year. On December 5, 2011, the BBC announced that Banks had been nominated for the Sound of 2012, where she ultimately finished third. Her debut single, "212" featuring Lazy Jay, was released on December 6, 2011, charting in some European countries. Don Ameche, Xl Recordings, Azealia Banks, Russell Crowe, Music Sing, Reality Tv Shows, American Rappers
Azealia Banks - Wikipedia
AZEALIA BANKS (@AZEALIAWORLD) is an American rapper, singer and lyricist from Harlem, New York signed to Interscope/Polydor, and formerly known under the pseudonym Miss Bank$. Banks rose in notability in 2011 when she topped NME's "Cool List" for the year. On December 5, 2011, the BBC announced that Banks had been nominated for the Sound of 2012, where she ultimately finished third. Her debut single, "212" featuring Lazy Jay, was released on December 6, 2011, charting in some European countries.
TYLER FORD (@tywrent) is a 21-year-old multi-racial transgender contestant on The Glee Project's second season. Tyler, a student at Vanderbilt University, has been performing for 11 years and lists his biggest musical influences as Lady Gaga and Sia. He said in an interview with GLAAD, "The show is lacking in the "BTQ" half of "LGBTQ," but hopefully I can add some spice there! I would definitely love to see more trans* and queer characters - especially people of color." Transgender Books, Gender Nonconforming, Third Gender, Gender Binary, Two Spirit, Genderqueer, 21 Years Old, Androgynous, Glee
The Glee Project's Tyler Ford Speaks with GLAAD
TYLER FORD (@tywrent) is a 21-year-old multi-racial transgender contestant on The Glee Project's second season. Tyler, a student at Vanderbilt University, has been performing for 11 years and lists his biggest musical influences as Lady Gaga and Sia. He said in an interview with GLAAD, "The show is lacking in the "BTQ" half of "LGBTQ," but hopefully I can add some spice there! I would definitely love to see more trans* and queer characters - especially people of color."
AZMARIE LIVINGSTON (@iamaziam) is an androgynous model who was recently a contestant on America's Next Top Model Cycle 18. She states, "My goal in life is to touch as many individuals as possible opening their minds up to awareness and acceptance of ones-self. Through my work I want to set an example that no matter what one feels may be hindering them from success, it can be defeated." Lesbian Stud, Lesbian Love, Woman Crush, Girl Crush, Azmarie Livingston, Style Androgyne, Lgbt, Tv Movie, Androgynous Models
AZMARIE LIVINGSTON (@iamaziam) is an androgynous model who was recently a contestant on America's Next Top Model Cycle 18. She states, "My goal in life is to touch as many individuals as possible opening their minds up to awareness and acceptance of ones-self. Through my work I want to set an example that no matter what one feels may be hindering them from success, it can be defeated."
KAREN WILLIAMS has been an out lesbian stand-up comedian for 25 years. She started in the California Bay Area in the 1980s and performed at women's music festivals and toured the country doing her one-woman show. She was one of the stars of Laughing Matters and her one-woman show "I Need a Snack" was featured on Logo. Karen currently lives in the Cleveland area and teaches stand-up comedy at Cleveland State University. Actor Studio, Stand Up Comedians, Stand Up Comedy, Beautiful Black Women, In Hollywood
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KAREN WILLIAMS has been an out lesbian stand-up comedian for 25 years. She started in the California Bay Area in the 1980s and performed at women's music festivals and toured the country doing her one-woman show. She was one of the stars of Laughing Matters and her one-woman show "I Need a Snack" was featured on Logo. Karen currently lives in the Cleveland area and teaches stand-up comedy at Cleveland State University.