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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 missing from this board? Let us know so we can shout them out. Drop us a line. Email Us at Like Us at Facebook/qwocmediawire Tweet us @qwocmediawire

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Queer and Trans POC Artists We Love

Queer and Trans POC Artists We Love

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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."

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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.

AI HARUNA is a Japanese transgender TV personality and singer, famous for imitating popular idol Aya Matsuura. In October 2009, Haruna won the "Miss International Queen 2009" transgender beauty pageant held in Pattaya, Thailand, becoming the first Japanese contestant to win the title.

LETTA NEELY(@LettaNeely) is a spoken word artist who has authored two books of poetry, "Juba" and "Here," and was named "Best Local Author 2001" by a Boston Phoenix reader's poll. Twice a Lambda Literary Awards finalist for lesbian poetry, Letta frequents poetry readings around New England and is a regular slam poetry winner. She is an ardent civil rights activist who has done anti-homophobia training and educational outreach.

YOLLANDA NOK SUANYOT is a model and beauty queen, and was a member of the pop group Venus Flytrap, where she performed under the name "Nok". On May 27, 2012 , she was elected to represent Mueang Nan District on the Provincial Administration Organization of Nan Province in Thailand, running unaffiliated with any party. Suanyot founded and chairs the TransFemale Association of Thailand, which advocates for transgender rights.

HARISU is a Trans pop singer, model and actress from South Korea. She is noted for being South Korea's first transgender entertainer, and in 2002 became only the second person in Korea to legally change their gender. Her stage name is an adaptation of the English phrase "hot issue".

JASIKA NICOLE PRUITT (@FringeLabRat) is an American actress and illustrator from Birmingham, Alabama. She is best known for portraying Astrid Farnsworth in the Fox television series Fringe.Nicole studied dance, voice and theatre at Catawba College.She has been open about being a lesbian since she started dating women while she was filming Take the Lead.She was also featured in the 2010 OUT 100 list in Out magazine.

CHARAN P. MORRIS is a poet/educator transplanted from Chicago to New York. A LAMBDA Literary Foundation 2011 Emerging LGBT Voices Fellow, she has performed for audiences throughout the East Coast & Midwest, sharing a stage with artists such as Gill Scott-Heron, The Last Poets, Staceyann Chin, Kelly Tsai and others. Her work speaks out about colorism, homophobia and war, but sometimes it’s just about being human.

Luna Maia is a San Francisco based Mestiza Queer poet who writes about issues of mixed heritage, feminism, and gender identity. Luna has featured at cafes, libraries, bookstores, and Universities throughout the San Francisco Bay area as well as in Tucson and Los Angeles. Luna performed four consecutive years in Queer Cultural Center’s National Queer Arts Festival.

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POETIC DEVOTION (@PoeticDevotion) aka Roe Robinson is a young yet old soul. Living 29 years strong but many times within those years faced several trails and tribulations. She has fought with sexuality, spirituality, rejection, depression and “acceptance”. For 10 years she has been speaking what it is she writes. Providing emotion and raw reality. Never changing lines to fit the masses but creating lines so that everyone can begin to see a line that leads us all closer to our calling.

WANDA SYKES (@iamwandasykes) has been called "one of the funniest stand up comics" by her peers and ranks among Entertainment Weekly's 25 Funniest People in America. Her smart-witted stand up has sent her career in many different areas. Sykes was previously seen on several television shows these past 2 years: on her own late night talk show on FOX, “The Wanda Sykes Show”, her second HBO stand up special “I’ma Be Me”, and many other projects up to date.

CHERRIE L. MORAGA is a playwright, poet, and essayist whose plays and publications have received national recognition, including a TCG Theatre Artist Residency Grant in 1996, the NEA's Theatre Playwrights' Fellowship in 1993, and two Fund for New American Plays Awards. In 2007, she was awarded the United States Artist Rockefeller Fellowship for Literature; in 2008, a Creative Work Fund Award, and in 2009, a Gerbode-Hewlett Foundation Grant for Playwiting.