Posted by Lil Miss Hot Mess on May 28, 2011
Those who know me well and know that I very rarely get excited about electoral politics. It’s not that I think it’s not important, but I just have trouble compromising and I tend to prioritize other work. BUT, I’m getting really really excited about John Avalos for Mayor! With him, I guess I feel like I don’t have to compromise and I am excited by the thought of having a truly progressive and community-oriented mayor in City Hall.
I was tipped off to Avalos’s campaign by a friend of mine who is a queer woman of color and organizer in the Arab-American community, whose politics I trust and work I admire deeply. There are links to articles at the bottom of this post that speak more to his experience and platform, but here’s what she said about John:
Prior to and during his time as Supervisor, he has been the most humble, passionate, tireless, and generous advocate on behalf of poor and working communities, particularly our communities of color that are being pushed out of SF.
I’ve decided to help out with the campaign, and am one of the “hosts” of a Queers for Avalos Happy Hour on Friday, June 10 at Dolores Park Cafe. Please consider joining me, even if you don’t identify as queer, someone who lives in SF, or someone who cares about local politics. We need support from everyone who wants a more sustainable and livable city!
Here’s some easy ways you can get involved:
But can he win? YES! Although he may not be a front-runner (yet), it’s always useful to have someone who can raise the important issues (watch the doc on Shirley Chisholm if you don’t know what I’m talking about) AND especially with this being the first Ranked-Choice mayoral election there’s a lot of opportunity (look at Jean Quan in Oakland)!
Posted by Lil Miss Hot Mess on May 19, 2011
Yesterday was my last day working for Frameline, which left me with a heavy heart. It’s a job I’ve loved over the past three years, but it’s time for new challenges and a change of scenery!
I once was given an award by a staff member for “Best use of the Frameline brand to promote herself,” so I had to live up to that one last time, and created this video to so “so long” (never “goodbye”) to my family there:
But trust: I’ll still be kicking it around the festival!
PS: Apologies that the video is a little squished — I can’t figure out the right compression specs for this mother!
Update: my video got reposted on Queerty (thanks!) and the video has reached more than 2000 views, which equals more than my little brother’s rap video so I am happy.
Posted by Lil Miss Hot Mess on May 12, 2011
But as you all know, I am 100% REAL.
More coming, but just wanted a minute to vent about the fact that Facebook disabled my LMHM account because it wasn’t a “real” name. They restored it, but with my boy name, which is homo/transphobic and a violation of my privacy.
I am still trying to reason with them, but frankly this is ridiculous. It makes me realize how much of our stuff they “own” and just how much our virtual identities matter.
Posted by Lil Miss Hot Mess on May 9, 2011
My name is Lil Miss Hot Mess, and I bike to work.
OK, fair enough, I don’t often ride my bike when I’ve got my face on, but I do ride my trusty Gene Kelly (you figure out why I call it that) to work most days, and every now and then I get tired of taking my oversize limousine (er, Muni) to a show. Trust: I absolutely loathe exercise, but I hate waiting even more and you know Grandma Goldie taught me how to save a couple bucks. So, since Bike To Work Day is coming up I thought I’d put together a list of tips for BWD (Biking Whilst in Drag):
1. Your wig will not protect you.
Wear a helmet, girl, and protect your brain, but more importantly your face! Your wig may be huge and could possibly used as a flotation device, but just think about it this way: when you topple onto the pavement and your brain is spilling out onto your flawless paint job, it will not make for a cute photo. Make sure it is snug and secure, just like your…
2. Unlike a microphone, share the road!
One diva, one mic = one diva, one bike? For once, get off that high horse and share the road with cars, pedestrians, and other bicyclists! Think of the bike lane as a catwalk – be fierce but not too ferocious. Follow the rules of the road and stay off the sidewalk, or I will throw you shade!
3. Sequins are good, but spotlights headlights are better.
Find your light, mama! Once the sun goes down, you’ve got to bring your own source: a white in front for the “coming” something red and moody behind for the “going.” I like mine to get all flashy, but that’s just personal taste.
4. Lock it up real tight
Should I go with a Boy Scout knot-tying motif, or a BDSM gag? Well, you get the drift… I have had my wheels stolen one too many times, and it is no fun hobbling down that walk of shame with a busted bike. Lock up your bike securely, the tighter the better, make sure you’ve tied up all the parts to something with a flared base top!
5. Watch your tuck, lady!
OK, this one is totally optional, but from personal experience you might need to shift your ride from defensive to um delicate to protect those lady parts!
PS: I haven’t blogged in almost a year, but I’m turning over a new leaf, honeys!