Tufts community members talk alternative music, queer visibility in Middle Eastern cities

In a scene from a 1980s Turkish “Yeşilçam” film, trans diva Bülent Ersoy walks down the street, sporting a grey fur coat and diamond earrings. A little boy in his school uniform points toward Ersoy and asks his mother “Is Bülent Ersoy a man or a woman?” The scene cuts into a close up of Ersoy, who […]

Lebanese indie band Mashrou’ Leila shows politics can be sexy at Cambridge gig

The line outside The Sinclair on Sunday, Oct. 22 was almost unprecedented for the relatively small venue. Those in the crowd were mostly college students, and they spoke in several languages including English, Arabic, French and Turkish. Although the headliner, Mashrou’ Leila, isn’t very popular in the United States, the band has gained cult status among the Middle […]

St. Vincent’s ‘MASSEDUCTION’ is sensual, playful, strange

St. Vincent has come a long way from the days she toured with Sufjan Steven’s band. From the charming yet somewhat predictable “Marry Me” (2007) to the amusingly hectic “St. Vincent” (2014), her career has been on an upward trajectory since the beginning, each release gaining more critical and commercial attention. Many even dubbed “St. […]

Lady Gaga wows as guest judge in ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ season 9 premiere

It is truly mind boggling to see what “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (2009–present) has become over the last three years. Initially regarded as a queer parody of “America’s Next Top Model” (2003–2015; 2016–present), the show began as a tongue-in-cheek reality competition series that targeted primarily gay viewers. Today, with its integration of internet culture, “RuPaul’s Drag Race” […]

Drag merges into internet culture with ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’

When “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (2009–present) alum Jasmine Masters uploaded a video entitled “RuPaul drag race f***** up drag,”  fans of the reality-competition show raised their eyebrows. After all, Jasmine Masters was notoriously eliminated for her lackluster performance in the season seven “ShakesQueer” challenge, where she had the worst comedic timing in the show’s herstory. Yet Alaska’s […]

On Queer: On cis, straight opinions

There are a lot of them. Everyone has a lot of opinions, and there are a lot of people who identify as straight and/or cisgender (identifying with the gender they were assigned at birth). For the most part, these opinions are things like “I don’t like eggs,” or “Summer is the best season” or “My car is […]

LGBT Center restarts Queer Men’s discussion group

 The LGBT Center restarted the Queer Men’s Group, now the center’s seventh discussion group on campus, last week, according to LGBT Center Director Nino Testa. The open group will meet weekly for sessions facilitated by Nick Whitney (LA ’16), graduate coordinator at the LGBT Center. “Hopefully, [the Queer Men’s Group] is going to be a space where people can talk about things that they […]

LGBT Center and Tufts Film Series host Rocky Horror show on Halloween night

The Tufts LGBT Center peer leader program Team Q, in collaboration with Tufts Film Series, organized the second Halloween production of the Rocky Horror Picture Show to a full house in Barnum Hall on Friday. According to Shakura Cox, one of the Team Q peer leaders and organizers of the show, the event opened with a costume contest, then had a traditional Rocky Horror […]

Queer Students Association refocuses role within Tufts LGBTQ community

Tufts QSA, an acronym which formerly stood for “Queer-Straight Alliance,” has recently changed its name to “Queer Students Association” and altered the group’s organization to better meet the needs of queer students on campus. According to one of the group’s leaders, junior Julia Fowler, before the name change, the QSA had not felt as though it functioned quite as well […]

oSTEM hosts guest speakers in efforts to foster a more diverse queer community

Just before spring break, out in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (oSTEM) hosted the president of the oSTEM National Board, Eric Patridge, who discussed the need to build LGBT+ communities within science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. “[Patridge’s] statistics gave a lot of insight as to which communities in STEM feel most comfortable in […]