Hi, I'm Jamie, your faithful blogger.

Hi, I’m Jamie, your faithful blogger.

Stuff Queer People Need To Know is a blog for all people in the queer community, L, G, B, T or otherwise. I write about all kinds of queer stuff, including issues facing the community, events I attend and commentary on current events.

This blog has been featured in The Cincinnati EnquirerCity Beat, The Guardian, The Advocate, The Huffington Post, The Grio and a myriad of other places. The Lesbian & Gay Foundation of the United Kingdom named this blog among the top 100 LGBT blogs internationally in a roundup of the “most informative, entertaining and inspiring blogs from around the world.” Stuff Queer People Need To Know was nominated for best blog in Cincinnati in City Beat‘s annual reader poll for 2009 and 2010. Autostraddle named this blogger one of it’s hot 100 real queer women, and The L Stop named me one of 10 Chicago lesbians to look out for. The It Gets Better video I made with other Cincinnati queers was featured on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric. And I was honored as the University of Cincinnati’s outstanding alumna in 2013.

As for your blogger, I am a fancy femme and mobile media machine, working as a writer, reporter, editor and photojournalist. From time to time, I read poetry and short stories and appear in anthologies. And I recently relocated from Cincinnati to Chicago. To best undertand me, you’ve gotta know where I come from.

I’ve also done quite a bit of activism. The highlights:

I graduated cum laude from the University of Cincinnati with a B.A. in journalism and women’s, gender and sexuality studies. While at UC, I was the editor of award-wining opinion section of The News Record and an active member of GenderBloc, a radical queer student organization focusing on transgender and genderqueer activism. While working with GenderBloc, I was in charge of the GenderF*ck drag show and The Queer Canon zine.

I am also an alumna of the University of Cincinnati Racial Awareness Program the Center for Progressive Leadership Ohio New Leaders program. I’ve also lead presentations at conferences and universities — like the TransOhio Symposium, MBLGTACC, the University of Cincinnati Diversity Conference, the Greater Cincinnati GLBTQ Youth Summit and Creating Change — teaching people how to include intersecting identities in their organizing and how to make their very own trans survival guide.

Through work with Advocates for Youth, I helped organize a lobby day for the Ohio Compassionate Assistance for Rape Emergencies Act and comprehensive sex education legislation, twice testified before the Ohio Legislature, as well as lobbied local, state and federal elected officials. The Great American Condom Campaign allowed me to distribute thousands of condoms at queer events in Cincinnati. I also helped organize Cincinnati Guerrilla Queer Bar, and I hosted Alternating Currents, the second-longest-running LGBT radio show in the United States.

Now that you know all about me, where do you go from here? You can look over the latest stories, visit the required reading page to see my handpicked imperative posts, check out the frequently asked questions, read up on queer resources or drop me a line at stuffqueerpeopleneedtoknow@gmail.com. You can also connect with me via Facebook and Twitter (I Tweet quite frequently).

Oh, and as an added bonus, here are a few videos I love:

“Butch/Femme” by Team Gina

“The Femme Poem” by Ivan Coyote

“Origin of Love” from Hedwig And The Angry Inch

Everything on this blog is original content unless indicated otherwise and is copyrighted material. Quoting content with a link back to Stuff Queer People Need To Know is welcomed in most instances.

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