About Strange Perfume
Strange Perfume is a queer Book Fair project founded in 2017 By Daniel Wilkinson AKA Behind the X, Paul Clinton and Jordan Taylor. Strange Perfume seeks to create safe environments for practicing queer artists, writers, printers, and small publishers and to create tangible links with our communities, celebrating the diverse and political work happening under that rainbow flag.
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STRANGE PERFUME PARTNERS
Brooke Palmieri (Camp Books)
Cherry Styles (Synchronise Witches Press)
Paul Sammut (Book Works / White Cubicle)
Simon Parris (South London Gallery)
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ART COUNCIL ENGLAND (through BOOK WORKS) for the Manchester edition of Strange Perfume.
FRIENDS OF STRANGE PERFUME
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*Why we use the word Queer at Strange Perfume
The following article has been totally stolen from Wiki, but we think this explains
what the word Queer means to us at Strange Perfume and why we use the word Queer.
Queer is an umbrella term for sexual and gender minorities who are not heterosexual or cisgender. Originally meaning "strange" or "peculiar", queer came to be used pejoratively against those with same-sex desires or relationships in the late 19th century. Beginning in the late 1980s, queer scholars and activists began to reclaim the word to establish community and assert an identity distinct from the gay identity.People who reject traditional gender identities and seek a broader and deliberately ambiguous alternative to the label LGBT may describe themselves as queer.
Queer is also increasingly used to describe non-normative (i.e. anti-heteronormative and anti-homonormative) identities and politics. Academic disciplines such as queer theory and queer studies share a general opposition to binarism, normativity, and a perceived lack of intersectionality within the mainstream LGBT movement. Queer arts, queer cultural groups, and queer political groups are examples of expressions of queer identities.
The follwing words are by
Teen Vogue, 2016
“Being queer is not about a right to privacy; it is about the freedom to be public, to just be who we are. It means everyday fighting oppression; homophobia, racism, misogyny, the bigotry of religious hypocrites and our own self-hatred. (We have been carefully taught to hate ourselves.) It's about being on the margins, defining ourselves; it's about gender-f*ck and secrets, what's beneath the belt and deep inside the heart; it's about the night. Being queer is "grassroots" because we know that everyone of us, every body ... every heart ... is a world of pleasure waiting to be explored. Everyone of us is a world of infinite possibility. We are an army because we have to be. We are an army because we are so powerful.”