This week read about Cassandra Peterson coming out in her book, Germany electing a transgender woman as a member of parliament, and The Dinah celebrating its 30-year anniversary.
Cassandra Peterson Comes Out in Memoir
Cassandra Peterson, star of “Elvira: Mistress of the Dark,” came out this week and revealed her 19-year relationship with partner Teresa “T” Wierson.
In an interview with People, Peterson said coming out was “a little scary” but “very liberating and a real relief.” She spoke about her journey in her memoir “Yours Cruelly, Elvira” which was released on Sept. 21.
“It's been fantastic. Everybody is happy and thrilled about it," says Peterson. "I felt the strangest and most worried about my LGBTQ fans because I was thinking, 'Are they going to think I'm a big hypocrite?' And that I talk about coming out, being who you are, and then I'm hiding this gigantic secret,” said Peterson.
She has received love and support from her fans, especially in the LGBT community.
Germany Elects First Trans Member of Parliament
Tessa Ganserer. Photo via Facebook.
Tessa Ganserer made history as one of the first transgender women to be elected into Germany’s Green Party.
Ganserer, 44, has been a member of parliament for Nuremberg North since 2013 and came out as a trans woman in 2019. This was her first election since coming out. She used her transition experience to update the 1980 Transexual Act which complicates the process for individuals to change their legal name and gender.
After the election she wrote on Twitter, “I thank you from the bottom of my heart for the trust shown by voters. I’m still overwhelmed, but I’m really looking forward to my new job in Berlin.”
Largest Queer Women Event Turns 30
The Dinah. Photo via Facebook.
The Dinah, the largest queer women event in the world, is gearing up for its 30-year anniversary.
The festival has evolved over time and after stars like Katy Perry and Lady Gaga headlined the event, is the place to be for emerging musical talent.
“The Dinah’s message to the world is we are better together, expand your heart, and embrace everyone,” said festival founder Mariah Hanson. “We can make the world a better and safer place. If we can do it at The Dinah for five days, we can take that attitude home with us and do it for the rest of the year.”
As the festival enters its 30th year, Hanson reflects on how The Dinah has evolved. “Now we're much more diverse than we were in the '90s. I think society and the fight for civil rights and equal rights really shows at events like The Dinah. It became critical for me to expand our advertising to invite everyone to the event. We don't use professional photos anymore to advertise the event. I want to show all of our communities have a place at The Dinah. The Dinah is about inclusivity, diversity, and empowerment.”
This year, the festival will take place at the Palms Spring Hilton with appearances from Macy Gray, Frankie Grande, and more.
Each week ‘Beyond the G’ looks at news featuring the many letters of our LGBTQIA+ spectrum.