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UCIRA Artists Elizabeth M. Stephens + Annie M. Sprinkle in top 3 of the 25 Most Significant Queer Women of 2011

Velvetpark presents their round up of the Top 25 Significant Queer Women of 2011. Their third annual list was carefully crafted by their editorial team.The primary determinants for consideration has been female-identified or non-gender-binary persons who have made a significant contribution to lesbian/dyke/trans/queer visibility in the areas of arts, culture and activism, or who made a critical impact on our social equality this year. It has become their tradition to choose women who are not celebrated by the mainstream media, or individuals whose actions and accomplishments have been overlooked even within our own communities. In an effort to continue to honor new names from our vast, rich culture,they  have refrained from duplicating honorees from their 2009 and 2010 lists.

3. Pagan Goddesses – Annie M. Sprinkle and Elizabeth M. Stephens, Ecosexual Sexecologists

Seven years ago Annie and Elizabeth set out to create a body of work celebrating their partnership in love, activism, and art. The Project, Love Art Laboratory culminated this year in San Francisco. Love Art Lab was inspired  by Linda M. Montano’s 14 Years of Living Art, with the intention of turning life into art and art into life. Beginning in 2005 Sprinkle and Stephens created a wedding ceremony, inspired by the the Kundalini Chakra system, pagan rituals, and their own philosophical and aesthetic ideas. With each ensuing year the couple chose a new theme, created a new wedding and selected a new location in North America or Europe. Early on the couple worked though a battle with breast cancer keeping all elements of their relationship on public artistic display. Each year concluded with a gallery show of that year’s artistic ephemera. In Sprinkles own words she said one goal was to to switch the metaphor of “Earth as Mother to Earth as Lover.”

Great job Beth and Annie!

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