I feel so honored to be in a place and time where Femme is an identity to be celebrated and honored, and the breadth of Femme presentation is acknowledged and illustrated. I hope more and more as we do NYC Femme events that self-identified Femmes of all ages, ethnicities, abilities, fashion inclinations, backgrounds, sizes, etc... feel welcomed and want to be part of seeing the power of autonomous Femmes coming together.
Fans of my web series The Lesbian Tea Basket, where I rate and review tea and reclaim tea parties for lesbians, will know that I judge tea based on a two prong system–whether it warms your soul and how it tastes. I also like to call attention to various tea accessories, like the mug I use or preparation jazz. I’m a Femme who loves accessories.
That said, there is something to be said for the perfect environment to enjoy a cup of tea. At Michfest folks are pretty Goddess-oriented and witchy, and the healing center (the “Womb”) is totally tea-core. There’s a tea for most of what ails you and I have been healed several times by a wham-pow tea. (Pao darko one year for a persistent yeast infection. It literally went away within 24 hours where monistat and other remedies failed.)
Playing Taboo, drinking tea with Valerie, Melanie (Tender Forever), Lauren, while Jacks looks on.
So this summer I was enjoying a cup of lemon, ginger and honey tea served in a cauldron in the Belly Bowl on hour 36 of persistent rain and cold, and I thought I should film an episode of the Lesbian Tea Basket. I didn’t do it as there was a rousing game of Taboo that we couldn’t drag ourselves from, but on Sunday decided to trek over to the Womb to get some tea to soothe my tender heart. I’m a girl who believes in feeling feelings and I was really experiencing them.
In this video with my pal Megan from Austin, I review the tea the witches brewed me and also talk about Trans Womyn Belong Here actions and general Fest stuff. Enjoy!
P.S. The denoument of this episode is that I drank the tea, went back for seconds a couple of hours later and definitely felt better the next day.