Fashion Portraits from dapperQ

As you know if you’ve been following dapperQ, we recently produced our first fashion show with a terrific new company called Brooklyn Dry Goods. Jahn Hall, one of the two owners of the company, is also a noted fashion photographer whose portraits of porn star Chris Porter were recently featured in Fiasco Magazine. In addition to generously volunteering to style the show with his business partner Kurt Uhlendorf, Jahn shot our portraits. Our hair was done gratis by James Duckett of Fringe and make-up by Kellie Muse.

What are the words that come to mind as you view these shots of some of NYC’s leading queer lights? Dashing? Confident? Pride 2.0?

dapperQ was established to bring visibility to those willing to own their transgressive stylings. In the coming months, I’ll be using these portraits as the backbone of a dapperQ for Allies microsite that promotesgender diversity. (If you’ve got new media, video or community organizing skills and are willing to volunteer your time to organizing this effort, please drop me a line: [email protected]) Flashmobs and flashdances will be part of the mix.

I dearly love that a gay man, a straight man and their hip new company get the power behind dapperQ. With allies like these, I think we’ve got a shot at advancing the notion that those of us who defied our mother’s warnings to “act like a lady” have authenticity rare and precious to share with the world.

Susan Herr

As a teacher, nonprofit executive, philanthropist and filmmaker, Susan is passionately committed to advancing ideas that matter. She founded dapperQ in 2009 on the hunch that fashion could build solidarity in the GLBTQ community and positive visibility for her peers in the broader media landscape. For her work with dapperQ, Susan has been quoted and featured in media outlets that include the Washington Post, Huffington Post, Daily Beast, Curve, and Diva. She was also named to Go Magazine’s 100 Women We Love. She pays the bills as managing director for Trigger Creative, a film production company based in Brooklyn where she lives with her wife Shannon.

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