KVWV Bellingham Community Radio is growing and a number of diverse, local shows are being added weekly. The nonprofit station features Pacifica Network programs like “Informativo Pacifica” the “Black Agenda Report” and the feminist program, “The F Word,” and is adding local shows like “Lummi Live, with Freddy Lane” starting May 13. KVWV’s newest addition is “The Pink Mic,” with host, “Jayne Doe – Anonymous Femme” Amanda Hodgins of the band “Fallopia” is the voice behind Jayne Doe. We talked about the show and her take on queerness in Bellingham.
Tell me a bit about yourself:
I grew up in Kent where I was raised on bands like the Pet Shop Boys, The Smiths, New Order, and Erasure. Suffice it to say, it was a fun household full of dance parties. My dad actually has significant hearing loss due to listening to music so loud in our living room – we frequently had cops coming to our door at 11PM on school nights. So, I guess the important things about me are that I’m a music lover, a feminist, and an avid tea drinker.
What’s your background with feminism/queer issues and music?
I did a radio show at my college station for two years where I only played bands with at least one femme member. It was a great time for myself, other womyn, and other queers to hear themselves represented. I also interviewed femme musicians and talked about feminism. That was the start to my experience with feminism and queer issues in music. No, I began when I started to play music. I wanted to be a musician but was not encouraged to do so and never saw myself represented in musical spaces like harder rock. So, my background begins with personal experience as a womyn/femme in music and extends to my first radio show where I got to talk about that experience and the experience of others in the community.
Sounds like you’re very passionate. What are you most passionate about in life?
I am most passionate about gender issues and getting to dialogue with others about it. I also feel very passionate about lipstick, even though I always get some on my teeth. Every. Time.
And what pisses you off?
People who don’t know how to use a roundabout. Mornings. And the lack of femmes in music. It seriously pisses me off that I go to a show in Bellingham and there are maybe one or two womyn on the bill…MAYBE. It’s important to see ourselves up there to know that we matter and that, yes, we can make music, too.
Tell me about your show, “The Pink Mic”
The Pink Mic will be a space for femmes and womyn to hear themselves represented in a community that is otherwise about dudes. I will play local acts and music that contains at least one femme member. The show provides a space for music that is otherwise ignored and not given room since music is still a boys club. I’ll discuss local, Bellingham community issues that pertain to feminist thought, discussion, and musicianship. It will encourage debate, conversation, and interviews in between the music. It will be a haven for local, female/queer musicians. At least, that’s what I’m hoping! I will welcome ideas and thoughts from other femmes, queers, and womyn in our community because this show is for us.
Is there enough local music that is queer/feminist?
I intend to play about eighty percent Bellingham bands. I’ll also play some Seattle, Olympia, and Portland acts. My music will feature only local bands that have at least one femme or queer member. So, I’d say the answer is yes. Unfortunately, there aren’t a ton of acts, former or current, that contain more than one femme or queer member. However, this show will seek to inspire that to change! I’ll be keeping my ears out for more and more local music that represents us.
Will it include issues and perspectives from trans identified women?
That’s why I love the word femme! It seems inclusive to any feminine presenting person. Whether they are gender queer, a trans woman, or a cis woman
What about other people with trans identities and genders?
I hope to bring attention to issues related to those who are not cis men or who are not passing as men. Because privilege is attached to those who are cis men or who are passing as men.
What topics do you want to cover?
The show scene in Bellingham. Bellingham Femme/queer/feminist business owners. Local legislation affecting us (LGBTQ and feminist issues.) Street Harassment in Bellingham, what spaces are safe for us
— dudes and straight people are everywhere! Also, whatever the community wants to talk about! I want to hear from them.
What do you think about the Bellingham queer community?
I’ve only been in Bellingham about a year now. So, I don’t have the experience to say what it is or isn’t. I can say that, at first, people were very stand-offish. Understandably so, as this is a community that has been continually infiltrated.
It’s obvious that, worldwide, LGBTQ communities have been continuously invaded by straight people. I mean, in Bellingham specifically you see it in Rumors. My good friend from Seattle was talking to me about a notable gay bar in Seattle. He gets furious when straight couples come in there to get wasted and gawk at his community. I mean, you get everywhere else. Why do you need this space? And when you are in it, why take up so much of it? So, when I showed up, it was understandable no one wanted to welcome me with open arms. For all anyone else knew, I was just another person unintentionally taking over.
Some of my lesbian friends have talked about having a “Take Back the Bar” night! One day we’ll go in and cut in on all the heterosexual dance couples. What’s your dream for the Bellingham queer community?
My dream for the Bellingham queer community, and every community, is for our voices and faces to be more represented in every space. I dream of the day that I see femmes on stage just as often as I see cis men. That’s what I dream of! We need more of us on stage and in the crowd.
How can community radio be good for LGBTQ communities in Bellingham?
Your voices can be heard! Your issues can be discussed. Your music can be played. I think it’s a great platform for us.
Finish this sentence: Bellingham would be perfect if:
…womyn and queers were on stage just as much as the boys!
Originally printed in May, 2015 Issue of the Betty Pages