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Cover interview: Ana Matronic

On her bi relationships and Amnesty's campaign to end violence against lesbians

Tim Teeman

Wed, 19 Dec 2012 15:56:18 GMT | Updated 4 years today

Put a pop star in a photographer's studio and, typically, japes will ensue in a dizzying swirl of loud music, outrageous poses, feather boas and shimmery skirts. But on a darkening November afternoon in midtown Manhattan, the Empire State Building grandly lit outside, the mood is muted as Ana Lynch, or Ana Matronic as the Scissor Sisters singer is known, poses statuesquely in a gorgeous orange silk dress and silver heels, her red hair whirled into a sleek peak. The reason for the mutedness is there on the simple sign she is holding: "Being Lesbian Is Not A Crime."

It's not surprising she is holding the sign, related to Amnesty International's Write For Rights campaign: the Scissor Sisters, with their glorious mash-up of disco, electroclash, new wave and glam-rock, were born on the Lower East Side in the early 2000s, fully immersed in gay politics and boundary-dissolving "queer" identity. When I remark to Lynch - who in 2010 married Seth Kirby, her partner of nine years - that she defines herself as "bisexual", she says: "I have, in my life and professionally, sought to blur distinctions. I don't like identifying as gay or straight or even bisexual. I don't necessarily like identifying as a woman. I identify as a human being and I enjoy distinctions being taken away. I believe in human rights. We should treat each other exactly the same whoever we are. The rigid constructs put into place to define us don't really work."

She laughs a gorgeous, dirty cackle. "They're not really true, so just let's get rid of them or blur them, so we have some place to meet in the middle." Later she'll dish about the sex and relationships she's had with women, why women are better kissers than men and why the Scissor Sisters, presently on an indefinite hiatus, was a "benevolent dictatorship run by Jake Shears".


Read the rest of this interview in the January 2013 issue of DIVA.


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