"In Taiwan, the idea of gender is very different from Western culture, where it’s very masculine and feminine. In most of Asia, it’s more about gender harmony and gender balance. So coming here, I didn’t fit into the Western world of masculinity, and I didn’t fit in as a female either. I started to realize I felt most comfortable being ‘other’—not just male, not just female. In my soul, I’m both, but not at the same time, so I fall into a more non-binary pattern." Photography: Lauren Perlstein
In celebration of Pride, OUT got a drink with the queer rapper to discuss the importance of being yourself. "Ima be me, you should be you," asserts queer New York rapper Cakes Da Killa on his new LGBTQ anthem, "Free To Be." The liberated rap-pop track, produced by davOmakesbeats, packs a powerful message into two short minutes, as Cakes flies through lyrics about self-love, queer romance and gender acceptance.
Chicago-based producer Ariel Zetina makes music that reflects on the trans experience, aiming to recontextualize the club environment and address binaries that exist between genres. She recently released her debut CYST EP, which features an addictive highlight, "Addy," with underground rapper London Jade, and executive produced Chicago drag star Imp Queen's Magenta Agenda EP. Between regularly spinning at Chicago bars Berlin, Smartbar and Exit, Zetina created for OUT an exclusive new Pride mix.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".