Quare Life

Chicago, Illinois | Series

Comedy, LGBTQ

Shelly Conner

1 Campaigns | Illinois, United States

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MICHELLE JONES is living the Black American dream. She has a nice home, a girlfriend, and a foot on the rung of professional ascension. When her marriage proposal is rejected and work contract ends, Michelle must rely on her close friends, twin brother, and formerly homophobic mother for support.

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Mission Statement

Quare Life centers the experiences of queer women of color. QL is set in Chicago--one of the most racially segregated cities in the U.S. To be a queer person of color in Chicago is to constantly negotiate boundaries. In QL, the main characters--all queer women of color--navigate love, life and loss.

The Story

MICHELLE JONES is living the Black American dream. She has a nice condo, a great girlfriend, and a foot on the rung of professional ascension. After her girlfriend relocates to Los Angeles for work, Michelle decides to move there after her work contract ends and plans a marriage proposal for her girlfriend’s upcoming visit. She puts her condo on the market and spends her time packing and hanging out with her twin brother KYLE JONES and her close circle of sister friends DANA WILLIAMS, PAM MORRIS, and NARI DIAZ.

Like the biblical Job (if he were a black queer woman), Michelle loses everything in one fatal swoop. The series follows Michelle’s climb from professional and personal rock bottom; and each of her friends’ support in the process as well as their own negotiations of sex, love, and relationships in a contemporary segregated city. They deal with gender labels, sexual orientations, and class divisions in Chicago’s queer communities of color.

Quare Life centers the experiences of black queer women -- marginalized by race, sexuality and gender. Queer women of color are currently at the helm of social/political movements such as Black Lives Matter and Black Youth 100, yet their cinematic representations remain limited to roles of one-dimensional side kick characters. Social media and commentary reflect the current outrage against a severe lack of racial diversity and intersectional diversity in media as evidenced by hastags #OscarsSoWhite and boycotts of whitewashed films that erase racially and ethnically marginalized characters.


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Our awesome sound engineer, Allister Slaughter will handle location and production sound. He comes with his own equipment!


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Our editor is located in Houston, TX.


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About This Team

M Shelly Conner (Creator) is a Chicago-based writer, scholar and humorist. Executive Director of Quare Square Collective for queer artists of color, and creator of DapperVista --culture and lifestyle blog.


Jessica King  (Director) is a writer, director and educator. 


Myra Boone (AD)

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