Dear Ms. Ava,
Where did the name “Circle of Q” come from? What, or whom, does “Q” signify?
Among the most memorable days of creating this new community were the ones that we (my friend and cofounder Becca and I) spent deciding what to name it. We were working in Becca’s rented house in Wilton Manors, sketching out ideas and brainstorming our direction over coffee and, later in the afternoon, some wine. After going home to sleep, I’d return the next day so we could resume thinking, planning, and working. It was a fun time, full of excitement at the opportunity to create something of real value to our crossdressing and transfemme population and their admirers.
Mission and concept came more easily to us than the name. For 2 days, we kicked around idea after idea. Should it be inspired by a mythical figure? A theme? A nonsense word? Something else?
In the end, we chose “Circle of Q” to reflect a combination of things. (None of which is politically linked, in case you’re wondering.)
1. The “circle” concept was the easy part. It represents the supportive community we want to create here.
2. We bounced around dozens of words and ideas that resonated with our vision or represented aspects of crossdressing and personal authenticity. None stood out on its own, but several of them started with “Q.” Below are the ones I remember right now, though I may be forgetting a few:
- Qetesh: A goddess of sacred ecstasy and sexual pleasure
- Lady Qitara: My mentor for The Sissy Parlor
3. What clinched it for me was that the letter “Q” lends itself very well to a visual logo. I wanted to incorporate something abstractly reminiscent of… umm… an organ of special interest to much of our membership. Becca found the idea equally amusing. It found a perfect home in our new logo, cleverly integrated by Domina Doll into the tail of the Q. I love our logo. It still makes me smile when I look at it.
There’s a lot of symbolism in our logo, perhaps to be explained in another post someday. What do you see in it? What could “Q” mean to you?