First Day

Maya Rizk (Tucson, AZ) Another first day. At least we’re not freshman. Jon is walking next to me warily, like everyone is judging us already. I’ve only been away from high school for a summer, what could have changed so…

South of the Ohio

In the summer of 2013 – Christian Hendricks, a documentary photographer and filmmaker spent seven weeks on the road traveling to rural areas and small towns exploring queer culture in the American South. Beginning in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he recently…

The Queer Umbrella

Daniel Copulsky I write and talk a lot about the queer, poly, and kink communities. This question comes up sometimes about whether poly or kinky people should be included under the queer umbrella. I leaned towards no, but I consider…

Drawing Out Identity

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Jessica Burke (Wichita, KS) The artworks shown here are a collection of drawings submitted by artist Jessica Burke exploring issues of identity and pop culture. An artist description from her site explains: This work is part of a new series…

Queer Mixtape

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A queer mixtape curated by Elijah Cameron. (Thanks to all the artists who contributed!) 01 ‘RAINBOW UNICORN’ – Inside Out 02 ‘As Gay As I Am’ – Snagglepuss 03 ‘Indian Rugburn’ – Baby Shaker 04 ‘Fagette Remix’ – Athens Boys…

Forced Out at School

Erica Lenti (Toronto, Canada) The school board continues to fund crappy lessons about Internet safety and the effects of drugs; but I am a teenager and I think we know everything about everything and fail to listen. In my spare…

Gender boundary

Morgan Hakala (Greensboro, NC) I am big. But boys are bigger. I am tall. But boys are taller. I am fast. But boys are faster. I am strong. But boys are stronger. I have always been a tomboy. I climb…

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Megan B. McKinney (Berea, KY) Being a closeted gay woman in Appalachia is a scary experience. When I went off to college, I was still lying to myself and trying to convince my brain that I was straight, all the…

Interview: Kerry Downey & Rachel Harper

Kerry and Rachel met when they were 13 at an arts middle/high school in South Florida. They fell in love when 15 and both went on to be teaching artists at art museums in Chicago and NYC. Kerry recently produced…

Gay-Straight Alliance Organizing

YouthSAFE & Carrie Hart (Greensboro, NC) What is a GSA? GSA traditionally stands for gay-straight alliance. A GSA is basically any group that works within a school to address and enhance school culture around issues of homophobia, transphobia, and all…