Do you know who this person is?

Michael G. Williams (Durham, NC) Those are the words my father spoke as he held up a copy of my hometown newspaper. It was early 1992 and I was a high school senior deep in enemy territory. My parents were…

Will “Better” Ever be Good Enough?

Guido Villalba Portel (Greensboro, NC) Toward the end of my senior year of high school, my guidance counselor approached me and tried to get me involved in a video which passed on the famous “It Gets Better” message to inspire…

RIP

Virginia Walker (Alexandria, VA)

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Metabolic Lights

María DeGuzmán (Chapel Hill, NC) & Carisa Showden (Auckland, New Zealand)

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Toxic Masculinity Blues

Ben Fisher (Greensboro, NC)   No fats No femmes Masculinity above all else I remember him saying, “I want to date a man. I have no respect for drag queens.” Let’s be clear The sissies and the fairies Are the…

Meditations on Queerness and “Coming Out”

Benjamin Fisher (Greensboro, NC) Everyone seems to have an opinion about what “Empire” actor Jussie Smollet’s appearance on Ellen’s show means or does not mean for the visibility of queer people. I just finished re-watching a segment on writer Janet…

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Peter Muniz Jr (Greensboro, NC) What is it about love that we crave so much? Now I know this is a kind of a cliché question to start off with but it still has yet to be answered. Is it…

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Leila Jinnah (New York, NY) The building of an identity is fundamentally internal, but in order to express this it becomes a practice of external presentation. A person’s relationship to how they present themselves is a visual cultivation of both…