Essays

Interview with Playwright MJ Kaufman

By Bailey Roper (Dallas, TX) MJ Kaufman is a queer playwright and devised theatre artist working in New York City and Philadelphia. Their work has been seen at the Huntington Theatre, New York Theater Workshop, the New Museum, Clubbed Thumb,…

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Camilla Hines (Greensboro, NC) Dory’s mother always told her to escape to the ever flowing stream. She never did listen until she was in a dream. The messy crazy dream showed her the path to the pond which was connected…

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…

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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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…

Are You in a Slump?

Christopher Kennedy (Brooklyn, NY) I spend a lot of time thinking about how my body takes up space. On my way to work, on the subway, when I’m in line ordering a burrito. From the way I stand and the…

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Anonymous I had my right hand on the steering wheel while my left had just laid next to my side. I could feel the right side of my car driving off the pavement. I could hear the rocks hitting the…

Digital Dating (In a Small Town)

Peter Pendergrass (Greensboro, NC) Meeting people online is one of those things that everyone hates to acknowledge, but many (if not most) of us have done. There are many ways to connect with new people online, and some of them…

The Fall of the Hero

Daniel Jones (Centerville, GA) We arrive at the Anime Weekend Atlanta annual convention ball and already people are rushing over wanting to take pictures of my beautiful friends in their gorgeous My Little Pony gala costumes. No one wants pictures…

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Luke Legrand (Greensboro, NC) Down here you know what you are, and everyone else knows it too. If you’re confused, well, they’ll be happy know for you and pass that information along. A man is man, just like a tree…

Thriving with disability.

Anonymous My Human Illumination Virus has finally taken me mind, body, and soul. I found myself floating somewhere in-between. Brace yourself for a cosmic orgasm. My H.I.V. didn’t kill me. I am not dead. Was I alive before? I resist…

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…