Essays

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…

Downtown

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…

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…

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…

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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…

Invisible Boyfriends

Abby Archer (San Francisco, CA) Fourteen years ago, I was turning 14, and it was both the end of a century and the start of a new millennium. A lot has changed since then. Back then, my telephone had a…

Girlfriends

Peter Pendergrass (Oakland, CA) My first girlfriend’s name was Brittany. Well, to be precise, she was my first friend – and my first best friend – and she was a girl. We were backyard neighbors, our mothers were pregnant together,…

Did you always know?

Did I always know that my son was gay, the answer is no.  I did know that from the minute they laid him on my chest and he relaxed in my arms that I completely and utterly loved him.  He…

Finding self

Kiticia Hayes (Greensboro, NC) I’ve forever been the oddball, outkast, never quite fitting in. I remember my first job right out of college as a reporter for a local newspaper. I wanted to dress the part: makeup, blue power suit,…

Fantasy

Collins Bennett (New Jersey) I have this fantasy of New York. I will have an apartment full of nothing. It will be downtown somewhere. The landlord will be an older man who charges too much. He will leave my lights…