VALIDnation

Stacey L. Kirby (Durham, NC) On May, 8th 2012, 61.04%* of the citizens of North Carolina voted for a divisive and discriminatory amendment that broke my heart. The passing of Amendment One altered our state’s constitution and redefined marriage to…

Coloring Outside the Lines

Jason Watson (Charlotte, NC) The drawings shown here are part of a self portrait series by Jason Watson, playing with wigs and hair styles as a mode for exploring queer personal aesthetics. He is expanding this work through a project…

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…

Ask Eli

Elijah Cameron (Asheboro, NC) Q: I am having issues with body dysphoria. I am upset that I don’t feel at home in my body, what do I do? A: Body acceptance is a process, sometimes life-long. While that may sound…

A Queer Tarot Reading

Red Behnke (Saxapahaw, NC) Q: Why do I depend on medication? A: So, the card that I  drew was Judgement. The Judgement card signifies a sort of turning point in your life based on self realization and reflection, often times.…

Ten Best Ways To Practice Consent

Eric Ginsburg (Greensboro, NC) Courtesy, Yes Weekly! Defining consent Consent is usually discussed in the context of engaging in sexual activity with someone else, but can really be applied to interpersonal interactions in general. By defining what we mean by…