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…

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…

Act, Exist, Fade

John Dossey   to act is to be real and wave your hands, showing the world how real you are to act is to have others who are willing to be real alongside you, waving and screaming “we are here,…

Growth

Nathan Cornell (Greensboro, NC) The failed exposition; hereafter Pocketing ‒ praying ‒ pining For salvation; for rapture in Anybody ‒ anywhere ‒ anything To make it easier: cover the wound; Silence ‒subdue ‒ survive The fascination; obsess over the Passion…

Queer as in Disabled

Bill Pappas (Chapel Hill/Carborro/Boone/Asheville, NC) (author’s note: I am writing this in response to my anonymous piece “Human Illumination Virus” from last issue. I can no longer remain in the shadow of stigma and therefore I choose to be stronger.…

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Robert Braxton (Crystal River, Florida) It was a time and place no one wanted to be. No one knew if it would be you or me. The loss of friends, I could have been a lost friend too. Some said…