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ISSUE 2: QUEER NOSTALGIA
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Welcome Home by Cerissa DiValentino
In the third grade, my teacher didn’t like me. I was constantly in trouble. I don’t remember what for, but I have my theories. Often, as a result, my teacher instructed me to eat lunch in a separate room from all the other children...
Pride Merch Collections By Companies That Don't Forget Queer People Exist Once June is Over By Carla Wilson
Pride Month is the time of the year where we celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community and queer folks tell the world that we are proud of our sexuality and gender. It’s the time where we remember how far we’ve gone and how our queer ancestors got us here. It’s also the time when stores like Walmart remember that gay people exist and that some even have money.
A Simple Guide to a Ritualistic Life by Ariel Moscat
What do you think when you hear the word
ritual? You may think of grand ceremonies with nude people dancing around a large flame. You may think of something smaller, like sitting around a few candles on your bedroom floor with crystals scattered around on the night of a full moon. While those are some ways people go about their ritualistic practice, a ritual in itself is not about aesthetics; it’s about intention.
Being a Caregiver for My Mother by Carla Wilson
My whole life I knew someday my mom would get sick and I knew that when that day came I would be the one to take care of her. As a kid, I imagined us living next door to each other in matching mansions. I would invite her over to have dinner with my spouse and four kids. I would be able to afford an in-house nurse to take care of her when she needed the extra help.
Late last year, that day came: my mother was diagnosed with dementia.
It's Okay to Like Casual Sex by Fairley Lloyd
No matter how much progress we've made as a society to be more accepting of people’s personal, sexual preferences, we still judge people for living differently than we do. This is especially true when it comes to people’s sex lives...
Nothing like a Fairytale: The Exodus of Meghan Markle by Yuning Zhang
Oprah with Meghan and Harry
was filmed in an idyllic garden in California. Without cynical scrutiny or harsh examination from the outside world, Meghan Markle candidly shared unanticipated details of her repressed life as a member of the British royal family for the first time.
Why Nag is a Sexist Term by Mashaal Sajid
I did not fully understand how offensive certain sexist terms can be. That was until I stayed up till 4 am one night after an interpersonal conflict with a family member, where they told me to stop “bickering” when I suggested something that clearly made them frustrated in an already stressful situation.
Rocky Horror Picture Show: A Cult Classic with an Ever-Changing Target Audience by Stella Garner
Rocky Horror Picture Show
danced into theatres in 1975, the now-iconic film was met with lackluster enthusiasm and an overall neutral response from critics. The movie was released on the heels of John Waters’s
in 1973, a smash hit with the underground movie crowd found at midnight screenings.
A Mirror Versus an Image: How “Halston” Lacks Nerve to Wrestle with Identity vs. Brand by Olivia Hrko
Netflix and Ryan Murphy Productions continue their prosperous relationship with their newest venture, a miniseries named
The five-episode miniseries gives the audience ample time to get used to Halston as a brand, and occasionally as a person.
Top Tier Thrift Tips by Ari Collins
My friend always asks me where my shirt is from, and all I can say is
She groans: Why can’t I find this at the local thrift shop? All that’s there are cringe-worthy graphic tees and old jean shorts.
The problem: my friend doesn’t know how to shop like I do.
Margaret Atwood’s Subtle Adaptations to an Age of Film by Lola Anaya
Margaret Atwood is a highly renowned author in fictional, nonfictional, and poetic realms, as her work has been cherished for decades. A recent uptick in her popularity can be traced to her series
The Handmaid’s Tale...
Pandemic Pen Pal by Elly Rivera
I didn’t think it was possible for me to become more introverted and then, in the same way it takes just one snowflake to become a snowstorm, the pandemic interrupted our lives...
Decolonize Your Classroom, Organize Your Community: An Interview with Celia Gottlieb by Cerissa DiValentino
Throughout our interview, Gottlieb provides a vivid account of her experience as the ceaseless “squeaky wheel” in fighting for a more diverse and inclusive education system and prepares our readers with the essential first steps in mobilizing their own community...
Observations of a Flawed Reader by Kelly Stohr
I talk about having “reader’s block” like I’ve invented something new, but the internet is way ahead of me.
The New York Times
, Mental Floss, and Barnes & Noble have covered plenty of ground, leaving me feeling kind of silly.
Do's and Dont's: A Note to Fifteen-Year-Old Me by Olivia Hrko
Dear Fifteen-Year-Old Me,
Been a while; But I've figured something out that I think help you a lot...
The Wind Dancer by Ariel Moscat
I can’t remember when this all started, only that it feels like a lifetime. I used to be so fearful as a child, even now I struggle with fear. I used to fear what unspoken words people thought of me...
Balancing the Scale by Olivia Hrko
I don’t need a strawberry Fanta.
But I want it.
I don’t need pepperoni and sausage pizza. But I want it. I don’t need a pint of Ben and Jerry’s Half-Baked. But I want it.
A Life Worth Living: The Tortured Artist Writers A Letter by Pearl Woytovich
This is a love letter to trans and disabled artists. I see you. I am you. I embody your love. I dedicate my life and my life’s work to you. This is for you….
How to Make a Clay Frog by Maddie Baildon
Follow along Maddie's funky graphics to learn how to make a groovy clay frog...
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