wherever you are

Photo by Zoë Collins (She/Her) come out. come out. the voices only murmur, but they reverberate along the walls, amplifying with every echo as they reach your ears. it’s a call. it’s a threat. come out. come out. the shiver…

Starfish, Gay Sex, and Queer Ecology

Photo by Zoë Collins (She/Her) I’ve long been plagued by the idea that my sexuality is “unnatural.” Unnatural is a funny word. Simply defined, it is the scope of anything outside of the ordinary course of nature. But when you…

Headlights

Photography by Zoë Collins (She/Her) Julia’s headlights lit up the road in front of her, darkness curling around the light’s edge and lurking behind every corner. Music was flooding through her crackling speakers, its rhythm syncing with the loud pound…

Taking Care of Yourself When It’s Hard To Care

Graphic by Zoë Collins (she/her) During these, ahem, unprecedented times, it can sometimes feel hard to care about anything, let alone care about ourselves. I’m sure you’ve come across numerous self-care articles over these past few months, and I’m sure…

Distance Has Never Stopped Queer Love

Graphic by Kas Greenbaum (They/He) The coronavirus pandemic has changed how people are able to connect to each other. Masks stop not just germs but smiles; social distancing prevents not just transmission but hugs. Young queer people especially have found themselves…

Quarantining in the Closet

Graphic by Nick Griffin (He/Him) The day UCLA sent us home, I felt the identity I spent months cultivating, months accepting, recoiled into hiding. The validation I received from queer circles at UCLA, those that accepted who I am and…

What Does Prop. 24 Mean for LGBTQ Privacy?

Graphic by Nick Griffin (He/Him) “If you’ve got nothing to hide, you’ve got nothing to fear” is a common argument against privacy rights. However, while many LGBTQ+ people may feel as though they have nothing to hide, they do have…

Bi Representation in Disney’s “The Owl House”

Image courtesy of Disney In January 2020, Disney Channel debuted “The Owl House,” an animated series created by Dana Terrace.  The pilot episode introduces fourteen-year-old Luz Noceda (voiced by Sarah-Nicole Robles), resident weird kid, who discovers a magical portal to…

What the Biden Administration Has to Undo

Content warning: homophobia and transphobia. The Trump administration has spent the entirety of the past four years staging a systematic assault on LGBTQ+ rights in the United States of America. On January 20th, 2017, the very day of Donald Trump’s…

Books That Aren’t Gay, but We Love ‘Em Anyway

Graphic by Ria Kotak 1) “The Illuminae Files” by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman “The Illuminae Files” is a science fiction trilogy co-written by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman and illustrated by Marie Lu. It is set in the 26th…