Cole Lopez (They/Them)
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Cole Lopez is a 4th year Gender Studies major and LGBTQ Studies minor. They are passionate about art, social justice, their kids and everything queer. They plan to go on to graduate school and continue their studies to eventually become a professor. Outside of work, school and being a single parent, they spend their time painting, writing poetry and watching queer movies. They fervently support their son in his passion to become a ballet dancer and their daughter in her quest to become a mermaid and take over the world.

There is Not Only Sex in Homosexuality

Illustrated by Cole Lopez (They/Them) I am going to start this piece with a declaration of what it is not: it is not a cry against sexuality and sex. The fight for equality in the queer community includes the fight…

La Loteria Queered

This project was originally published in our Winter 2022 Volume 1 zine “Queer Rage, Resistance, & Renaissance.“ The artwork for La Loteria was originally introduced by the Spaniards in 1769 to the Indigenous people of what is now Mexico. It…

Achilles Lamenting The Death of Patroclus Queered

This series of photos was originally published in our Winter 2022 Volume 1 zine “Queer Rage, Resistance, & Renaissance.“ This photoshoot queers the iconic painting “Achilles Lamenting The Death of Patroclus” (Gavin Hamilton, 1963). Credits:Photographer: Zoë Collins (She/Her)Editor: Christopher Ikonomou…

Pride Born From Ashes

Illustrated by Cole Lopez (They/Them) This illustration was originally published in our Winter 2022 Volume 1 zine “Queer Rage, Resistance, & Renaissance.“

Aliveness

Artwork by Cole Lopez (They/Them) The morning my grandfather died             I slept. An ocean away I dreamt             that an angel leaned to kiss his cheek And I tried to push it away but instead              I screamed  My hands passing through…

It’s Not a Phase: Attacks on the Rights of Trans Youth

Photo from Dallas Morning News There is an ongoing increase in legislative attacks on the transgender community in the United States, especially targeting transgender youth. According to the Human Rights Campaign, in 2015 there were a total of 19 anti-transgender…

The Straight Agenda

Graphic by Kelly (She/Her) “Is there a name for women who like women?” my six-year-old daughter asked me recently. “Not like a friend ‘like,’ but like they want to marry each other,” she clarified, in case I wasn’t sure what…

Permission

Illustrated by Cole Lopez (They/Them) Called me by my name for the first time Today My name Given as a long-awaited gift Murmured under held breath A breath exhaled After decades of holding something sacred to a silent heart frightening…