Gwendolyn Hill (She/Her)
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Gwendolyn Hill is a fourth year Psychobiology major and copy editor at OutWrite. She loves involving herself in as many arts as she can find: music, martial arts, origami, photography, jewelry making, and more. Outside of the arts, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes, and board games.

to live, not just to survive: the queer indomitable spirit

Queerness is often about survival. While Torres is alluding to a space free from discrimination and violence, with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, queer survival is being threatened even more. As much as we want to create a “safe space,” there is no true safe space as long as people are dying and becoming disabled from COVID-19. COVID-19 is being swept under the rug by our government despite clear evidence that repeat infections can leave lasting damage in almost every organ in the body.7 Currently, there is also a resurgence of anti-LGBTQIA+, anti-Black, anti-immigrant, and anti-free speech rhetoric and legislation. When queer people are denied the chance to exist, we must find a way to live. By critically examining our past, we can shed light on the present.