Arts & Entertainment

Queer Artists Taking a Lead in Folk Music

Graphic by Nieves Winslow Folk and country music has long been a staple of American culture. A person with a guitar strapped across their shoulder and a voice that rings through the night becomes a storyteller of love, relationships, travel,…

Expectations by Hayley Kiyoko: Album Review

When 20gayteen began (as dubbed by the ingenious Hayley Kiyoko), we did not truly know what was to come. 2017, in a nutshell, sucked: we were going into the first year of an anti-everything-queer presidential administration and we were growing…

What I Learned About Gay Love: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Graphic by Carmen Ngo Most teenagers have at some point passively watched life dance alluringly before them, wishing for what seems to be the essential adolescent experience. In 1999, Stephen Chbosky published a book which perfectly captures this essential yearning…

Review: Love, Simon

           Love, Simon is a 2018 romance-comedy based on the book Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda written by Becky Albertalli. The film was directed by Greg Berlanti (Supergirl, The Flash, Riverdale) who is gay himself, and stars Nick Robinson as…

Review: Queer Eye

There is a certain healthy skepticism that is bound to accompany LGBTQ+ television consumers when a new television show is branded as inclusive of our community. Decades of representation dictated by stereotypes and glaring inaccuracies have made us cynical of…

The Camp and Cult of The Rocky Horror Picture Show

It is rare, in everyday life, that you walk into a public setting and are overdressed in a t-shirt and shorts. It is a little strange when you are expected to yell obscenities, in a practiced, cult-like unison, at a…

Review: Beach Rats

Beach Rats (2017, dir. Eliza Hittman) is about Frankie, a teenage boy in Brooklyn who experiments with drugs by day and hooks up with older men by night. While the setting and content matter may evoke similarities to Moonlight (2016,…

Dyke Drive-In: Fire (1996)

Fire (1996), dir. Deepa Mehta, is an Indian-Canadian romantic drama infamous for being one of the first explicit portrayals of homosexuality in Indian cinema. The plot follows Sita, a young woman recently arranged married to Jatin, a DVD rental store…

Vanilla: Book Review

As an avid reader and a queer person, it means more than words can convey each time I see myself represented well in a published novel.  The book’s very existence seems to offer a confirmation: “Your identity is valid and…

Interview with Marissa Paternoster of Screaming Females

New Jersey band Screaming Females returns after a three year hiatus, bursting in with two new singles “Black Moon” and “Glass House.” Born in the New Brunswick basement rock scene, the band is characterized by its gritty, extended solos and…