“My Beautiful Laundrette”: A Queer Fairytale

Graphic by Christopher Ikonomou (Xe/He) Stephen Frears’ “My Beautiful Laundrette” (1985) is a dramedy that chronicles the journey of Omar, a young Anglo-Pakistani man, as he takes charge of his uncle’s failing laundromat business and rekindles a romance with a…

Best of 2021: Our Picks for Queer Books

We asked our staff for their favorite queer books from 2021, and they answered! 

An Exploration of Euphoria: S2E1 “Trying to Get to Heaven Before They Close the Gates”

Photograph from Hunter Schafer’s Instagram @hunterschafer *This is the first article in a new series where I reflect on and peel back the past week’s episode of Euphoria Season 2. This series will come out on Sundays at 3PM PT…

Best of 2021: Our Picks for Queer Film and Television

2021 saw a large increase in on-screen queer characters and nuanced queer stories, so we asked our staff for their favorite queer films and television from 2021, and they answered!  Our Picks for Television: Our Picks for Films:

“Diversity”: A Piece Lost to the Pandemic

Art by Christopher Ikonomou (Xe/He) Right before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, OutWrite participated in the early stages of a still-unnamed Community Issue, a print compiling pieces from all of UCLA’s newsmagazines. Unfortunately, the project fell through in Spring 2020. As…

Best of 2021: Our Picks for Queer Music

We asked our staff for their favorite queer music from 2021, and they answered! Listen to our full playlist or check out each song below.

Rejecting ‘Born this Way’: Critiques of an Intrinsic Queerness

Graphic compiled by Zoë Collins (she/her)Photos taken by Hans Beimler As queer people, there are narratives and talking points that define our humanity from day one. Our rights to live, love, and thrive are considered up for debate. We are…

On 2021’s Hate Crimes and A Tribute To The Lives Lost: An Analysis of To Live and Get Bashed In America (October 1988)

Graphic compiled by Christopher Ikonomou (He/Xe) *This article is a modern analysis of the themes and content of To Live And Get Bashed In America (October 1988), the second installment of our From The Archive series”* The graphic instances of…

RuPaul and The Never-Ending Struggle Of Visibility

Graphic by Christopher Ikonomou (Xe/He) After thirteen seasons, RuPaul has finally let his first cisgender, heterosexual performer on “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Her name is Maddy Morphasis, and she is a cishet man that does drag! At first glance, this is…

From the Archive: To Live and Get Bashed in America! (October 1988)

Welcome to OutWrite’s new “From the Archive” series! This series is designed to provide an opportunity to interact with our organization’s archives, assess the opinions and relevance of our past content, and bring that content into the present. In doing…