Do Progressive High Schools Facilitate Queer Joy?

In the fall, I discussed how internalized homophobia produced complicated feelings about my old middle school’s increasingly progressive attitudes towards queer identities and rising numbers of “out” queer students. I unpacked my slight resentment toward those queer students, who seem to have an easier time exploring their queer identities out in the open since they exist in a less oppressive environment. 

Violence in the Shadows of the Binary

Illustrated by Christopher Ikonomou (Xe/He) This article was originally published in our Winter 2022 Volume 2 print issue “Wanting: A Queer Beauty & Burden.“ **Content Warning: harrassment, violence, queerphobia** “Honestly, I just saw something in you that made me insecure…

What’s HER Problem?: 5 Issues in Trans Dating

Graphic by Christopher Ikonomou (Xe/He)Co-Written by Lorely Guzman (They/He/She) and Mia Riedel (She/Her) Dating can be a messy experience, but when you’re trans, it’s a minefield. Even amongst the queer community, who tend to be more open-minded than their straight…

Letter To The Editor From CaHPSA

Graphic by Christopher Ikonomou (Xe/He) A few months ago, CaHPSA hosted a blood drive in collaboration with the UCLA Blood and Platelet Center. Although we were grateful to be able to encourage our members to donate blood, we were left…

The Hidden Homophobe: An Analysis of Sleeping With The Homophobe (Fall 2000)

Graphic by Christopher Ikonomou (Xe/He) *This article is a modern analysis of the themes and content of “Sleeping With The Homophobe“ (Fall 2000), the tenth installment of our From The Archive series.* So, really, how gay is California? Jordan, the author…

The Danger of “Traditional Values”: An Analysis of From Russia With Hate (Fall 2013)

Photo from @ukraine.pride on Instagram *This article is a modern analysis of the themes and content of “From Russia With Hate“ (Fall 2013), the sixth installment of our From The Archive series.* **Trigger warning: violent queerphobia** Since the passing of the…

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…

“Risk vs. Stigma”: Inherent Homophobia in U.S. Blood Donation

Graphic by Zoë Collins (She/Her) In January of 2022, the American Red Cross declared that the United States was in the midst of its worst blood shortage in decades. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic with more positive cases every day, the…

From the Archive: From Russia With Hate (Fall 2013)

Welcome to OutWrite’s “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 so,…