The Consequences of Forced Invisibility

Graphic by Kelly (She/Her) **Trigger warning for suicide mention, death, and transphobia** For the transgender community, individual visibility is complicated. For those who want to be recognized as trans, that desire to be seen is at war with the need…

“Sort Of”: A Queer Lesson on Storytelling

Still from HBO’s Sort Of **This article contains minor spoilers for HBOMax’s “Sort Of”** When I first saw the trailer for HBOMax’s “Sort Of” featuring Bilal Baig, — the first queer, South Asian, Muslim actor to lead a Canadian primetime…

Dressing Room

Graphic by Kelly (She/Her) I’m in a department store trying on clothes and they all fit in the technical sense, not too tight and in colors that make my eyes pop and my mother tells me I look beautiful, so…

sangre, stranger

Graphic by Christopher Ikonomou (Xe/He) Hola, mija. The tinny speakerphone rings through our shoebox apartment; I look up at the sound and see that a work week’s worth of tension has melted from my mother’s shoulders now that she’s heard…

An Interview with Rio Romeo: Love, Valentine’s Day, and What It Means To Be An Artist

Contributing Authors:Emma Blakely (They/She/He)Charis Shargel (She/Her)Kristin Haegelin (She/Her)Chrys Marr (She/They) Photography by Charis Shargel (She/Her)Edited by Christopher Ikonomou (Xe/He) In my opinion, there are criminally few artists that make unapologetically, candidly lesbian songs. To name a couple: Hayley Kiyoko, girl…

Coming OutWrite: Our Stories

Graphic by Christopher Ikonomou (Xe/He) Members of the queer community are expected to “come out” because our society views being cisgender and heterosexual as the default. However, everyone’s identity is their own. We should be able to come out on…

Representation: Queerness and Butterfly Soup

Screenshot from Butterfly Soup, a visual novel created by Brianna Lei. Trigger Warning: mentions abusive parents (of one of the characters) Do you ever find yourself clinging to representation? As a queer Asian American individual, I often find myself doing…

Clothes and Deconstructing the Gender Binary

Illustrated by Nick Griffin (He/Him) CONTENT WARNING: transphobia, internal transphobia, enbyphobia, transmedicalism You never really liked looking at yourself in the mirror. Dressing rooms always made you uncomfortable. Bathroom mirrors were the worst.  To be fair, self-confidence wasn’t exactly your…