Queer Life

Making Connections Through the “Trans Trade”

The act of the trans trade, and its ritualization, came readily to hand for me, but it’s a distant possibility for so many of us.

Jan 30, 2023
As a Queer Author, I Thought I Had to Come Out Before My Books Did

Some misguided fans believe they are owed information about artists’ sexual and gender identities. As a queer writer myself, this worries me.

Nov 15, 2022
Before I Came Out as Nonbinary, My Gender Was Thin

I needed to fight my way out of the trance of thinness in order to find out what else was possible, in order to finally see myself.

Oct 19, 2022
Every Queer Person Should Learn How to Fight

On its surface, Brazilian jiu-jitsu was not a sport that I belonged in. To say that it is macho is an understatement.

Sep 21, 2022
Reflecting on the Challenges of Telling Femme, Black, Queer Stories

In writing for TV, I’m committed to doing what I can to wave the Black-femme-boy flag. We deserve to be heroes.

Sep 13, 2022
Miss Scarlet, in the Lounge, with the Rope: What Clue Taught Me About Gender

Being a girl meant minimizing myself and my needs, but Miss Scarlet embodied glamour, power and possibility in an unapologetically femme package.

Aug 31, 2022
This Cartoon Will Help You Rethink Your Definition of Intimacy

The show went a step further than other cartoons of the time: It showed young women intentionally building a life together.

How Perfume Gives Me Peace in My Genderfluidity

There is no opposite to reconcile. I’ve been both bride and groom, loved and lived as both, since both lived in me.

Aug 04, 2022
Patti Smith Defined Cool in Lesbian Bars of the ’80s

I pinballed between circles of lesbians but settled nowhere. Gorgeous women were everywhere but always out of reach in San Francisco’s mesmerizing haze.

May 26, 2022
On Running Shirtless While Trans

Maybe I was tired of hiding and being afraid. Maybe I was just overheating and my nipples were starting to chafe. Maybe it was all or none of the above.

May 10, 2022
It’s More Than Just “Two Boys Kissing”

David Wojnarowicz captured the chaos of living as a gay man in the 1980s and early 1990s with HIV overshadowing everything we did and felt.

May 02, 2022
Starting Testosterone During Ramadan Led Me to the Sacred in My Trans Self

Before testosterone, few people ever saw me cry. Now tears come in hot floods, as though some tender, unlanguaged creature has surfaced inside me.

Nov 24, 2021
Lessons On Camp and Queerness from ‘American Horror Story’

Madison Montgomery never stops performing. She is at once person and persona.

Nov 04, 2021
The Night a Grieving Phantom in the Everglades Changed My Life

The land that was previously seen as harsh and brutal by colonial forces was actually a site of survival, new life, and renewal.

Confessions of a Little Mermaid

The taste of silence and salt heavy on my tongue.

Matthew Shepard Bought an Engagement Ring

I knew about Matt’s legacy, but I didn’t know much about his life.

Oct 05, 2021
Coming Out, as Told by Florida Wildlife

Can you still hear us? We’re drowning the state in our chirps tonight if you’d care to sing along.

Jun 22, 2021
How Writing My Young Adult Novel Helped Me Reclaim the Queer Girlhood I Lost

The years I suppressed my queerness are a loss that I'm exploring and grieving—if only through fiction.

Jun 17, 2021
Halloween 1998, Old Man with Old Wife

Obviously, I cannot be the old woman. Obviously, I cannot be the woman.

Jun 15, 2021