Cover Photo: An image of the author's binder which holds various pictures and clipping from articles about Ralph Macchio
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Finding a More Tender, Queer Masculinity in ‘The Outsiders’

The Outsiders’ world was the one in which I wanted to belong.


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hey faggot!

Sure, Ralph’s sexy, but he also possesses inner beauty.

Is there a hotter actor than gray/blue-eyed River Phoenix in show business today? There’s an excellent chance that the answer is . . . no!

The fact is, brown-eyed Matt Dillon is as down-to-earth as ever.

aka Hunks Incorporated, The Bod Squad, Dream Team or the ever popular Brat Pack

Wouldn’t you just die if you ran into Rob Lowe or Emilio Estevez at your local movie theater? . . . Running into the dream team guys isn’t all that easy, but we thought we would give you a few tips . . . In New York, Dream Team hunting is very easy! They eat at all the trendy restaurants such as Hard Rock Café, The Century Café, and America. They party at the hottest clubs, but their favorites seem to be Area, the Palladium, and Limelight.

The Outsiders, Stand By Me, St. Elmo’s Fire, The Breakfast Club,Some Kind of WonderfulThe GooniesThe Karate Kid.


to be them. Wil, Wil, Wil

The OutsidersThe Karate Kid.


OutsidersGone With The Wind

The OutsidersThe Outsiders’A boy.

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The Outsidersseen

are you really trans, are you really queer

Carter Sickels is the author of the novel The Prettiest Star (Hub City Press, 2020). His debut novel The Evening Hour (Bloomsbury, 2012) was an Oregon Book Award finalist and a Lambda Literary Award finalist. His writing appears in various publications, including Guernica, The Oxford American, Poets & Writers, Literary Hub, and BuzzFeed. Carter is the recipient of the 2013 Lambda Literary Emerging Writer Award, and has received fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, the Sewanee Writers' Conference, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the MacDowell Colony.