Cover Photo: Photograph by Sharon McCutcheon/Unsplash
As a Trans Person, I Don’t Need You to Hug Me. I Need You to Fight for Me.

Trans people have rights because we’re human—not because we’re special. So why does having those rights recognized require a flood of trans tears?

Dec 06, 2018
Cover Photo: Photograph by Amy Shamblen/Unsplash
Why I Turned to Candy-Making as My Family Fell Apart

If I was in the kitchen making candy, usually my mom wasn’t in there screaming or throwing a butter dish at my dad.

Dec 05, 2018
Cover Photo: Photograph by Derek Thomson/Unsplash
The Greatest Challenge of Raising an Autistic Child as an Autistic Parent? The Ableist World We Live In

Being disabled means hundreds of thousands of people believe they always know better than you do.

Dec 05, 2018

Catapult’s Most Popular Stories of 2018

Cover Photo: “Dash around the lightship,” 1886 / via New York Public Library Digital Collections
How Shanties and Songs of the Sea Helped Me Weather the Storm of Depression
The language of depression can be curiously maritime. It comes in waves; it drowns us; it’s the Mariner’s albatross around our necks.
Aug 06, 2018
Cover Photo: Illustration by Nicole Caputo for Catapult
Montrose, the Neighborhood That Gave Us Everything
Montrose was unofficially codified as the nexus of queer life in Houston. That’s the part we cared about. If you held a map to the wall, I could tell you how we came to be on those streets.
Oct 16, 2018
Cover Photo: Photograph by the Fischer Twins/Unsplash
Unheard Grief, Unmovable Men: How an Old Mexican Folktale Speaks to Our Pain Today
All the wrong people are crying, and all the people who ought to feel something do not.
Nov 05, 2018
Cover Photo: Photograph by B. C. Lorio/Flickr
Confronting the Violence of Gentrification in Your Hometown
Moving home to Newark has been a surreal experience because I have had to mourn places that once were, but are no longer.
Dec 04, 2018
Cover Photo: Art by Shing Yin Khor for Catapult
I’ll Fight Anyone Who Says You Shouldn’t Put Cheese on Your Ramyun
Ramen is comfort food, a thing to soak up your regrets and get you through a rough day. But my favorite way to enjoy it has courted great controversy among my friends and family.
Dec 03, 2018
Cover Photo: Scene from Scene from "Daredevil," Marvel Television/Netflix
When People See Your Blindness as Superhuman, They Stop Seeing You as Human
The sixth sense, second sight, third eye. We are supposed to have both extra-accurate hearing and perfect pitch, more numerous and more acute taste buds, a finer touch, a bloodhound’s sense of smell.
Nov 29, 2018
Cover Photo: Art by Isabelle Laureta for Catapult
Gordo and Mayra’s First Night in America
Alfonzo looked aghast, like they were the two most naïve immigrants in the history of New York. “ICE is preparing to break through that door with guns and night vision goggles, maybe even dogs, and you’re worried about the breeze?”
Nov 30, 2018
Cover Photo: Art by Isabelle Laureta for Catapult
Sleepy Things
Tony had only gone on, like, seven dates with Josefín and the jodona was already lounging on Magdalena’s couch.
Nov 16, 2018
Cover Photo: Art by Isabelle Laureta for Catapult
North to the Future
If you’re having a good time it usually means you’re having a bad time, I think. So the opposite has got to be true also.
Nov 09, 2018