Here are some of the articles, essays, and blog posts I’ve read recently!
Articles & Essays
6 Homeless LGBTQ Youth Share Their Stories – Photographer Letizia Mariotti wanted to help elevate their voices.
28 Fabulous Works of Queer Historical Fiction for Pride Month – These books are a testament to the fact that queer people have been here all along. We might not ever know their true names and stories, but we do know that they existed.
The 38 Best Queer YA Novels – Consider this a wide-ranging list of recommendations curated by a lover of the genre and supplemented with the fervent recommendations of other queer YA fanatics.
Celebrate Pride With 20 LGBTQ Romances That Don’t End In Tragedy – With this in mind, in honor of Pride Month we’ve assembled 20 titles from film and TV, presented here in chronological order, that: a) prominently feature a queer romance as a part of their plot, and b) don’t end in death and/or heartbreak for their LGBTQ characters.
Janelle Monáe on Visibility, Loving Openly, and Choosing Freedom Over Fear – Janelle Monáe speaks her mind. Through her art, and in her off-camera life, she gives voice to the voiceless and comfort to the afflicted. And she does it to a funky beat. With the release of her new album, Dirty Computer, Monáe talks to Ashley C. Ford about visibility, about fighting for love, and about always choosing freedom over fear.
Just Write 500 Words – It’s simple.
L.G.B.T. Couples On Holding Hands in Public For the Very First Time – For heterosexual couples in the West, holding hands with a partner for the first time is a relationship milestone that often happens without much concern for what strangers might think. But for gay and queer couples, such a seemingly simple act can carry much more weight.
Librarians Will Guard Your Privacy With Their Lives – We won’t narc even if you’re watching porn.
Muscle Up: How To Get Bigger and Stronger, One Deadlift at a Time – Get bigger and stronger with this guide to putting on muscle mass.
On Janelle Monáe and the Power of Representation for Queer Black Girls – We always remember the first time that we feel seen, the first time that we are exposed to the magic of seeing ourselves reflected in someone or something else. For marginalized people especially, the validation we get in seeing our reflections in others is more than important — it’s vital to our livelihood, to our existence.
Pride and Self-Love in the L.G.B.T.Q African Diaspora – “That was the first time I had ever seen an image of another queer African person,” Mr. Owunna recalled. He was so moved by the experience, he began a project exploring the queer African diaspora. There was only one problem — he didn’t know any queer Africans.
Shonda Rhimes on Netflix, Unscripted, and More – ‘We Know a Large Amount of What We’re Going to Be Making’
We Need More Queer Stories Where Nobody Suffers – Books and films about LGBTQ characters often focus on trauma. Shouldn’t we get a happy ending too?
Which Book Should You Read For Pride? – If you either a) don’t know a lot about LGBTQIA+ books and don’t where to start or b) have a Pride reading list a mile long and can’t choose, try this quiz to match you up with the right book!
Debra Smouse – What To Do When You’re Feeling Burned Out With Your Life
Goodreads – Q & A With Helen Hoang
JSTOR Daily : W.B. Yeats Loved Tarot Cards
Live To Write – Write To Live : Writing By Hand
Made Vibrant – Is There A Secret To Sustained Motivation?
Tarot by Hilary – ‘I know what I need to do. I just don’t want to do it.’
Well and Good – Carry these 5 crystals for wealth and abundance
The Witch of Lupine Hollow – What Is My Moon Sign and What Does It Mean?