What Does ‘Queer’ Look Like?

On self-protection and queer form

Annie Thomas
Gay Mag
Published in
12 min readJul 23, 2019

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Illustrations by Alicia Tatone

5.5. I guess we can start at a house party. That feels like where I started. Red lights. Twenty-somethings. Rural Tennessee in the early 2000s. I’m in a trailer. Black fields stretch out like a blight through open plastic windows.

My boyfriend, Smith, is twenty-three. We are on a house call. I’m fifteen. Which drugs is he selling…

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