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What Does ‘Queer’ Look Like?

On self-protection and queer form

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…



A new magazine from Roxane Gay offering some of the most interesting and thoughtful cultural criticism to be found on the Web. Our first quarterly is coming in June 2019. We value deep explorations, timelessness, and challenging conventional thinking without being cheap and lazy.

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