Hair Stories: (Tatianna)

Interview by Carolina Meurkens Photography & Creative Direction by Collin Pullum Wardrobe/ Styling by Anika Ghirnikar In a society that values whiteness and one’s ability to approximate it, hair can be a battleground. In Hair Stories, we wrestle with what it means to love yourself through your relationship with hair and others’ perception of it. … Read moreHair Stories: (Tatianna)

Returning to the Dating/Fetish Scene After Becoming Chronically Ill by Mi Nguyen

Image by Verywell/Zoe Hansen (Disabled folks can be kinky too.)   * I will preface this by saying that I do not like to kink-shame because many develop fetishes as a coping method for trauma, which is completely valid as long as it’s safe, legal, and between consenting adults. Also— your fetishes aren’t anyone else’s business anyway. Unless, … Read moreReturning to the Dating/Fetish Scene After Becoming Chronically Ill by Mi Nguyen

Is it Gay to?… On Black Men and Policing Masculinity by Victory Sampson

I’m tired of boys, men, and mascs policing each other’s masculinity. The question “Is it Gay to…?” implies an admission of desire. It implies there is an exploration wanting to be had by the speaker that they are asking for validation in pursuing. Therein lies the problem, the possibilities of one are put in the … Read moreIs it Gay to?… On Black Men and Policing Masculinity by Victory Sampson

How I Decided It Was Time to Get a Wheelchair by Mi Nguyen

In the past several months, I’ve needed to accept several truths:   1. I am now severely ill.   2. It is not possible to predict whether I will get better or worse.   3. If I get worse, I may need a wheelchair, and maybe eventually, a feeding tube and/or a PICC line (a long-term intravenous catheter.)   4. … Read moreHow I Decided It Was Time to Get a Wheelchair by Mi Nguyen

Biscuits and Boredom, Cooking and Connection by Victoria Taylor 

Food has always been my love language. I got married March 20th, 2020. In the week prior our well-planned, 100 person wedding became an intimate back porch ceremony with our immediate families, dog, and friends tuning in over zoom. March 22nd, 2020 lockdown began. My spouse is a frontline worker and went back to in-person … Read moreBiscuits and Boredom, Cooking and Connection by Victoria Taylor 

Hair Stories: (Elizabeth)

Interview by Carolina Meurkens, Photography by Mariah Miranda In a society that values whiteness and one’s ability to approximate it, hair can be a battleground. In Hair Stories, we wrestle with what it means to love yourself through your relationship with hair and others’ perception of it. Through interviews with our editors, contributors and community … Read moreHair Stories: (Elizabeth)

The Issue with Involuntary Psychiatric Holds: a Call for Patient-Centered Mental Health Treatment by Julian Petrello, MA, LMSW

Nearly an eighth of the world population struggles with a diagnosable mental illness. Most folks with psychological disorders do not have access to adequate care due to a lack of services and supports, capacity issues, accessibility issues, cost issues, or widespread stigma that discourages people from seeking help. Cultural perspectives, language, and idiomatic expressions all … Read moreThe Issue with Involuntary Psychiatric Holds: a Call for Patient-Centered Mental Health Treatment by Julian Petrello, MA, LMSW

The Freedom in Community – Choosing the Forest by Monique Murad

image by Claire Harrup via The Nature Conservancy If you’ve ever been hiking, backpacking, or camping deeper in the woods, in the desert, or lived somewhere outside of a busy metropolitan area, you’ve experienced the true beauty that is nature in its purest, most sustainable form. You will have experienced what I will define as … Read moreThe Freedom in Community – Choosing the Forest by Monique Murad

So What Do You DO All Day? by Mi Nguyen

Image by Qian Shi So What Do You DO All Day? Spoiler alert: Nothing. Health is a full-time job for people with chronic illnesses, and that’s okay. Our value as people is not defined by how much we “contribute” to society. For some reason, this is a difficult thing to grasp for many. We don’t … Read moreSo What Do You DO All Day? by Mi Nguyen

you have a body now by Nico Shea

Image: David Hockeny Pool I, 1978-80 You became a woman at eight years old. You don’t get your period until much later, but at eight years old, you are confronted with the uncomfortable realization that your female body is the object of desire of the straight male species. It is in an instant that this … Read moreyou have a body now by Nico Shea

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