YOU WOULDN'T UNDERSTAND


Being Black and queer, at the intersection of homophobia and racism, I’m very removed from white heteronormativity, while also searching for a place in the hetero-dominated Black community and the white queer community. My journey has been to find a space that allows for my complete self to be free and nuanced and diverse. At the young age when my queerness began to blossom...

GENDER FLUIDITY


Gender is a social construction. If something is a social construction, it must change over time and vary based on the society in question. For example, what it means to be a woman has changed since the birth of America. Being a woman used to strictly mean that you belonged to the domestic sphere, you were considered property, you couldn’t own property...

AS MUCH PRIDE AS THEY CAN AFFORD


Mass media plays a large role in constructing the public’s perceptions of marginalized communities. The LGBTQ+ community has experienced tremendous acceptance over the past several years, partially due to how they are perceived in the media. And advertisements—though a more subtle form of messaging—still communicate ideologies of how the queer and trans community should look....

RAISING GENDER CAPITAL


Before a baby is born, the first information we receive and celebrate is the baby’s so-called “gender.” It is the first inkling that the mass of cells developing into a small human will, in fact, become a human.