Do you long to escape to a universe where you can fight facism with a loving chosen family as you travel the galaxy in a ship whose EverySpeak translator makes sure no one is ever misgendered? Look no further! Charlie Jane Ander’s Victories Greater Than Death is the funny, exciting, queer space opera we’ve been waiting for!
The Stars and the Blackness Between Them, by Junuada Petrus, is a deeply moving book that focuses on the lives of two teenage black girls from very different backgrounds, Mabel and Audre, as they navigate feeling into their queerness, physical and spiritual healing, racism, and shifting relationships.
This project comes from a team of graphic designers, copywriters, illustrators, designers, marketers, and consultants – which makes us sound like a huge crowd; many of us wear multiple hats. With this team we developed five characters: we built out their stories, their passions, and what they want to share with the world.
Play Out Apparel was started out of a need for comfortable, validating underwear, outside of the cis-hetero-patriarchal gaze of the lingerie market. We are now a gender equal clothing brand and community, offering both athleisure and underwear, as well as education and resources for our community, and allowing everyone to “Shop Your Style, Not Your Gender.” We are queer and trans owned. Play Out is co-founded by CEO Abby Sugar and & Chief Design Officer Grey Leifer. John Lackner, COO, joined Play Out in 2020.
Self-preservation is defined as the innate desire to stay alive. But what does that really mean in the midst of a global pandemic? Many people would define it as the ability to breathe and exist while others may define it as the ability to be, do and have whatever their hearts desire.
You don’t need a New Year’s resolution. The tradition of New Year’s resolutions is tightly connected to the idea that we must be constantly improving ourselves, and that the way to make that supposed “improvement” happen is to put an excessive amount of pressure on ourselves, and beat ourselves up internally when we don’t meet the impossibly high standards we’ve set.
I always end up doing a lot of reflecting this time of year. This year, my mind drifts towards how my habits and priorities shift over time. What impact has my life had on the people I’ve come into contact with in the past year? What major changes have happened in my community? In my family? In the way I treat myself, and how I show up in the world?
What does family mean to you? To many folks, that word brings up a lot of complicated and conflicting emotions. In some instances, family means the people who will stick with you no matter what, and show up for you when you need them. This is a deep bond of love. But in any relationship that lasts for years, there is conflict. The unhealed parts of ourselves rub up against each other, and can cause harm.