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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.

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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.
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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. 
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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? 
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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. 
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How do you hold the grief of all trans people murdered?

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The binary between testosterone and estrogen as the male and female hormones was created by scientists who used their authority to reinforce their belief in the gender binary, rather than to examine and present the actual facts. 
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I had been told by an older gay guy that bisexuality is just a step towards “coming out for real.” I had found the right word to describe myself, but my trust was so monumentally broken that all of my actions became a test to see if I was real. 
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The narrative that queer people were less visible in the past and have progressively become more visible over time is inaccurate. And the cultural understanding of what makes someone be seen as abnormal in their gender and sexual expression has also changed dramatically over time.
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Just like the US has used laws and specifically immigration policy to cement its racist assumptions, so goes New Zealand. In this edition, we’ll talk about the role of race in prostitution policy, and the effect of these policies on migrant populations.
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One of the most common accusations thrown at LGBTQIA+ people in order to invalidate and disappear us is that we are unnatural. Something we should consider is who gets to speak for nature? That diversity is not only natural in human and nonhuman species, but healthy and necessary for the survival of the species. 
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Stoney Michelli Love, designer and founder of Stuzo Clothing, chats with us about their creative process, designing for future generations, foundations in art, and what inspires them.
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