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When Bed-Stuy resident Dusty St. Amand was growing up in an industrial town of Florida, his exposure to gay media was limited. In fact, as a gay teenager in the 1990s, it boiled down to one type of gay media for him: pornography. “At the time I was hiding, looking at these images, trying to find other people like me,” St. Amand told Brooklyn Magazine in a phone interview. “I was printing out porn...
When I first heard the music of Jeffery Lamar Williams, I wasn’t quite sure what to think. The song was “Lifestyle” by Rich Gang, a 2014 romp of which I understood literally none of the lyrics, but that also had a strange listenability that couldn’t quite be dismissed. Williams—better known by the moniker Young Thug—kept popping up that same year, appearing repeatedly in Pitchfork’s Top 100 Songs of 2014. This guy was putting himself...
When schools suck (unless you're rich) and public arts funding dwindles, non-profits take over the massive job of teaching our kids how to think and be in the world. In outside-of-school programming devoted to things like film and coding, fundamental questions of identity (race, gender, everything in between) and conversations about income and gender disparity aren't just hashtags: they're actually happening. For over ten years, the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls has been catapulting women and...
Photographer Jessica Yatrofsky has long explored the established boundaries of gender identity, and questioned the idea of what it means to label someone a boy or girl. In 2010, Yatrofsky's published her first photography book, I <3 Boy, which showed a varied portrayal of men, disputing the notion that masculinity was in any way a singular concept. Now, with the recent release of her second book, I <3 Girl, Yatrofsky tackles the idea that femininity means any one, specific thing. We...

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