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I am in an introductory fiction writing class in college in New York City, and we are tasked with bringing in a paragraph we find particularly moving. I choose the paragraph from Hubert Selby, Jr.’s Last Exit to Brooklyn in which a transgender sex worker, Georgette, saves the atmosphere of a party by pulling down a book and reading Poe’s “The Raven” aloud as Charlie Parker echoes from the record player. I don’t then...
On a wealthy Greenpoint street with two grand, looming churches, the Greenpoint Reformed Church looks a bit out of place. A humble two-story red brick Federal house built by architect Thomas C. Smith shortly after the end of the Civil War, 138 Milton Street was once used as the set of a turn-of-the-century black hospital in The Knick, and its only outer distinguishing markers are a queer pride flag, a “Doubting Thomases Welcome” sign...
When Saeed Jones smiles, he lights up the whole room. (His side-eye, similarly, is chilling.) When we first met in 2012, I knew him as a brilliant poet who loved Toni Morrison. (The author of Sula, Song of Solomon, is how—over a sticky, unsteady table in Botanica—we first connected.) Since then his light has illuminated steadily bigger rooms: On Twitter, where he wields emoji like a scalpel. As BuzzFeed’s founding LGBT editor, where he...
Last Saturday night the LGBTQ community suffered a tragic loss of 50 people during a targeted shooting at Pulse, a nightclub in downtown Orlando that once served as a safe space. The loss reverberated--and is still reverberating worldwide, through queer communities everywhere, connected through the intricate web of the internet. On Sunday, just one day after the shooting in Orlando, Olympia-based band G.L.O.S.S. released a quick yet commanding EP titled Trans Day of Revenge....

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