Yuting Zhang (she/they)
Among the LGBTQ+ community, coming out has been considered a declaration of identity and an act of bravery. For many queers, coming out is a must-have moment:it is the official establishment of queer identity that often comes with a thrill, an end of hiding, pretense and involuntary secrecy, and a new chapter of life. But for most queers in China, the opening of this chapter takes a heavy toll.
Recently, I had an insane experience, and I mean that literally. Just before the Fall 2023 school year started, I was acting off. I was hypersocial, elated, and did not sleep for 3 days. I also suffered from racing thoughts, in which it is hard to look somewhere and not have thoughts flowing at a million miles per hour. It wasn’t long before I had to be hospitalized, and was given a diagnosis of hypo-mania. At first I had a hard time accepting that I could have suffered an altered mental state, but I figured it was alright as long as it was over.
Let me start by getting one thing straight: transphobia is in the very air we breathe.
Political In-Queery is the current podcast produced by “The Michigan Gayly,” the LGBT newspaper based at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Our goal in producing this podcast is to explore the current state of LGBT representation and legislation within Michigan politics, especially leading up to the 2022 midterm elections that were held in November. Our podcast director, Blake Byle, works extremely hard to ensure this podcast is produced with the utmost quality and attention to detail as possible in order to educate others and encourage voting within our community.
“my mama’s tongue is a telegram from her mother
decorated with the coqui’s of el campo.
so even though her lips can barely stretch themselves around english,
her accent is a stubborn compass always pointing her toward home.”
Accents: by Denice Frohman
Julio Salgado is a gay Mexican artist who uses his platform to beautifully express stories and values from both undocumented and queer communities. His identity as an undocumented queer activist has fueled his artwork– artwork which depicts themes such as the Dream Act, youth-led activism, and LGBT inclusion. His creative work serves as a call to action to end oppressive migrant detention, deportation, and inequalities for both immigrants and the LGBT community. Salgado’s art resonates with both the immigrant and LGBT experience, as his art pertains to the idea of rising from oppression to live life as your authentic self unapologetically.
Jennicet Gutierrez is an undocumented trans woman from Tuxpan, Jalisco in Mexico. She consistently fights for the rights of both transgender and immigrant communities, with an emphasis on queer Latinas who are often forgotten in mainstream movements. She is the co-executive director of the Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement organization. This organization focuses on community building, organizing, education, and the abolition of systems that oppress or criminalize trans, queer, or gender non-conforming Latinx people. Jennicet Gutierrez consistently breaks boundaries by advocating for both communities, while doing so in her own unique way.
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Grey Weinstein (he/they)
Mobile Homecoming, an online archive of oral histories produced by Black queer elders, was founded in 2019 with the goal of preserving and documenting “intergenerational [...] Black LGBTQ+ excellence.” The archive is centered on the value of the knowledge of Black queer elders, and engages in the project of recording this knowledge via video and preserving it online. At the same time, Mobile Homecoming works to provide housing and living assistance for the Black queer elders who contribute to the archive; it also hosts retreats and other interactive experiences that bring together Black queer community.
Padma Danturty (she/her)
I’m not the first person to notice common queer tropes in popular media, especially those that seem to only apply to the LQBTQ+ community. I’m going to break down one of the common tropes we see in TV media and if that representation has a negative impact on the community. For this article, I’ll be focusing on the hyper-promiscuity of queer characters within romantic relationships.
Spoiler warning: This article contains discussion about the plots of “Sex Education,” “Queer as Folk,” and “The L Word.”
A polling survey conducted by the Williams Institute School of Law at UCLA finds 3.5% of adults [9 million] in the United States identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual with over 1.8% of them identifying as bisexual. While this suggests over half of LGB Americans are bisexual, this group is often neglected both within and outside of its community. This phenomenon, called bisexual erasure, refers to the tendency to ignore, remove, or reject the presence of bisexuality in favor of sexualities that are attracted to a single gender; therefore those who engage in bisexual erasure prioritize their own sense of comfort despite the valid presence of bisexuality.