Hey, whip-smart and policy-minded Straddlers (that's a lot of you, I bet)! Have you recently done some Research, or made some Art? Do you have Thoughts on LGBTQ Issues, many cogently expressed? Have you always wanted to see your name in lights, or at least in jet-black ink in delicious lockstep on the Table of Contents page of an academic periodical? Now's your chance!
The LGBTQ Policy Journal at the Harvard Kennedy School is seeking submissions for its 2013 issue, which will be published next spring. The journal, a "student-run, nonpartisan publication featuring papers on the policies, politics, trends and issues impacting LGBTQ communities and individuals," is looking for commentaries, research, reviews, art, and other pieces dealing with these topics. The deadline for proposals is November 9th, and full submission guidelines are available here. (A note – proposals are shorter than articles, and don't take that long to put together, so don't be scared off.)
According to editor Helena Pylväinen, this journal is "not a stodgy academic journal – we're trying to encourage a variety of creative pieces, such as photo essays, interviews and commentaries because we believe that will better engage a wide audience of policymakers and practitioners." A quick review of paper titles confirms this, and a look at the contributor bios shows that the journal is committed to showcasing a variety of authorial viewpoints as well. Perhaps you could be one of them!
If all this has piqued your interest but you're not up for writing, there's always reading instead. The Online Preview for the upcoming 2012 edition promises (among other things) an autobiographical photo essay by artist and transman H. Tucker Rosebrock, a story about a Pakistani man who escapes to Afghanistan after being outed, and an analysis of how effectively the Obama administration has fought LGBT poverty.
The 2011 Edition is free online for your perusal, and has taken up much of my time today – I particularly recommend the interview with Anthony Woods (a former platoon leader discharged under Don't Ask Don't Tell), Victoria Diane Kirby's call for increased LGBT resources at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and "Does It Get Better? A Roundtable on LGBTQ Youth," which features short essays by a grad student, a theologian/blogger, a commission chair, and the executive director of a major LGBT community center. I think we should add "regular Autostraddle reader" to that list, don't you?