Our last Queer IRL gallery was a fan favorite: PETS! It was downright glorious to see you all with your familiars. We even got a list out of it — 50 of the Gayest, Nerdiest Things You Weirdos Named Your Pets — and it was our largest gallery to date with 230 submissions! So how could we possibly follow that up? I’m glad you asked.
Your Next Gallery Theme: Celebration!
Because LGBTQ people are superior in all ways, it naturally follows that we would dominate the sport of celebration. Times are bleak, yes, but we’re blessed with an unrivaled appreciation of the good times, and I know you took pictures. Birthday parties, weddings, baby showers, graduations, congratulatory brunches — we’ve celebrated together and now we’re gonna share it with the world!
1. Send your high quality picture and info to me at email@example.com with the subject QUEER CELEBRATION. Copy/paste this mini form into your email and fill in the blanks with your info!
NAME / AGE IN PHOTO* / ACCOMPLISHMENT / PHOTO’S LOCATION / DATE TAKEN
Include a short paragraph explaining what we need to know about the picture or the celebration, like what you’re celebrating; who’s with you; a great memory you have from it; etc.
Your email should look like this:
Alice, Shane, Carmen, Bette, Tina, Jenny, Dana, Soup Chef, Max / Jenny’s Coming Home Dinner / Los Angeles, CA / 2006
Jenny had been living somewhere in the middle of the country for a couple of months after her life fell apart, and then she came back to LA and we were PSYCHED! She brought her partner, Max, who told us a cool but disturbing story about lobsters that I’m not sure was totally true. Jenny looked so great that night! Not as great as Dana, but still.
? New Rule!! ? Please keep your submission to 1-2 images only, and from only one celebration. I know it’s hard to pick just one event, and maybe even harder to choose just one photo, but it’s important! Thank you for understanding!
I reserve the right to edit your sentence/s for length or spelling errors. Your photo will appear in a full screen gallery on Autostraddle.com — the main site, not A+ — and might be used on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr) to promote the gallery. If you don’t want your photo to appear on social media, please make a note of that with your submission. You reserve full rights to your photo. Photos will not be used to promote anything other than this exact gallery, and will not be used in any other future post.
Deadline: November 5, 2017
1. What is a celebration?
A celebration is a period of time wherein you and others turn your attention to a good thing that has happened, and you all agree that it was, in fact, good and worth commemoration.
2. What is a queer person?
Queer people are lesbians, bisexuals, queer and otherwise-identified women, trans and non-binary folks.
3. What if there were straight people at my celebration and therefore in my photo? ?
Listen, straight people are everywhere, and trying to keep them out of photos is like herding cats. I understand. Don’t worry if your photo includes one or more straight people, as long as it also has some queers!
4. Do low-key celebrations count? What about made-up things that no one else would think to celebrate?
You bet your ass they do. Celebrations don’t have to be huge or come with specific decorations or dress codes. As long as you and other people there agree that you’re celebrating a thing, it is a celebration.
5. How sexy can we get here? Also tell me about your nudity policy.
We shan’t show nipples, genitalia, or simulated or actual sex. Sex toys or nude art are totally permitted.
Deadline: November 5, 2017
Leave your questions in the comments and if you have an idea for a future theme, let me know! firstname.lastname@example.org