We’re presenting you with the ways that bright, thoughtful, ferocious people are creating their own space. Worlds within and outside of this slippery one, full of answers and questions and buoyant hope tunnels.
- Kamala PuligandlaCurator, Editor
- Carmen PhillipsEditor
- Rachel KincaidEditor
- Laneia JonesCurator
- Sarah SarwarArt Director
You can’t win in a world not meant for you, so I’m offering up the In Another World Issue as my attempt at creating some other option. We’re presenting you with the ways that bright, thoughtful, ferocious people are creating their own space. Worlds within and outside of this slippery one, full of answers and questions and buoyant hope tunnels.
Being invisible is in some ways a privilege. QTPOC who are visible are subject to scrutiny at best and violence at worst. I don’t want to talk about visibility. I’m still ashamed of the lonely, aching part of me that longs for recognition.
Perhaps my identity oscillates at times but in a world that attempts to force me to choose one side of a binary, I remain firmly in the middle.
In QTPOC community, the future can feel precarious. If queerness is so often associated with action and survival, how do we learn to slow down and rest so we can live long enough to grow into the queer elders we always dreamed of having?
“Call Your Girlfriend” is not just a song that holds up as a classic sad bop — but as a work of art that asks us to radically reimagine how we might uncouple ourselves from each other in gentler, more entangled ways.
Even if it’s not overnight, New York does have the money and economy to bankroll a $Free.99 MTA. If New York were a country, it’d have the 11th biggest economy worldwide, between Canada and South Korea. If much smaller cities like Tallinn, Estonia, Kansas City, USA, Dunkirk, France and Luxembourg have rolled out free public transit using taxes and subsidies, then NYC can too.
The Future We Lost
Book archives and research on queer identity from the Magnus Hirschfeld center were destroyed by Nazi book burnings. Our history and culture got lost.
Sensual Performers: Queer Black Drag And Burlesque in D.C.
In mainstream media, drag depictions are predominately white and center people assigned male at birth with no mention of drag kings. Similarly, the representation of burlesque performers is often limited to cisgender, white women. For myself, and many others, seeing bodies like our own — fat, disabled, Black, non-binary — celebrated and desired is just as thrilling as the performances themselves.
A Wild Dare
When the world finally catches up with queer time, we can spend our adult lives allowing ourselves the freedom to just dream.
Making Lovers Of Friends
I want to explode these policed queer “norms” and show what it looks like to be bi and femme and working class. But this is also about intervening in past patterns of desire & nostalgia. I’m imagining all these amazing lovers and love life, but why am I still falling for unavailable femmes? And what does it mean to be in a relationship that’s big enough to contain all of this?
Roundtable: The Undocumented Activists Organizing a Strike and Building a New World
In a country that hates immigrants, every day immigrants are on the front line of imagining and enacting another world: one where they can safely live with basic dignity, respect, and protection.
Weight Loss Is Not a Moral Imperative, Stop Treating It Like One
Here’s how we liberate ourselves from the tyranny of diet culture, and why that matters for the betterment of our communities and our future.
A World Without Punishment
I’ve been doing transformative justice workshops across Canada as a part of my book tour, in which participants are asked to imagine a world where punishment isn’t the dominant force in our society. Common themes that have emerged from every group get at people’s longing for a better way of practicing accountability, and their fear that the world cannot be made safe without punishment as a practice.