Laura’s Team Pick
We’re not the only ones who are excited about Pariah. In anticipation for its release, Salon and New America Media are running a series of coming stories from minority and immigrant queer teens and young adults. I’m going to be honest and admit that I was expecting the ratio of gay boy to lesbian to trans* stories to hover somewhere around 83:6:1, but so far I’ve got nothing but good things to say. Of the stories we’ve published so far, we’ve seen impeccably well-written stories from an Raul Rodriguez, Raul Rodriguez, undocumented Peruvian man, Jamilah King, the African American daughter of a single woman, Andres Garcia, a Catholic Latino teenage boy, and Jean Melesaine, a Mormon-raised Samoan American woman. It’s the revolution in almost-nearly-mainstream media!
“If I could take all my parts with me when I go somewhere, and not have to say to one of them, ‘No, you stay home tonight, you won’t be welcome,’ because I’m going to an all-white party where I can be gay, but not Black. Or I’m going to a Black poetry reading, and half the poets are anti-homosexual, or thousands of situations where something of what I am cannot come with me. The day all the different parts of me can come along, we would have what I would call a revolution.”
Before you go! It takes funding to keep this publication by and for queer women and trans people of all genders running every day. We will never put our site behind a paywall because we know how important it is to keep Autostraddle free. But that means we rely on the support of our A+ Members. Still, 99.9% of our readers are not members. A+ membership starts at just $4/month. If you’re able to, will you join A+ and keep Autostraddle here and working for everyone?