PHOTO GALLERY: Queer Right Here in Quarantine

Claire, Nora, Ethan, and (in utero) Jude / she, she, he, and TBD / 33, 34, 8, and 0 / Montclair, NJ

“Just a family quarantine couch snuggle with our first-born during the last few weeks that he’ll be an only child.”

Talena / she / 36 / Sebastopol, CA

“Learning all the ways light moves through my apartment throughout the day/wearing unnecessarily sparkly outfits.”

Laura / she / 29 / Nottingham, UK

“Sheltering in place with my favourite ginger, Jean-Ralphio. In no danger of running out of reading material.”

Erica / she / 29 / Sacramento, CA,

“I sent this picture to my Mom in a text thanking her for this fuzzy mint green bathrobe she gave to me at Christmas many years ago. I now Live In It. Pretty sure Animal Crossing: New Horizons is reflected in my glasses. Behind me is a world map and a map of mid-lower Manhattan that I got from Ikea. The map doesn’t have the year on it which is annoying. I like maps.”

Ocean Capewell / she / 38 / Arcata, CA

“After 30-ish years of hand-sewing, my long-suffering Taurus partner patiently taught me how to use a sewing machine and I’ve been making masks! It’s surprisingly hard. But it’s never been a better time to be a fabric hoarder. Overnight we’ve gone from being freaky weirdos to extremely useful helpers!”

L.K. Freed & Nell Carpenter / they, they / 27, 23 / Burlington, VT

“Taken on Nell’s birthday, celebrated in quarantine.”

Deijah / she / 23 / Mom’s Apartment, Bronx, NY

“Right here. In waiting. In solidarity. With the window cracked and the sun coming in. Impatiently.
Writing, reading, drawing, remembering.
Twisting and untwisting my hair. Braiding and unbraiding.
Learning and unlearning and waiting.”

Ann / she / 22 / Childhood Bedroom, CA

“This is a picture of me, back home from college, in the rocking chair where my mom nursed me when I was a baby. It’s not what I had wanted for my senior year, but at the same time I am so glad to be here on this earth, any part of it at all, when so many other people don’t get to be.”

Isabel / she / 29 / Los Angeles, CA

“Taken in my kitchen, in front of the behemoth 80-year-old oven that is my true love and my greatest nemesis. I feel like all I’m doing in quarantine is cooking and cleaning, but I’ve never been great at either so this has been a crash course in domesticity (and treating mild burns). Hoping to come out of it with a few dishes I can make for other people if we’re ever allowed to date again. Also I quit smoking after a bad break-up, and so to celebrate 10 months free from cigarettes I just rewarded myself with an Autostraddle subscription. Feeling zesty about it!”

Zoey / they / 25 / Oklahoma City, OK

“After over two weeks of quarantining inside, I had to soak up some sun.”

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  1. This is SO JOYOUS!!! Look at all you beautiful beans with your embroidered jumpsuit wedding outfits and thirst traps and creavirativity and still being even with exhaustion and questioning and working and not-working and being isolated and being surrounded whether you like it or not, and through ALL OF IT being your selves, your lovely valuable unique selves. I’m so glad you’re all here 💜💜💜

  2. Hey-o,
    I’m sure you had a lot of submissions and I totally know things get mixed up. But I’m Nell, I have the hiking picture and my pronouns are actually They/Them/Theirs, not she. Idk if you can alter that, but if you can I’d appreciate it! 😊

  3. WOWOWOW! There is so much love and cuteness here!!! <3 <3 <3
    And so many cute cats!!!
    LOVE this and you all so much

  4. page two, congrats on your future jude-bean!

    also to literally everyone i love u so much and am proud of u for continuing to exist in quarantine

    also also thank you to everyone who put your pet’s age too

  5. This is so delightful. Thank you all for sharing some part of yourselves.

    A lot of these relationship pics are making me feel real lonely, ngl, but I’m just so happy to see everyone’s faces and strength and creativity on display during this time.

        • I love all of you.
          And hadn’t realised how much I missed cats before seeing SO many of them here.

          Ann in the rocking chair that rocked you as a child – I don’t know why but it hit home hard ! Live in this cycle, and I hope opens up onto unexpected wonders !

  6. This is so great, look at everyone’s wonderful faces! I love all your pets and cute outfits and quarantine hair.

    Also, AS group chat? That sounds so awesome! I failed to join the D&D groups that sprang up in the comments one time and ever since I’ve had Regrets™️.

  7. wow wow wow. this is everything. thanks everyone for sharing. stayed up too late to look at all of these and read the captions, but going to bed on a high note so I’m happy about it.

  8. What a stunning gallery of humans. Everyone’s hair looks amazing! The animals! The plants! The baby! The LDR’s & weddings!!

    Thankyou Laneia for compiling it.

    [Note: read this together via pre-arranged date, split screen with video chat directing each other when to scroll]

  9. This made me feel a lot less alone!
    Thanks for the pictures, guys!
    Also, Abbie, I‘d be in the market for some low fi hip hop beats to cry to. Any place to listen to them?

  10. Everyone looks fantastic but ten million bonus points to the orange cat named Jean-Ralphio

    • Thank you! This really makes up for when I had to spell out his name to the vet over the phone, including the hyphen. Turns out far fewer people than I thought are familiar with Parks and Rec!

  11. My heart!! Seeing all of you feels like sitting in a sunbeam on a bright spring morning 🥰

  12. So refreshing to see so many books in the photos ^_^. Thanks to everyone who participated, it is fun to see so many faces and different spaces!

  13. I love this so much. Possibly even more than the previous iterations, it feels especially poignant. So many beautiful queeros. Thank you for putting it together!!

  14. Yayyy, everyone is cute and magical, and I saw two people I know, each of us residing in different countries! Hooray for that.

  15. Thank you for putting this up Laneia! Loved seeing everyone’s spaces and super helpful work from home cat coworkers!

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