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Also.Also.Also: Why “Snack Closets” Are Essential Safe Spaces for Queer and Trans Youth

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I started October strong with a Stephen King film adaptation day on October 1. I watched The ShiningDoctor SleepA Good Marriage, and Gerald’s Game. Have you been watching any horror stuff the past few days? Tell me about it!

Queer as in F*ck You

Inside the Snack Closets Providing a Haven for Queer and Trans Youth. This Eater feature on the rise in “snack closets” — spaces where teens can drop in and snack, spend time alone, and explore their identities — is really lovely and opens with some personal narrative by the writer. “As laws sweep across the country targeting queer and trans youth, spaces in which young people can eat and explore the map of their identities are essential,” Colleen Hamilton writes, continuing:

Snack closets have emerged across the country to support LGBTQ youth by operating as sites where young people can grab their favorite foods, free of charge or judgment. They are often tied to free “drop-in spaces,” where teens can nap or wash their clothes. From the Harlem neighborhood in New York to Spartanburg, South Carolina, snack closets provide a longed-for moment of safety, exploration, and rest. This is particularly important for unhoused queer and trans youth, who experience food insecurity at almost three times the rate of their housed LGBTQ peers.

There is indeed something quietly radical about not just providing space for queer and trans teens but actual sustenance in the form of snacks. A lot of these spaces have learned that LGBTQ youth are able to open up more and feel more comfortable and safe when snacks are provided. Snacks save lives!

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Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya

Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya is the managing editor of Autostraddle and a lesbian writer of essays, short stories, and pop culture criticism living in Orlando. She is the assistant managing editor of TriQuarterly, and her short stories appear or are forthcoming in McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, Joyland, Catapult, The Offing, and more. Some of her pop culture writing can be found at The A.V. Club, Vulture, The Cut, and others. You can follow her on Twitter or Instagram and learn more about her work on her website.

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  1. Alexander Chee!!! On Dracula!!! Yes!!!!

    Also, watched Bones and All and then Escape Room because I wanted to follow her through projects, and Escape Room was shockingly good vs what I expected!

    Also I finally caved and watched Saw and Saw II but that’s a different kettle of fish

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