Be Part of Autostraddle’s Queer in the Kitchen Gallery

feature image by Jasika Nicole for Design Sponge

I floated this idea to Thursday’s AAA readers and at least four people agreed that it was a good one, so now it’s being born. I want to create a gallery of kitchens that belong to queer people and I need your help! Check out this handy FAQ and then get to photographing!


1. What is a kitchen?
A kitchen is a space, no matter how big or small or narrow or bright or outdoors or in or covered in cat hair, where you prepare food.

2. What is a queer person?
A queer person is human who identifies as not straight. If you don’t like the word ‘queer’ just pretend it says the word that you do like — lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, asexual, sapiosexual (jk that is not real), gay, faggy, fresh as fuck, etc. If you don’t like the word ‘person’ just pretend it says the word you do like.

3. Do you want us to be in the photo?
I do, actually! I’d love that. You don’t necessarily have to be in it, but I think all your other queer person-reader friends would appreciate seeing another queer person staring back at them from their electronic screen situation. I know I do. Please be in your photo!!

4. What about my dog? Should my dog be in the photo?

5. My kitchen is messy and weird and I really don’t like my cabinets and my stove is old and crusty. Should I still do this?
Yes, same here. And yes, you should. See below.

6. Do you want a closeup of my favorite bowl of limes? Or a shot of the room?
The whole room, or at least one wall’s worth of the room, you know? Like the kind of angles you’d see in a home tour on Design Sponge perhaps. But I really really want you in the shot! Please!


1. Take a high quality picture of you in your kitchen. This is doable with most smartphones, so don’t worry if you don’t have a fancy DSLR. You know what else works and is super fun? Disposable cameras. Just saying. I am just saying to you. That disposable cameras work. And are fun. Ok.

Photos should be between 1024-3024 pixels wide so they’ll look nice on a full screen. Please don’t send anything smaller than 1024 pixels wide.

2. Send your picture and info to me at with the subject QUEER KITCHEN. Please include the following (technically optional but highly desired) details!
A sentence or two about your favorite thing to prepare OR how you feel about your kitchen OR your most prized kitchen item.

I reserve the right to edit your sentence/s for length or spelling errors. (I’m a pretty good editor though, so.) Your photo will appear in a full screen gallery on — 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.

It’ll look something like this, but larger:

Laneia / 35 / Chandler, AZ / Executive Editor at Autostraddle // “I love cooking anything that requires my complete attention. I want to get lost in it.”

See I took this picture just last night, in poor lighting and my sock feet, without even tidying up the room! Then my phone fell from its perch on the staircase and scared the dogs. You can do this, surely.

Deadline: January 15, 2017.

Leave any questions in the comments!

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  1. I assume that straight trans people, also part of the LGBT+/queer community, are also invited to submit photos? If so, you might want to change your “what is a queer person?” answer to include those folks.

  2. OOOOH I am looking forward to this!! The kitchen is the tongue, the clavicle, and the female waist to the soul, or something equally sexy and terrifying, raw and off the cuff. Lets go there and run our tongues over it, lick the plate, or merely sniff politely. as you do.

  3. Boo, I’ve lived on my own with my very own queer kitchen the past 9 years but I’m just now temporarily staying at my mom’s for a few month, and her very straight kitchen. Lmao. I’ll just go hug my cat.

    • queer that kitchen UP grrl! i’m staying in my in-laws’ house rn, making a weirdly giant kitchen that is not at all my own queer af! check how queer this wooden corn on the cob from the fake fruit bowl becomes when i place it next to my cat in the kitchen, take a picture of it, and post it on autostraddle!

      queer as!

      • Hahaha omg the best. I was definitely thinking one of they only way to make it better is if I included my cat with it. I definitely relate him to being one of the symbols of my queerness. I guess I can manage smthng I’m just sad cause I felt like my kitchen when I lived in New Orleans was pretty queer. I had some cool art up and what not. I even had boobies Mardi Gras beads haha. I’ll see if I can come up with smthng. :)

        • YES! or get a baggy of glitter, don’t open it, and put it next to your cat.

          that way you don’t have to worry about your mom lecturing you about all the glitter she’s still finding in her house in 2023.

        • Nonono, glitter is like tribbles, it never stops reproducing and popping up in random places you think it wouldn’t or shouldn’t be.

          Make a rainbow food?

          Like cake or just do plain cupcakes and divide the frosting into a bowl for each of the 7 colors of the rainbow, even 12 ct pan will be enough to rep the rainbow. Gel based dye is the most vibrant.

          Dividing up cake batter into 7 bowls, pouring in an order to make solid layers of color is much more stressful than frosting.

  4. I love everything about this so much. Can it be bound into a a classy matte photo book? I want this concept to be my coffee table book. I’ve never had a “coffee table book”, but I want to look at this everyday.

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