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Telling Our Stories

By : April 30, 2021 No Comment
At the beginning of COVID, I started writing fanfiction. Before this, I never pictured myself as someone who would be interested in creative writing. I wrote essays for school, and that was the extent of my writing. Then one day, I went onto AO3 to search for fanfiction of a show that I had been watching and as I was searching around, I was disappointed to find that no one had written any asexual fanfiction about this show. This is not an uncommon problem for the ace community. Many people find asexual stories to be boring, and since the ace community is small, there is an even smaller number of people who write fanfiction inside of it.  That is when I realized something that would inspire me. I enjoyed writing,
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Outed

By : April 16, 2021 Comments Off
Most queer people have had strange and uncomfortable coming-out experiences. I know I have had plenty. Recently, I was accidentally outed to one of my grandparents. Having this conversation with grandparents is an awkward thing to do. However, being panromantic and asexual adds a strange set of complications to this process. Generally, people do not understand what asexuality is. Common responses are that it means that someone is scared of commitment, that they haven’t found the right person yet, or everyone’s favorite, that they are a plant. In order to avoid these discussions, asexual people often only come out as their romantic identity just to make things easier.  This is also something that people of other queer identities do. For example, pansexual people are often confused for being bisexual. While
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Queer Representation in Children’s Entertainment

By : April 16, 2021 Comments Off
In 2017, Disney Channel aired the series, Andi Mack. It is about an Asian-American teenage girl living with her single mother, who had her when she was a teenager. In addition to this, Andi Mack tells the story of main character, Cyrus Goodman, who discovers he is gay and begins a journey towards self-acceptance.  This show marks a huge step for Disney, as this is their first openly gay main character. When Cyrus first came out, he told one of his female friends. He explained that he liked a certain boy but that he felt bad about it. In the next season, he told one of his male friends that he was gay, actually using the word “gay." This was the first time that the phrase, “I’m gay,” was used
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Discovering the Secrets of the Universe

By : March 30, 2021 Comments Off
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, written by Benjamin Alire Sáenz, is my absolute favorite book. The first time that I read it was in the summer of 2019. At the time, I had been reading through some queer young adult literature, and this one caught my eye. The moment that I started reading, I was absorbed into their world.  The book centers around a young boy named Aristotle, who goes by Ari, as he struggles to find ways to fill his free time during the summer. He decides to learn how to swim, and while he is at the pool, he meets another boy named Dante. They quickly bond over how they both have unique names, and their connection continuously develops throughout the book.  One aspect
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How My Gender Expression Has Changed During the Pandemic

By : March 9, 2021 Comments Off
Self-Discovery | Miranda Kargol | How My Gender Expression Has Changed During the Pandemic The most unexpected part of the COVID-19 quarantine for me was my questioning of my identity.  At the beginning of 2020, I had just transferred to a new university and was preparing to start the second half of my bachelor’s degree. At the time, my only concerns were how I was going to succeed in this new environment and find some friends. Gender was the last thing on my mind. Once the quarantine began, I found myself doing remote learning all day, living at home with my parents and having no contact with other people from school. My first impression was that I would be lonely. Yet, I had no idea how this period of time
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I Like the Wine, Not the Label

By : February 21, 2021 Comments Off
Schitt’s Creek has been an incredibly popular show over the past few years, especially regarding its representation of queer identities and relationships. One of the main characters, David Rose, is a pansexual man. The first time that the audience is made aware of his identity is in a conversation that he has with his friend, Stevie, in which he says, “I like the wine, not the label.”. This analogy is a wonderful way to describe what it means to be pansexual, especially since it is often confused with being bisexual. Pansexual: Being attracted to all genders.  Bisexual: Being attracted to multiple genders. Many people’s experiences with their sexuality change throughout their lifetime. Many will adopt different identity terms at different times.  Identity is not fixed. You can gain and change
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