Ritchie County Mall

Escaping domestic abuse, one determined mother finds a halfway point between her past and her bright future.

Source: Gay Magazine
Published: Apr 6, 2020
Length: 13 minutes (3,367 words)

My Father, Bàba, in Proverbs

“Because I am fearful of messing up our relationship, I have placed our memories in a time capsule, trapped in limbo between past and present. How do I bridge the distance between us and say goodbye to my father while he’s still here?”

Author: Jen Soong
Source: Gay Magazine
Published: Mar 30, 2020
Length: 14 minutes (3,621 words)

When Your Barber Assumes You’re a Racist Too

At 37, Isaac Fitzgerald reviews his relationship to his hair and his appearance throughout his life. But more than that, he considers the ways in which he’s grown past staying silent when racist barbers —and others who took his Gavin McInnes-inspired cut to mean he was a white supremacist, too — ran their mouths, uncensored, about people of color.

Source: Gay Magazine
Published: Mar 12, 2020

Mother Land

When a native of North Korea returns to the country with her daughter, it is not a homecoming. It is also proof that narrative is a human construct we impose on a disorderly reality.

Source: Gay Magazine
Published: Mar 6, 2020
Length: 6 minutes (1,719 words)

We Make Homes

The world is stuff and nonsense at best and a violent mess at worst, but we still find homes, and connections, and communities.

Source: Gay Magazine
Published: Feb 6, 2020
Length: 9 minutes (2,291 words)

Adventures in Publishing Outside the Gates

When Latinx author Wendy C. Ortiz shopped her memoir, Excavation, about the inappropriate sexual relationship her eighth grade English teacher initiated with her, mainstream publishers wouldn’t give her the time of day. She published it with tiny Future Tense Books, and the book gained a strong following. Among her readers was white author Kate Elizabeth Russell, whose forthcoming novel, My Dark Vanessa — for which she received a seven-figure deal and a blurb from Stephen King —  is remarkably similar. In this essay, Ortiz takes the white-dominated publishing industry to task for its longstanding discrimination against, and erasure of, writers of color.

Source: Gay Magazine
Published: Jan 29, 2020
Length: 14 minutes (3,521 words)

Party Girl

An essay in which Longreads contributor Monica Drake recounts learning that a young, white, male intern at a literary magazine she’d submitted to had publicly humiliated her by taking her story to a party to read aloud and mock a sex scene she had included — a scene in which gender dynamics are upended.

Source: Gay Magazine
Published: Nov 13, 2019
Length: 8 minutes (2,019 words)

The Weather

“D’s depression is the weather in our house, except there’s no forecast. Some days we wake to sunny skies, gentle breezes. We talk and laugh. We eat and nap. We watch the baby the way one watches a campfire, not for any particular reason, but because it is there and strangely fascinating in its combination of predictability and surprise… Maelstroms form unexpectedly, seemingly out of nowhere. And on the days they don’t, even when we’re smiling, listening to music, rubbing lotion onto the baby’s chubby arms, I am watching the sky. That fluffy cloud, is it a bunny? Or a dragon? Or a gathering storm?”

Source: Gay Magazine
Published: Sep 10, 2019
Length: 18 minutes (4,500 words)

The Rejection Lab

Alison Kinney visits a Stony Brook University laboratory where the physical and emotional effects of social rejection are studied, and becomes a subject herself.

Source: Gay Magazine
Published: Sep 4, 2019
Length: 14 minutes (3,663 words)

Broken Teeth and All

“Teeth. Teeth. Teeth. So many other traumas — Men. Money. Electric fences. — but always, always teeth.”

Source: Gay Magazine
Published: Jul 23, 2019
Length: 8 minutes (2,182 words)