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  • Water From The Moon (a Poem for My Mother)

    Water From The Moon (a Poem for My Mother)

    now imagine this.me – a moon chaser running across the sky stealing blue-white streaks to travel years of light. imagine if i traveled to the moonto gather a liter of its water to cleanse your auraand fill the creek that many have stolen a drink from.  imagine if i strike myself against the universe and break open…

  • Songs That Soundtracked the AIDS Crisis: Starship’s “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”

    Songs That Soundtracked the AIDS Crisis: Starship’s “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”

    My memories are a sacred place. Some may say I am addicted to nostalgia, and maybe, on some level, I am. But aren’t most people? My visitations to yesteryear are not rooted in the longing to relive the past but rather a way for me to time travel and have…

  • RAHSAAN PATTERSON: in celebration of

    RAHSAAN PATTERSON: in celebration of

    In 1984, one of my favorite songs was Bonnie Tyler’s “Holding Out For A Hero.” I was just eight years old, but I fuckin’ LOVED the drama of the anthemic song. I would lip-sync this song when no one was around. I knew adults didn’t think it was “ok” for…

  • No Pride In Genocide!

    No Pride In Genocide!

    Since October 7, 2023, there has been a propaganda campaign to portray Palestine and its residents as a danger to Queer people. Juxtaposed against a rosy image of Israel as a supposed LGBTQIA+ haven. The horrifying image of an IDF soldier holding a pride flag during the middle of a…

  • Our Pride Is A Vibe: This Playlist Will Live Forever

    Our Pride Is A Vibe: This Playlist Will Live Forever

    This playlist of music mostly of Queer identified artists, is for us. For the student organizers. For the dancing queens. For the freedom fighters . This playlist is for our rage. For our joy. For our how and the worlds we build. This playlist will live forever.  We will live…

  • songs that soundtracked the AIDS crisis: Tiffany “Here In My Heart”

    songs that soundtracked the AIDS crisis: Tiffany “Here In My Heart”

    The impact of HIV/AIDS in the collective consciousness in pop music was undeniable. This period saw a move toward more introspective and somber tones lyrically and sonically. “Being Boring” by Pet Shop Boys, and Gwen Guthrie’s “Can’t Love You Tonight” are notable songs of this time. And yes, even teen…

  • songs that soundtracked the AIDS crisis: boogie down productions “jimmy”

    songs that soundtracked the AIDS crisis: boogie down productions “jimmy”

    “here is a message to the super hoes” whew, name a more iconic and sex-positive opening line of a hip-hop song released in 1998 – during the genre’s golden era? well, maybe i am being hyperbolic, but almost every lyric in “jimmy” by the pioneering new york hip-hop group boogie…

  • songs that soundtracked the AIDS crisis: queen’s “there are the days of our lives”

    songs that soundtracked the AIDS crisis: queen’s “there are the days of our lives”

    The early 1990s were a pivotal era in popular culture, significantly marked by the escalating AIDS epidemic. For Queen, one of the most celebrated rock bands of the 20th century, the impact of AIDS was deeply personal. By the release of “Innuendo,” Queen’s fourteenth studio album, Queen had established itself…

  • It’s a Musical?! It’s a Slasher?!: It’s the 2014 Film “Stage Fright”

    It’s a Musical?! It’s a Slasher?!: It’s the 2014 Film “Stage Fright”

    Have you ever wondered what “Glee” would be if it was a slasher film? The show, at times, was horrific, but it was no slasher film. Have you ever wondered what “Scream” would be if it was a musical? No? Well, I have, and while enjoying the wonders of an…

  • National Latinx HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: Positivo

    National Latinx HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: Positivo

    on this last day of latinx heritage month and even more importantly, on this national latinx HIV/AIDS awareness day, i am highlighting a campaign i created with a philadelphia community based organization 10 years ago called “positivo.” “positivo” launched in october 2013 and featured various different images, north philadelphia residents…

  • songs that soundtracked the AIDS crisis: songs that celebrate coming out and inviting in

    songs that soundtracked the AIDS crisis: songs that celebrate coming out and inviting in

    the roots of queer clubs can be traced back to the early 20th century. many of these spaces existed in secrecy, then in the aftermath of the stonewall uprising against police violence in june 1969, queer clubs began to emerge from the shadows. the uprisings served as catalyst for transformation…

  • my first queer club

    my first queer club

    queer clubs were never places just to dance but sanctuaries for cultural expression and creativity. queer clubs have been spaces for escape, an environment where we could embrace our identities without fear, and before the advent of social media, queer clubs provided a physical gathering point to meet, connect, and…