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Grind Up on Me

Grindr is addictive. It has become a worse distraction for me than Facebook. It is as if I don’t already have a thousand other more useful things that command my attention. But every time my eyes flicker to my iPhone, I can’t help but press that yellow square bubble with a black mask in the center.


I am in awe of how we return to loving and opening to new relationships after all the endured hurts, missed opportunities, and past failures. If you’re too young to know yet or have been lucky enough to be spared – warning, warning – heartbreak is on the horizon. Sorry to be the messenger, but everything ends. And if you’re a bit older, having already experienced the loss of a lover or two or many, you too can point to scars that conclude with reasons.

Kicked Out Anthology – Stories of Queer Homeless Youth

So, a couple of years ago, I had the awesome pleasure of attending Philly Zine Fest. One of the most interesting people I met was my table-mate. This cool, queer, femme comic book artist with a cursive (!) typewriter. On and off, I kept up with Sassafrass Lowry’s various projects through blogs and the zine community, but recently was hugely impressed with the scale and scope of a book she compiled about queer homelessness. I think it’s such an important issue, relevant and often overlooked. Sassafrass was kind enough to answer some of my questions.

No More Mr. Gay

Last Saturday night, Mr. Gay USA opened to a trilogy of Gaga songs with sexy dancers, an amazing drag performance and a complimenting brass section behind her. Stunning performance aside, is there a need for a Mr. Gay USA? How is this night going to be different from any other big party that comes to Voyeur?