This Pride month we want to celebrate queerness by creating something wholesome and positive— an escape from our crushing realities. We also want to highlight the beautiful parts of queer narratives that often get overshadowed. (Give us more queer stories with happy endings, amirite?) We know queerphobia exists. We know the queer experience is fraught with rejection and abuse. We don’t want it to define us.
We also support #BlackLivesMatter. People are fighting for their basic rights. People are starving, fighting, dying. Being queer does not excuse us from being complicit in these oppressive systems. There are queer victims, survivors, protesters, apologists, and perpetrators.
We have decided to go forward with our issue on Queer Loving while also elevating Black and queer voices and creating a space of love, courage and solidarity. So, we are creating a QTBIPOC issue. We especially want to publish Black queer experiences . We hope to provide a space of tenderness, healing and courage. Where we can find the strength to fight. Where we can examine our privilege and stand in solidarity.
Queer loving encompasses all forms of love: love for same or different genders, love for one or more people, sexual or kink-based bonds, platonic loves, friendships, relationships, love from supportive families or from the new families we create for ourselves, and finally, self-love. We’re looking for prose, poetry, hybrid and visual art. Share with us your objects of desire, your moments of connection, your stories of support and belonging. Tell us about the bodies you love and the bodies that love you.
How to Submit:
- Send a single piece of your work to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Add a short bio (<50 words) in your cover letter with pronouns & social media handles (this is optional).
- Mention Pride 2020 in the subject.
Submissions will be open from 1st to 25th June.
The issue will be published on 30th June, 2020.