Presse Masculine

OUT March 2019

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2 min.
editor’s letter

Dear Reader, When I came aboard as guest editor for Out’s first women and nonbinary femmes issue, I had a mission to answer one question: What does it mean to be us today? This could only be answered by those who’ve struggled with it themselves. It’s precisely why, for the first time in this magazine’s history, this issue was built entirely by women and nonbinary femmes—from our fashion stylists, makeup artists, and hair teams to our photographers, writers, and subjects. Then there are our cover stars: activists Miss Major Griffin-Gracy and Tourmaline (f.k.a. Reina Gossett), who front our feature “The Mothers and Daughters of the Movement” (p. 59–81), celebrating and centering the Black women who’ve been fighting on the frontlines of race, class, gender, and sexuality from the 1960s to now. Stunningly…

3 min.
ask ashley

Hi Ashley, I’m currently in a relationship and it’s turned toxic. My partner is going through a bad bout of depression, which is spurring a lot of anger directed toward me. I’ve been locked out of my apartment, left places without a ride, and walked out on countless times. For my own well-being, this relationship needs to die. But I’m having trouble finding the confidence to leave. My anxiety flares when I begin to think of leaving our apartment to find a place on my own, being single again, and not having anyone to fall asleep next to every night. Do you have any advice on how to gain the self-worth and confidence to remove myself from this toxic place? Sincerely,R. This person also lived with depression (as do I) and, at times, struggled…

7 min.
masc on masc off

AS A CHILD, MY FAVORITE STORIES were the ones where the kids deceived the adults in innocent ways. Harriet the Spy and From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler were books about children who created their own systems of value and reality—who instinctively understood that there was no spoon, that life contained greater mystery than the adults let on, or even knew about, and set out to manifest it for themselves. Maybe that’s why I liked being mistaken for a boy so much when I was young. I lived in an androgynous cocoon of overalls and scruffy Nikes, my hair a drifting afro puff with a ducktail. Shopkeepers and servers in restaurants often complimented my parents on having such a cute son. I reveled in those slippery moments; plus,…

4 min.
art house

“You’re putting your white name on my Black body and making half the profit. I did 100 percent of the work; I want to make 100 percent of the profits.” KIA LABEIJA LOVES LOOKING AT PEOPLE’S CLOSETS with her artistic eye: the colors, the textures, what the garments say about the person who hung them up. The 28-year-old artist and Overall Mother of the House of LaBeija—yes, the legendary house Crystal LaBeija founded in the 1970s that changed ball culture forever—remembers going into her grandmother’s closet as a kid and marveling at all of the gorgeous fabrics draped overhead. “A person’s space tells you a lot about who they are,” LaBeija says. “My grandmother had a big closet filled with very beautiful clothes: a lot of traditional Filipino gowns and some very…

4 min.
pretty please

OH, FEMME TOPS, HOW I LOVE YOU, LUST FOR YOU—worship you, even. I’ve been with tops of every gay persuasion, but in my heart of hearts (and my crotch of crotches), none hold a rosewater-scented candle to the femme variety. After all, was it not the great lesbian novelist Ann Bannon who proclaimed, and I quote, “She who wields both strap-on harness and stiletto heels is a Goddess amongst women?” Was it not? No, it wasn’t. I said that. It was me. Femmes are glorious. We take something society deems vulnerable and weak (femininity) and turn it into a strength that defies the male gaze. It’s beauty that exists outside the straight world’s parameters, and within queer femme expression and identity, we exist on a spectrum of sharp and soft—sharpness as…

1 min.
thirst trap

Have you heard about “spoon theory”? It’s a way of visualizing chronic pain and disability-related fatigue that says we all have a limited number of spoons to spend each day. A disabled person might have fewer spoons because they may need more to complete a simple task—like getting dressed or riding the train. I have a prosthetic leg, and sometimes I use a wheelchair. So when I go out, I might decide that I’ll spend a bunch of my daily spoon allowance on dancing. If I dance, I won’t have enough spoons to keep standing, and I’ll need to sit down. (I could always skip the dancing, but I deserve a little joy.) If a space doesn’t have seating or has a flight of stairs, then it’s not accessible. If…