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OUT June/July 2019

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English
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Here Media
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in this issue

4 min.
pride in protest

MY EARLIEST MEMORY OF PRIDE TAKES PLACE right in front of New York City’s iconic Stonewall Inn in 2011. That evening, my group of friends from New York University learned that the state legislature was poised to make a landmark decision on marriage equality. So, we walked from the subway stop towards Christopher Street, dressed in our finest, tightest T-shirts and denim shorts. When we finally arrived, we encountered a whole crowd of smiling faces: children made up in rainbow glitter on their fathers’ shoulders, elders sitting on lawn chairs parked outside of the bar, and more drag queens than I’d ever seen in one place. And, of course, there were students, just like us—youth who had grown up during this fight for marriage equality, hoping that, by the time…

6 min.
a queer imagining

BY THE TIME JAMES BALDWIN WAS 16, he was already creating the world in which he wanted to live, one where the words others used to describe him—Black, gay, poor—had little impact. “All of the American categories of male and female, straight or not, Black or white, were shattered…very early in my life,” he wrote in the 1985 article “Here Be Dragons or Freaks and the American Ideal of Manhood.” “Not without anguish, certainly; but once you have discerned the meaning of a label, it may seem to define you for others, but it does not have the power to define you to yourself.” This world—which the late writer-activist called “the new Jerusalem”—was a place where people like him had nothing to prove, one where a person’s identities were not thought of…

7 min.
the house that sylvia built

TWO YEARS BEFORE HER DEATH, Stonewall veteran Sylvia Rivera served as muse for a photography series captured by Valerie Shaff. The black-and-white images feature the outspoken activist dolled up with razor-thin eyebrows, a bold lip, and wind-strewn hair on a makeshift encampment near the Hudson River. A nearly 50-year-old Rivera was living there in protest of the mostly gay- and lesbian-focused organizations and community groups at the time—particularly, The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center (then known as the Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center Inc.), which was mere city blocks away. Rivera contended that the mainstream LGBTQ+ organizations were ignoring the needs of local homeless youth and transgender people. For her, the LGBTQ+ nonprofit industrial complex had grown into something far different from the initiatives she’d spearheaded throughout her…

2 min.
casting the first stone

STONEWALL WASN’T DONE OUT OF A SENSE OF PRIDE. It was done after a buildup of shit from constant police raids in Greenwich Village. It just came to a head like a pimple—and it got popped. The memory of that first night doesn’t come to me with a sense of joy or happiness, because so many of the girls and a few guys got really hurt. After the city police barged into the bar—with numbers and attitude—the prevalent feeling that night was fear. Looking at the riot squad was like watching Star Wars stormtroopers, but they were in black with riot gear, sticks, guns, mace, helmets, and shields. The brutalization as they moved across and down the street was like a tidal wave hitting a coastline city. It just hit…

4 min.
the queer canon

IFTI NASIM Not a day goes by that I don’t think of the lineage of the queer ancestors that fuels my practice today. To discover Ifti Nasim, an openly gay Pakistani-American immigrant poet who wrote of queer love in our native tongue of Urdu, was mind-blowing. Between starting Sangat, a South Asian LGBTQ+ youth organization and his lifetime of charismatic activism, there is a bright reflection of my community in his magnificent truth. MOHAMMED FAYEZ ARTIST BABAYLAN I didn’t learn about Babaylan, the third-gender shamans of a pre-colonial indigenous Philippines, until well after I transitioned, having left my native country at 15. They were leaders in their society and were thought to have special powers. Over the years, their legacy has inspired me to recognize that those of us who live between genders hold a…

7 min.
acting up for all

FOR THOSE WHO DON’T KNOW much about ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power), the storied AIDS activist organization founded in the ’80s, one of the go-to historical documents about the group is How to Survive a Plague, directed by David France. The documentary thrives on a cult of personality: Halfway through the film, five activists make their first present-day onscreen appearance after only being featured in archival footage. The idea behind the scene is supposed to be a sigh of relief: Don’t worry, they’re still alive. But the film has also been criticized for its focus on five white men who were part of one segment of the group (the Treatment & Data Committee) within one chapter (ACT UP New York, the first chapter in existence). In reality, the organization…