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Dear Reader, A new year and a new decade is upon us! If you’re like me, you may be feeling a mixture of excitement, sadness, irreverence, and exhaustion—and all of them are valid. After all, 2020 is shaping up to be one of those years we’ll remember as massively transformative. It’s currently the Season of All Seasons: awards, elections, and—at the time of printing this issue—an ongoing impeachment hearing for Donald Trump. When life gets this hectic, we can forget to celebrate our wins and just how far we’ve come. With our Culture issue, we’re celebrating all of the gifts that queer and transgender folks have bequeathed to the world and what some of our most brilliant minds have to say about them. In our Out/Take (p. 9), author and television writer Thomas…

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My dad was Latino and my mom is white. I’m a tall guy with black hair and olive skin. I’ve often been asked if I’m Italian, Indian, or Pakistani—and I tell them I’m Latino. I don’t speak Spanish, and I don’t know what all the Mexican food items on the menu are. This didn’t preclude me from torment! I played on a baseball team in high school, where I was nicknamed “Mexican,” “Dirty Sanchez,” “Beaner,” and “Wetback.” Yay, me! I love my granny because she calls me mijo and tells me stories of her life. But she is kind of the one who decided our family needed to be “American.” She had to cut off a piece of herself because she thought that the pain of being different would be eased for…

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the monster in all of us

WHEN I SAW BOYS DON’T CRY—the film based on the 1993 rape and murder of a young trans man, Brandon Teena—during its initial release, I threw up in the bathroom of the movie theater. After finishing the film, I went home and, without yet understanding why, re-read Frankenstein, taking what I can only describe as comfort in the “transgender rage” of Victor Frankenstein’s creation described by theorist Susan Stryker in her seminal 1994 paper, “My Words to Victor Frankenstein Above the Village of Chamounix.” I get all of it now. A monster is, after all, more powerful than a victim. As a trans woman, Stryker, too, saw something of herself in the wounded being at the heart of Mary Shelley’s novel. She notes that trans people who have altered their bodies…

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werkin’ girls

IN A CULTURAL MOMENT where RuPaul’s Drag Race is bringing unprecedented attention—and revenue—to drag, there remains an open question in the nightlife scene: How can the spoils of the drag boom be shared equitably among performers, even those who don’t have millions of followers on Instagram and lucrative Netflix deals? The reality is that while Drag Race winners like Trixie Mattel and Bianca Del Rio are booking sold-out shows across the country, drag remains a labor of love for many performers who may struggle to get paid on time, if at all. In a 2018 deep dive into the economics of the industry, The Stranger reported that the vast majority of performers are booked through Facebook and Twitter direct messages, usually without a written contract. Because the deal isn’t binding, clubs…

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the next wave

CHIKA In 2020, rising queer rapper Chika will release her debut project, the EP Industry Games. While her identity has been centered in most coverage of her work, she’s hoping it’s something the industry can move past it. “I’d like to see more queer artists shine not because they’re queer, but because they’re dope. There’s so many of us,” she insists. “Representation shouldn’t come in the form of labeling oneself and only existing within that world. We are far more than that. So I’d like to see people being themselves and making whatever art they want.” ISAAC COLE POWELL Isaac Cole Powell is far more than just that hot guy you follow on Instagram—he’s the rising star who was in the critically acclaimed revival of Once on This Island. Now, Powell is playing…

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turning up the heat

LAST SUMMER, WHEN IT WAS TOO HOT TO VENTURE OUTSIDE and far too hot to even consider preparing food that didn’t arrive in a takeout bag, I developed an obsession with Bon Appétit’s YouTube channel. For hours, I’d watch as an eclectic cast of food editors made their favorite pasta dish, tried out survival cooking in the great outdoors, searched for the perfect New York City pizza slice, and reverse-engineered a gourmet version of Twinkies. I was obsessed, and so were millions of others—Bon Appétit’s YouTube channel has more than five million subscribers, with their big franchises (like Claire Saffitz’s Gourmet Makes), pulling in over two million views per installment. But my interest in Bon Appétit’s presence on the video streaming platform traced further back than its recent explosion in popularity:…