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-ismo Is a Queer Arts Magazine for the Resistance

At -ismo magazine, art and protests go hand in hand.
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-ismo is a magazine for queer people who resist.

This new, quarterly literary magazine is for people who are tired of being silent. It’s for queer people and genderqueer people and transgender people; it’s for people of color and immigrants; it’s for poor people and stereotyped people and religiously oppressed people; it’s for disabled people and non-neurotypical people; it’s for artists and creatives – if you’ve ever felt different, it’s for you.

Four times a year, they release a multimedia online magazine. The first issue released in April 2017, and is called In the Face of Death and Resistance. It asks,

What is the purpose of an artist? A writer? How is one called to action? What are the many faces of resistance?”

One form of resistance is protesting, which the issue features a photo series on.

There is also poetry, like “41.8781º N, 87.6298º W” –

sometimes i can hear
my mother singing in
the shower and i wonder
if she can hear me when i’m

The magazine also features opinion pieces, such as Letting Go of Your Former Self, pieces about being genderqueer, and interviews with artists. You can even learn about the queerness of dance with a Parisian-born Colombian dancer:

Why is this magazine so important? It is the embodiment of self-care. Being queer is hard. Every day, we hear about more hate crimes and more anti-LGBT legislation being passed. Every day, we fight hard just to survive.

We’re nearing the 1-year anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting, the deadliest antigay hate crime in the United States. Because of that, arts publications like -ismo are more important than ever.

For more queer art, check out these 4 powerful queer poets and these 17 breathtaking spoken word poems.

Then Plug into these 5 lesbian podcasts, immerse yourself in the works of these feminists or drown your heartache with these 14 queer songs.

And if you’re a creative, submit to -ismo.

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J. Marie graduated from Duke University with a degree in International Relations and dreams of being a creative writer--dreams she's now realizing as a musical theatre writer in NYC. She's passionate about global black identities, black representation in media, and leather-bound notebooks. She also loves backpacking through a new country at a moment's notice, and speaks Spanish, Swahili and Standard Arabic.

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