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VOLUME 1 • ISSUE 1 • JUNE 2020
Cover Photo by Lawrence Perry
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Art: Enough is Enough by Michael Anton Remember the Names â€” Honoring those killed and abused by the police Open Letter from an Asian-American Living in 2020
Art: Pride Statement by Gabriela Bajula Feature Story: Becoming Miguel by Samantha N. Olson Art: Life After Death by Michael Anton
Fiction: A Cutlass is the Key to Our Kingdom by Evyn Tindle
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EDITOR’S LETTER Hi! Thank you for reading our first issue — it’s such an honor to finally be sharing this with the world. Shifter is a baby that has been in the making for such a long time, and I’m so happy to finally be sharing it with everyone. Shifter Magazine is a collective space for my fellow queers, people of color, outcasts, freaks, fashion lovers, and rulebreakers. It’s a moment full of excitement and rhetoric. It represents You. Me. Us. To the readers — thank you so much for tuning in, for supporting us and helping us grow. Share this with your friends and peers, message us your commentary and feedback, and enjoy all the amazing submissions! To the contributors — y’all — THANK YOU. Because of you, our first issue is here! And it is beautiful, colorful, loud, and unique. Thank you for submitting your work, for believing in me, for believing in Shifter. You all have such a special space in my heart. To my team — I’m speechless. You are all my world. Look. At. What. We. Accomplished! THIS. We did this. And just know we’re going for more. I’m so proud of you all and can’t wait to see what else is in store! With much love, gratitude, and respect, I present to you all to the world of Shifter,
Victor Martinez-Rivera Founder & Editor-in-Chief
BLM Art. Michael Anton
DEAR WHITE PEOPLE and White-Passing Latinx people, and Asian-Americans, and LGBTQ+ people, and literally anyone who hasn’t spoken up,
Now is not the time to play the politics game. Now is not the time to stay silent. We are fed up. We are angry. We are hurting. And you should be too. You have all gone too long thinking that if something doesn’t affect you, it doesn’t matter. This does matter. Your activism should last longer than a black square interrupting your Instagram feed. It should last longer than a weekend. For decades, black people have been oppressed, abused, tortured, and killed and, for the most part, people have been complacent. This can’t be the way it’s done anymore. You’ve seen Trayvon Martin. You’ve seen Tamir Rice. Eric Garner. Philando Castille. Breonna Taylor. George Floyd. You’ve seen the unjust murders before, after, and in between. It has been too long that you’ve let name after name fade into your memory without the justice that they deserve. It is time to end this. When your voices needed to be uplifted, black people were there to help you. From Stonewall to #MeToo, black people were at the forefront. And yet, here you are, so quick to let them fight this on their own. This isn’t okay. We need to be using our voices. It’s supposed to be uncomfortable. It’s time to return the favor. Take the time to learn the history. Take the time to learn how to be actively anti-racist. Go find petitions and sign them. Go find organizations and donate to them. Send the demanding emails. Make the scary phone calls. Donate to protests AND go to them. Use your platform to educate yourself and others. It is not your black friend’s job to teach you what is right and wrong. This world has spent too long taking from black people and not taking care of them. Check in on your black friends. And after that, start fighting for them. The way they’ve fought for you.
A Tired Latinx Woman
P.S. If this letter offends you, you probably needed to hear it more than anyone else.
By Alina Alvarez
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Black. Lives. Matter.
A RAW AND HONEST PIECE WRITTEN BY
J UA N A B E R N A L
ANYTHING G e n d e r i s , t o s ay t h e l e a s t , a t e r r i f y i n g a n d o f t e n c o n f i n i n g c o n s t r u c t o f h u m a n e x i s t e n c e . O n c e I r e a l i z e d m y dy s p h o r i a w a s n o t j u s t t h e p u b e s c e n t i s s u e s I t r i e d t o c o n v i n c e m y s e l f s i m p l y n e e d e d a P r i n c e s s M i a m a k e o v e r, i t w a s c l e a r — I a m n o t c i s . B u t e v e n t h e n , I w a s n ’t m a g i c a l l y c o m f o r t a b l e w i t h t h a t overnight. I did a lot of research, a lot of going back and forth.
Did I need a label to feel
N o , t h e y a r e n ’t n e c e s s a r y … r i g h t ? I s t r u g g l e d t i r e l e s s l y w i t h t h e c o n c e p t o f f e m i n i n i t y a n d
g e n d e r b e f o r e e v e n t u a l l y, i n a h a z e , I b r o k e d o w n t o m y t r a n s f r i e n d d u r i n g a m i d n i g h t t r i p t o t h e b e a c h . I w h i s p e r e d t o h i m w h i l e t h e r e s t o f m y f r i e n d s w e r e g i g g l i n g h a p p i l y a b o u t a g l o w s t i c k t h a t I w a s n ’t a l w ay s s o a t e a s e w i t h m y s e l f a n d I d i d n ’t k n o w h o w t o h a n d l e t h a t . H e g av e m e h i s w o r d o f a dv i c e , l o o k e d o v e r t o s ay, “ a n d b r o , w e a l l l o v e y o u ” a n d t h e n w e b o t h m o v e d o n t o m a k e f u n o f a f r i e n d w h o b r o k e s o m e t h i n g .
I came out informally in September of 2019 by putting my pronouns (they/she) in my social media b i o s , a l l o f w h i c h a r e p u b l i c a c c o u n t s t h a t I a m v e r y a c t i v e o n . R e c e n t l y, I q u o t e - t w e e t e d a p i c t u r e with some political opinions, and I received a couple of DMs from angry people whose views, in my o p i n i o n , a r e m e s s e d u p . I n o n e , I w a s c a l l e d t h e f s l u r ( l e t ’s n o t e v e n t o u c h o n t h e f a c t t h a t t h a t ’s n o t g e a r e d t o w a r d s g e n d e r ) f o r u s i n g a “ p l u r a l w o r d n o t a g e n d e r ” s i n c e I ’ m “ o n l y a l i t t l e l i b e r a l i d i o t g i r l .”
h av e n ’t
I t ’s
G e n e r a l l y,
i d e n t i t y,
f r a n k l y,
h av e n ’t not
y o u ’r e
I can’t even imagine what my POC peers feel.
monologue, the fear of loved ones rejecting us, the fear of not being “normal” is more than enough without worrying about being called slurs, getting jumped, or getting killed. And then, of course, the cherry on t o p i s t h a t w h e n t h e y c a n n o t f i g h t u s , t h e y p i t u s a g a i n s t e a c h o t h e r. To b e g e n d e r q u e e r, t o b e n o n b i n a r y, to be fluid… to me it comes with the knowledge that it frees us of confinement. I know this, yet I feel I d o n ’t h av e t h e r i g h t t o i d e n t i f y a s I d o . I w i l l b e m i s g e n d e r e d f o r t h e r e s t o f m y l i f e a n y w ay, i f I s o m u c h a s w e a r a s u n d r e s s d u r i n g a b l i s t e r i n g , F l o r i d a d ay i n m i d - J u l y. S o , i t m a k e s m e q u e s t i o n i f t h e t h i n g s I d o t h a t present as femme are actually tied to an identity of womanhood, or if I merely like what I like. I mean truly,
To s o m e , I a m n o t c e r t i f i e d i n t h i s “ c a t e g o r y.” W h a t t h e y d o n o t u n d e r s t a n d , h o w e v e r, i s t h i s i s n o t a c a t e g o r y but a personal truth, and it is not defined by them but by people like me. In living that truth there is supposed to be solace, but I am still knocking down walls of gross generalizations.
joke, nor is it fake,
Who I am is not a
and it is especially not those things just because you made an assumption
based on my presentation. And I’m sure that had I looked any more androgynous in my presentation that w o u l d b e c o m e t h e t a r g e t . S o , w h i c h i s i t ? A n d w h i l e y o u s t r u g g l e t o f i n d a va l i d a n s w e r, w e ’ l l b e f i g h t i n g y o u r s o c i e t a l f e a r. I t ’s d u e t i m e m y p e e r s a n d I f e e l a c k n o w l e d g e d , w e l c o m e d , a n d m o s t i m p o r t a n t l y, f r e e .
Photo by Lawrence Perry
Open Letter from an Asian Am This
letter should concern everyone. I am a
I have privilege. I have the privilege to currently sit in
22-year-old Asian-American woman living in Orlando,
my chair and not worry about whether I might have
Florida. Currently, I am disgusted with everything that
bad luck and get killed for simply existing. Being
I’ve seen, but not surprised. We have lived in a country
Asian-American means that I am a model minority
that has power ranked us based on the color of our
and frequently used as a tool to put down other races
skin and prioritized the needs of the needs of people
by the white man, whether I like it or not. While I will
in power instead of those of the community since
never be the white man, I wanted to use the privilege
even before the country was established. This “great”
I have to stand for something. Black Lives Matter, and
country ran from oppression so they could have the
I stand by that. I stand for everyone who is no longer
power to oppress others. Don’t forget this country
alive due to injustice. I stand for George Floyd. I stand
was built on genocide and slavery with the white man
for Breonna Taylor. I stand for Ahmaud Arbery. I stand
in the seat of power. Now you may wonder, what
for Sandra Bland. I stand for Eric Garner. I stand for
right or reason does some random Asian-American
countless others who have been robbed of their lives.
woman have to be so loud about such topics?
I stand because I realize that I have the ability to do
merican Living in 2020
By Cat Le
so free of worry and without concern that I may
only protecting their own backs while benefiting
off of black people who have built this country. You canâ€™t steal their culture, dance hip hop, wear
To my community, have you analyzed your privilege
braids, and speak in slang, and think that itâ€™s okay.
today? Yes, Asian-Americans have suffered acts of racism and xenophobia for generations since
You cannot sit quietly while your friends say the
immigrating and most notably with the introduction
n-word and do nothing about it. I am absolutely
of the Coronavirus. I want to gently remind my community that we experience waves of racism while black people live and breathe racism. No race
accountability. I watch many of you sit there and talk such big words when we were being attacked during the Coronavirus who are not SILENT. Your silence is
has been protected from racism; however, I have been pulled over late at night and not concerned that I might lose my life to that. I want to directly address my Asian-American community who is so used to
deafening and in a sea of loud voices standing for what is right and just, your silence is the loudest.
To all those who are religious or like to go do
To put it simply, yellow peril supports black
charity work in third-world countries to then take
power. What those words mean is that as an
pictures with underprivileged kids, where is your
Asian-American woman, I am ready to do what
empathy? Where is your charity? Where is your
I can because black lives mattered yesterday.
love for humankind? Where are your big words of the impact that little black kids have on your life as
They matter today.
you built them a school but now watch America kill black men, women and children? Where are your Instagram posts and your tweets? Once again, your
They matter tomorrow,
silence is deafening. It’s not even debatable anymore about what’s happening in this country. It is very
and they matter every day everyday.
clear and every issue and fault is interconnected in this country. From Black people being killed, to mass shootings constantly happening, to the fact that the government in this country simply does not care about its citizens. If you are doing absolutely nothing, you are a part of the problem.
Please do more with your privilege, whether it is advocating, educating, donating, supporting, or protesting. If you don’t have the money to donate to funds that support Black lives, then please advocate for it. Call out your friends and families for their way of thinking and educate them. Do something! Do anything! Be smart with your privilege and stand against racism. It is not good enough to not be racist anymore —
we must be anti-racist!
An Asian-American woman
Photo by Lawrence Perry
NO ES LA PIEL, ES LO QUE SIGNIFICA Con el tiempo he descubierto que llevar este color negro en la piel va mucho más allá del pelo rizo, la bomba y la plena. En ser criminal, sin haber tenido la oportunidad tan siquiera de decir “Hola.” Es entrar a un elevador y que se aparten de ti con una expresión de inquietud. Las miradas. El murmullo. Los gestos. Trato de interpretar lo que puedan significar estas acciones. No logro pensar hasta donde pueda llegar la imaginación. Cada uno con sus juicios y prejuicios, lanzándolos a través de la ventana de sus ojos. Reír cada vez que piensas en cómo sería tener otro color. Cuando piensas en cómo sería la vida sin los rizos. Ves la melena, el color tostado y un orgullo que brilla. Porque no serías tú si vivieras en otra piel.
By KKoral Garcia
When you love a black man,
all you can do is
hope you will see him at home, not through the screen on the 5 p.m. news. When you love a black man, you learn to feel the eyes of others burning on your back as they fear the threat they have created in their heads. When you love a black man, your family will make a face, ask questions they have never asked about a partner before. When
man, your friends will pronounce the words with When
it gets scary to turn on the news, your
WHEN YOU LOVE A BLACK MAN
another name, life, soul is taken in careless
black man, you think of his name as a
by Adriadna Fragoso
hashtag and pray you never see it that way. When you love a black man, you love as you have always done it. You love with your heart open and vulnerable, slamming against your rib cage shaking up all your organs within you, but your heart is now equal parts love and fear of it being taken away.el
Orra-Zon Desde la otredad
Cesaré toda búsqueda de razón. Halt will we the search for logic.
Es oscuro, violento, un peligro, una demostración de la imponencia del ego frente a la caos humánica.
It is dark, violent, a threat, a demonstration of the ego’s imposition upon our humanic chaos.
Las cosas solo son y así serán, transportándose entre tonos y las paredas que la encierran, dado del seguro vivir.
Things just are and will be, transporting themselves through tones and the walls that firmly enclose the givens of the securely lived.
Pride statement. Gabriela Baluja
“There are endless sexy shapes, colors, forms, and kinds of people who deserve celebration. It’s each one of our jobs to reject that comparison of what we think beauty is and realize we are the motherfucking beauty.”
Art work by Alanis Flores
Jonathan Van Ness, Over the Top: A Raw Journey to Self-Love
Black Queer & Trans Rights
The Marsha P. Johnson Institute Marsha P. Johnson was a n activist, self-identified drag queen, performer, and survivor. She was a prominent figure in the Stonewall uprising of 1969. Marsha went by “Black Marsha” before settling on Marsha P. Johnson. The “P” stood for “Pay It No Mind,” which is what Marsha would say in response to questions about her gender. It is the consideration of who “Black Marsha” was that inspired The Marsha P. Johnson
Institute — which defends Black Transgender People and their rights.
& Trans folks exist separately from the Black community.
Black Trans TV Black
Black Trans Travel Fund The
National Queer & Trans Therapists of Color Network The National Queer & Trans Therapists of Color Network is committed to transforming mental health for Queer and Trans people of color.
Information and Resources gathered from Camp Brave Trails
Just minutes before the clock struck
and their lips were plump with shimmering
midnight, I found myself guarding the
door inside Miguel Vargas’ humbly-sized
bedroom. The lights were dim, as was
the rest of the tiny apartment. Above Miguel’s full-sized bed, which was piled
The sounds of Nicki Minaj, Kim Petras and Lady
with high heels and guests’ handbags,
Gaga that echoed through the apartment earlier
hung an abstract painting with thick
that evening began to fade as I stepped out of the
strokes of pastel hues. Fake plants
bedroom and tried to quiet down the guests. Filled
occupied several corners of the space,
to the brim with joy, I announced Miguel’s arrival as
and accessories and fashion magazines
a 21-year-old. I stood behind them as they strutted
were stacked on the surfaces of their
through the other side of the door. The crowd
bedroom. We kicked people out of the
cheered them on for simply existing, and in that
bedroom to have a moment of privacy.
moment, I knew that I was in the presence of a star.
There were two other girls in the room helping them stumble
dress with a bejeweled black
If you thought you knew the most extra person to ever exist, erase them from Eternal
jockstrap to match. Once the clock I’d like to introduce you to Miguel Vargas.
struck 12, it would officially be the night of their twenty-first birthday, and they couldn’t have anything less
Fast forward five months — we’re in the midst of
than an elaborate themed party jam-
a global crisis and racial pandemic. Normal as we
once knew it no longer exists. We haven’t seen each
Of course — in true Miguel fashion
other since February due to social distancing and
— that included an outfit change.
we’re chatting on a Zoom call at our parents’ houses.
the full-body length mirror. Their face brought as much attention as their outfit did, especially since their hair was shaved down to a buzz-cut at the time. With the help of some highlighter, their skin glistened; gold and bronze shadows smoked their eyes out into a wing
Samantha N. Olson
Miguel gave themself one last look in They’re sitting up against the wall with glasses resting on the bridge of their nose. Their hair grew out à la Kris Jenner, and they look just like they did when we first met. We reminisced and laughed about our first encounter, when I drunkenly told them of their resemblance to the Kardashians’ momager at a UCF tailgate.
“That’s so funny. I don’t even really
their early childhood. They expressed
that the bullying never got physical, but
Clearly, it left an impression on me, or
that it still left a mark on their character.
else I wouldn’t have even mentioned it. “It wasn’t like, traumatic to the point Miguel is a rising senior at the University of
where I couldn’t sleep at night,” they
Central Florida in Orlando. They’re majoring
said. “It was a lot of ugly, under-the-table
in human communication with a minor in
remarks. At the end of the day, it still hurt.”
diversity and social inequality. Outside of the classroom, they’ve been involved
with UCF’s leading fashion organization,
the receiving end of bullying impacted
Fashion Society, since 2017 and served as
how empathetic they felt toward others,
its modeling chairman from 2019-2020.
calling it a silver lining. They’d find themself
Through the organization, they explored
their sense of style, which is bold yet simplistic. They gravitate toward edgy
They expressed how they feel stronger
than their past self, but still feel like they have
often wear sequins and sky-high heels.
a ways to go when it comes to personal
Their involvement in UCF’s fashion world
growth. Although they felt dejection as
ultimately sparked inspiration within the
a result of bullying, they never pitied
local LGBTQ+ community, and they are
themself and felt total defeat; in fact, they
seen by many as a trailblazer. However,
said that despite the hardships, they never
they didn’t always feel they were such.
gave up on being their true, authentic self.
Miguel came out of the closet their junior
up in Weston, Florida with their parents
year of high school, when they gradually
began growing into their own through the
bullying through several avenues, like being queer and overweight. They also had
way they dressed and expressed themself.
In a family full of dentists — his mother, father and uncle studied dentistry for years —
parents “My me
adolescence, hobbies really
acting. pushed of
in the cards.
They admitted that upon graduating high school,
I knew I was really going to snap and shut the world down.
longing for the past. At that point, they were ready to have a clean slate at UCF. “That’s when I knew I was really going to snap and shut the world down,” they said.
“I knew that I was going to go to college one day, lose weight and wear whatever the fuck I want to wear,” they said, a smile breaking through. “I knew I was going to be different and explore myself through fashion. It’s weird that that’s what I’m living now. I didn’t think it would
happen so fast; I always had this belief in myself.” With their degree, Miguel hopes to venture into the fashion industry or find a career in psychology with a focus on helping people with their mental health struggles. They also expressed an interest in attending fashion and design institutions down the road. Other knew
“The moment my parents left my dorm and said goodbye, it was like a switch had turned on,” they said, recounting the moment their slate was rid of the past. Miguel said that upon arriving at UCF, they started branching out with the way they approached shopping for clothing and meeting people. Inevitably, they began dabbling in Orlando’s nightclub scene and started going to LGBTQ+ friendly clubs like Southern Nights. “When I’d go home for holiday breaks and stuff, my parents started noticing that I was dressing and acting differently,” they said. “My mom was totally on board and my dad initially had a really hard time with it, but he’s more accepting now.” Without asking for it and not always being fully aware of it, Miguel said that the way they dress and their way of being is a political statement. To them, they just get ready and go on about their day like anyone else normally would. “I genuinely never thought that people would even notice or be inspired by the way I carry myself. I don’t know, you just don’t think that when you’re doing it,” they shrugged. Miguel said that sometimes — especially when they first got to college — a lot of their peers failed to understand them. People would see them wear heels and associate it with the online culture of gay boys clad in six-inch shoes for comedic effect. For Miguel, wearing makeup, heels and other traditionally feminine clothing is far from a joke. It’s who they are. Their
have expressed that their ability to dress—
“[My style is] a
process that’s never going to end. I’m like a chameleon. I’m always on to something different, something new,” they said. “I have eras and phases, my style is constantly changing.
—the way they want in a world where it isn’t
“Obviously, there’s times when it’s called
fully accepted is inspiring, but they feel that
for, but at times, I’m just not going
it shouldn’t be celebrated as a big ordeal.
to waste my energy or ruin my night because someone decided to be dumb.”
“Although those kinds of comments don’t come from a bad place, I wish, in a way, that
Most of the time, they just brush off extended
people wouldn’t even pay it any attention,”
glares and comments and try not to let it affect
they said. “Like, I wear heels because I like
them. They said that distasteful comments
them, not to make this big statement.”
are the extent of the hate they’ve received and that, thankfully, they’ve never had an
Even if they’re just wearing something
act of violence inflicted on them because
a bit more modest, Miguel said that they
of their demeanor. Every time they walk out
the door, they’re aware of the possibility that
they’re subject to hate crimes and physical
used to the attention, be it negative or
assault. For that reason alone, they feel that
positive, as it’s part of their day-to-day life.
to be queer is to be a political statement.
“There was one time I walking through
Despite the negativity they face, Miguel says
my neighborhood wearing leggings and
they are queer and they are here — and
they aren’t going anywhere any time soon.
In their own sense of style, they are inspired social
independent films like “The Neon Demon” “It was so unnecessary. Like, you had to slow
(2016) and “Nocturnal Animals” (2016).
down your car and roll down your window just to insult someone? It’s so weird.” In they
“[My style is] a process that’s never going
chameleon. something they
“I have eras and phases, my style is constantly changing. It ebbs and flows.” When
they admit there aren’t many. “There’s one woman who really does inspire me… and it does sound a little crazy and might be a little clockable, but it’s Kim Kardashian-West, honestly.” They a
“She has looks that I still think about, that I still dream about. She’s a woman who
She’s a style icon in my eyes.”
For their 21st birthday looks (yep, that’s
“You could either go through life and
plural), Miguel heavily drew inspiration
have a hard time while nonconforming
from a Miami-hot look that Kardashian-
and being yourself or you can conform
West wore in September 2016. From the
to the normalities and be miserable,”
vampy color scheme to the sheerness
they said. “It would induce my anxiety
of the ensemble to the thick diamond
knowing that I gave up on myself.
choker — Miguel got her aesthetic down to
I’d rather go against what everyone
a T and left very little to the imagination.
expects me to be and still be Miguel.”
As a word of advice to anyone — queer
unforgettable that it felt like a page in
or not — Miguel says to stick with who
the history books. They said that since
you are despite others’ misconceptions.
their 20th birthday celebration was a big success, they felt obligated to upstage
“Don’t give in to other people’s ideas of
it. The next birthday was planned six
who you should be. Don’t be what other
months in advance with the Rich $ex
people want you to be. If you’re just
theme inspired by Nicki Minaj’s 2018
authentic and yourself and you do what
you feel is right, the journey [for some] may
be extremely rough but incredibly worth it.” “I’m a Barb through and through. Always have been, always will be,” Miguel laughed. “I was like, ‘that’s a very fun theme for people.’ They can wear lingerie, they can wear fucking like… a robe and come as Hugh Hefner. You can dress as a pimp, a stripper, whatever you want.” And
their everyday life — dress however you want and be whoever you want.
LIFE AFTER DEATH Art. Michael Anton
by Adriadna Fragoso
TO LOVE A MAN AS A BISEXUAL WOMAN
To love a man means I am invisible To love a man means I escape the harsh prejudice in their glares To love a man means I am unwelcomed in June’s vibrant celebrations To love a man means I make a comfortable home within people’s assumptions To love a man means I am often forgotten; your eyes do not recognize me as one of your own To love a man means I am a fake, a liar, a greedy cheat To love a man means I am guilty of complacency within society’s acceptability To love a man means his friends might think of me as his gateway to threesomes To love a man means sometimes he thinks I am his gateway to threesomes To love a man means I do not need to tell my family, I do not need to, but I long to To love a man means I am happy, but stir in the wonder of the life I would have had To love a man means some think I have chosen, eliminated my “wrong” desires To love a man means that despite what the world might think, I am real, I am valid, I am enough.
A Cutlass is the Key to Our Kingdom Evyn tindle
throbbing in your temples eases just a little. Curses
You’re not a child, you remind him, you can survive
and prayers that you can make it in time slip
at a theme park for a few hours by yourself, but then
Pa’s on the phone. He’s not even trying to keep the
hovers in the sky above as you push through
anger out of his voice, and the two of you are feeding
the sweat-slicked park-goers.
off of each other’s highly charged emotions until
Frustration claws at your stomach, because they should be here, not chastising you through the phone.
the parents in line around you are staring. It’s your You
birthday and you’re alone, you want to scream into the
phone, but you don’t. Instead, you end the call
doesn’t make a comment about the three other
abruptly and shove the phone into your pocket.
tickets in your hand when he waves you through, but you catch his eyes scanning the crowd behind
when you do answer, but that’s a problem for
yourself smile for the first time today. You aren’t meeting
They’ll no doubt have a hefty punishment ready
the first reassurance you’ve given yourself since you slipped from the hotel room this morning.
inside You you’ve
phone is vibrating in your pocket a moment later.
and run down the walls. They’re a patchwork of color, ease
Dad’s voice comes through the line, it’s even but laced with worry and frustration. You know the
tone, it’s the same one he uses when your little
room, traipsing around her space with a young
brother gets into something he shouldn’t when he
knows better. He asks you where you are, and
his voice gets exponentially higher when you tell
She commands the eyes of everyone around her— from the children to the parents to the photographer. You feel like you’re ten again, watching her in Defender of the Seas with rapt attention. It’d been hard to watch anything else when she brandished a sword the way many other princesses had a crown and was unafraid to speak her mind. Adelaine was one of the few women deemed the princess and the knight in her story, relying more on herself and her trusty crew than the halfbrained prince that spent most of the movie offering one-liners and standing in the background.
You admired the way she defied everyone’s expectations. The way she balanced the qualities everyone deemed “masculine” with the femininity of princess-hood until the line blurred enough and she was just...Adelaine. It was that singular way in which she wielded her dual identities by the end of the movie that encouraged you to accept how your own identity differed green your
speaks to you with unwavering light,
pin attached to your shirt and commenting
that comes with being eighteen. Her eyes soften when you speak adamantly about the badassery of the character, and even with the flash going off around you both, you can’t pull your eyes away from the look she’s giving you. Like she understands exactly what Adelaine The green eyes before you no longer belong to the character, but whoever lies
done for you in your adolescence.
You’re asks or with
Adelaine when is
The sharp voices of your dads reverberate through your
of the bigger-than-life air that surrounded her earlier.
skull and the magic of the moment is filtering away. A half
For one she’s blonde with smudged black eyeliner
intelligible explanation about plans falling through with
running under her eyes, a jarring juxtaposition from
your dads drops from your lips and she snorts out laughter.
Adelaine’s brown hair and seemingly make-up free face.
“Princes are overrated,” Adelaine gives you a knowing
look and you laugh, because it’s so effortlessly said—
scrutiny. “It’s Sam out here in the real world.”
like you aren’t standing in the heart of the Happily Ever After theme park surrounded by picture-perfect
princesses with picture-perfect happy endings that all result in men—and she couldn’t be more right.
The sun has dipped well below the horizon when
tears. You tell her what’s going on. Your dads.
she emerges from the character exit of Princess
Hall. It’s obscured from view by tall shrubs and
them picking your brother’s Cub Scout adventure
you’re so absorbed in a phone call with Pa that
over going to the park with you. It’s easy to
you don’t notice her taking the seat next to you.
look into the eyes of a stranger and let all of your
Pa’s voice in your head telling you not to talk to
strangers. Maybe it’s the way Sam pulls you to
you twists and the anger is no longer contained.
your feet when you’re done and promises that the
last few hours of the day will be the best yet.
that understanding look in her eyes. Maybe it’s
the carousel to keep you from screaming at his demands to know where you are. He barks out
regardless and you end the call before he can apologize.
thickening near the castle and conquer more rides than you thought possible. Sam has a way of
folded place that
playing ever before
an She insists you get to know each other better while
Pa’s voice warns against strangers and the teenage rebellion
you shrugging at her suggestion of Never Have I Ever.
boring with your inexperience, but you don’t tell her that.
“It doesn’t have to be,” she wiggles her eyebrows at you. “Unless you want to reveal all your darkest secrets to a stranger.”
You make her go first because there’s no way you’re setting the precedent for questions. She admits to never having set something on fire and with a huff, you drop a finger. It had been a grill mishap years ago during a family barbeque that left Dad’s garden charred. It’s a vague question
I ever worked at a theme park.”
Sam doesn’t back down from the challenge and accuses you of having a crush on a fictional princess. You drop a finger begrudgingly. The night slips away
As if on cue, your phone rings. It sounds angrier...
from you like that. The rides are fun but you’re eager
to get back to the game and company of Sam after
bearing down on you through the screen. You don’t
each one. You find out about her early years sailing
answer and instead, turn to Sam who is tugging
with her mom— you make a comment about actor and
you through the storefronts of the gift shop area.
character becoming one that she rolls her eyes at—and in turn you tell her about your dads and homeschooling.
“I played sports,” You offer, dumbly, your words coming a moment too late for it to seem natural.
for your her
becomes more comforting with every minute that passes.
It’s odd how someone you just met can spread a warmth of friendship and comfort under your skin. Like feeling the sun’s rays on your skin for the first time. You shake the feeling. Sam is a stranger—stranger danger, a voice in your head rings. It sounds like Pa.
“Wouldn’t you like to know.”
How did she know about this view? Is trapesing across
eyebrow is raised to her hairline and a playful
the park with strangers a normal thing for her? There’s
an uncomfortable twist in your stomach at the thought.
“Yes, I would, actually.”
Sam catches a piece in her mouth then flashes you a smirk. “Only the special ones.” You roll your eyes
story about bumbling around the soccer field like
and let a comfortable silence settle. The crickets chirp hidden in bushes and the crowd near the castle murmurs.
an idiot going to do to deter that? So, you tell her, that nasally excitement pulling at your sinuses again the
“Why is Adelaine so important to you?”
Sam’s question shouldn’t surprise you, but somehow it still does.
“I think you know why.” That look of understanding
your head with a, “Now we can both be pirate
in Sam’s eyes flashes in your mind. You feel her shrug
princesses.” You try not to squeal too hard. You
next to you.
fail, miserably. “Tell me anyway.” “I think it’s your turn,” Sam says, tossing some popcorn
So, you do.
mouth. Adelaide doesn’t care. But she has the most caring heart You’re sitting atop one of the buildings that face the
you’ve ever seen. It’s what she chooses to care about,
castle, the two of you pressed shoulder to shoulder. Sam
the battles she decides to fight, that has always left
had dragged you up through a staff door—for a moment
you in awe. No one holds power over her, but she offers
you thought she was actually going to kill you—and after
strength and accepts it gratefully from those around her.
a few flights of stairs, you both emerged on the roof. The floodlights of the castle twinkle up at you as the rest of
Coming out to your two gay dads wasn’t racked
the park lights dim in anticipation for the firework show.
You’ve only ever known love at home, but that “Do here?” the
you You first
bring grab thing
understanding was left at the threshold. “I knew I
“Adelaine is a badass woman who doesn’t need a man,
understanding again and you have to look away as
even if they gave her one. I saw myself in her. She also
reminded me of my mom, so that’s nice too.”
You rest your head down on her shoulder. It feels
right, the way the dip in her body presses perfectly
understand me and not enough just listening.” A
little laugh erupts from your throat. It’s strained
Sam chuckles. “I’ve noticed.”
been your but
kissed.” tongue only
Sam goes stiff. “Come again?”
announcing that the show will begin momentarily. “I
above a whisper.
“Well, when two people like each other or are really drunk or play dumb games like this one-”
“I know what kissing is. I just find it unbelievable that you’ve never been kissed.”
ever been any signals at all? And then her mouth is on yours, tentative at first. It’s nicer than you imagined, warm, and she tastes like popcorn. There are fireworks, you think, either going off under
And yeah, your phone is still ringing angrily in your pocket and you’re going to be in so much trouble when this fairytale day ends, but as far as you’re concerned that’s a future you
problem. Right now, you’re living in a movie and the credits are rolling with a
‘And they lived Happily Ever After..’
Photo by Lawrence Perry
Presente está la sangre Sangre Negra Sangre Roja Sangre del Alma Presente está el orgullo de una raza. Rápido vamos mostrando quiénes somos. Gritando en las calles Lo que corre por nuestros cuerpos. Que somos más que una simple etiqueta. Mujer Hombre Cuir Otres Hecha a un lado el odio y la amargura Date la tarea y reconoce, El amor que sabes merecer Dale espacio a tus raíces a crecer. Con calma y con premura pero con frenesí te enseñaré lo que soy y lo que somos. Por mi sangre corre rabia Por nuestra sangre corre valentía. No hay mejor forma de estar orgulloso de si Que reconociendo lo que se es, Negro.
By KKoral Garcia
DA EL ORG
Desde La Otredad
Like pulling weeds from a wheat ton or scalping follicles from a shower drain, I picked up the pieces of furniture lying up against the wall.
I was not alone. She was there with me. The reassurance was strong enough and genuine most to remind me that fortitude was in numbers.
I hate saying the word “I”. Something about it is noisy, pretentious. I can’t shake off the feeling of being and attributing a letter to oneself just as much as words derive from “existing”, or whatever this may be.
Let me reestablish that I was not alone. I’ll boost the idea: there was company. The moment was shared, but was is there to share? To hand out? We have nothing.
We have love. Although a construct, it is most fortifying and credential and a true emblem of socialization. That hug, joint, hairy leg over another… incites a spectrum of energy, of emotion.
Whatever. None of it means anything.
13 Films That Got
Samantha N. Olson
the LGBTQ+ Experience Right The
television — impact
have the power to shape the way we live our lives. Media can also perspectives
It goes without saying that LGBTQ+ culture has influenced many character arcs in our favorite films and TV shows. What’s rare is for these stories to be told and depicted accurately through mainstream media. When it comes to the LGBTQ+ experience, there are plenty of angles from which these stories are told — be it a campy comedy or
“Love, Simon” (2018)
Where you can watch: YouTube ($3.99), Amazon Prime Video ($3.99)
Known as the first gay teen movie released
by a major studio, “Love, Simon” tells the story of Simon, a closeted gay 17-year-old
who’s trying to discover the identity of the
anonymous classmate and penpal he’s fallen for through the internet. Simon also balances his friendships, familial relationships and a
blackmailer threatening to out him to his entire school (as if being closeted wasn’t difficult enough). This coming-of-age flick
ushered in a new era of representation
with its diverse cast and inclusivity. It even inspired a Disney+-turned-Hulu spinoff, “Love,
“Hurricane Bianca” (2016)
Where you can watch: YouTube ($3.99),
Amazon Prime Video ($3.99)
If you’re a fan of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,”
or drag in general, then you’ll love this campy comedy! RPDR season six champion Bianca Del Rio plays former New York schoolteacher
to small Texas town and is immediately
fired for being gay. Richard returns — in drag, this time — with a vengeance for the
cruel townspeople. This film also features
cameos from other drag queens, including Alyssa Edwards, Willam Belli and RuPaul
himself. With Bianca’s signature bits and
a storyline to follow, what’s not to love?
“The Color Purple” (1985)
Where you can watch: Amazon Prime Video ($1.99)
Directed by Steven Speilberg and based
on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name, “The Color Purple” is a period-
piece set in the early 1900s that follows the tumultuous life of Celie, a black woman in rural Georgia who’s faced sexual abuse from her father and a man who her father
gave her away to. Celie later meets showgirl Shug, who she forms a deep connection with.
She ultimately discovers love for herself
through liberation, and Celie and Shug’s romantic relationship is one that helps her through many obstacles. “The Color Purple,”
which covers themes from race, class,
gender, sexual assault, domestic abuse,
lesbianism, and the South, was nominated for 11 Academy Awards including Best
Picture. It didn’t end up winning any,
and we have to say it was definitely
snubbed as it’s a love story for the ages.
“Saturday Church” (2017)
Where you can watch: Tubi (Free!)
“Saturday Church,” which premiered at the
Tribeca Film Festival in April 2017, tells the story of Ulysses, a shy and feminine 14-year-
old who’s taken over the responsibilities of his
late father as the “man of the house.” Along with coping with his father’s death, Ulysses is
slowly coming into his own and discovering his gender identity alongside his mother, younger
brother and disapproving conservative aunt.
He ultimately finds comfort in ballroom culture and the transgender community at Saturday church, which is a program that feeds and
provides shelter for LGBTQ+ youths. This film, stars newcomer Luka Kain and “POSE” actors Mj Rodriguez and Indya Moore, realistically
depicts someone finding themselves in times of uncertainty, which is a feeling all too
familiar for a lot of LGBTQ+ youth. You can stream “Saturday Church” for free on Tubi.
“Call Me By Your Name” (2017)
Where you can watch: Vudu ($1.99), YouTube ($3.99)
Did you really think we were going to leave Armie and Timothée out of this? Based on the novel of the same name, “Call Me By Your Name” has quickly become a cult classic in the LGBTQ+ community. The film follows 17-year-old Elio and doctoral student Oliver in the summer of 1983, when their romance heats up in Italy. The film was received well by critics and was even nominated for Best
Picture at the 90th Annual Academy Awards. Let’s be real — CMBYN has changed the way we see peaches and the way we listen to “Play Date” by Melanie Martinez. It’s just the way the world works.
“The Thing About Harry” (2020)
Where you can watch: YouTube ($17.99), Hulu (With Subscription)
“But I’m a Cheerleader” (1999) Where you can watch: Tubi (Free!)
The thing about “The Thing About Harry”
that doesn’t follow the “I’m-gay-so-my-
— if you want to see Natasha Lyonne play
is that it’s a heartfelt romantic comedy life-must-be-difficult”
of using characters’ queerness as their
defining characteristics, this film focuses on
developing natural character arcs, making them more dimensional and humanlike. If you’re looking for a film where you’ll relate to most of the characters, check out “The
character? Groundbreaking. No, seriously a lesbian cheerleader whose parents send
her to conversion therapy while she’s just
becoming aware of her sexuality, this is the perfect satirical flick for you. Also, RuPaul plays a straight man trying to convert
others… who wouldn’t want to see that?
Thing About Harry” on streaming platforms.
“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” (1975)
Where you can watch: Vudu ($3.99), Amazon Prime Video ($3.99)
Where you can watch: YouTube ($3.99), Amazon Prime Video ($3.99)
“Carol” is the film adaptation of Patricia
Our beloved Rocky Horror has made this list
in which she depicts a lesbian love affair
for three specific reasons. One: Tim Curry
plays Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a cross-dressing
mad scientist. Two: Killer musical numbers… seriously. And three: Who doesn’t love the
iconic golden mini shorts? If you haven’t yet blessed yourself by watching Rocky
Horror (sorry, but the “Glee” episode and few seconds in “Perks of Being a Wallflower”
don’t count), lovebirds Brad and Janet get stuck at Dr. Frank-N-Furter’s with a flat tire during a storm. They meet a ton of wild
characters and lose their innocence along
the way when Frank-N-Furter unveils his latest creation: Rocky. If you’re into horror
and musical, campy films, sit tight and feast your eyes on this iconic cult classic.
Highsmith’s 1952 novel “The Price of Salt,”
in 1950s New York. Highsmith’s work was considered one of the first novels with a
gay theme and happy ending, whichn is possible. In the film, Rooney Mara plays shop girl Therese, who falls for married
sophisticate Carol (played by Cate Blanchett).
While the story follows two white women, it recounts how they fall in love during
the McCarthyism era in the United States, when accusations of subversion were made
without evidence. This was also a time when same-sex attraction was considered taboo
and “anti-American.” The film scored tons of Oscar buzz during the time of its release
and went on to receive six nominations at
“The Half of It” (2020)
Where you can watch: Netflix v(With Subscription)
There are a lot of things to celebrate about
Netflix’s “The Half of It.” Writer and director Alice Wu, best known for her 2004 film “Saving Face,”
highlights coming-of-age queer experiences
for Chinese-American women in both films, but
gives us a twist with her latest. High schooler Ellie Chu is the resident introvert who has a side-
hustle of ghostwriting papers for other students to help her non-english speaking father pay
the bills. When jock Paul asks Ellie to help him woo — you guessed it, yet another manic-pixiedream-girl — Aster Flores with love letters, Ellie
discovers that she, too, might be falling for Aster. It doesn’t matter who gets the girl in this flick,
because at the end of the day, Ellie and Paul gain friendship through an unforgettable experience.
“Struck by Lightning” (2012) Where you can watch: Tubi (Free!)
Spoiler alert: the structure of “Struck by Lightning” differs from most films as it kills its protagonist in its opening scene by — you guessed it —
striking him with a lightning bolt. “Glee” alumnus Chris Colfer stars as high school student Carson Phillips, who has big dreams of becoming the youngest editor-in-chief of The New Yorker
literary magazine. Carson feels that he must gain admission to Northwestern University to be on
the right path of reaching his dream, so he plans an elaborate scheme to blackmail a bunch of
misfits at his high school to create and contribute to their school’s literary magazine. The dramedy
also contains an all-star cast, featuring Christina
Hendricks, Angela Kinsey, Rebel Wilson, Sarah Hyland, Matt Prokop, Robbie Amell and Ashley
Rickards. Did we mention that Colfer wrote the
screenplay, too? We stan a multi-talented king.
Where you can watch: Amazon Prime Video ($0.99), Netflix (with subscription)
Where you can watch: Tubi (Free!)
The Best Picture we so rightfully deserve. In an
Set in Cuba, “Viva” depicts what happens when
director Barry Jenkins and writer Tarell Alvin
with his estranged father (Jorge Perugorría)
own upbringings in Liberty City, one of the
being a drag performer. While the protagonist
Chiron, a young black man who faces a journey
tangible, he comes to terms with his sexuality
homosexual feelings. The film depicts the harsh
father faces the challenge of overcoming his
home as a queer black person. “Moonlight”
he is. In 2016, the film was selected as the Irish
black cast and a homosexual main character
88th annual Academy Awards. It’s dubbed in
interview with The New York Times, “Moonlight”
young hairdresser Jesus (Héctor Medina) clashes
McCraney shared that the film parallels their
when he works toward making his dream of
poorest parts of Miami, Florida. The story follows
overcomes obstacles to make his drag dreams
of self-discovery and coming to grips with his
and discovers his true identity. His macho-man
realities of what it’s like to grow up in a broken
toxic masculinity and accepting his son for who
made history as the first film with an entirely
entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the
to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards.
Spanish, but you can watch with English subtitles.
The Shifter team welcomes you to read and enjoy our first-ever issue! This issue is all about LGBTQ+ and human rights. In this issue, you'...
Published on Jun 11, 2020
The Shifter team welcomes you to read and enjoy our first-ever issue! This issue is all about LGBTQ+ and human rights. In this issue, you'...