Issue 42 Articles2022-12-01T19:58:45-08:00

Issue 42 – The Arts Issue!

Browse the articles below, or read the entire issue as it was printed here.

Palm Springs Pride

The first weekend in November, locals and out-of-towners alike converged onto the streets, bars, and venues of Palm Springs to celebrate the city’s annual Pride. The festival had acts like Todrick Hall, the YouTube sensation who got his start on American Idol.

Lost Queer History Resting in Gold Butte

When we try to look back at people’s lives and reframe their stories through a more modern lens, it’s often too late to get the information we need or want to tell the story that appears so obvious through context clues or our more modern way of thinking. This is especially true when it comes to the lives and loves of LGBTQ+ individuals, even if that history isn’t too far in the past.


Choreographer Adriana Pierce created the initiative #QueertheBallet to broaden the scope of classical ballet to authentically include LGBTQ+ voices and narratives. #QueertheBallet seeks to “queer” our ballet spaces and explore choreography often absent from ballet stages.


You might recognize the name Kiesza. It’s the stage name of Kiesa Rae Ellestad, the Canadian born singer-songwriter. Her chart-topping hit “Hideaway” from 2014 still gets us dancing today.

Rayz of Ash

Ashley Ray (she/they) is a licensed professional counselor and mental health educator as well as a body positive model and creator/author of a humanistic paradigm shift, they demonstrate the intrinsic understanding that as humans we exist upon a spectrum of being.

New Guidelines in Support of Youth Mental Health Crisis

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), today released a new report, National Guidelines for Child and Youth Behavioral Health Crisis Care, which describes the urgent need to improve crisis response services for children, youth, and families and provides guidance on how communities can address the existing gaps in care for youth.

The Respect for Marriage Act

Lately, there’s been a lot of talk about the Respect for Marriage Act and the LGBTQ+ community. If you thought that the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) already granted marriage equality to same-gender couples back in 2015 in the Obergefell v. Hodges case, then you are right. However, a new possible threat caused Congress to take proactive steps to further cement marriage equality in the United States.

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