Is Carnival Inherently Homophobic, Transphobic and Misogynistic?

As a young man of Dominican descent, Carnival is incredibly important to me. With my two remaining grandparents enjoying their twilight years, each passing year highlights the importance of keeping our traditions alive. Playing Mas (dressing up in costume as a Masquerader) not only connects West Indians (specifically those from Eastern Caribbean islands where pre-Lenten […]

Finding My Way Back Home

I didn’t feel I belonged in the Black community until the tender age of 29. School was a playground-cum-assault course, and Black boys were quick and consistent in their reminding me that no uppity niggas were welcome to hang out with them. When, at 12, I asked my dad why the Black boys didn’t like […]

Choose One

“If monogamy is two married people who agree to only have sex with each other, there isn’t much of a history of it.” explains Isabella Rotman . I don’t practice monogamy because.. I don’t want to. Despite this being the case for longer than I can remember, I’m still asked the same reductive questions by friends […]

A Letter From Anonymous

For a number of years, the only gay person I knew was the person I was dating. I was always told that love is not enough. Therefore, no matter how lovely, caring and supportive my partners were. I still felt isolated in my sexuality. LGBT people live in a heterosexual world, that drowns out the […]