Poetry For The Heartbroken

The Lie   She brought me back a lemon from Naples, So I put it in the freezer Without quite knowing why.   When the freezer broke, The lemon grew mould And I couldn’t bring myself to tell her.   Next time we met she looked at me With her citrus eyes, And I saw...

Untethered

“Untethered” is a series exploring the space between physical and spiritual identity. Lola Webster works with the subject of the portraits to visually discuss their own undefinabilities.  Alex Diamond Rivlin is a performance artist, filmmaker and writer. His work aims to explore notions of queerness and gender performativity within society. He uses his own experiences...

Behind Patriarchy Looms The Spectre Of Tacky Lesbianism

There’s a specter haunting patriarchal beauty standards: the specter of tacky lesbianism. For the purpose of this article, I am going to self-identify as a someone who is: nonbinary butch a lesbian, and (in this case, most importantly) habitually tacky.   I am not going to attempt to define tacky lesbianism in this article, as...

Nomi & Martine

Singer-songwriter Nomi Ruiz, was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY on a heavy dose of Hip Hop, Freestyle, Pop and House Music .  As a child, she began composing songs around Hip-Hop heavy street samples. Her velvety vocals, personal lyrical content and dark melody lines found refuge in these raw arrangements, creating a unique brand...

The Real Demons

Giving is often seen as this thing where you are good and all those beautiful descriptive words anyone would want to be described with. You give to feel, help other and maybe help yourself feel a little good, but I found myself giving to the point that I had nothing left. I had given the...

Simulated Life

Creating and controlling Sims is one of the most innocent thrills anyone can have in life. I create them in my image, albeit, within the presets Maxis has to offer. I carefully develop their lives as the pinnacle of simhood. Within the confines of that hard drive, I am god, and she’s driven by two...

I Swear To Always Be Your Pretend Lesbian Lover

Have you ever seen that meme saying something along the lines of: “as your best friend, I swear to always pretend to be your lesbian lover when you get hit on by some ugly asshole in a bar”? If you haven’t, then let me explain that it’s been circulating for a while now and the...

Chang

Chang stands and fights for the visibility of the Asian community within the art world. He is an fine art student who creates work based on his experience within the gay community. He highlights his experience as a person of colour within the white gay community, which from his experience has been all bout masculinity...

The 12 Consequences Of Being A Woman

  Women are blamed for being raped. Every six seconds a woman is molested and raped, even with anti-rape laws and strict enforcement of punishment for rape worldwide. The act of victim-blaming women happens more often than you think. We often blame the substance (i.e. alcohol) if it’s a man who rapes a woman and will more...

Define Sex

The start of a monthly comic by Jenna Houston, the first of which explores personal definitions of sex in a heteronormative world. This piece looks at vaginal penetration being seen as the sexual norm and only method of losing virginity, which can be problematic for anything other than an able-bodied cisgender heterosexual relationship. Even within...

Maggie And Rene Get Married

When we told our friends and family that we were getting married, we were met with a mix of responses. So many of our loved ones were unequivocally happy for us, “over the moon” etc. However there was also a lot of scepticism and criticism of our choice to get married, ranging from a classic...

Mix #3: Hellcat For Polyester

Hellcat is the latest artist to produce a mix for Polyester – well, less of a mix & more of a track. The Portland-based, non-binary producer, they’re currently working on a “really nice weird hip-hop EP” which should be out soon but the dates are rather vague. Here they talk the music scene in their...