Most recently published stories in Pride.
I am no different to them
With the brutal and violent deaths of two 16-year-old's Nex Benedict (they/them) and Brianna Ghey (she/her), one year apart, and nothing but an ocean dividing them. Nex Benedict was attacked in a bathroom of their school, they weren't attacked because of an argument they were attacked and sustained injuries that killed them over their choice to be themselves. Brianna Ghey, another 16 year old, was stabbed over 20 times to death, again, not because of an argument, not over gang affiliations or anything like that, she was killed over her decision to be who she was.
The two interior designers
I was around six years old when I realized I was queer. I haven’t entirely grasped the concept yet, but I knew I was different in some way. That terrified me. I can remember, clear as day, my lamentations about whether I can hide it or fix it somehow. The guilt was suffocating, my little heart racing with anxiety and paranoia because I was mortified over the prospect of anyone finding out. I was stuck and isolated with no one to confide in. I’m sure you’ve heard this exact story a million times before and I’m not here just to garner sympathy with it. What I want to talk about is a turning point in my process of growing up and it all started with two interior designers we hired to refurnish our apartment.
World War ll: The broken pride of Japanese soldiers
Amidst the dense jungles of the Philippines, where the vibrant greenery hid the scars of war, a small group of Japanese soldiers clung to survival, remnants of a bygone era. The year was 1947, two years after World War II had officially ended. Yet, for these soldiers, the war persisted, trapped in a time capsule of their own making.
My First PRIDE Parade
(This piece is for the unofficial challenge in Queer Vocal Voices. The prompt is "What Does Pride Mean To You".) I didn’t know what to expect at the first PRIDE parade I went to. The gay community where I live is…challenging for a lack of a better term. (I will save that story for another time.) Being just out of the closet, I had no idea what the point of the parade was. Until I did some research into why we have pride parades. That is when I learned of the Stonewall riots, and the first parade the year following the riots.
Movie Review: 'Driveaway Dolls' Starring Margaret Qualley
Driveaway Dolls (2024) Directed by Ethan Coen Written by Ethan Coen, Tricia Cooke Starring Margaret Qualley, Geraldine Viswanathan, Colman Domingo, Matt Damon, Bill Camp, Pedro Pascal
Are you selfish ?
In the kitchen at a companion's party, you're amidst a significant moral problem. Popular logicians murmur guidance in your ear.
To The Man I Love
Babe, this wish is for your 25th birthday. From the bottom of my heart, I wish you all the best, all the health and all the blessings one can find in this life!
Series Review of, "Feel Good"
Back in 2023, I tried writing this article. Only, when I published it I didn't think of how the title and the cover photo would look together and well...
- Top Story - February 2024
Horror of Queerness
Pride was for other people when I was younger. Living in the Midwest didn’t really give me a lot of insight into what queerness is. Despite having a bisexual mother and trans neighbor I had no honest idea what it was. There were a ton of examples of it growing up. Both problematic and I suppose as unproblematic as they could be at that time.
Achieving Your Counseling Career Without a University Degree
The journey to becoming a counsellor is often perceived as one that inevitably winds through the hallowed halls of a university. However, the educational landscape is changing, and there are now more pathways to a counselling career than ever before, many of which do not require a traditional university degree. If you are a qualification-seeker interested in helping others through their mental and emotional challenges, this blog will guide you through alternative routes to establish yourself in this rewarding profession.
There are many kinds of power, used and unused, acknowledged or otherwise. The erotic is a resource within each of us that lies in a deeply female and spiritual plane, firmly rooted in the power of our unexpressed or unrecognized feeling.
Against All Odds
In the heart of autumn, under the golden canopy of a California college, the paths of two souls destined to intertwine finally crossed. Kate, with her vibrant auburn hair and spirit to match, stepped into this new world, her eyes alight with the promise of freedom and adventure. Her laughter, a melody that danced through the air, was a testament to her determination to shed the weight of her past. The strict, grey walls of her British school seemed a world away, replaced by the warm, embracing hues of the American campus that now promised a canvas for her dreams.