10 Works of Literature to Honor HIV Prevention Day

10 Works of Literature to Honor HIV Prevention Day

HIV Prevention Day is upon us, which means that now is a great time to read up on the history of HIV awareness, get tested, ruminate on the stigmatization of HIV and AIDS, get tested, share relevant literature with your friends, bring them along to get tested, get educated on the ongoing struggle to secure life-saving drugs for all, and also, get tested.

This Debut Novel Seeks to Prove that Queer, Black Narratives are Relatable

This Debut Novel Seeks to Prove that Queer, Black Narratives are Relatable

Juniper Leaves: The Otherworldly Tale of a Lonesome Magical Girl, tells the tale of a black and queer teenage girl with a passion for science who discovers that she has magical powers, powers which lead her to becoming the world’s savior. While saving the world, she also explores her attraction to other girls. The book blurb describes it as:   … a fantastical coming-of-age tale of a girl who learns to let go, live a little, and best of all, believe in herself — all before her sixteenth birthday.   The novel’s author, Jaz Joyner, wrote the book to alleviate the shortage of …

Unbelievable Medical History Podcast ‘Sawbones’ Is Releasing a Book!

Unbelievable Medical History Podcast ‘Sawbones’ Is Releasing a Book!

Have you ever heard of Sawbones? The medical history podcast hosted by Dr. Sydnee McElroy and her husband Justin that currently holds a five-star rating based on 6,067 reviews? If you haven’t, please dust off your podcast app and give it a go, I personally recommend starting with their debut episode “Trepanation.” However if you prefer more visual media, you’re in luck, because Sawbones is going to be a book.   Due for release this October, The Sawbones Book: The Hilarious, Horrifying Road to Modern Medicine will be published by Simon & Schuster. The book will both re-tread topics covered on the podcast …

Sorry, Richard Linklater, But Harry Potter Did Boyhood First

Sorry, Richard Linklater, But Harry Potter Did Boyhood First

Do you remember Richard Linklater’s much-lauded film of 2014, Boyhood? It was highly praised for being a realistic portrayal of one young boy’s coming-of-age story, done by checking in with the same cast at one-year intervals between 2003 and 2013 in order to capture the aging of the titular boy in real time. It was all very exciting.   But, the more that I think about it, the more I realize that this concept was basically lifted from the Harry Potter franchise.    Image via IGN   Think about it: between 2001 and 2011, a film crew caught up with the …

20 Queer Authors from History Who You Need to Know

20 Queer Authors from History Who You Need to Know

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Given the scarcity of satisfactory LGBTQ representation, one might be inclined to think that LGBTQ people haven’t existed for the bulk of human history. Nothing could be further from the truth. Queer folks have been around since the dawn of time, and we aren’t going anywhere. Discrimination, violence, and oppression have contributed to the erasure of queer individuals who have been blazing the trails since before your grandparents’ grandparents were born, and here is just a small drop in the ocean of queer writers throughout history.   1. Walt Whitman (1819-1892) Image Via NPR   Walt Whitman was a American, …