©2017 Q* Anthology of Queer Culture

An independent student publication in the Charlottesville and U.Va. community

July 13, 2018

Life suddenly flowed all around her. Girls, girl-colors: pink, blue, white, black. Hair flicking and flashing, laughs and gasps and the glowing blue screen of phones in hands, but in the motion there was stillness.

July 13, 2018

“SEXUALITY IS OFTEN THE SOURCE of our deepest oppression,” stated Anne Finger, a disability activist.[1] Finger, like many other people with disabilities, faces conflicting expectations and stereotypes surrounding her queer and disabled identity.  While the LGBTQ and d...

July 13, 2018

I’m sitting alone with a woman at the LGBT center before the nurse comes in to draw my blood. She’s asking me some questions about my sexual history. Eventually we get to talking about the asexual discussion group that I had started. She asks me if there would be a min...

July 13, 2018

I do not want to die where I was born

today it is taking all of my strength

to keep my weeping, swollen

eyelids open now and again pressing them

with cold spoons and my own cold

fingers I only wish telephones still were slow

and had beautiful rings

and curling cords. Where I...

July 13, 2018

how does this girl make me feel

like such a boy when I’m fucking her

I’m asking because I’ll never know

I’m asking for when the mystery

swells large enough to touch

BASIL (GILLIAN) LEE

they, them, theirs

College of Arts & Sciences

Class of 2017, English, Area Program in Poetry...

July 11, 2018

But here in Alabama, in the South, in these red states lined with blue mountains, I am the undercurrent, and I know I am not alone. Where you think there are “small town values,” there is queerness, subversiveness, revelation.

July 11, 2018

EVERY MORNING SINCE THEY MET, Vanessa’s asked him for eggs. Usually scrambled, occasionally sunny-side up. He had never made eggs before. She showed him where they were in the fridge, guiding his hand to the cardboard carton. He held one in his palm. He liked how the s...

July 11, 2018

queer culture is running out of people to swipe on tinder in fewer than 24 hours and queer culture is being depressed for no reason and showing up to class late and tired and queer culture is not knowing how relationships work because you didn’t get to go through...

July 11, 2018

BUSTLING, ALWAYS BUSTLING. The candy shop a few blocks from Francesca’s apartment on Calle Mayor was always filled with people—locals, tourists, taste testers, and sweets enthusiasts alike. Everyone wanted a taste of Madrid’s famous chocolate. All so different, but all...

July 11, 2018

JANIE FIRST CLOSES HER BEDROOM DOOR when she is twelve because her family has just moved into their new house. She has a new room and a new little brother, Jeremy, and she goes off down the hall to look at his nursery and wonder when the jealousy will set in. At first,...

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