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Out Magazine, April 13th, 2018

Out Magazine, April 13th, 2018

Tasha Salad Is Chicago’s Family-Friendly Drag Superstar

The outfit of the moment is lime green. Tasha Salad bounces, flits, and struts through her performance space in a skintight mini-dress and cape the color of kiwi. Her wig resembles a serving of mint froyo, garnished with a dark green peacock feather, coiled atop her head…

Forbes.com, November 19th, 2018

Forbes.com, November 19th, 2018

How Sana Javeri Kadri, Founder Of Diaspora Co., Is Reforming The Turmeric Industry

Sana Javeri Kadri wants you to know she is running a queer business. While her product—organically farmed, heirloom, single origin turmeric—is not specifically related to the LGBTQ community, she believes loudly declaring her company, Diaspora Co., as queer is about so much more than her sexuality…

Human Parts, June 6th, 2019

Human Parts, June 6th, 2019

Coming Out and Getting Crushed

The first thing I learned after Ally broke my heart was to never pour quinoa on a whiskey-soaked laptop. I had been drinking over Skype with my best friend — who was inconveniently a thousand miles away — to try to sort out what had just happened to me when I gestured wildly and knocked over the open bottle of Jack Daniels perched on the floor beside my laptop…

Forbes.com, August 1st, 2019

Forbes.com, August 1st, 2019

Caitlin Kinnunen, Star Of Broadway’s The Prom, Reflects On Her Trailblazing Role

Caitlin Kinnunen, Tony-nominated star of the Broadway musical, The Prom, believes that being fiercely herself is the only way to succeed….

Roxane Gay’s Gay Magazine, September 4th, 2019

Roxane Gay’s Gay Magazine, September 4th, 2019

A Chronicle of Closeted Sex Acts

They don’t teach gay sex in sex-ed. They don’t even mention it. The penis is inserted into the vagina. That is sex. That is it. As a sixth grader it doesn’t occur to me to question what they tell me…

New City, June 6th, 2019

New City, June 6th, 2019

Easy to Be Green: How Majani Is Redefining Vegan Food on the South Side

On the corner of a quiet block in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood lies a quaint, bustling eatery full of light and life. Even on a weekday at 3pm, long after the lunchtime rush should have died down, smiling customers crowd into the 950-square-foot space, chatting happily with the staff while ordering takeout or sitting down to enjoy the “soulful vegan cuisine” provided by Majani..

Out Magazine, May 30th, 2017

Out Magazine, May 30th, 2017

Everyone Deserves Good Cake: Chicago’s Trans-Owned Bakery Open For All

Walking into Jennivee’s Bakery in Chicago's LGBTQ-friendly Boystown neighborhood feels like being transported to a quaint, French boulangerie. With its whimsical, gold-rimmed seating, vintage picture frames over exposed brick, beaded chandeliers and a colorful chalkboard menu, the bakery offers a comfortable, vintage feel. ..

Forbes.com, October 26th, 2018

Forbes.com, October 26th, 2018

Shelly Bell, Founder Of Black Girl Ventures, Helps Women Of Color Gain Access To Capital

Shelly Bell has lived many lives. She’s a computer scientist, a former high school teacher, a performance poet, a community organizer, a founder, and a CEO…

Huffington Post, February 24th, 2017

Huffington Post, February 24th, 2017

She and He: A Love Story

Cass Daniels stood on the second floor balcony of his family’s Vail vacation home and contemplated ending his life. It was spring break, a perfect time to die in his opinion. Since it wasn’t the middle of the work week, he wouldn’t inconvenience his fiancé, Cammie Hensley, as much as he otherwise would…

AP News, February 5th, 2019

AP News, February 5th, 2019

Dear Employers, Please Value ‘Camp Counselor’ On A Resume

Whenever I send out a resume, I am skeptical about what the words “overnight camp counselor” might mean to the person reading it. What do people who have not gone to summer camp think my five summers as a counselor communicate about me? Do they find it silly I even included it?…

Bloomberg D&I, June 24th, 2019

Bloomberg D&I, June 24th, 2019

For LGBT+ People, Coming Out is a Lifelong Process

Around the world, LGBT+ equality and acceptance have made incredible strides. Yet, even in countries with the most progressive laws and attitudes, there is still a long way to go before LGBT+ people are no longer made to feel like the “other.”…


AP News, April 10th, 2018

AP News, April 10th, 2018

LGBTQ Couples Shake Up Gender Norms In Wedding Industry

Traditional weddings are deeply rooted in gender-based rituals, but the growing LGBTQ wedding industry is reimagining that. Many couples are engaging with centuries of tradition but crafting their own way to the altar…

Into Magazine, June 9th, 2018

Into Magazine, June 9th, 2018

You Don’t Like Boys?

“Do you have a boyfriend?” asks my Uber driver as we barrel down Lake Shore Drive towards Chicago’s West Loop for my sister’s birthday dinner. I have a girlfriend, not a boyfriend, but because I am surrounded by the four walls of a speeding car driven by a stranger whose beliefs I do not know, I simply tell my driver, no, I do not have a boyfriendI should have lied. I should have told him, yes…

Into Magazine, January 22nd, 2018

Into Magazine, January 22nd, 2018

Barbara and Barbara is Chicago’s Queer and All-Gender Inclusive Salon

The interior of Barbara and Barbara is bursting with color. On one large wall of the hair salon, located in Chicago, is a bright, whimsical mural depicting an enchanted forest. In place of leaves, the trees are bursting with fiery purple hair, and a large hand holding a pair of scissors glides across the top, snipping away some stray locks…

Huffington Post, October 27th, 2014

Huffington Post, October 27th, 2014

The Brain On 23

We are the 23-year-olds. We are the ones squirming in our chairs at the office because we still feel awkward in our grown-up clothes. We strut through city streets with eyes cast toward our screens, desperately seeking any source that will tell us the decisions we’ve made are valid…