ID Check: America’s Story and Mine

Editor’s Note: A special online version of ID Check.

By Leela Ginelle, PQ Monthly

“With the exception of the police and the military, the family is perhaps the most violent social group, and the home the most violent social setting in our …

ID Check: To the Knife and Back

By Leela Ginelle, PQ Monthly

(Editor’s note: This special edition of ID Check chronicles Leela’s gender reassignment surgery abroad. Parts of it first appeared online, and now, for the first time, all appear together in print.)

 Part I. The Plan

In my mind, …

Bringing a Critical Eye to the Garden

By LeAnn Locher, PQ Monthly

We’ve been building our garden for 16 years and through this time, my approach to it has shifted and changed. In the beginning, I focused on plants for full sun and ones described as fast or …

There Is No Magical Pill; It Takes a Village

By Monika MHz, PQ Monthly

One year ago, I sat down with a Pacifico and PQ Monthly. After spending years navigating queer communities as a woman presumed cis, I was nervous about talking openly and publicly about being a trans woman …


By Nick Mattos, PQ Monthly

1) It’s 2013 and I’m standing beneath the mid-summer sun at Edgefield. On the stage, Florence and the Machine finishes up a song; beside me, Jean and Racquel clap and scream towards her in encouragement.

“Oh yes!” …

ID Check: Journey to the Knife II

(Editor’s note: read part I here.)

By Leela Ginelle, PQ Monthly

With all my preparations made, and nothing left to obsess about, my mind flies from website to website, from junk food to exercise, only occasionally pausing long enough to observe how …