Announcing the April 2017 issue of PQ Monthly
We did not plan to have a theme for this issue of PQ, but I feel that, unofficially, a theme emerged on its own. Many of the articles in this issue center around the act of questioning, especially in the context of self-examination. Marissa Yang Bertucci delivers an astute commentary questioning the value of well-intentioned political stunts with negative results. Shaley Howard reaches out to the lesbian community asking, “Where Have All the Butches Gone?” and advocates the continuous questioning required to embrace change and recognize progress. Zeloszelos Marchandt examines the complexities of online communities for people of color and questions their possible futures. Sossity Chiricuzio explores the questions we must ask ourselves in order to reach out and offer support without imposing on one another’s emotional space. These and other articles in this issue dig into the nitty gritty doubts, gray areas and growing pains within our own communities as well as in the political struggle for social justice.
This idea of questioning and self-examination resonates strongly with me right now; this is only the third issue of PQ I have worked on since becoming Editor, and I am very conscious of the weight of responsibility attached to this new position of relative authority. I find myself questioning every decision I make for the publication—are we using language that is inclusive of diverse and intersectional identities? Does our content lift up those most marginalized? How do we arrange our priorities to best serve our communities? This questioning is important; it is through this lens that I am able to learn more every day about the nuances of identity, the varied facets of love, and the many, many truths of which I am ignorant.
Over the last few months there has been a lot of criticism focused outward—at the Trump administration, at local authorities—with good reason, of course, but I find myself appreciating that this issue reminds us to look inward as well. The fear that presses in on us from outside our communities does not mean we should neglect the internal work there is to be done. We are all continually learning, and through questioning and self-examination we push ourselves to be conscientious as we move through the world and, overall, to do less harm and more good.
Editor, Brilliant Media