On the Perils of Sober-uary

Daniel Borgen. The Lady Chronicles

By Daniel Borgen, PQ Monthly

“As a bar owner, I hate January.” —Craig T. Olson, Vendetta

Our people drink; it is, arguably, our patented, signature move. A cultural leftover from times past, when we only had bars to socialize in and far …

Get What You Need

By Sossity Chiricuzio, PQ Monthly

It can be difficult to ask for what we need.

Being direct and honest about our sexual desire(s) and what works, and what doesn’t, can be intimidating or even scary. This can be even more vulnerable when …

Success Stories

Steve S. The Home Front

By Steve Strode, PQ Monthly

“Closets are For Clothes.” I remember buying a t-shirt printed thusly when I was about twenty years old. At the time I felt like it was a huge deal to wear it—even in progressive Wisconsin. Yes, left-coasters, …

I Was Patriarchy’s Target

Leela G. ID Check

By Leela Ginelle, PQ Monthly

Early in my transition I began expressing my gender visually. I wore makeup, jewelry, and feminine clothing. It was in this period, prior to starting hormones or beginning to remove my facial hair, that people felt …

Cheat Code: Leveling Up on Dating Apps

Michael J. This Ends Badly

By Michael James Schneider, PQ Monthly

There he is, that writer, on his day off from his day job. He’s tall, lanky as fuck, wandering from room to room in his apartment in NE Portland with a coffee cup in hand. …

Finding Leo: Transitioning in Church

By Leo Bancroft, Special for PQ Monthly

O! Let me speak into the darkness! Remember with anger and grief the too-many-deaths through suicide and murder! Let our voices be heard between clanging gongs of hatred and deafening silences of loss! Let …

Good Positions for Bad Backs

By Sossity Chiricuzio, PQ Monthly

I want to help you feel good in your body.

That is not only the purpose of this column, but also the driving force behind every healer I know. Many queer folks, and anyone else with a …