PQ MAY 2017 – The Youth Edition

Read the May 2017 edition of PQ Monthly, the Youth Edition!

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From the Editor

When we think of “Youth,” it is most often as something romanticized and coveted and highly marketable. This ideal is, however, presented to us by a decidedly adult world—rarely do we hear about youth from those who are currently experiencing it. As addressed in OQYS’s “How to Be a Good Adult,” (page 7), the young are routinely dismissed, considered too inexperienced to have anything of value to offer in “serious” (i.e. grown up) conversations and movements. But as anyone who regularly spends time around youth will tell you: that’s utter bullshit.

I have been wanting to do The Youth Edition of PQ since day one, and I am thrilled that we were not only able to focus on this theme, but also to feature some youth voices in the publication, which you can find in “Babes in Queerland” (page 12). Young writers Dimitri Ivanor and Llondyn Elliot’s stories will resonate with some, and educate others; I know that all our readers will appreciate the honesty and vulnerability they offer. I am also very excited to announce that this edition of PQ serves as the launching point for a new column that will feature a different young writer every month. If you or someone you know is a writer under the age of 21 that would be interested in writing something for the column, reach out to me at editor@pqmonthly.com!

As Sossity Chiricuzio notes in “It Takes a Queer Village” (page 4), many of us queers remember our own youth as a particularly awkward, lonely or traumatizing period in our lives. Others in our community began to find our more authentic selves in that same period, like Summer Seasons notes in “Growing Up as a Gay Youth in Portland” (page 6). Perhaps some of us are trying to guide the next generation through their own youth, and grappling with the realities of living in a city that doesn’t do enough for its most vulnerable citizens, like Marissa Bertucci addresses in “Control Me” (page 16).

There is just as much struggle for queer youth today as there has been in past decades, but there are more resources than there have ever been, and it is encouraging to see so much of this newest generation of queer folks embrace their identities and flourish. These youth have been lifted up by the struggles of queers that have come before them, which enables them to use their energy to further radicalize our movement and push us all toward a brighter future. They have bold, brilliant, important things to say, and it serves all of us when we decide to listen.

Ryn McCoy
Editor, Brilliant Media

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