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From the Editor

Portland is the proud host of a large and vibrant kink community, and is now widely known as a kinky city thanks to ranking number one on Kink University’s 2015 list of kinkiest cities in the United States (though, granted, the ranking was largely based simply on the number of FetLife profiles per capita, and Los Angeles has surpassed us since 2015).

This edition explores that community and celebrates deviance in all its glorious forms. PQ interviews Stella Harris and Angie Gunn about the pros, cons, ups, downs, ins and outs of the local kink scene, and gets the full scoop on SPEEC, Portland’s sexuality resource center (page 16). Stella Harris also offers advice and resources for newbies looking for queer kink spaces and community (page 15). The current Mr. Oregon State Leather titleholder, Connor Braddock, is explicit about his social justice priorities for the leather community in an interview with Sossity Chiricuzio (page 4).

There has always been significant overlap between queer and kink communities. Like queerness, kink is still widely considered unconventional, deviant, and even perverse. While kinky folks are not inherently queer—and vice versa—a healthy percentage of the queer population partakes of kinky activities. Sossity Chiricuzio writes about how kink activities can provide healing and opportunities for self-exploration and discovery, particularly for queer folks who carry some trauma around more conventional sexual activities (page 7).

The Kink Edition also features some deviance of the non-kinky variety: Shaley Howard talks with Pepper Pepper and Carla Rossi about politics in performance, the construction of identity, and the merging of fine art and drag (page 12); and youth writer Em Mais addresses misconceptions about polyamory that are common even in the queer community, and shares an important perspective on support between marginalized groups (page 8).

This edition was a lot of fun to create—from interviewing local sex educators to driving around picking up toys community members lent us for the cover photoshoot, it was a joy to witness how personal and vulnerable kink can be, juxtaposed with how open and generous so many people are about it. Although our struggles and experiences are different in many ways, the kink and queer communities share many values, and it benefits all of us to be supportive of one another. As is often said in the kink community: let’s all be weirdos together.

Ryn McCoy
Editor-in-Chief, Brilliant Media

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