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Leslie Knope has inspired both laughter and fearless determination since first appearing to audiences in the 2009 premiere of the now legendary show “Parks and Recreation.”


The Cannibal King of Courtesy

Hannibal Lecter, the Lithuanian sociopath more widely known by his rhyming moniker “Hannibal the Cannibal,” has been terrorizing and advocating proper etiquette in equal measures since 1981, when the doctor was first introduced to audiences in the murder-mystery novel “Red Dragon.”


There was a visiting pastor to my uncle’s Baptist church who, in a stint of two and a half years, managed to fit in almost every single one of his Sunday sermons the phrase, “God made Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve.” (Collective groan.) The type of anti-queer prejudice I saw exhibited weekly in my childhood has not visited me much in later life. That’s not the case for many people in states like Texas, where I’m from. There, on good days, you might be lucky to get a side-eye glance or a serving of thinly-veiled revulsion brushed over…


For anyone introverted, shy or a sufferer of social awkwardness, here are five simple ways to put yourself out there.

1. Rethink

The majority of social media users these days use it as a way to put the external joys of life into a more accessible form. Under this loose method, social media has become a platform for stories of human triumph and evidence of each other’s dining experiences. Although online bullying and the sour side of the internet certainly exist, much of the internet Goliaths, including Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram, are based on personal connections that we make ourselves, shrinking down…


My family was born in Vietnam: my mother in Saigon and my father in a rural village whose nearest city was Nha Trang, the capital of Khánh Hòa Province in the southeast region of the country. In the aftermath of the Vietnam War, both my parents’ fathers were jailed, catalyzing a post-war displacement that landed my parents in Morgan City, Louisiana, where my sister and I were born amidst the familiar humidity of another country’s South.


Low accessible station rates make subway stations a daily struggle for New Yorkers with disabilities. Elevator breakdowns and limited accessibility in stations listed as accessible are a common occurrence, with rates of 25 daily breakdowns from 2014 to 2015.

Subway Struggles

Find your location in relation to these stations on Mobile.

The Numbers

Of the 472 MTA Subway stations across New York City, only 91 are…


I’m unsure when I walk into therapy for the first time. It’s free on-site college counseling. Nothing fancy, and my therapist seems gay. Subconsciously, I relax. Through the three free sessions my expensive private university allows per semester I divulge some kind of sense of soul to this stranger. He tells me I have “an anxiety problem” that manifests in bodily shivers, sweat, and phantom pressures on my chest, forehead and ears. I tell him my chest, forehead and ears are the most unrealized parts of my body and he recommends sleeping on it. I’m not sure what to say…


In a past interview with Posture Magazine, a queer-run publication based out of Brooklyn, New York, genderqueer activist and MSNBC Correspondent Jacob Tobia spoke on TLGBTQ+ visibility in media. “Do not equate visibility with power,” Tobia said. “Many visible people have very little power. And more often, invisible people have tons of power.”


Our favorite Deputy Director | image via

Leslie Knope has inspired both laughter and fearless determination since first appearing to audiences in the 2009 premiere of the now legendary show “Parks and Recreation.”

Dan Mai Nguyen

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