Writing Portfolio

Features

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The Million-Dollar Balloon Lobby
The Outline, April 26, 2018

“In May 2008, when California was considering an outright ban on the sale of foil balloons, the Council sprung into action. California already had a balloon law on the books — since the ‘90s, the state has required that foil balloons be attached to weights to prevent interference with power lines — and the Balloon Council believed this new bill was a step too far. They bankrolled a movement called Save Our Balloons, the website of which featured a photo of a crying baby girl beside the ominous text: ‘It’s true. California politicians want to pop her balloon.'”

Life and Death Online
Hazlitt, March 5, 2018

“This is the nature of grieving a friend you have never, or rarely, met: everything becomes internal. Simply accepting and expressing remorse becomes its own struggle, because the typical rituals—funerals, communication with loved ones of the deceased—are so often inaccessible.”

How Instagram’s Beauty Boys Are Rewriting Our Ideas About Gender
them., February 28, 2018

“Anyone who has seen the famous portrait of King Louis XIV of France posing in high heels, a curly wig, and tight stockings knows that our ideas of masculinity and femininity are ever-changing. But maybe the rise of beauty boys represents something more than another change in gender norms.”

DMs From Beyond the Grave Are Changing How We Grieve
VICE, November 28, 2017

“In 2014, [NaKina] Talbert was diagnosed with progressive supranuclear palsy, or PSP, a rare and fast-acting neurodegenerative disease with symptoms similar to Parkinson’s. She soon began making preparations. She knew she wanted to leave her children and grandchildren recordings of her voice—when Talbert’s father died nearly 40 years ago, that was the thing she forgot first.”

Entertainment

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Carly Rae Jepsen’s Queer Renaissance
Electric Literature, May 2, 2018

“[Jepsen’s] odes to emotion — not to romance, not to relationships, but simply to the primacy of feeling — offered something I couldn’t find elsewhere. Long before I was in a place to share my sexuality, much less have a relationship with another boy, ‘This Kiss’ and then ‘Gimmie Love’ and ‘Let’s Get Lost’ on E•MO•TION reveled in the beauty of an attraction I knew only to hate.”

What ‘Come Sunday’ Could Mean For Future Podcast Adaptions
The Hollywood Reporter, April 16, 2018

Author Becky Albertalli on ‘Love, Simon’
The Hollywood Reporter, March 16, 2018

Why ‘God’s Own Country’ Is the Rare Queer Film to Feature a Happy Ending
The Hollywood Reporter, March 13, 2018

Did ‘Queer Eye’ Change America?
The Hollywood Reporter, February 6, 2018

(Read many more here.)

Historical

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How Clothing Made From Milk Became the Height of Fashion in Mussolini’s Italy
Atlas Obscura, July 28, 2017

The 19th-Century Lithuanians Who Smuggled Books to Save Their Language 
Atlas Obscura, July 19, 2017

The Librarian Who Guarded the Manhattan Project’s Secrets 
Atlas Obscura, June 23, 2017

The Drag Queen Who Changed American Politics 
Atlas Oscura, November 26, 2016

What We Lose When We Don’t Teach LGBTQ History in Schools 
The Establishment, October 7, 2016

(Read many more here.)

 Personal Essays

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Dashboard Confessional 
Slate, March 2, 2018

“I don’t know what I would have done without that little corner of the internet, populated by people like Laura who became the first to see, and love, all of me—even at a distance.”

Makeup Is a Language of Resistance 
Hazlitt, March 28, 2017

“I used my first Snapchat makeup filter in secret, on the bottom floor of my high school library, behind a bookshelf where I knew no one would see.”

The Orlando Shooting Won’t Keep Me Away from NYC Pride
MTV, June 6, 2016

“Somehow, I’d convinced myself I was impervious to harm. I’d looked into the eyes of a society that doesn’t want me and thought, They’ll make an exception.”

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You can also read my articles for Barnes & Noble (including my YA Open Mic series), Teen Vogue, and Lambda Literary.

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