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On Being Read


“In discussing queer presentation, I am reminded of queer ‘visibility,’ a point of contention that has been rumbling around my mind for months now. Looking backwards at queer activism in the United States, I am interested in the drive for visibility that many direct action groups made one of their core tenets. To many, being seen by both legislative structures and a sweeping notion of mass culture is a goal, though it just allows queer struggles to be swept under the rug of heteronormative frameworks we are so opposed to. And as queer identities become increasingly co-opted, I ask myself, Do I really want straight people to understand me, much less see me?...” —Gabrielle Welsh, Editor

Featuring the work of Elise Schierbeek, Gabe Howell, Rosie Accola, Madison Davidson, Seb Choe, Jessie McCarty, Frankie, Anna Navagh, Rivka Yeker, Caroline Cash, Eric Aldieri, and Zoe Kaplan

Edited by Gabrielle Welsh

Published by Shelf Shelf, 2018
First edition, printed in an edition of 100 copies

Softcover, 64 pages, 2-color Risograph, 6.75 × 9 inches