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Fiction, Poetry, and Documerica

This year, City Paper decided to do something different with its Fiction and Poetry issue. Instead of soliciting reader submissions, we invited local fiction writer Susan Muaddi Darraj to guest edit our feature well of stories and poems. Darraj, fiction editor of Barrelhouse Magazine and former...

  • The RNC's production of 'Make America Great Again' is a rollicking comedy with a dark twist

    The RNC's production of 'Make America Great Again' is a rollicking comedy with a dark twist

    The RNC's production of "Make America Great Again," directed by Donald J. Trump and written by a rambling mass of "ordinary Americans" and a few politicians, features a dazzling ensemble of actors who deliver performances so powerful one almost thinks they're real. In the world premiere of this...

  • Mount Vernon keeps changing, but can it remain the gayborhood?

    Mount Vernon keeps changing, but can it remain the gayborhood?

    The first gay bar that I visited in Baltimore when I arrived almost a decade ago was The Drinkery. I knew nothing about the scene here other than the fact that Mount Vernon was the area that the Internet clearly designated as the home of the LGBTQ community in Baltimore. My wingman and I had no...

  • The Queer Issue

    The Queer Issue

    The New York Times recently ran a piece by Jenna Wortham titled, ‘When Everyone Can Be 'Queer,' Is Anyone?’ In short, Wortham discusses pop culture figures such as rapper Young Thug declaring there is “no gender,” and “the speed with which modern society has adapted to accommodate the world's vast...

  • She, She: Navigating Fear, Femininity, and Queerness with a transgender partner

    She, She: Navigating Fear, Femininity, and Queerness with a transgender partner

    When my partner and I started dating in high school, she presented as male, for the most part. During our courtship—which then involved endless texting on our non-smart flip-phones—she talked openly about her then-genderqueer identity and even wrote a beautiful thinkpiece about going out in women's...

  • The history of Baltimore's lesbian bar scene

    The history of Baltimore's lesbian bar scene

    In the August 1979 issue of Baltimore's long-running Gay Community Center newspaper, Greg Lehne wrote about casual sex in the gay men's community in his column, "Gay Perspectives." How do you let a man know you are interested in getting to know him, not just getting it on? Lehne advised looking...

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