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Finding a Virtual Queer Haven

Finding a Virtual Queer Haven

Away from the archipelago of coastal American cities, queer youth have few physical safe spaces, so many go online to find a sense of belongingness. I wrote this essay for Conde Nast's them. about LGBTQ+ isolation in Appalachia, rural satellite internet and the beauty of discovering queer worlds in the raunchiest corners of the Internet — how virtual realms can blossom with safe spaces for the marginalized and the forgotten. I know because it’s my story too.

 “How the Internet Helped Me Embrace My Queer Identity” was published in Condé Nast’s them. on June 22, 2018.   Read the entire feature    here   . And see more of my them. writing    here   .

“How the Internet Helped Me Embrace My Queer Identity” was published in Condé Nast’s them. on June 22, 2018.

Read the entire feature here. And see more of my them. writing here.