Fang It: My Melbourne Sexcapade
Lusty Day | firstname.lastname@example.org
This zine outlines some of Day’s sexy adventures on a recent trip to Melbourne – we get an inside peek on the details of sweaty afternoon hookups, strip bar trips, and queers hitting up a hetero swingers club, interspersed with text messages, top ten lists and hand drawn illustrations. It’s all written in a very chatty, conversational tone, which makes it a fun, light read. Day writes from a clear queer, pro-S/M, pro-sex work, and pro-safer sex perspective, which are really appreciated. The fact that you see the negotiation, consent and support between Lusty and her partners, as well as things like condoms getting written into the plot, is something I wish happened a lot more of in sex stories. We’re in the thick of humid summer here in Toronto, which is sort of the perfect time to read about sweaty, sweet escapades, glitter and outrageousness. The aesthetic matches Day’s loving story-telling, as well – the zine has a charming cut and paste style that’s all hearts, bubble letters and sparkles. I’ve been stuck on the streetcar this week, instead of my usual bike, and having this in my bag made the trips to work and back a lot shorter.
Bad Mexican: Let the Healing Begin
Daniela Capistrano | http://danielacapistrano.com
Capistrano writes about her experiences as a queer Chicana, stating she’s created this zine in response to anti-immigrant rhetoric in America and dedicating it to helping ‘anyone who has felt… between cultures and borders’. She talks about her parents relationship, outlining her mom’s involvement with the Chicano movement, her father’s incarceration, and the lessons their relationship taught her, choosing to discuss traumatic events as formative, rather than silencing them in an attempt to blend in and ignore the ‘sad parts of her cultural heritage’. She discusses getting a tattoo of the Virgin Mary as part of articulating her interest in ‘the fluid nature of Latino identity’, as well as the notion of historical meaning and cultural artifact being collectively generated. Capistrano describes her different confrontations of racism, both in the immediate moment and in the aftermath. She also includes an article she wrote for MTV on interviews with the Trail of Dreams marchers – a group of undocumented youth going to Capitol Hill to demand the passing of the DREAM (Development, Relief, Education for Alien Minors) act, that would give undocumented youth conditional citizenship upon completion of a degree or military service. Whether discussing her relationship to Spanish and her varied levels of bilingualism, her parents’ abusive marriage, the moments she has passed as white or guilt at not ‘being Mexican enough’, Capistrano writes candidly about experiences of complicated personal emotion, and claiming visibility in a volatile, racist political climate bent on erasure.