Beyond Zine, Vol. 1

“I’m not going to pretend I’m doing anything revolutionary by popping out to the shops in a pearl choker and heels; the patriarchy still exists. But as someone who has grown up as LGBTQ+ with street harassment as the norm, stepping out the door in a new fit can often feel overwhelming. It wasn’t until my late teens until I discovered the word of drag and began experimenting with gender and fashion, cultivating my style with unique charity shop finds. Even though I now look back and cringe at some of my outfit choices, that time was important as a moment of self acceptance and experimentation; values I try to reflect in my wardrobe today. Where genderqueer fashion once made me feel exposed to a hostile world, I now find it acts as an armour that gives me strength to tackle it head on.”

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