At the @rafsimons show, I got to tell @lauradern all about how she’s a gay icon (and of course, we chatted about our love for @laurabrown99). Rumor has it I’m being considered to play Amabella in Season 3 idk idk
“It’s almost like a new form of achievement or prestige to aspire to. Instead of trying to be a movie star, on the cover of Vanity Fair, I feel a lot more comfortable aspiring to make really good work with my friends and have my friends be the institutional recognition that I aspire to.” — @harinef
Dress by @simonerocha_, blazer by @versace. Styling by @seanknight, photography by @lukegilford. Fashion Director @yashuasimmons, Art Director @sean_santiago, visuals editors @rhiannarule and @papi.prada (who have been my visuals editors since I was a baby editor!!!)
69091311:40 PM Jan 8, 2019
There was a moment after we were promoted at Teen Vogue that a career coach asked the three of us what our dreams were. I answered, “editor-in-chief of @outmagazine.” When my peers asked why, I explained that there was magic in what we’d done together at Teen Vogue — in taking something so beloved and giving it a brand-new meaning to resonate in our world today. Until now, it has been the most gratifying experience of my career. For the past two months, a dedicated and talented team of queer people has been hard at work on every word, font, accessory, image, and design element in our debut issue of the new Out. We have all been working out of a shared working space, crowded around a single table, laughing, arguing, dreaming, and...mostly laughing again. In two weeks, we photographed all 40 pages of the Well. Right before Christmas, we got the proofs and stayed up all night sending our final edits. I haven’t been able to post anything on this damn app for the past weeks because I knew this was coming, and I wanted to celebrate every individual who made this possible. Please enjoy our cover story preview today and follow the brand for daily updates on what’s to come. I hope you enjoy! And thanks to my friends, @harinef, @tommy.dorfman, and @lukegilford, for creating a first cover story that we are so proud of. Love to you all. The new Out, baby! We’re coming.
803550312:59 PM Jan 8, 2019
The last time I posted on here was about losing an eight-year-old boy due to neglect by Border Patrol. Today, my heart aches for #JazmineBarnes, who was killed in cold blood when a white man pulled up aside her mother’s car and opened fire. While the police are reluctant to call her murder a “hate crime” until the shooter is apprehended, it’s still important to note a similar incident occurred last year just six miles away from the site of Jazmine’s shooting, where A’Vonta Williams and his grandmother were both shot by a white man while they were in their vehicle. Williams has since questioned the veracity of law enforcement’s investigation into his case, saying he was made to feel like he was to blame. Here’s hoping that justice is finally served in Harris County, and for the minds and hearts of Jazmine’s loved ones. If you’d like to help, her mother has set up a GoFundMe for Jazmine’s funeral expenses. It’ll be at the link in my bio. #email@example.com
1674151:05 PM Jan 4, 2019
When I was younger, I went to Catholic school and CCD classes, where we were taught that the miracle of Christmas wasn’t just in Jesus’ birth. It was also miraculous that this refugee family, including a visibly pregnant woman, was denied help and hospitality and yet, managed to find community and the grace of God to deliver a healthy baby into this world. I am not sure if I believe in Christianity anymore—I find it so hard to have faith these days—but I do know that this headline today is a terrible irony that should be lost on none of us. We are failing. And today, we failed in Jesus’ name. May God, if they’re out there, bring peace to this family. Merry Christmas.